If you find yourself struggling to make everyday decisions or to move forward with anything, meditation is a wonderful way to clear your mind of your stresses and worries and find that inner peace you need to become focused on what needs attending to.
There are many different forms of meditation, from deep breathing to mindful meditation, but today we are going to be talking about the Energy Cleansing Meditation Technique.
This guided meditation technique is going to help you cleanse your chakras of stale energies. According to ancient Indian wisdom and the earliest forms of energy medicine, chakras are energy centers located in the subtle or energetic body. Each chakra represents an aspect of the human experience and includes both a shadow and light side. When the chakras are out of balance, the flow of energy through the chakra system is blocked and leads to us feeling “stuck in life”.
Aspects of Meditation and Self Discovery
Before you begin to study a specific type of meditation, it always a good idea to learn about a few methods and procedures. The next few paragraphs will explain the purpose of some aspects of meditation.
Deep Breathing Exercises
When looking at many of the components to meditation, one of the most important parts of this act to be considered should be the deep breathing. As you focus on your breathing patterns, you will gain more awareness of your body. With each breath, you can become more conscious of where your stress might be hiding, and the simple act of focusing on the rhythm of your breathing can help you to become more centered.
On a basic physical level, healthy breathing ensures that your tissues are being supplied with the oxygen that they need. This is especially important for complex organs like the brain. Many cultures, religions and exercise programs incorporate deep breathing as some portion of meditation activity.
There are a large number of different breathing exercises that you can try, and many can be found with a search on the internet. I love this 3 Step Mini Mindfulness Meditation To Keep You Calm.
Posture Positioning and Poses
In some meditation techniques, strict attention to specific poses for posture may be required. Every single meditation instruction ever written has begun with some sort of paragraph or a section that explains that meditation is supposed to be done while your body is at rest or in a specific pose that helps you to achieve a certain level of focus.
Some styles include crossed legs like the Padmasana pose will have your legs crossed, while others like the Vajrasana pose will have you kneeling. While these are effective poses for a seasoned yoga user, they might not be quite as relaxing for a person who is attempting to relax for the purpose of meditation.
As a beginner, an effective plan will have you sitting or lying down so that there won’t be any kind of distractions that can come from discomfort.
Meditation Time Periods
When you’re planning to engage in meditation, it’s best to be sure to schedule some time for yourself so that you can proceed uninterrupted. When you are first beginning to learn to meditate though, you might be surprised to find that it takes a little practice to get settled in and stay in the meditative state.
At first, you may only be able to stay concentrated for about 5 – 10 minutes, but don’t worry because that sort of thing is normal. As time goes on, the repeated efforts will make it easier for you to keep your mind from wandering, which often causes you to break your concentration.
Eventually, it will be possible for you to meditate for 25 – 30 minutes, so patience with yourself is an essential key to making serious progress.
Power of Visualization
In the last few decades, one of the most repeated components of achievement includes information about taking the time to imagine an environment or a scenario. The most common example of this technique is known as the “Happy Place” or “Quiet Place.”
These environments are usually chosen by the subject who may select a location of some significance that allows them to soothe their mind, or enter a greater state of comfort. In some cases, therapists will employ a combination of methods to elicit recall such as aromatherapy or play music to help increase the amount and speed of relaxation response.
These methods are used by a few different types of interactions with conscious and subconscious thought such as hypnotherapy. Once the subject has entered the area, they can begin to work on specific elements of the mind with a reduced amount of stress.
Many in the medical community were fascinated when a group of researchers used equipment to track the vital signs of subjects, and discovered that this practice has the ability to lower high blood pressure and other sides effects that are closely related to the amount of stress that you experience.
The Energy Cleansing Meditation Technique
In order to get started, many natural health practitioners recommend that you take your time to read through the instructions several times before you begin so that you can be familiar with the order.
There is a general understanding of what color each chakra is. When you become more aware of and work more with your chakras, two of those colors, that of the 3rd eye and crown chakras, may change for you. (Though below the third eye chakra is listed as Indigo and the crown chakra is listed as violet, I see my 3rd eye as purple and my crown as a silvery-white.)
Focusing on the colors helps you to visualize the chakra. I see mine as spinning wheels of each color. When I focus on a chakra using the technique below, I see myself inhaling a silvery-white energy, spinning into that chakra’s energy, making its color brighter/more saturated and then as I exhale, the gray stagnant energy spins out and dissipates outside of me. You do not have to do it this way, I just wanted to share my way as an example.
Red – Root Chakra
Take a breath and be sure that it is a complete and deep breath. While you are inhaling, picture the color red at the base of your spine. This color symbolizes the tension in your body, especially in your spine. Exhale and release the tension that you are holding in your body. Do this as many times as you like before moving on to the next color.
Orange – Sacral Chakra
Take a breath and picture the color orange right below your navel. Orange is your current emotional state. Slowly exhale, and center yourself emotionally. Do this as many times as you like before moving on to the next color.
Yellow – Solar Plexus
Take a deep breath slowly, and as you fill your lungs, see the color yellow in the area underneath your breast bone, above your navel. The color yellow here is your solar plexus chakra, where you are going to improve your self-awareness and confidence. Do this as many times as you like before moving on to the next color.
Green – Heart Chakra
Picture the color green in the middle of your chest as you slowly inhale. As you draw in air, imagine peacefulness, or something that reminds you of peace. Feel the breath fill your chest bringing with it clean clear energy. Revitalizing the green lushness of your heart chakra. The green is your inner peace, expressing what you feel in your heart. Exhale. Do this as many times as you like before moving on to the next color.
You may feel a fine vibration in this area or feel that it’s filling up with “tinglies”. Do not be afraid. That is your own energy that you’re feeling. As meditation sessions pass, you may feel the energy even stronger and mostly in the higher chakras (heart to the crown).
Blue – Throat Chakra
Imagine the color blue in the middle of your throat/neck area. Begin inhaling slowly as you picture the blue very clearly. The blue is the love within you. Love surrounds and fills you. When talking about chakras, this can also be for your throat when imagining your voice and what you can do with it. Do this as many times as you like before moving on to the next color.
Indigo – Third Eye
Breath deeply, and take a slow inhaling breath. As you inhale, visualize the color indigo in between your eyebrows. The third eye is your connection to your higher self, allowing for your intuition and ability to “see clearly”. Exhale slowly. Do this as many times as you like before moving on to the next color.
Violet – Crown Chakra
As the final level, it’s can be good to spend a slightly longer amount of time with this one. Slowly begin to inhale. As you inhale, imagine the color violet at the top of your head. This is where you connect with the Divine. It’s a portal where you can “upload” your intentions and prayers, or “download” information, healing energy, and protective energy. It’s also where you connect with the Divine and become one.
Exhale slowly allowing the energy to download and flood through your body.
The energy here is not usually stagnant, but when you’re struggling it can just slowly “spin” or stop “spinning”. It’s like a portal that’s not spinning open (swirling like you would imagine the opening of a portal to) though it should. This is a place of true inspiration, and honest creativity. So when you’re feeling stuck, uninspired, unmotivated, this chakra is not being its best self.
Inhale and exhale with this chakra until you feel like it’s time to stop. Then, slowly release yourself from the meditation by focusing on your breathing. Your body should feel better from the release of tension. You can then do something that feels good to you to end the meditation such as :
- Change your focus from inward to outward. Begin to feel your body, view the room, see other beings, hear the sounds of meditation ending.
- Gently move your upper body – shoulders, arms, head, neck, do a seated twist of some kind.
- Gently move your lower body – legs, ankles, feet, toes. This is especially important if the legs have fallen asleep or have generated discomfort from sitting in meditation.
Benefits of Meditation
After looking at many of the practices that appear in many cultures, researchers decided that they should actually get together and take a closer look at many of these beliefs about the power of meditation, and the information that they collected probably surprised them to a large extent.
It Reduces Stress
Stress is a bad thing in basically all instances. This is because when people are stressed out, their body is working on a much less efficient level than normal. Some of this is due to the hormone cortisol, which can trigger all sorts of harmful effects like inflammation, high blood pressure, and anxiety.
Those symptoms can in turn create other problems that lead to difficulty sleeping, which can cause a cyclical effect. Any form of reducing stress can be life-saving, and many studies done on meditation have even noted that reduced stress has a powerful effect on diseases like IBS.
Improves Your Attention Span
When you meditate, one of the key factors that you will see is a noticeable increase in your ability to observe, record, and recall information. These three factors are at the forefront of being sure that you can complete tasks without being constantly distracted by things.
Studies have shown that workers who spend time meditating in the morning tend to be distracted less, and are able to zip back to tasks at hand more quickly if they did become distracted. The workers were also able to recall steps to their tasks more clearly than the workers who didn’t participate in the meditation periods.
Through the study, it was also remarked that some people showed major signs of improvement in as little as 5 days, so you won’t know what you can accomplish until you try it yourself.
A lot of the time, anxiety could be a response that is triggered by the physical effects of stress. The combinations of deep breathing, and slow self-consideration help to reduce the negative responses that shallow fast breathing can trigger. That can have a range of benefits for multiple types of anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and compulsive behaviors.
As you’ll experience, cleansing your chakras’ energies is easy and will leave you feeling refreshed, clear of mind, focused, and ready to move forward in anything. The benefits of meditation to cleanse your chakras make their way into your mind, body, and spirit. Not only do you reap the rewards and benefits of incorporating it into your daily life, so does everyone else around you.
This technique is not difficult to learn and it is not difficult to keep up the pace. With only 10 minutes a day, you could be on your way to a brand new you.