Month: June 2010

How to augment meditation with jewelry & imagemaking


Spending a lot of time on the Internet connects us together as people, but can disconnect us from our higher selves. One remedy for this is regular meditation.

Kelly & I began meditating together once a week last March to see if it could increase our level of wellness. We loved it so much that we now do it 20 minutes a day, six days a week.

Everyone has a different way of meditating. My preference is to combine deep breathing with chakra visualization. I take deep breaths, inhaling for 10 counts, then exhaling for 10 counts. As I inhale, I visualize energy flowing into my crown chakra, & as I exhale, I picture the energy activating that chakra. On the next inhale, I pull energy into my third eye chakra, & continue the breathing process for the rest of the chakras (throat, heart, solar plexus, navel, base of spine) until they are all activated.

Once activated, I hold the energy in my body & visualize the things I desire in my life. Essentially, I use this time to ask what I want from the universe, and to see if it resonates with my higher self.

The more vividly I can picture the active energy in my body, the more successful the meditation is for me. I was having trouble remembering the colors associated with each chakra, so I made an elaborate necklace (slash headpiece) to wear. Making the necklace helped me remember each color perfectly, and enabled my visualization to progress.

headband

Now when I meditate, my chakras take on unique visual properties inspired by the necklace I made. The crown becomes a mass of purple crystals. The third eye is a cluster of blue stars. The throat is a ripple in a minty pool of water. The heart (my favorite) is an open farm field with violins playing. The solar plexus is a spray of yellow mist, and the navel is a group of orange globes. The tailbone is red & rippling like water in the bottom of a well. This is sort of what it looks like to me:

chakras

This form of meditation is much different from the clearing-your-mind-of-all-thought variety. Ideally, I would like to practice both types of meditation, using visualization in the morning & head-clearing in the evening.

Do you have a meditation process? What do you visualize? What do your chakras look like? Draw me a picture?!