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Hillari's Chakra-Based Gratitude Meditation
Find a comfortable seated position, preferably one where your butt can come into contact with the floor (try cross-legged, with a folded blanket underneath just the edge of your tailbone to prop you up a bit). Close your eyes and take three deep, full breaths. Bring your awareness to the present moment—which is to say, simply, be here now. Stay focused on each chakra for a minute or two before moving on to the next; if you're visually oriented, you can envision the color associated with each chakra as you do the meditation.
1st Chakra: Red
Bring your attention to the first chakra, at the base of the tailbone; this is your connection to the earth, and represents your ability to provide stability and security for yourself and your family. Breathe, and give thanks for all the ways your body is able to provide sustenance and support for YOU. Your body, your shelter. It allows you to skillfully care for yourself and others.
2nd Chakra: Orange
Move your attention to the second chakra, at the navel. This is the seat of your sexuality and creativity. Give thanks for your body's ability to reproduce and to produce. You are an amazingly expressive, emotional, inspiring creature. If you've recently had a baby, pause for an extra moment or two to wonder at the miracle you created. Yes, a miracle—one YOU created.
3rd Chakra: Golden yellow
Next, draw your focus to the solar plexus, the area just below the rib cage. This is the third chakra, home to our source of power in the world. Here is where you draw on your executive ability to get things done and interact skillfully with other people. Thank your body for the ability you have to meet your responsibilities and handle your human interactions with grace, generosity, and character.
4th Chakra: Green
The heart chakra lies at the center of the chest, and is the seat of love and compassion. Love is a universal feeling, but remember that it's your body that lets you feel it, and connect to it. Give thanks for your ability to remain open-hearted on even the most challenging days, to allow joy into your life, and to give and receive love. Your body lets you have the best, warmest, yummiest, cuddliest, most loving parts of the mommy experience. It deserves a big virtual hug.
5th Chakra: Sky blue
The fifth chakra is all about communication. Holding your attention at the base of your throat, give thanks for your ability to organize your thoughts, express yourself, and speak your truth. So long as you can speak clearly, you'll never be lost in translation.
6th Chakra: Indigo blue
The so-called third eye, the sixth chakra is centered on the forehead between the brows. It is our source of intuition, ability to sense what's unseen, and connection with life's larger themes. Give thanks for this built-in source of insight. Mommies just KNOW things... Now you are in their club.
7th: Chakra: Violet
The seventh chakra isn't on the body, but is hovers just over the crown of the head. It is a source of bliss, and—if you believe in such things—our connection to god/goddess/source/void/higher power. Let this come as a relief, and give thanks for that. Realize that bodies come and go. You are part of a bigger design, and the shape of your thighs is probably of no consequence. Appreciate the now.
—Hillari Dowdle lives and writes in Knoxville, Tennessee.