You’re tired but strung out. You feel like a car that has been driven 60 miles per hour in second gear. Your RPM’s are screaming. You just want to be home. Even if there are children, pets and a spouse to make demands on you, when you open the door of your own abode, you feel a kind of relief that only home allows. There is also a home inside of us and when we enter into that chakra, we are able to deeply relax and let go for awhile. As with many meditations, the breath is our vehicle for travels within. If you would like, try this meditation and see how it makes you feel.
If you have to shut yourself in the bathroom to get privacy, maybe you could light a candle, sit with the lid down and demand “give me five!” Close your eyes and immediately focus on whatever you feel inside your body right behind your navel. It’s physical. You just want to feel your body in the navel area. Let your breath regulate itself, breathe naturally, and each time your breath goes through the exhale cycle, let your exhale sink into that navel area a little more each time. Take a half dozen breaths or so, each time relaxing that area and letting the exhale sink more deeply into you. If you like, imagine that you are opening yourself to your own breath and welcoming it in. If you feel that you have completely relaxed that area and allowed the breath full entry, then relax just a little more and let the exhale sink a little deeper. Now feel your entire abdominal area as if it were a hollow space or a cave and let the exhale sink into your viscera. Again, take about six breaths, each time letting the exhale sink more deeply into your abdomen. Tension blocks the breath. Relax more and more with each exhale, allowing the life force to flow. Now go down deeper to the floor of your pelvis. Get physical again. Locate your tailbone, feel it, and let the exhale drop into it, then feel your anus and let the exhale drop into that sensation, relaxing and releasing, letting the breath in. Feel your perineum, that area between the anus and genitals. Again, get physical, really locate the area and feel it from within. Let your exhale sink into it. Then really feel your genital and urinary areas and let the exhale sink deeply into those sensations. Don’t worry about whether you are actually doing it or doing it right. You are doing it. Your conscious mind is just not quick enough to register what is happening. Trust yourself. You’ve gone deeply into yourself. You are home. Spend some time there just breathing normally. Experience how it makes you feel. And relax. We breathe 16 to 24 breaths per minute. This meditation only asks for 36 breaths. Don’t think about time. Be in the moment. Each breath is precious, especially when we meditate. Savor each one and allow it to work for you.
If you are new to meditation and you are trying to do it on your own, don’t be hard on yourself or get frustrated. In the beginning it’s much easier to be guided through meditation by a teacher or by being in a group. If you like the meditation, do it for awhile and you will master it.