What needs a little love and attention? Start with your chakras.

It’s the holidays, yo. Things get stressful.

I went to see one of my healers today and was prescribed some self-love and empowerment. She advised me to tend to my chakras, especially the third one (working from the bottom) so that I could feed and nurture my own personal power, and gently yet firmly welcome a more powerful version of myself in this Solstice season.

There are three really good things about this idea:

  • I’m reminded just how much focused meditation can improve my health. Yes, I’ve used this tool before, and yet I forget! I’ve done work with the chakras before and it feels just right to circle back to them again.
  • I’ve decided to be in my office very little the last two weeks of the month, which opens up space for internal healing (and more fun!).
  • This time of year, as I approach the Solstice, I can really feel the old wounds in my tender heart; how nice to be willing to reclaim my own power by being a force for love, ease, and healing inside and out.

Chakra affirmations for the holidays

Want to join me opening up chakras? It’s easy.

If you’re noticing any tenderness in your own self — any facets of your beautiful heart and psyche that are calling for some TLC — why not join me in this daily practice?

Chakra meditation. Start with the Root chakra and work your way up.

  • Get comfortable in your favorite meditation position. Do what works for you. Sit on a cushion or a chair. Lie down. If you can have your feet flat on the floor and your spine straight, allowing the energy to flow through you.
  • For each chakra, there are three steps. First step: take a few breaths imagining you are inhaling that chakra’s colors. Inhale the bright color you see in the image, and as you exhale imagine you are sending that color into the universe through the body part you’re working. Three to five breaths could work for this, although if you’re working a particular theme (like I am with empowerment), spend more time with that chakra and its color.
  • Second step: chant the chakra’s seed sound. (Each chakra has its own sound — some call it a seed syllable — and it’s right there under each picture. For the Root chakra, it’s Lam. And so on.) Inhale fully, and on a long, slow exhale let the sound vibrate in the chakra’s body part. Repeat the chanted sound five times for each chakra, and of course more times for those ones that are calling for special attention.
  • Third step: repeat the affirmation aloud three times. And now you’re ready to move on to the next chakra.

Other good stuff to do to support this working:

I’m looking at quotes about empowerment, because that’s how I roll — I respond well to visuals and to the lessons and blessings in others’ words. Take some time to support your sacred and sovereign work by finding the words that wrap you in purpose and ease. Let’s close with my favorite quote of the day:

“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.”  ― Eve Ensler

How did this land, dear one? I’d love to know what you think, what you find, what you learn. Talk to me in the comments. Blessed be!

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  1. I LOVE this Sue!
    The chakra balancing is a BIG yes for me at this time and I truly need to get more regular with it. Thank you for the gentle nudge. I think I’m going to print out the affirmations/chants for the chakras you have created. Very powerful.
    Thank you for this beautiful blessing.
    Much Love,

    • I love that quote too, Dana. Funny, it wasn’t at all what I was looking for but there it was and it was perfect!


  2. Great reminder to be conscious of all of ourselves, from our root chakra to our crown chakra, and to be aware of how our energy is moving freely through them all. I’m also a visual person, and thanks for sharing this one here with us all!

    • Beverley, welcome here. I decided — after being asked a couple of times — to make a hi-res printable version of the illustration and include it in next week’s blog. Because why not?

      C’mon back and grab it; it’ll have the instructions as well. Or I might record them….it’s all in the creative cauldron and I’m excited to see what bubbles up!


  3. Because I love my solitude, say no when I don’t want to do something, say yes when my instincts are strong even though others around me try to discourage me, would rather be admired than just liked, and have been far enough away to NOT want to come home; does this mean I’ve got most of the basics covered?

    • Trish, yup, that’s a lovely foundation you’ve got going. Go you! What do you do to reconnect or recommit when things get challenging?


  4. Sue, this was fantastic. I’ve been grappling with a big issue and need to communicate clearing about it. I now feel vibrant and clear in every chakra and confident about what I need to do, how how to best say the necessary ‘no’.

    By the time I got to the 3rd eye: ‘I always understand the true meaning of life situations’, I felt it was completely true. Thank you, this was a great gift.

    • Juliet, yay, glad it’s useful for you!

      I’m about to take some time to do this again today and open to the gift.

      Love and magic,

  5. I love the quote, thanks for sharing and Love your chakra info graphic. We do a very similar chakra meditation 🙂

    I know it is so important for me to have them in balance. xxoo

    • Marquita, and….

      May we all find the way to take time for ourselves just because. May we not need to have challenges, or be sick to treat ourselves as queens.

      Because of course.


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