Updated: Apr 15
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.”
The navel chakra is about emotions and connection on a foundational level. Its element is water and its ancient name means, “one’s own place”. It is located about two inches below the bellybutton. Theoretically it’s where we feel our feelings, form our boundaries, and cultivate connectedness in relationships (gut reactions). In this space we experience healthy play, pleasure, movement, and sexuality. It is also the place where we wrestle with significance and belonging.
Dysfunction in this area often shows up in either being over-reactive or under-reactive. Guilt is usually the driving force for this over- or under-reactivity. Contrary to popular belief, guilt isn’t always a negative emotion. It often motivates us toward confession and repentance. However, when we harbor and hold onto the guilt, it becomes a destructive force.
Processing emotions is an important part of healing the second chakra. When our emotionality is excessive or deficient, it usually means that unresolved issues from our past are surfacing in order to be properly processed. We must come before the Lord, as David did in the Psalms, and lay all of our emotions out - both the joyful and the messy. It is in this connection and conversation that healing begins, and the second chakra is balanced.
I have healthy connections with God, others, and myself.
This post was adapted from Holy Yoga Master Training