31-Day New Beginnings Meditation Challenge Week Four
31 Day New Beginnings Meditation Challenge Week Four!
Welcome to the 31-Day New Beginnings Meditation Challenge.
Are you ready to bring peace and harmony to your life? It's our final full week!
This meditation challenge is split into 4 weeks. Each week is a new themed meditation focus. Since we all have different preferences, current lives, and different needs, we will add a variety of meditation techniques to the challenge.
You can follow each blog post (one per week of the challenge) for details, or join the virtual community of women who are participating in the challenge. Together we will build our best meditation habits and practice in order to continue meditating throughout our lives.
Week 4 is a continuation of week 2 and 3!
We will now add in sound therapy to our meditation experience that correspond with the chakras.
Sound for a complete meditation experience.
The sound has the power of influencing your mood, just as color and light do. The sound is something almost tangible that you can use to shape your meditation experience.
You can create your own sounds with your voice, or listen to sounds, as we have been doing to evoke a particular mood (hopefully relaxing).
Certain sounds can actually affect your heart rate, breathing, and mental clarity. So, yes. Sound can be therapeutic.
"What is a Mantra? A sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of “creating transformation.” The Sanskrit word mantra consists of the root man- “to think” (also in manas “mind”) and the suffix -tra, meaning “tools or instruments”, hence a literal translation would be “instrument of thought”.
What is Bija Mantra? Bija means seed. “The Bija mantras are one-syllable seed sounds that, when said aloud, activate the energy of the chakras in order to purify & balance the mind & body. When you speak the bija mantras, you resonate with the energy of the associated chakra, helping you focus upon your own instinctive awareness of your body & its needs.”-DailyOM"
During this meditation challenge, we have listened to many different sounds that are calming, cosmic, and cultural. This week, you'll be making your own sounds - by chanting.
With chanting, the sound you create is vibrational and felt throughout your body. It is very tranquilizing and can leave you in a state of bliss.
During the week, you'll be doing a bija mantra/chant. This chant is meant to tap deeper into your chakra energy centers.
Bija means seed. Each seed sound has been used to resonate in harmony with the chakra energy center - to activate it.
Practice by first...
Sitting quietly. Relax and breath naturally. Or adopt your practiced/favorite meditation posture. Visualize the root chakra at the base of the spine. Begin to make the sound "Lam". (Pronounced "Lahm") Use the lowest key you can possibly make. Imagine the sound coming directly from the chakra itself.
Move to the sacral chakra and chant "Vam". Repeat with the same vigor and deepness. the sound coming from your lower abdomen.
Move to the solar plexus, and repeat with "Ram". Low and deep.
Travel to the heart chakra and chant "Yam"
Throat chakra and chant "Ham"
First eye and chant "Aum"
Crown and chant "Om"
There are several variations you can do with this meditation. You can spend the entire time chanting each of the bijas once, you can chant one bija per day (morning and night meditation sessions), or you can focus on certain chakras that you in particular need to focus on. The schedule below suggests you start with a simple Om meditation chant, and then begin the Bija chant later in the week.
Use the meditation audio as a guide in the group to practice longer 20-minute meditations. You'll then begin to create the sounds yourself.
Comment below with your reflections for this week's meditation experience.
Jennifer Hutchison Taylor is a herbal therapist, physiologist, author, doula, and reiki practitioner who helps women rediscover their feminine beauty and find the complete path to healing. As the founder of Beauty in Bloom, her mission is to promote generational wellness by providing natural, sustainable, and holistic health solutions for women. Beauty in Bloom exists to create a world where women are happy, healthy, and are taken back to their roots for healing. While herbs are the main tools that she uses, she combines this modality with superfood nutrition, spiritual guidance, and her rich biological sciences background to teach a powerful and revolutionary approach to holistic health.