The sacral chakra embodies the totality of our physical health and emotional well-being. It can bring us the highest degree of health or be the most dysfunctional of all energy centers in the human energy system.
When we abuse our bodies, treating them like machines that need only to be fueled and rested occasionally, we fail to realize that the body is a vessel for the spirit.
The sacral chakra works from a deep unconscious realm where our attitudes about ourselves create our physical well-being. Our relationship to health, well-being, and joy reflects how much we value ourselves and honor our spirit on the physical plane.
The function of this chakra depends on how well we take care of ourselves and know our boundaries and limitations. Proper function insures that we harness our life force so that we can be creative and spiritual.
This chakra promotes regeneration by feeding vital energy into our systems. It stimulates hormonal flow and influences our motility. It controls the way we move and our desire to exercise.
We preserve our energy and health by forming balanced attitudes about optimal health. We need energy, not only for daily tasks and to enjoy pleasure, but also to protect us through times of challenge and stress.
Finding the right lifestyle, one that encourages physical regeneration, keeps the sacral chakra active. Good nutrition is medicine for the body. Keeping the body hydrated and giving it ample rest and time off from stress and pressure keeps us stable and happy.
Difficult and challenging experiences strip our bodies of vital energy and deplete our reserves. If this chakra is not replenished it will drain all other chakras to fill it and, eventually, deplete the entire energy resources of the body.
Appreciating the physicality of the body without becoming compulsive or obsessional conserves energy and creates health. It fills the seas of energy reserves that the system can draw from in stressful times. We create these reserves each time we do something good for the body such as oxygenating our blood with exercise, taking time to smell the roses, and relaxing.
Each time we feel good about ourselves and honor our choices, we contribute to our physical presence.
Below is a practical exercise to let you review some of the harmful attitudes associated with the sacral chakra. This exercise illustrates a way of reframing negative attitudes into more positive and life-affirming ones.
Negative attitudes: The negative attitudes found in the sacral chakra tend to be all about our deservedness of a good life. If we feel we are not worthy of feeling good, of having enough of what we need, or of experiencing simple pleasures, we will be unhappy and miserable. We will also make others feel guilty for not making our lives better.
Unhealthy attitudes about sexuality and the right to enjoy good health and have abundance will focus on deprivation rather than on our right to what we say we want. These negative attitudes corrode our energy and limit our life force. They instill strict and rigid attitudes while serving to cut us off from ease, joy, and pleasure.
Positive attitudes: Developing a wholesome outlook toward our body by respecting its need for rest, recreation, touch, and expression helps us transform harmful attitudes into healthy ones. Finding the balance between work and ease, prosperity and charity, pushing the body and giving it rest teaches us about wholesome limits. Nurturing the body with tenderness and care creates an attitude that we are deserving. It creates a possibility for ease and strengthens our right to pleasure.
Affirmations for the Sacral Chakra
I allow pleasure and goodness into my life.
I know that I deserve goodness and joy.
I accept that good health is my natural state.
I allow abundance into my experience.
I open myself to simple, healing pleasures.
I cultivate health, wholeness, and ease.
I deserve to feel peace in my life.
Guided Visualization for the Water Chakra
In this guided meditation we’re exploring the water element of the sacral chakra, and finding our balance and calm center in the midst of change and shifting tides, the ebb and the flow, the crashing waves and the calm shore…
Body Positivity and Healing Meditation
A meditation to help you connect with your body and learn to love, forgive, and give gratitude to it. This meditation reminds you how powerful your body is and how it is here to teach you unconditional love. A beautiful way to end the day.
Honoring Your Sacral Chakra Journal Prompt
I invite you to ponder the following suggestions to help you honor your sacral chakra, and write in your journal what you feel called to explore further…
- Honor the physical body by giving it enough food, water, rest, and exercise.
- Respect the limits of the physical body and do not become trapped in obsessive acts of exertion, pushing the body beyond its natural limits.
- Accept your need for pleasure and create enough good experiences to replenish the spirit as well as the body.
- Acknowledge the powerful force of human sexuality and know what one’s values are regarding it.
- Know that you have appetites and needs and give them a place in your experience.
- Treat yourself to the joys of life and know that you deserve what you say you want.