I apologize for not getting this out last week. With the holiday weekend, my focus was on family and loved ones and resting for the upcoming opening of the shop. This week I will be posting the Solar Plexus and the Heart Chakra associations.
The Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura (ma-ni-pu-ra) is located above the navel, just under the ribs and the associated color is yellow. The usual emotional associations are confidence, self-worth, clarity, and wisdom. In the Eastern teachings, the animal is the ram.
The Mountain Lion is the animal that I see most clearly for this Chakra. For many years, when I’d think of the Mountain Lion (also called Cougar, Puma, or Catamount), I envisioned the large cat standing on a cliff looking down into the meadow below. Perhaps this is because I saw one in that setting when I was very young and camping with my parents. I wasn’t afraid since the cat was pretty far away, but I was filled with a sense of respect for a creature who was obviously a good hunter and provider. It seemed to me that the Cougar wasn’t afraid of anything in its sight.
In Native American teachings, the Cougar is a natural leader, strong, confident, and respected. It is guiding you to set your boundaries and free your self-confidence. The Cougar is a Warrior and symbolizes one’s ability to accept and direct the course of power through one’s life with grace and speed. It also represents coming into your own power and taking responsibility.
Read this next part over and use some of these suggestions during your daily meditation for a week and see what happens. I would love to hear what your results are. (I won’t tell you the best way to meditate because I know that it’s different for everyone. I am still learning what my best method is.)
Set up your meditative space the way that is best for you. I prefer a light shawl over my shoulders, sitting cross-legged on my bed, with a pillow between me and the wall. I sometimes light incense, but more often I do not. I usually have my headphones in and am playing a variety of tracks (I’ll get into that later). Most of the time I meditate while my daughter is busy doing her own thing.
Once you set up your space and are ready to begin, take a deep, cleansing breath, holding for a moment then slowly let it out. To help myself stay focused on breathing, I will count to four on the inhale and eight on the exhale. Continue breathing in this manner, letting your body relax with each breath. Place your hands over your midsection and feel the warmth from your hands seeping into your belly. Imagine a bright, yellow glow flowing from your hands to your core. When you reach a state of relaxation, ask whatever guide you have (Spirit, Universe, God, or just your own Self) that you be introduced to Cougar. Visualize the strength of the large cat, the confidence it has as it walks through the cliffs. Focus on how powerful it is even as it rests in the shade. Keep in mind how well she provides for her kittens and how she trains them to become providers, too, and see how that translates to your own life. Allow whatever thoughts that might come your way to float up to the surface so that you can see them more clearly. This will give you the chance to increase the energy in your meditation.
When you begin to lose focus on the meditation, whether it’s five minutes or fifty, thank the energy of the Cougar for coming to you that day. Take another deep breathe and stretch your limbs as if you were a Mountain Lion stretching in the desert sun. If you did not feel a connection to Cougar during this meditation, do not be discouraged. Try again tomorrow at a different time of the day.
Thank you for sharing this with me. May your day be blessed.