At Thanksgiving in the Americas, our attention often turns to food and family. And no wonder. Gratitude sources from our connection to others: our family and heritage, our friends and community. The feeling of gratitude wells up within us, reminding us that we’ve not only survived, but thrived. That we belong.
The sacral chakra which sits behind our belly buttons links our heartfelt emotions about our world to our ability to create in the world, to manifest. Like Cerridwen, our bellies are our cauldrons of inspiration. These undervalued reservoirs ensure the positive flow of emotions, make intimacy possible, ensure our connectedness.
A Healthy, Happy Sacral Chakra? Here’s How to Know
There’s an easy way to evaluate the healthiness of the sacral chakra. Simply answer YES or NO to each of the statements below.
____I easily express my emotions – they feel free and flowing.
____I have an abundance of healthy, sensual pleasures in my life.
____I ensure that I am always hydrated and I enjoy drinking water.
____I can identify what I need, and ask for it.
____I enjoy stimulating and healthy sexual relationships.
____I love to dance, moving with music feels good to me.
____I am in touch with my sensitive side.
If you score more than four No's it may indicate that your sacral chakra is imbalanced. If you score four or more YES answers, wonderful! You are balanced in the sacral centre.
The Perfect Pumpkin Represents the Sacral Chakra
Playfully, the sacral chakra is represented by the color orange, making the pumpkin a perfectly lovely, representation of this important role our belles play in our ability to control our circumstances, create our outcomes, or balance our emotions and behaviors. Wearing orange is a great way to integrate this energy into your personal celebrations.
Incorporating crystals or oils into your wardrobe, gratitude altar, or celebrations can also help balance your second chakra energy this Thanksgiving. Moonstone, carnelian, citrine, or golden topaz can be carried or worn throughout the day. Dab a bit of rose, geranium or sandalwood on your wrists or into a diffuser for balancing with scent - or put a few drops in your bath at the end of the day. After all, nothing brings out our insecurities like an entire day immersed in family dynamics. And there’s no better antidote than acts of creativity.
Creatively nourish this part of yourself in the kitchen with earthy spice, including cinnamon, vanilla or sesame. Or switch up traditional ambrosia for a mix of these sweet fruits: melon, mango, strawberry, passion fruit, oranges and coconut. Personally, I would add Georgia peaches, kiwi and starfruit for pizzazz, and leave off the bananas.
Did you know that the word for the sacral chakra, Svadhisthana, actually means “sweetness?”
Balance family tradition with new observances that reflect who you are today. And if your family gets you all stirred up, find safe ways to express and release emotions, such as talking to a friend, chanting, dancing, painting, or writing in your journal.
Shake off Thursday night sluggishness with a night of dancing. Take a Saturday walk in nature, or some other activity that gets you moving. Go to a musical concert or listen to the waves on the beach.
In other words, embrace the positive attitudes behind your gratitude and see where it takes you.
Wishing you a wonderful hearth day filled with family, friends and the flavors of home.