When I was in my early-20s, my doctor discovered a benign tumor on one of my ovaries. Though my health was fine after surgery to remove the growth, with my doctor chalking it up to "one of those things." For me, one of those things, was more than just random, in knowing the mind and the body are inextricably intertwined, whether we like it or not.
Ayurveda tells me these kinds of tumors can be, simplistically said, signs of stagnation. And for me, this stagnation on one of my chief reproductive, creative organs was a message that there was work to be done in my second chakra—our mind/body’s chief creative center–sexually, yes, but also in all the forms creativity can manifest in one’s life, from painting a gorgeous work of art to making a delicious meal.
In the second installment of a seven week series here on MindBodyGreen, I'm taking a closer look at each of our chakra centers. The chakra centers can easily sound inaccessible, regulated to people named Sunshine or Moonbeam. Lovely names–don’t get me wrong. But I was raised in union halls in the Midwest among beer-drinking Germans, so my take on the ethereal is to take what is practical, what works in real life, and set the rest to the side (at least for now).
When you look at the chakras, and the psycho-spiritual questions that each center asks us to consider, what you really have is a practical way to figure out what it is that you want to create in your life and, importantly, what might be blocking you from getting there.
If you missed the first installment on this series, about the root chakra, Muladhara, click here to catch up. Otherwise, onward…
Rising from the root chakra upward, the second chakra, sometimes called the sacral chakra is, Svadhisthana in Sanskrit.