Many Eastern religions believe there are energy centers, or chakras, throughout the body and that nurturing and meditating on these chakras can help with healing, relaxation and renewal. This can be facilitated by creating a chakra garden, which can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. There are seven main chakras, and each has its own energy and related colors and elements.
1 Map out how you want your garden to look on the notebook. "Chakra" comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “wheel,” so a natural layout for a chakra garden is a wheel or fan shape. If you have a large garden, you can provide a seating place at each point for meditation. If your garden is small, one round bench at the center would allow you to face each point as you meditate.
2 Choose what plants you would like to use for each of the seven chakra sections. Each chakra corresponds with a different color, so choose plants with flowers and foliage that relate to the appropriate chakra. You also may want to add an item that relates to each chakra to use for a meditation focus in each section.
3 Choose plants with red flowers and foliage for the "root" chakra; orange flowers for the "sacral" chakra; and yellow flowers or plants for the "solar plexus" chakra. Green is the color for the "heart" chakra, so green shrubs or herbs work well for this section. The "throat" chakra corresponds to the color blue; the "forehead" chakra relates to the color indigo; and purple is the color that corresponds to the "crown" chakra.
4 Select a meditative focus in each section, considering what each chakra relates to. The "root" chakra relates to the element of earth, so a large stone or rock would be appropriate. The "sacral" chakra relates to water, which can be represented by a small water feature or water in an ornamental bowl. Fire is the element for the "solar plexus" chakra, and candles or a solar light would work well. The "heart" chakra relates to air, which can be represented by a fragrant plant or wind chime. The "throat" chakra is about space, so a clear or white gazing ball might work. The "forehead" chakra is about intuition and memory, so pick something that makes you think of this. The "crown" chakra is about spirit, and you can use a statue of a Buddha or something that represents you.
5 Purchase or collect the plants and items that you would like to add to your garden and lay them out according to your garden plan, before planting, so you can get an idea of what they will look like. If you need to add garden soil or compost to your garden, add it at this point by digging extra soil or compost into the sections where you want to place your plants.
6 Dig your holes and plant each of your plants according to your plans, firming the soil around the roots of each plant. If you have chosen focus items for each chakra section, place them where you can see them from your seating area. When your garden is planted, place your round bench at the center or individual benches at each section. Water your new plants well and keep them moist until they are well established.
Items you will need
- Tape measure
- Shovel or spade
- Round bench or benches
- Selected plants
- Items for meditation focus
- Compost or garden soil, if needed
- Choose plants that grow well in your U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones.
- If you have small children, you may not want to use meditation focus items that are glass or easily breakable. Choose items that are stone, metal or wood.
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