As we continue the journey to explore the space where mind and body meet, we take our attention to Svadhisthana Chakra, the second Chakra in the Chakra System. This is the Water Chakra and is associated with the moon, feelings and emotions, reproduction and sexuality. It is located in the bony bowl of the pelvis and is linked to the sexy sex organs.
After the stability of the earth element in the first chakra we get in touch with the fluidity and movement of water, in the second chakra. Interestingly, this Chakra develops at around 6 months of age, around the time we begin to see beyond our mothers face and start to notice the world. As this Chakra develops it brings movement and exploration, we start to curiously explore through our senses, listening, watching, touching, smelling, tasting whatever we can. At this age, as we shove anything into our mouths, we learn the difference between eating soil, and the taste of chocolate or ice cream, we feel the difference between the touch of a soft animal and the touch of a sharp nail. We are learning the difference between pleasure and pain. The seat of pleasure resides here in this Chakra, and as we explore more of the world we move towards pleasure and away from pain. Pleasure allows the body to relax and invites energy to ‘go with the flow’ like the water element, moving easily through the body. The word Svadhisthana is often translated to ‘the sweetness of life’.
As adults out in the competitive world, and caught up in our work obsessed culture we are taught to sometimes deny or delay pleasure, which can lead to stress and contraction of this Chakra. […]