Have you ever spent time gazing at a fire, allowing its flickering warmth to relax you? The beauty of flame can be quite mesmerizing, allowing us to easily reach a deep state of meditation with ease. There are many different ways to utilize fire in your meditation practice, but this is one of my favorites, as it never fails to leave me feeling more relaxed and uplifted.
Whether using a large campfire or the simple flame of a small candle, this meditation invites you to heal and align your third chakra, your Manipura or Solar Plexus/Navel chakra. When this chakra is misaligned you may experience feelings of powerlessness or neediness, a desperate desire for control, or struggles with self-expression. Physically you may notice digestive issues when this chakra needs a little extra love.
Seated comfortably (perhaps in lotus or half lotus pose) with your spine stretched tall and chin held high, focus for a moment on deepening your breath. Allowing it to become slower and more steady, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth at a relaxed and cohesive pace. Let your gaze soften as you observe the flame in front of you.
You may do so literally or through visualization, but either way take a few minutes to write down the feelings, events, or experiences you’d like to release emotional or energetic attachment to. As you burn each one, give them gratitude for the lessons they’ve taught you and the growth prompted by them. Then as it burns, envision your anxious thoughts, feelings or insecurity or inadequacy, or need to control any given situation peacefully rising up in smoke… no longer attached to your energetic body and freed from your mind’s fixation.
Then, after releasing, focus your attention on the base of the flame, noticing any differences in color. Breathing even more deeply, allow the warmth and vibrancy of the fire to be felt deep within your abdomen. Visualize the characteristics, ideas, people, and thoughts that you with to call into your life igniting within. Just as the fire burns in front of you, feel its warmth tingling inside of you as well. Allow it to illuminate the shadowy areas of your heart, inviting them to heal and grow.
Fire meditation mantras:
- I am safe and secure.
- I am free to express myself as I am guided to by my intuition.
- I am powerful and provide benefit to the world around me through sharing the gifts and abilities I’ve been given.
- I hold the tools within myself to create the life I desire.
- I am divinely supported.
Repeat these out loud to conclude your meditation, and repeat as often as you feel called to. Have you felt the soothing benefits of a fire meditation? Let’s hear your experience below!