The bright orange of the sacral chakra, Svadhisthana, is my color for the day.
with orange egg yolks,
baked in a steam bath
whippoorwill farm carrot, raw bite, right out of the bag — the sweetest thing ever
getting ready for stock-making.
mom’s down vest when she stopped by
for a cup of ginger tea
on the vermilion couch.
Calendula, the common marigold, wears the orange of the second chakra. Svadhisthana, the sacral chakra, is the center of passion and pleasure. The place where creativity is born. Where feelings arise from. The home of sensuality, intimacy and connection. This energy center, alive with the element of water, is a place from which movement and transformation arises.
This chakra is the location of some of the challenges that I am exploring at the moment. How do I let myself be expressed in my physical being? How do I let my creativity flow? I am finding that the relationship between the root chakra (which relates to having basic needs met) and the sacral chakra is a dynamic one. It is not only that I need to have my basic needs met in order to feel safe enough to freely express myself creatively. I think it may also be just as important to let my creativity flow in order to be able to take care of myself and meet my basic needs. This means there must be movement in order to feel safety.
It makes me think of the way that when you ride a bicycle, you must move forward at a decent speed in order not to fall over. Staying still, in interactions with a bicycle, is not necessarily the safest place to be. And what if it’s true that humans were designed to move? So when I am paralyzed with fear, and feel scared for my life (how will I make a living, what is my purpose?), and I have the instinct to stay still, I am not necessarily doing what is best for my life as a whole. My life needs some movement. Even if it is scary.
Sacral Chakra Affirmations
I love and enjoy my body.
I have healthy boundaries.
I am open to experiencing the present moment through my senses.
I am passionate.
I feel pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.
I nourish my body with healthy food and clean water.
I know how to take care of my needs.
I value and respect my body.
I am open to touch and closeness.
I allow myself to experience pleasure.
My sexuality is sacred.
Emotions are the language of my soul.
I take good care of my physical body.
I am at peace.
Back on the subject of calendula, I use this calendula flower essence tincture from Floracopeia every morning. It “supports personal empowerment, receptivity and internal comfort, especially in communication dynamics. Supports digestive and skin health.”