Enter the kitchen. (Think or say: I am entering the kitchen.) Move to the counter where the tea kettle is. (I am moving towards the counter.) Reach one hand to lift the tea kettle. (I am reaching out to lift up the tea kettle. I am lifting the tea kettle.) Turn slowly towards the kitchen sink. (I am turning towards the kitchen sink. I am moving to the kitchen sink.) Move the tea kettle below the kitchen faucet. (I am moving the tea kettle to the faucet.) Turn on the water. (I am turning on the water.)I won’t write more because obviously it would be tedious to read and the idea by now should be obvious. Move through each of the moments, mindfully, focusing on each event as you experience it. Even when the tea is steeping, once again place your hands in prayer. You may want to chant or meditate silently until the tea has finished steeping. Drink the tea very slowly, holding the liquid in your mouth and allowing your taste buds to savor the flavor of the drink. Then, after you have swallowed the first sip, put your tea cup down and allow yourself to continue tasting the tea flavor lingering on your tongue, how it changes as it fades. On your next sip, after you have swallowed, try inhaling through your mouth to see how the taste changes. The next time you take a sip, swish the liquid around in your mouth. Always, between each sip, put the tea cup down. You may even want to return your hands to the prayer position or Ushras Mudra cupped over your lower abdomen. By the time you take the last sip the tea may be tepid or even cool. Pay attention to the different flavors that you are experiencing now. Excellent choices for this meditation include the following teas: peppermint, ginger, and chamomile. All of these teas are restful and cleansing. You may also want to do a meditation in water, preferably not chlorinated. Chant while you are soaking in the water or give yourself a slow self-massage with your abdomen and hands beneath the water. Finally, here are some affirmations to use while working with the svadhisthana chakra, using a pen with orange ink, an orange pencil, or even on a piece of orange paper. As before, you want to write very slowly, possibly using your non-dominant hand, repeating the words aloud to yourself as you write them. Write each once and if one in particular resonates with you, repeat that one several times. Or write each one several times. There is no need to rush through this. Write these affirmations not as an activity to cross off your “to do list” but as a meditative practice.
I am able to surrender my fears.
I trust myself to follow my dreams.
I am in tune with my emotions.
I adapt with grace to any situation.
I am in the flow of my life.
I release ideas that are no longer useful.
I am alive and joyful.