As a yoga instructor, I have attended my fair share of meditation sessions, but never in Arabic and never with an Islamic theme. Today, for the first time, I have tried an Arabic and Muslim meditation session titled “Allah Names Meditation & Cleansing Chakras Workshop” by the yoga instructor Rania ElMagraby. This meditation session uses certain holy names of God, Allah, to target the cleansing of certain chakras in the body.
Meditation has always been a challenge for me; I could never really get my mind to quiet down and concentrate on what the instructor is actually saying. I found that my mind would jump from topic to topic, and my eyes would always flicker open to observe everyone around me. I have always enjoyed the sessions, because I feel peace. Somehow, with the quiet music, and the softly spoken words, I get to relax and that’s enough for me. Almost rarely, do I ever focus on what’s being said. Today was no exception. I still twitched, observed my surroundings, and my mind jumped through various hoops and scenarios.
What was different though, was this time I really wanted to focus. Guided meditation in Arabic has a completely different feel. Rania has a lyrical voice, and because it was my first time in Arabic, I was enchanted. The focus today was on the first two chakras, the root and the sacral chakras. The root chakra is associated with survival and it establishes one’s connections with the earth and surrounding; it is blocked by fear. The second chakra, sacral chakra, is located at the lower abdomen; it’s characteristics are creativity and sexuality. It governs the reproductive system and is blocked by guilt.
There are two names of Allah that were used to cleanse and purify the first two chakras:
1- Al-Mughni (المغنى) – The Enricher
2- Al-Hayy (الحي) – The Ever Living One
The theory is, if you mediate using those two names of God Almighty as mantras , you will unlock and purify the first two chakras.
The Enricher – Al-Mughni: You are calling out to God, and asking him to fulfill and enrich your life in such a way, that you are whole and complete. With Him on your side, what or who else do you need that will jeopardize your survival?
The Ever Living One- Al-Hayy: For the chakra that is characterized by creativity and creating life, the use of Al-Hayy ties into it, although the exact reasoning is beyond me right now (probably because my mind wandered when she was explaining this).
I see meditation using the holy names of Allah as a bridge between the western meditation that is out there, and the Muslim faith. Did I feel something extraordinary? Not really. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Would I recommend it? Definitely!
Listen to the 99 Names of Allah and read the English translation here.
More info on the Meditation session and the upcoming ones can be found here