Engaging with Cravings: Coconut Wisdom

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Taste-second Chakra Collage

The “function of the sacral chakra is to produce happiness, self-love, healthy relationships, ambition and creativity.”  More of this please!

If you are wondering where in the world to have fresh, young, sweet, cool real coconut water right out of its shell maybe you should saunter over to Crave on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks for a cooling coconut drink replete with straw and watch people eating cream cheese and lox Panini’s, nutella crepes and drinking Intelligentsia Coffee like we did the other day.

It’s kind of surreal in the best possible way to drink this cooling concoction of sweet medicinal deliciousness right out of its shaved white shell in the middle of a busy urban day 2675 miles from the closest Hawaiian Island; and the whole experience got me thinking about how our sense of taste relates to the second chakra.

Each of the six senses correspond to one of the Chakras and has an inner and outer expression. Cultivating a taste for taking care of our bodies as well as our soul and using food as medicine is a beautiful way to expand this important sense. When we get a taste for feeling good, we can build on that by regularly engaging in practices that support this, like mindful eating. For me, that means no more eating whilst reading or talking business, or letting my stomach get empty.

According to the science of Ayurveda, the liquid from the Baal or Tender coconut is 90 to 95 percent water is the purest and most healing. It is considered the best for its cooling properties. It is a proven pitta-pacifier which can help repair the gastrointestinal tract, and its sweet quality gives it a pranaropana-life-restoring-capacity. (prana is life force energy) Since I am in the process of healing a stomach ulcer and reducing the amount of heat/pitta in my body, my desire to taste this sweet, cooling deliciousness is spot on. 


Whatever the reasons, (death, separation, fear, loss, anger, grief,) some really big life changing issues related to this energy center have called out for completion for the past few months. Anybody out there, besides me, with an ulcer, insecure attachment, and or boundary issues? Or maybe you are grappling with lack of passion, ‘writer’s block’, or maybe it shows up in your knees, hips, or lower back.

One of the tastier ways of nourishing this energy center is by eating yummy autumn favorites like pumpkin soup and garnet yams baked in the shells until they caramelize and are then mashed with ghee, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Other correspondences include the color orange, the symbol of the  crescent moon, the element of water, essential oils of sandalwood, myrrh, bitter orange, and vanilla, the musical note D, and the mantra or seed sound ‘VAM’ which is pronounced ‘vum’. A mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of “creating transformation.”  Click on the link a the bottom of this post to hear it and other seed sounds.

Some nice affirmations for this chakra might say something like:

  • I am open to the world and flow easily with change.
  • I am passionate and creative and express these qualities easily in my daily life.
  • I deserve pleasure in my life and find small ways to nourish my self regularly
  • I absorb information from my feelings and use this for growth
  • I embrace and celebrate my sexuality.
  • My sexuality is sacred and a means of connecting with divine energy.
  • I move easily and effortlessly through life.

The ability to experience pleasure as well as nurturing ourself and others are all affected by this chakra! Engaging our senses in every day practices that balance and strengthen it help us create healthy boundaries, the ability to change,to be expressive, passionate, creative, and emotionally intelligent. I’ll have seconds of all the above thanks- what’s that extra helpings all around…Absolutely!



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