Perhaps you’ve heard of chakras before and that’s what’s brought you here. Perhaps you know that when studying chakras, you should start with the “first” chakra, what’s called the Root Chakra, and that’s why you’re here. Maybe you’re just curious about energy. Maybe you don’t even know what a chakra is!
Whatever brought you to this post, I am here to share a little bit more in depth about what the Root Chakra is. Last year I posted a brief introduction to chakra energy but now felt it was time to look a little more closely at each one; what it is, how to heal any blockages on it, and how to continue to nourish it.
As I mentioned previously, chakras are seven energy centers located within the human body (animals have them, too!). When your chakras are balanced, you are able to live the most fulfilled life possible. You feel safe, confident, purposeful. However, over time, these chakras can become blocked or imbalanced, throwing off your entire body, mind, and soul. In the posts to follow I will be taking a deeper look at each chakra and what they represent and giving examples on how to take care of them.
First and foremost, the Root Chakra.
Just like the name implies, this chakra is all about grounding and feeling safe. Located on the base of your spine and often known as the survival chakra, the Root Chakra is our most primal. It’s the one most connected to the Earth. Big, communal things, such as war, famine, terrorism, etc, that threaten our basic feeling of safety also threaten our Root Chakras. Personal tragedies threaten this chakra as well.
Just like in Maslow’s pyramid of needs you must feel your basic needs are taken care of in order to feel fulfilled in other areas of your life (or, in this case, in order to balance other chakras). If you’re starting chakra work, start with the Root and work your way up!
If you have a balanced Root Chakra, you feel safe. You feel connected to the Earth and your own body, and you don’t feel threatened because of them. You feel you have a right to be here and to take up space on this planet. Beyond that, you feel worthy of being here. Basically, you feel safe and good enough.
However, if your chakra is blocked or imbalanced, you aren’t going to feel safe. If you don’t feel safe in or worthy of your physical world, it is near impossible to reach your full potential. So how do we remedy this?
You can use affirmations. You can wake up in the morning and literally tell yourself something (list to follow) and go about your day believing it. Eventually your words will turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy and you’re going to feel that shift of energy that indicates a balanced chakra.
You can also do yoga. Poses that bring you close to the ground or sitting are wonderful for the Root Chakra and serve as a reminder of being connected to the Earth.
Meditation works, too. My favorite for balancing the Root Chakra actually involves thinking about roots: sit on the ground (preferably the Earth) and visualize roots growing from the base of your spine to the core of the Earth.
Essential oils, too: diffuse Earthy scents, such as cedarwood (which, for the record, has been known to change perspectives and bring people together- pretty interesting!), sandalwood, or myrrh.
Once you feel your chakra is balanced and you are in a good place, you can move onto the next. But please, don’t forget to nourish your Root Chakra! With time, you’ll likely come to recognize imbalances on specific chakras, and if you feel your Root Chakra slipping off balance, use the tips above to bring yourself back to a balanced state.
List of Root Chakra affirmations:
- I am exactly where I am meant to be.
- I am deeply connected to the Earth and all that inhabits it.
- I am safe.
- I nurture my body.
- I have everything I need.
- I trust me.
- I love this life.
Next time, we’ll go a step further and explore the Sacral Chakra (which is muy sexy, you don’t want to miss it)!
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