Working with our Root Chakra
Being “grounded” is important for any time of the year but I feel it is especially vital in the Spring. Grounding is about being present in the here and now, free from worries and anxiety. Spring is a time of growth, change, transformation and nourishment. Having a solid foundation is key.
The easiest way to ground it to just be out in Nature, immersed in the beauty and barefoot if possible. Feel the energy of the earth (at the end of this article is a simple meditation for grounding and empowering yourself).
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~Margaret Atwood
A solid, deep root system is vital for the survival and health of plants. Being grounded, or having a healthy and balanced Root Chakra is vital for our health and wellness. Chakras are our main energy centers within the body.
Issues associated with the Root Chakra
The Root Chakra is located in the pelvic area, is associated with the color red and our sense of survival. If this Chakra is out of balance we may worry about financial and other issues relating to our sense of security. We may be materialistic, thinking that more is better, safer. We may fear letting go of material items or situations that no longer serve a purpose to us. This is the area where fear is triggered and held onto. If we look at it symbolically in the human body, the Root Chakra is our foundation, also our backbone. Lower back issues can be associated with Root Chakra imbalances. Energetically we have disrupted the flow of energy (and oxygen, blood & nutrients) to the pelvic and spine through fear and physical ailments may start appearing. Our emotions have placed our body in a state of dis-ease. Being too much in our heads, day dreaming, overly spiritual without our feet planted on this physical plane are also symptoms of being ungrounded.
We can see what happens to plants when a lack of sunshine, water (too much or too little) or nutrients (too many or too few) causes them to have to fight for survival… they grow tall and spindly with a shallow root system. They need support to hold them up. They are unhealthy and prone to pests and diseases. It’s all about balance and promoting a deep, solid root system.
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” ~Joseph Campbell
Here is a simple yet very effective meditation that I use in my classes. The meditation is easy to visualize and makes it easy for first time meditators. It is a powerful healing and empowering meditation.
Find yourself a comfortable, quiet location. A straight back chair is most effective as the position allows energy to flow more freely though your body.
Sit with your feet flat on the floor, arms relaxed and with your eyes closed, just feeling your breath as you inhale and exhale.
Imagine yourself as an acorn, buried just beneath the soil. Feel the warmth of the sun warming the moist soil.
The warmth and moisture stir your energies. Imagine your root starting to grow, straight down into the nourishing soil. Growing and starting to branch out. You sprout a stalk, pushing through the soil and finding the sunshine. Reaching towards the light and air, you grow stronger and taller. Feel the energy of the sunshine being drawn into you. Breathe it in. Breathe in love and healing energy. You start branching out, filling out with leaves, reaching for the limitless sky. Your roots drive deeper into the soil, spreading out and grounding you. Feel yourself pulling the nutrients from the soil, absorbing them and sending them all though you, reaching your farthest leaves. As you exhale, release all tensions and negativity. Feel the energies moving through you, grounding and strengthening, healing. You are now a magnificent oak tree. Enjoy the warmth of the sun, the gentle breezes through your leaves and the soft rains refreshing your leaves.
When you are ready, slowly become aware of your self and surroundings. Stretch and slowly open your eyes. Experience how refreshed, grounded and empowered you now feel.