Chakra Sunday: The Root Chakra (Muladhara)
Last Sunday I introduced the start of a new Thought Circus Series: Chakra Sunday, promising to use the chakras to create a greater sense of mindfulness and ultimately a more balanced and confident outlook on life.
This Sunday, we’ll start with the basics: the Root Chakra (Muladhara in Sanskrit) which is the energy center located at the base of the spine. This chakra is the most physical of all the chakras and governs our basic needs and most primal instincts (survival, security, passion/sexual desires, etc). It can be associated with adrenaline in a “flight of fight” response, which is probably the easiest way to identify when this chakra needs a little re-balancing.
A clear and balanced Root Chakra allows for good, healthy, “common sense” decisions and the ease of living in the here and now. You feel grounded, secure, and healthy and even if not everything is in place in your life, you feel confident that everything will work out.
A blocked energy flow to the Root Chakra makes us feel insecure, afraid/threatened, and absent-minded when it comes to completing day-to-day necessities, making us self-indulgent, depressed and neglectful of our health. When the Root Chakra is blocked, we often ask ourselves what is the point of what we’re doing and we feel alienated from those around us, and we act impulsively and sometimes recklessly.
As I posted earlier in Thought Circus, I went through a long blocked Root Chakra phase only a few months ago. I was extremely unhappy at my job. I felt insecure about my abilities and experiences and it prevented me from seriously apply to new jobs for too long. Although the only problem at that moment was my unhappiness at my job, the feelings infiltrated every other aspect of my life because, boiling it down to my basic primal needs, I was not feeling financially secure and I was losing my sense of purpose. This insecurity made me feel isolated from others. I stopped doing yoga and I stopped running. In short, I was slowly ticking off every symptom on the “blocked Root Chakra” list.
Now, if you are a true believer in chakras, yoga philosophy, and other such forces of the universe, you might find yourself reaching for your Root Chakra crystals (ruby, bloodstone, obsidian), surrounding yourself with Root Chakra aromatherapy scents (lavender, cedar wood, cinnamon), or chanting in the Root Chakra musical note (C), to me it’s more important to use these chakra categories as a tool to simply be aware of the base problem and use that to change your mindset moving forward.
Re-balancing your Root Chakra is all about re-grounding yourself, feeling solid, and inviting confidence back into your life. So how do you do this? Well, the Root Chakra is all about the most basic instincts, so the solutions are similarly basic:
- Get back to taking care of your body: drink plenty of water, eat to nourish (eat foods that came from the ground…you’re grounding yourself after all), exercise, get enough sleep
- Organize and de-clutter. Remember how good it feels to have a clear desk, a clean house, a made bed? A de-cluttered space=a more clear mind
- Reassess your life and your goals. Often when the Root Chakra is blocked, it’s because you have lost sight on what you truly want and need. Forget about what doesn’t matter and step back to focus on the big picture.
- Appreciate what you have going for you and allow that to outweigh what you don’t. Then, think of the things that could enhance your life and create a few easy to obtain goals that will push you in the right direction.
- Walk around in the grass barefoot. Okay, maybe this one is a little more “yogi” than the rest of the list, but there’s just something so soothing about feeling the earth beneath your bare feet.
So that’s what I did. After months of unhappiness I finally thought to myself that this has to stop. I reassessed my life and reminded myself that my insecurities about apply for jobs because of inexperience were not valid. We all start inexperienced, so it’s not an excuse (plus, after working at my job for almost two years, I certainly did have experience). I wrote a list of what makes me happy and what skills I wanted to develop and achieve. I signed up for my first half marathon and began running again + paying more attention to eating healthier. I reminded myself of all the wonderful things in my life that I am so lucky to have and regained some self worth by telling myself that I am happy with who I am and that it is completely realistic for me to grow and achieve great things (we are our own toughest critics). So with this new vision and cleared Root Chakra, I set out applying for jobs with renewed vigor, not allowing myself to get caught up in any one application, and eventually I got an offer.
How to tell if you have a blocked Root Chakra:
- You feel as if you have many good ideas, but everything seems just out of grasp and you can’t quite follow through. This usually suggests a fear of rejection (insecurity).
- You spend much of your time worried about survival—in this day and age, that typically means you’re feeling some financial stress (worried about being able to pay off your credit card, rent, bills, tuition, etc.).
- You have habits that get in the way of your life and your goals. These don’t necessarily mean drug/drinking addictions, sometimes it’s just the post-work negative mindset you routinely fall into which prevents you from going out with friends or working on hobbies on the side.
- You feel confused or bored with basic aspects of your life.
- You feel physically and/or emotionally insecure and needy.
Can you think of a time you had a blocked Root Chakra? Do you currently have a blocked Root Chakra? What did you do/are you doing to re-ground yourself and allow your confident energy to flow again?