Root Chakra|Groundwork

I am supported.

This was a lesson I had to learn before I could truly learn any other lesson. Really, this lesson of support was like beating a rough stone in a river of unpredictability. It was one thing after the other; and I was that hard stone.

Life is this magnificent flow.

The flow can be tranquil, like a small river. It could be gushing and full, like a waterfall spilling into a steady body of water. There are times the flow of life is seemingly frozen on the surface, still and oddly beautiful, yet moving beneath the surface; silently plotting the outcomes of a life to come.

What I’ve learned is: life is; always.

The stages of life happen to depend on our perception. It is only stagnant when we believe it to be. It is only plentiful when we see it as such. It is only unfortunate when we think it to be. It took me loosing all sense of support and grounding to realize what true freedom and support was. Somewhere down the line of my life, I had told myself that in order to taste true freedom and security was to taste groundlessness.

Groundlessness led me to the beautiful soil in which I would gain insight and transformation into a world I had only ever dreamed of. Now, my dear friends, reality seems but a dream I am capable of directing. It was in this search for freedom, I found myself far-removed from my friends and family; alone. I was alone, and I am so grateful to it.

Life is now a flow of experience, end-less questioning and pondering, and self-discovery. In this moment of my unique journey, I find myself enthused with Spirituality and Eastern-Philosophy. Though I am new to it all, I desire to share it with you. Having gained my 200 hour training certification in Yoga, I am inspired to continue my education and share all I believe to be truth as I go along.

I am supported, because I find support inside, and that brings it to the outer landscapes of this colorful world. I am supported. You can be too.


Red.

The color red, is much of what I see when I look outside of me. A new found awareness has led me to contemplate why the color red is something I am drawn to, repeatedly. I own a lot of maroon clothing, I love to dye my hair red, and I enjoy seeing the flush of excitement, and the rush of emotions that flood into the skin of those around me. There is something very natural and comforting about the color red.

As a child, I was always a little bit “up in the air.” I smiled constantly, defied what adults called “limitations”, and laughed with my belly. Growing up, fear captivated me. Fear of all sorts: judgement, punishment, disappointment, etc. But it was because what was inside, seemed to not be received well. I thought differently, I saw differently. The only thing I grew to not fear was change; and that has been an abundant blessing in my life. Because change is the only constant I know of.

Red, so happens to be the color of the first, foundational, chakra: The Root Chakra (Muladhara). As it’s name suggests, it deals with feelings of security, trust, and feeling grounded in someone’s personal sense of being. I am not beginning with the first Chakra, because it happens to be the first chakra, but because this is perhaps the most challenging one for me to maintain.

Below, you will find information on this particular chakra, ways in which I have cleared and amplified it’s flow of energy, and my overall understanding of it. (Please, if any of you have more information do not hesitate to join in the conversation and leave a comment or email me). Before you begin, I have written a brief overview of what the Chakras are, here.

The information that follows is easily found in the book “Eastern Body Western Mind” by Anodea Judith, or “A Handbook of Chakra Healing” by Kalashatra Govinda, and is also paired with my own understanding. It is important to always soak up the information that rings true to you, not to others. Enjoy.

ROOT CHAKRA: root-support, or grounded.

Balanced Muladhara Chakra: A balanced and activated root chakra provides your body and spirit with feelings of basic trust and intuition. The energy that flows through this earthly chakra provides our being with a beautiful ability to form and maintain healthy, trusting relationships with others without sacrificing the needs of oneSelf. If balanced, and activated, feelings of security in oneself and being comfortable with alone time is enhanced. One does not fear being alone. One does not allow fear, when felt (because fear is a basic emotion), to control their situation.

Location: In the physical body this chakra lies at the base of the spine, near the pelvic region.

Symbols:

  • The color red
  • Alluded to the earth and physicality. The basics of a physical life.
  • A red square, or 4 petal lotus flower.

Reconnecting with the Root Chakra:

As this chakra deals with balance, maintenance, and trust with others, and ourselves, it is only natural that our outer world should reflect what our inner world is working towards. However, I believe that by working inwardly, we work outwardly. Physicality, and being comfortable in our physical bodies, is an important aspect to unblocking and uplifting the vibrations of this chakra. It is important to:

  • Spend time outside. Notice the beauty that is around you.
  • Clean your home, and create a space where your body can feel at ease.
  • Cook homemade meals, but more-so, become aware of how it feels when doing this.
  • Dance! Go out! Share your beautiful light with the world around you. Express the innate beauty that is within you; and all.

With an unbalanced, or under-active, root chakra life begins to dull out a bit. Feelings of depression might surface, lethargy, and even complacency. One might begin to fear many things, and this ultimately leads to inactivity. The best way to bring forth change and spontaneity is to do something; use your body. Don’t let your body use you.

I’ll end by leaving you with one of my favorite quotes. It is inspired by a friend who was once stuck, but finally found a way out. It is something that has kept me going, even on those days I feel as if I couldn’t possibly move.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. -Dale Carnegie

Journey On-

E.Sel(:)

There is always so much more to talk about! I will be posting some activities, yoga poses, and meditation techniques to help enhance the Root Charka’s flow. Look out for it, and thank you all.

 

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Chakras|An Awareness

As this new year progresses, I find that time (most particularly, the pressure of time) is something we inevitably put on ourselves to achieve some level of perfection. Time is an important aspect of life, and should be balanced well; but it is not essential.

You do not have to wait for the first day of each year to set new goals, nor do you have to wait until the first of the month to start that new project.

Start now!

Begin now!

End when time enough has been spent.

With that being said, I am beginning a new writing series. I intend to write a collection of articles on the Chakras. Beginning with the one I have most struggled with, the Root Chakra. From there, I may follow them in order, I may not. I’ll let my intuition guide me when it comes time to make such important decisions.

Not only do I intend to talk about each Chakra, and the Chakra’s in general, but to provide a yoga flow, or meditation technique, that pertains to the current Chakra of choice. Not only will this allow me to share my new knowledge with you, but it will also allow me to learn more about the things that move me in this life.

I hope that as I share my knowledge and studies with you, that you do the same in turn; in whatever way feels right and true to you. This is a journey; a phase; a progression. I am a note, with a certain tone, in this music of life. Together we are chords, together our sound is increased and our song becomes that which is pleasantly varied.

Let’s create. Let’s learn. Let’s wonder.


THE CHAKRAS: (Sanskrit meaning: wheel)

Are defined as spiritual, energy centers that align along the spine. They provide a more subtle awareness of our spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical states of being. Each of the seven, (seven, being the most widely accepted number I’ve come across in my own studies), chakras radiate their own level of energy and affect certain areas of the body and mind. Although they pertain to separate areas, they are all interconnected and feed off of one another. It is taught, that through these energy wheels we give/receive energy from our environment.

CHAKRA WORK:

Basic awareness and understanding of the chakras is something I have come to believe enables us to improve our lives in more ways than one. That being said, Charka Work should not be used as a sole form of therapy, and if needed, see a doctor or a professional for any form of serious illness. I will map out the basic advantages and impacts, which chakra work has had on my life, and share with you my experience. This is a personal journey, remember what works for one does not always work for all. Be patient and kind with yourself. More importantly;

Find your own truths.

I have found, along my path, chakra work to be gentle. It has been more like a focused meditation than studying for a college exam, or writing a paper. It has been, and continues to be, introspective; peaceful; emotional; and enlightening.

There are many ways to begin chakra work, but my intention is not to provide you with the ways, but a basic understanding of what the charkas are; both individually, and holistically. From there, personal study and courses are for you to uncover and unearth.

Benefits of Chakra Awareness:

  • Balance of the body, mind, and spirit.
  • Promotes positive thinking.
  • Becoming comfortable with one’s self.
  • Increased levels of the physical bodies processes.
  • Health and stamina can be improved upon and maintained.

and more, of course.

THE SEVEN CHAKRAS:

  1. Sahasrara: thousandfold; Crown Chakra
  2. Ajna: awareness; Third-Eye Chakra
  3. Vishuddha: purity; Throat Chakra
  4. Anahata: flawless; Heart Chakra
  5. Manipura: sparkling jewel; Solar Plexus Chakra
  6. Svadhisthana: Sweetness; Sacral Chakra
  7. Muladhara: Root Support; Root Chakra

I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors, wherever life and the Universe (or God(s), beings) lead you. Remember, you are a being of light and love. You are pure and beautiful.

-Journey On(:)

-E.Sel