The Root chakra

Some time ago we touched on the subject of chakras, and went over some basic information about the seven chakras and what they represent for a person – both in the physical and the spiritual sense. However , it is worth exploring the matter deeper, since these sacred wheels play such a significant role in our well being on every level. Understanding how they work, their influence on our daily existence, and how to keep them in a balance and clean state, can make the difference between health and illness, balance and discord, development and stagnation.

The Root or Base chakra, called Muladhara, is one of the two entry points in the body, where energy enters and exits. It is located at the base of the spine and is associated with the colour Red. The Root chakra connects us with the physical world, it grounds us. It acts as an anchor of our physical body. It is also often thought of in relation to our sexuality and sex life, given that it emanates around a part of our anatomy directly connected to that side of our physical existence. It also speaks to the purely physical aspects of our being – survival, fight or flight response, sexual pleasure, courage. It is the center of animal, primal response, if you will. It is in the Root chakra, that our sense of security is generated, and we need to keep it healthy and clear, in order to develop the remaining six chakras. As with any interconnected energies, imbalance in one will lead, like ripples in water, to imbalance and changes in the others.

Lack of balance or a blockage in the Root chakra leads to physical dis-ease and discomfort. This can manifest as inflammations, pain in various parts of the body – particularly in the musculoskeletal system, lack of energy, fatigue, physical exhaustion. The opposite is true as well, clean and healthy Root chakra allows for free flow of energy from the Earth into the body, recharging, energizing and rejuvenating.

As with all the chakras, the Root chakra also has a corresponding sound or frequency. It all goes back to the understanding that the different energies in the body that the chakras represent, are vibrations, each at its own frequency, with a corresponding colour and sound. That comes at no surprise, given that light and sound are both waves.

So how does one un-block the Root chakra, in order to ensure the free flow of energy through it? There are many exercises, practices and techniques which can be employed. Certain Yoga poses are specifically designed to do just that – Mountain Pose (Tadasana), Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana 1), Corpse Pose (Savasana) and other, more advanced ones. You can do a meditation with affirmations designed to balance the chakra – I am connected to my body – I feel safe and secure. I trust in the goodness of life. I trust myself. I love life. You can use certain stones in the respective colour while meditating, by placing them on top the Root chakra. Such stones are Agate, Black Tourmaline, Bloodstone, Hematite, Tiger’s Eye. Another powerful technique is to inhale slowly and deeply and exhale the Oum sound, feeling it coming all the way down from the base of the spine, letting it vibrate all the way up as the air leaves your body. An experience Reiki healer can also work on un-blocking the chakra for you. All in all, you will find tons of information out there. Explore and try out different ways, until you find something that works for you. You will know it is the right way, when you notice the physical effect is has on your body.

The steps above are just the first part of a process, designed to clear the energy pathways in the body, by opening up all the chakra, so the energy can flow freely. In the articles to follow, we will explore the rest of them in succession. Until then, love and light.

Namaste.

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Life is suffering

The first noble truth of Buddhism states that Life is suffering. One reads this and goes: Huh? Really? That’s what life’s about? But delving deeper into this simple phrase, there are layers of wisdom to be found.

Suffering, the wise man goes, is caused first and foremost by attachment. Attachment to people, to things, to memories, to desires, and worst of all to results. We all know the last one, we all fall in its trap day in and day out. It’s called Having expectations. You see, at the core of everything we feel, think, do or choose, sit two primal forces – love and fear. And when we get attached to something or someone, we begin acting out of fear. Fear of losing that which we have. Fear of going without that which we have obtained. All the while ignorant of the simple fact, that nothing we “have” is truly ours. Everything that enters our lives at one point or another, is simply passing through. Experiences come along to teach us something about ourselves, people stop by for a while to show us a different perspective, challenges appear to help us grow. And things, well, things don’t last anyway. Fearing the loss of that we think we have causes us to worry about a future without it, instead of enjoying a present with it. So we spend time and energy and money building walls around our “possessions”, physical or otherwise. We don’t share the abundant gifts of life out of fear that there won’t be enough left for us. We limit the freedom of those we claim to love out of fear that they will leave us and love us no more.

We chase careers and success, thinking that we will be happy when we reach the next promotion, get the next pay raise. All the while having no time to enjoy life because we are too busy slaving away. We have substituted our happiness with one or other form of success, thus placing its source where it is not – outside ourselves. How often do you hear yourself or someone around you say “I have to go and get this, I have to go and buy that, I have to do, I have to get, I have to be….”. The list goes on. Truth is, there is nothing we have to do. There is nothing we have to ‘achieve’. There is nobody we have to become. All we have to do is be. Right here, right now, fully present in the only moment we actually have. Instead of being afraid about the things we cannot get, or losing the stuff we already do, love ourselves for who we are and love each moment of every day, as if it’s the only one. Because it is.

But let me back-track a little. That short phrase I mentioned before, attachment to results? Oh yeah, we don’t really notice that one too well, do we. But it’s the worst of them all. Expecting outcomes not rooted in reality, wishful thinking without foundation or reason. Placing expectations on people is as unfair as it gets. Denying someone the right to be themselves and expecting them to be who you wish them to be. And then bitterly complaining about the disappointment. We do it all the time. And we do it to ourselves, too. Worst, we do it to ourselves. We create pressure to work hard, to do the right thing, always. To deliver what in turn is expected of us. To compete, to achieve, to accomplish, to obtain. The world has set the standard and we feel like failures every time we don’t manage to meet it. That is the bad news. The good news is that we can make a different choice. We can substitute attachment and desire with acceptance, appreciation and gratitude. Because the moment you feel grateful for what you have, you stop worrying about that which you don’t. The moment you share it all with another, you declare that you have enough. The moment you let go of everything, you get it all back. You are rich not when you don’t lack anything, but when you don’t need anything.

So be grateful for every breath of fresh air. Appreciate the smile of a stranger in the street. Accept the flaws of those who care about you. Leave the job you hate, and find your true calling instead. Show kindness, to yourself and to all around you. Tell fear to take a hike, and give love a chance. Because you are perfect, and beautiful, and wonderful. In all your flaws and imperfections, you are exactly who you’re supposed to be, right here and right now. Give thanks, send out light and just be.

Namaste.