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Root Chakra 101

All about the first chakra blocked, overactive, and healed.



This is the chakra of stability, security, and basic needs.

It's whatever grounds and makes you feel stable. This includes your basic needs such as food, water, shelter, safety, as well as your emotional needs of feeling connected and supported.

It's also our body’s most primal and fundamental energy center, you can visualize it being located at the base of our spine, or groin area and being associated with the color red.

Physical symptoms of overactivity can include bladder problems, constipation, fatigue, and anemia.

Among the most common non-physical signs the root chakra is too active include:

  • anger

  • short temper

  • greediness

  • belligerence

  • impatience

  • feeling stuck

Blocked

  • You tend to obsess about money, e.g. you worry that you don’t have enough, you have catastrophic thoughts that surround going poor and becoming homeless, you over-work to soothe your anxiety surrounding finances, you become triggered whenever someone in your family spends too much, YOU must be in absolute control of the money in your family, etc.

  • You have a general mistrust of others (trust issues)

  • You believe that the only person you can rely on is yourself, and you avoid asking favors from others (even when you really need them)

  • You’re a workaholic who tends to burn out easily

  • You have a dysfunctional relationship with your family

  • You feel like there’s “never enough” to go around and you need to fight for what you want

  • You’re terrified of a loss of control

  • You are hyper-vigilant to any perceived signs of a threat from others or your surroundings

  • You feel dizzy, anxious, spacey, and ungrounded for most of the day

  • You find it difficult and scary to be your authentic self around others

  • You feel disconnected from other people and nature

  • You are a hoarder who likes to “collect” a lot of things making your living space constricted and cluttered

  • You binge-eat or stop eating completely when you get depressed or anxious

  • You have leg and feet problems, such as swelling, infection, cramps, poor circulation

  • You tend to hold weight around the bottom half of your body (e.g. love handles, thick thighs)

Staying Balanced

1. LISTEN TO GROUNDING MUSIC

2. CHANT “LAM” TO YOURSELF.

3. REGULARLY GO FOR A WALK IN NATURE.

4. DO TARGETED YOGA

5. EAT GROUNDING FOODS

6. PRACTICE 30-SECOND MINDFULNESS

7. CARRY AND MEDITATE WITH CRYSTALS

8. CLEANSE THE ROOT CHAKRA WITH AROMATHERAPY SCENTS

9. PRACTICE “GROUNDING”

11. QUIETLY SIT DOWN AND VISUALIZE

12. MAKE TIME TO SIT OUTSIDE EVERY DAY AND CONNECT WITH NATURE

13. USE AFFIRMATIONS OR MANTRAS

14. DRINK AN HERBAL TEA

15. TAKE A SOOTHING SHOWER

16. EXPLORE THE CAUSE OF YOUR FEARS


Also:

Adjusting your diet, getting enough exercise, and incorporating meditation into your routine can restore chakra balance.

Yoga and its overall balance, especially when dealing with an overly active center. Calming and low-impact exercise tends to counter-balance the excess of energy. Energy healing, such as Reiki, sound therapy, or using crystals that will lift and calm you, can also help the process along.

Affirmations:

“I am grounded,”

“I am centered and whole,

“I trust in the wisdom of life,”

“I have everything I need,”

“I am safe and secure,”

“I surrender,”

“I am strong, stable, and at peace.”

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