Have you ever felt disconnected, insecure, or unable to find direction, like the rug has been pulled out from underneath you?
Unfortunately at some point in life you may have felt one of those things, or maybe even all of them. There is a good chance that during this time, your base chakra energy or ‘root’ energy might have been out of sync.
In energy medicine we look at how our physical bodies connect to and interact with our energetic selves or the seven major chakras. The word ‘chakra’ is sanskrit for ‘wheel or disc’ and signifies one of the seven basic energy centres of the body. These wheels of energy are believed to connect our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual selves. It is acknowledged by millions across the globe that for optimum health we need to keep the energy flowing in all our chakras. Whilst this is the ideal, it is sadly not the norm in today’s busy world.
I believe that a healthy sense of belonging and purpose in our lives is not only linked to external and conventional factors that may help us feel secure and connected. For example, factors like a job, a home, family and friends. Although all these elements contribute to our sense of self and give us purpose and a feeling of belonging, there is also an intrinsic need to connect and a vital energy within us as individuals that needs to be acknowledged. It is this energy that is linked to our base chakra. When it is nourished and nurtured, this energy is free flowing and it can help us to enhance our sense of connection at a primal level, and strengthen our own personal well of resilience. This can stimulate positive effects internally and within our immediate environment – which is great for ourselves and everyone around us!
So, in other words, nurturing your own sense of belonging and purpose is crucial. But, how do we do this?
Ignite the fire!
Our base chakra or ‘Mudladhara’ is located at the base of our spine and is linked to our sense of survival, grounding, vitality, connection to our bodies, and the ability to live in the present moment. The base chakra is linked to the reproductive glands and symbolises the root of our existence. When flowing freely it is linked to health, prosperity, security, creativity and dynamic presence.
When this area is blocked or stagnant we can feel ungrounded, disconnected, unsupported and sometimes fearful. This can also manifest in feelings of lethargy, and in some cases unexplained lower back pain. If I’m working with a client I would always advise them to see their GP for a physical problem if they haven’t already, and then if appropriate we would work together to find a therapy that would help strengthen their base chakra.
If you feel like your base chakra needs strengthening, here are my five simple suggestions to help you feel boosted and energised again:
1. Get ready…
Your base chakra is linked to the colour red. Bringing more red into your life, for example, through the clothes you wear can immediately give a boost to the way you feel about yourself. This colour is vital and vibrant and certain shades can also be earthy and sensual, so try a shade that works for you.
2. Find some earthy inspiration
Who or what ignites your fire and inspires you? Make time to be around and connect with those people or take up those hobbies that make you feel alive. One of my favourite sayings is ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup.’ I cannot emphasise how appropriate this saying is when thinking about revitalising our base chakra. Nobody can run on empty, so doing whatever relaxes you and brings joy and creativity into your life is what you need to do more of. (A healthy dose of salsa dancing might be one way to invigorate your base chakra!)
3. Use strong Affirmations
An affirmation is a statement that can be used to send positive reinforcement to your whole being and to spark change. Affirmations which help boost your base chakra should focus around whatever you feel is out of balance. For example if you feel insecure and tired, your affirmation could be ‘I am secure and safe’ or ‘I am healthy and rooted.’ Saying these affirmations a few times each morning with intention, either during meditation, after yoga practice or even after you’ve just brushed your teeth, can help start your day in a positive way and give your base chakra a boost.
4. Explore Complementary Therapies
There are many types of complementary therapies that can help with balancing the chakras. The trick is finding the one that has the most benefit for you. Ayurvedic massage works directly with all the chakras of the body and is a treatment with a real focus on nourishing the chakras and bringing them back into balance. Holistic Massage therapy and Reflexology are both very grounding treatments. Incorporating specific essential oils into these treatments like earthy Sandalwood or Neroli can also help to encourage a sense of stability, warmth and grounding.
5. Practise your postures
Certain yoga postures are also associated with energising the base chakra. I find that chair pose is very helpful, but mountain pose, warrior pose and sun salutations are also recommended by some yogis. Taking time to nourish yourself mentally with quiet meditation following your yoga practice will also help to replenish your base chakra and strengthen your root energy.
So what are you waiting for? Time to get your mojo on!
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