The first of the seven main chakras is the root chakra. The purpose of this page is to teach you how to do a root chakra meditation, but before we get to that, I want to explain to you exactly what your root chakra is and what it helps with. By making it to this page, I'm sure you're already familiar with a basic understanding of all seven of your main chakras, but if you aren't you can get a quick overview by checking out the Chakra Meditation page.
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine at the tailbone. It is the first chakra and regulates our survival needs and sense of being grounded. It is also the most physical chakra, so any physical activity will help to strengthen the root chakra. The root chakra is associated with security, whether it be physical, emotional or financial. It aids in feeling courageous, stable and safe. The root chakra helps us to feel grounded to the earth and planted strong. When this chakra is clear and energy is flowing through it, we feel confident that we can easily fulfill our needs. If the root chakra is blocked, we may feel anxious, worried or depressed.
This chakra gives us vital information about whether actions we're considering will be beneficial or harmful to us. When we have to make a decision, we can focus on listening to what this chakra is telling us. If we are feeling uncomfortable and iffy about our decision, it may be smart to reconsider our plans. If we feel pleasant and possibly even energized, the decision we have made should be pursued, since it is likely that it will be the safer action and beneficial to us. We know this chakra is balanced when we feel we are in good health and have vitality, as well as having a sense of trust for most people and things in the world. We feel safe and secure and are prosperous. Having a balanced root chakra allows us to relax.
We can tell if this chakra is blocked if we are feeling fearful. This chakra is related to courage and safety, so fear is a major blockage of the root chakra. Other ways to tell if the root chakra is blocked is if we feel anxious, restless, are lacking discipline or are unstable financially. Very disorganized people may also be lacking energy flow through the root chakra.
On the flip side, those of us who have the root chakra overstimulated will feel sluggish and lazy. They may hoard items and act greedy. They seem to be afraid of change, since they are so reliant on keeping their security.
Opening the root chakra can be assisted by being physically active. Go for a run, swim or any other physical activity you enjoy. Receiving or giving a massage will also help unblock the root. We want to try to reconnect with our bodies so physical focus is key here. Since our root chakra is closely related with the color red, having anything that is red around us will aid in opening this chakra up. Wearing red and focusing on red items will trigger the energy flow to this chakra. Red gemstones are also known to assist in the opening of this chakra. Examples of this are garnet, ruby and bloodstone.
The best way I have found to open any of our chakras is through meditation. Close your eyes and focus on your breath to clear all the mental clutter going on in your head. Once you are in a relaxed meditative state, focus on bringing energy up through the bottom of your feet, through your legs and into the base of your spine where the root chakra is located. With each inhale, imagine the energy forming into a bright red ball of energy. With each breath, the ball of energy gets bigger and bigger and starts to rotate in a clockwise direction. Continue this until you really feel the energy at the base of your spine. Once you feel this and the root chakra is open, you will be ready to move onto the Sacral Chakra.
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