This is the first in a seven-part series on the chakras. I will be discussing the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological aspects of each chakra and how they interact with us and our environment, as well as how to work with and balance each chakra through diet, exercises and meditations in order to bring lasting health and happiness to our lives.
First Chakra: Muladhara (Root)
Function and Purpose: Survival, self-preservation, grounding
Balanced Inner States: Security, stability, being comfortable in one’s body
Imbalanced Inner States: Moody and/or emotionally unstable, living in one’s head (thoughts and fantasies, being disconnected from the body)
Location: Coccyx, perineum
The root chakra, located at the coccyx and perineum, is our first and most important energy center – it is the foundation that all other chakras are built upon. Without this “root support,” we would never be able to open our upper chakras, thus reaching the pure state of spiritual consciousness.
This calls to mind an image of a great tree with its “roots” running deep into the rich, nourishing earth, reaching strong and high to caress the boundless heavens. Much like these trees, in order for us to reach the one true celestial source of pure connectedness with all that is, our roots must also run deep. Without deep roots, we are merely reeds floating atop the ocean, at the mercy of the tides, floating aimlessly through life, unable to choose our own direction and destinies.
When our first chakra is properly cared for and balanced, we are “grounded.” Grounding is the process of opening this chakra and resting comfortably in our bodies.
Have you had any interesting experiences with the root chakra?
(Stay tuned over the weekend for a guide to working with and balancing the first chakra!)