Are you obsessed with money and feel like you never had enough to fulfil your needs? Is your relationship getting impacted by your insecurities? Do you have trust issues? All these point out one thing: the Root Chakra. A closed root chakra can be the reason for your mental instability. Activating the root chakra helps you overcome these issues to restore the feeling of safety and keep you grounded. And that can help you reach the ultimate goal of leading a peaceful life.
Before going into the article, let’s know what a chakra is:
According to Hindu and Buddhist traditions, Chakra is a swirling wheel of energy that brings the physical and spiritual being together.
There are 7 such chakras in a human body, each responsible for its own function. The first chakra is root chakra located at the base of the spine. It is also referred to as “Muladhara chakra” in Sanskrit, where “Mula” means root and “Adhara” means to support or base. The Muladhara chakra is responsible for the functioning of all other chakras. If the root chakra is inactive, the probable chances are that all the other chakras also become unstable leading to many health issues.
- Sanskrit name: Muladhara, in which Mula means root and Adhara means to support or base.
- Location: Muladhara chakra is located at the base of the spine, pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrates of the human body.
- Colour: The root chakra is in red.
- Element: Muladhara chakra represents Earth.
- Balances: security, safety, stability.
- Imbalance: an inactive root chakra causes anxiety, nightmares, fear of losing, pain in feet and legs, fear of alienation, weight gain.
The root chakra corresponds to the earth element and roots you to the ground. It consists of whatever grounds you to stability, be it physical needs like food, water, or emotional needs like compassion. When this chakra is unstable it causes feelings of alienation, anxiety, instability, and insecurity.
How to open root chakra?
Aromatherapy has surprising effects when it comes to healing and curing. This can work just fine to awaken your feelings of insecurity and safety. Try burning Muladhara incense or essential oils to open the root chakra.
- Positive affirmation:
There is no better therapy than repeated positive affirmations. Affirmations help break the shackles of preconceived notions to unleash the new version of yourself. Repeat the positive affirmations daily to see the magic of growing self-confidence in yourself and the mitigation of existing insecurity issues. Here are some affirmations you can try or they can serve as just examples to try your own affirmations:
- I love myself.
- I don’t feel insecure about my relationship
- I am not alone.
- I can do this.
By repeating the statements you tend to create a new thought pattern that goes the positive way to keep you grounded.
Yoga helps to connect spiritual and physical beings through postures, which are called asanas. Retaining breathe while doing asanas helps in relieving stress and anxiety which in turn helps in opening the root chakra. Some asanas which can help you in achieving this goal are squat, child’s pose, mountain, warrior, and goddess.
- Practice mindfulness:
Meditation is not everyone’s cup of tea. But the main goal is not to sit still but to attain mindfulness. And it need not necessarily be through meditation. You can practice it while walking or any other recreational activity as well. But for rejuvenating the inner energy, make sure you connect with nature. Spending more time with nature, helps you reconnect with the earth and keep you grounded.
- Disconnecting with the past:
How secure were you as a child? And how secure are you now? These two questions answer most of the dilemmas you might be facing. Knowing the root cause can help you in treating the problem better. Once you are well-aware of the reason, it becomes easy to disconnect yourself from the past experiences that have affected you adversely. Here, you can practice mindfulness to disconnect yourself from your past, practice asanas or meditation, or affirmation.
All the seven chakras are inter-connected in the human body. Changing one chakra has an impact on the other chakras as well. However, the root chakra, as has been said above, is a little more responsible for how the other chakras behave. So, it is recommended that root chakra is kept active and stable to deal with stability and insecurity issues and to keep you rooted for personal and professional growth as well.