The Root Chakra

Posted by Steph B. on

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The root chakra is the first of seven chakras in the human body. It's located at the base of your spine, below your tailbone. Your root chakra governs your sense of stability, security, and belonging in this world. When this chakra is out of balance or blocked, you may feel anxious or insecure about yourself and others around you.

The root chakra governs our sense of stability and security in this world; when it's blocked we may feel anxious or insecure about ourselves and those around us. The color associated with the root chakra is red because it represents safety and survival; physical energy moves through this area too! It also brings us back to basics: nourishment through food (or lack thereof), shelter from the elements (or lack thereof), financial stability (or lack thereof)... Basically anything that keeps us safe provides us with a sense of stability that begins at home--which is why it's called "root."

The Root Chakra is our base chakra, the one that connects us to physicality and the earth.

This chakra is our connection to the world around us. It helps us feel safe in our environment and grounded in who we are — if it's out of balance, it can lead to feeling disconnected from your environment, which can lead to anxiety or depression.

Root chakra energy is represented by red hues, like our blood and earth itself. The elements associated with this chakra are earth and water; you might notice that water tends to be calming (which makes sense), but why do we associate earth with feelings of calmness? Perhaps it's because when we're on solid ground there's no need for fear; fear comes from not knowing what's going on around us or feeling that we don't know how things work anymore.

The Root Chakra might be your most important chakra, in the sense that it has to be balanced before you can effectively balance your other chakras.

It's the foundation of all other chakras, and if you don't have a strong root, your upper chakras won't function as well. It's responsible for our physicality—the way we perceive ourselves and our connection to the Earth. When this energy center is out of balance, it can cause pain or illness in the lower body (lower backaches/sciatica), or create issues with feeling grounded in one’s life or work environment.

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If you are anxious or worried about survival or death, your root chakra is likely to be out of alignment. The root chakra is the connection to physicality and the earth, so if it's out of whack, it's going to affect other areas of your life as well. The root chakra is also the most important chakra to balance before you can effectively balance your other chakras.

If you're feeling like you need help with any part of your life right now (your job, home life, etc.) consider making an appointment with a therapist who specializes in energy work such as Reiki or Reconnective Healing. They can help release any negative energy that may have been stored in your body over time due to trauma or negative relationships from earlier in life (or even just recently!).

If you are feeling a lack of vitality, as if you are missing a connection to the endless flow of life around you, try balancing your root chakra.

You can do this by connecting with nature, people and your own body through simple practices such as:

  • Taking long walks in nature or sitting in silence with your eyes closed
  • Sitting still for 10-15 minutes each day with eyes closed and hands resting on knees (or any other position that is comfortable)
  • Breathing deeply from the diaphragm and relaxing into it for several minutes before going about your day (this one will do wonders for me; I tend to carry stress in my neck & shoulders)
  • Playing with kids or pets (or both!)
  • Thinking positive thoughts about yourself, others and life in general

Your Root Chakra helps keep you connected to your physicality and the larger world around you.

The Root Chakra is the first of the seven chakras, which are centers of energy in your body that help to maintain a healthy mind and body. It’s located at the base of your spine and helps you feel grounded with being here on Earth. When it’s strong, it gives you a sense of safety and stability, helping to keep you balanced in times when things might be stressful or uncertain.

You can balance your root chakra by using crystals like hematite or black tourmaline to remove negative energy from your system. You can also visualize yourself as an oak tree rooted deep into the earth—or imagine that you have roots going into an area where there is significant source energy (like near water). Finally, try meditating by focusing on feeling connected with nature around you while lying down on the ground with arms resting above head while taking slow deep breaths through nose and out mouth slowly counting 10 seconds each time.

With the root chakra in balance, we can be happy and content. Our happiness is not dependent on external conditions but comes from within us. When you feel grounded and secure with yourself, it is easy to love and accept others for who they are without judgment. This is how we create a harmonious environment around us by being true to our own feelings first before trying to make other people happy!