By Millicent Sykes
First Chakra- Muladhara
Essence: earth, waking state
Governs: home, food, water, basic needs, parents, family relationships
Words that invoke this chakra:
Balance, stabilize, home, abundance, steady, root, ground, connect, firm
“In this chakra we… acknowledge our physicality and our connection with Mother Nature and all earthly things.” (Corepower Yoga, 2015, p. 3-23)
When I think of the root chakra, I think of the foundation. Like the name states, the root chakra is the base of the chakra system and is the beginning of all growth. With stability comes creativity, growth, and individuality. With security, a person feels safe to explore their curious inclinations while knowing there is support. With safety, a person is able to think freely about the present and future without the nagging reminder to fulfill basic needs. A person feels safe, supported, and nourished when the root chakra is balanced; a great place to establish a strong foundation so the mind has more energy and space to create.
7 months have passed since the widespread panic and isolation due to COVID-19. Safety, certainty, and future plans have been ambiguous and distorted. Stating the need to remain calm, optimistic, and stable is difficult in application. From civil unrest, injustices, and questionable leadership, people have begun to realize their limited autonomy. Has your perception of safety changed in the past virus-infested months? How has your sense of grounded-ness been tested, and what strategies have remained effective?