Ground into Gratitude Using the Root Chakra

Published Date 11/21/2018
Category: Health & Wellness

Have you tried to balance your Root Chakra?

Author's Photo by Erin
-Staff Writer
Cultivating gratitude in our everyday lives is an important way for us to stay and celebrate the present. At the time this article is being published, it is right before Thanksgiving and the holiday season is in full swing.  It is at this point in the calendar we hear about giving thanks and being grateful more than ever.

One way to cultivate gratitude you may not be familiar with is to tap into our Root Chakra and balance anything that might feel out of place.

What is the Root Chakra?
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine. This Chakra is the foundation for everything else that is built upon it. The Root Chakra connects us to the Earth and brings us back to Mother Nature. When balanced, it gives us a sense of security, belonging and makes us feel like all our needs are met. We often feel very secure and content when the Root Chakra is balanced.  

On the flip side, when the Root Chakra is unbalanced we may feel uneven, insecure and anxious.  As a foundation for all our instincts and basic sense, this Chakra is responsible for our power of being, or the right to be here. When unbalanced, it is very common to experience low self-esteem or self-worth. 

Balance your Root Chakra
To focus in on the Root Chakra, sit in sukhasana (or the easy pose) by simply sitting crossed legged on the floor or a yoga mat. Close your eyes and roll your shoulder blades back so that you’re sitting upright, and your spine is straight.  Begin to focus in on the area at the very base of your spine. As you deepen your breath, image the color red surrounding you.  Red is the color we associate with this chakra.  With each inhale, breath in gratitude. With each exhale, release anxiety and self-doubt. Repeat this process for 8-10 breaths. 

Cultivating gratitude in our lives is important for our happiness. We need to feel connected and rooted into ourselves to feel fulfilled and content with where we are in life. By accepting where we are and balancing the root of our being, we can live to our highest potential and happiness. 

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