Root chakra: Feel deeply supported

The “base” or “root” chakra represents our connection with the earth. It can be affected by whether we feel safe, secure and rooted, or unstable and without solid foundations. It’s associated with our basic needs for survival.

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For the most part, by the time we’re 5, we’ve decided what the world is like. For many of us, this involves some measure of fear.  Whether its from traumas and memories or just watching the news, we often learn to be afraid of life.

If we don’t feel safe, our adrenals and kidneys will be overtaxed, and we’ll be weak in the knees, and shaky in the hips and ankles.

Working with the root chakra can help you let go of subconscious fears that undermine you, and will help keep your body healthy on a basic level.

3 powerful ways to tone the root chakra:

1. Get your feet on the ground!

And I mean literally!  Barefeet on the ground connects you to the earth, and gives you access to vital earth energy.  Get your toes onto the dirt (or grass, or stone) and feel how deeply supported you are by the firm ground.

feet on the ground

In addition to helping you feel supported, barefeet allows the energy of the earth to circulate through your systems, leading to a whole host of health benefits. The rubber-soled shoes we usually wear blocks this “most potent antioxidant known to man,” as Dr. James Oschman calls it, from entering our bodies.  Barefeet are much better conductors : )

So, I know the equinox has passed, but if its not too chilly yet, put yer toes in the earth to tone your root chakra AND improve your overall health.

2. Change your inner dialogue with affirmations

Affirmations help us turn around the negative stories we’re telling ourselves at every moment of the day. These are the subconscious fears I mentioned at the beginning of the article.  Instead of whispering “you are safe and supported” they’re often saying “watch out!” or “it’s a miracle you’re still alive!”

I’m sure you can imagine that this keeps our stress response at unhealthy levels, burning out our adrenals and damaging our immune systems.

Affirmations work to subvert this sort of unhelpful self-talk that gets in our way.

Here are some to get you started:

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(photo credit: Bhumika.B via photopin cc)

I am safe and supported.

I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.

I have everything I need.

I am grounded and stable.

I am deeply rooted.

I am standing on my own two feet.

I trust in life.

I am connected to my body.

I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow into who I am.

The earth supports me.

I make healthy choices.

I love my life.

If you see a few that resonate with you, repeat them to yourself 10 times or so a day, maybe even while standing barefoot outside.

And, if you feel like this is  just what you need this week, I’ve made you a printable! with some root affirmations that you can put up at your desk or in your room where you’ll see them each day : )

3. Visualization

This is another one that pairs nicely with barefeet on the ground.

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Close your eyes.

Take a few deep breaths, feeling them fill the entire body, all the way down into the toes of the feet.

Bring your awareness down to the base of the spine.

Begin to see a beautiful, deep red encompassing the lower body, spinning clockwise or counterclockwise.  

Take some deep breaths into the red and see it become deeper and more vibrant.

Begin to send this color downward from the pelvis, from the hip bones, seeing it fill your legs, knees, and feet, filling the lower body. 

Start to send the red down from your feet through the earth like roots.

 Go as deep as you can down into the earth, and wrap your red roots around what you find there: dirt, bedrock, or even the molten core of the earth.

See your roots turn the whole area around them red, and take a few deep breaths.  Breathe into this connection, and release down into the ground anything in the body that’s holding you back from feeling fully supported. 

Now, leaving your roots intact, begin to draw that deep red from the earth up into your feet, knees, legs, and hips.  Bring it all the way up through the body, through the belly, chest, arms, and crown of the head.  Feel the red uniting the earth and sky.

Breathe deeply and relax into this sense of connectedness, staying here as long as you wish.

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And there you are!  Kinesthetic, auditory, and visual tools to complement your learning style.  I hope you enjoy playing with these.  They’ve all really helped me settle into my body and feel safe in my own skin.

bonus idea: join me this week in wearing red clothes and eating red food  (strawberries, beats, red wine, etc) to re-enforce your commitment to getting grounded in the  body!

red outfits

me and old friend in our red outfits from yesteryear : )

Have an awesome day!

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Comments

  1. This is a gorgeous post. Love the tips. Are you going to go up the chakras?

    • Thank you Zsofi! I really enjoyed making this post. I will be going up the chakras! With a few other things in between (blood sugar balance coming up next!) So glad you enjoyed it : )

  2. Nice article. To open the root chakra, I use a shortcut method. I just repeat the words, “Money, Sex, Power” to myself many, many times during the day. (And yes, I’m serious. All those words have negative connotations to most people, but in fact they are all neutral words that are needed and balanced in a healthy person.)

  3. Thank you Amberlee for the simplicity of your writing.

    Yes it is the unconscious dialogue that goes on in the background of your mind of feeling unsafe or not supported, which as you say resonates from our formative years as a child. Leaving you feeling fragmented and not connected and supported in life even though you are, if that makes sense.

    Focusing a little time back to this chakra has been very healing and empowering to me,
    So thank you again for taking the time to put up those lovely affirmations.

    I look forward to returning.

    • Susie,

      Thank you for your kind and helpful comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post.

      Isn’t it interesting how old patterns that we may not even be aware of can effect us so profoundly? Thankfully, with some focus, inward-facing curiosity and self-compassion we can work to turn it all around : )

  4. Hi Amberlee,
    This is Susie again, just wanting to say how my life has opened up in so many ways since I last dropped you a line, focusing on my root Chakra has been so enriching to my life.
    My health has improved so much, my immune system is strong and I am free of viruses for the first time in years. I have connected with some beautiful people and very much feel part of a family even though not in the traditional sense of biological family. I am supported and appreciated and am now able to receive and accept the love from others.
    I enjoy going out into nature just to feel the connection of Mother Earth.
    Thank you again Amberlee for your lovely affirmations and words.

    I would love to see what you write in regards to the Yellow Chakra, the Solar Plexus.
    Any time soon ???

    Many warm wishes to you,

    Susie 🙂

    • Hi Susie,

      What an amazing transformative experience. Thank you so much for returning to share your inspiring story.

      As for the solar plexus chakra, here’s a link to access all the other chakra posts I’ve written (as of this date, I’m up to the third eye) http://amberleerose.com/feel-more-vibrant/

      I hope your life continues to unfold in this beautiful way, and that you have a wonderful weekend full of love and connecting to mother earth : )

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