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root chakra meditation | introduction to the chakras and root chakra awareness

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Episode 35 is a brief introduction to the chakra system and working with the energy body.  To stay aligned with the theme of season 4, I dive a little deeper into the muladara chakra and how we can connect with the energy of that center.  I discuss the concept of balance, excess and deficiency of the root chakra and how that may manifest in the body.  I finish with a root chakra meditation to attune awareness to it’s vibration.  Please enjoy and share.

Show notes and resources:

  • Intro and outro music by Zen Jenn with Apple Loops, and Nectar Drop by DJ Drez

  • In this episode I discuss a little about the chakra system as part of the energy body, and how we can learn to connect to the chakras in our own body. I also begin to share some detail about the Muladara/Root Chakra and I finish with a Root Chakra meditation

  • So what is a chakra?

    • The word Chakra means wheel or disk

    • Chakras are described as energy centers resonating at different frequencies that are rooted along the spinal column

    • Traditional Hindu culture and ancient yogic texts focus on 7 main chakras along the spine

    • Other traditional cultures believe there are many other chakras located throughout the body in addition to the main centers along the spine, including the hands and feet

    • The Chakras are the bridge between the mind & body, and spirit & matter and ultimately create the union in yoga connecting us to all that is, and to cosmic consciousness

    • The chakras cannot be physically detected in the body, but they can be felt

    • When you notice a physical sensation in the body that relates to a specific emotion, that is chakra energy

      • Butterflies in the stomach when you’re nervous

      • Heart aching while grieving

      • Having a gut feeling about a tough decision

    • We can work to connect with and balance these energy centers through a variety of practices including yoga & meditation, physical exercise, crystal work, working with archetypes, alters, and journaling

    • We can work with all 7 centers individually in any order based on whatever is going on for us physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually when we come to the practice

    • Or we can work sequentially up through each chakra toward spiritual liberation, or downward through each chakra toward physically manifesting ideas and projects

  • The Root Chakra

    • The Root Chakra is the first of the seven main energy centers along the spine

    • The sanskrit name is Muladara, which means root support or foundation

    • It’s location in the body is the tip of the tailbone and the perineum.

    • It’s associated with the element Earth, the color red, and the sense of smell

    • The Root Chakra is expressed through our motivation to survive in our body and environment through self preservation

    • It’s expressed through the concepts of grounding, nourishment, trust, health, home, family, prosperity, belonging, and appropriate boundaries

    • Consider the energy centers to work like a water valve and a hose

      • If the valve is nearly closed and energy flow is constricted, the center becomes weak or deficient

      • If the valve is open too much, the center becomes excessive and energy flow becomes too strong

      • If the hose is blocked entirely, than no energy can flow into that space

      • If the valve is balanced, the energy flow is just right for all issues physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual related to that center

    • Characteristics of a balanced root chakra are

      • Good health and vitality, being well grounded, being comfortable in body, a sense of trust in the world, feeling safe, secure and stable, ability to relax and be still, finding prosperity within the right livelihood

    • Characteristics of a deficient root chakra include

      • Underweight and disconnect from the body, often fearful, anxious or restless, poor focus and discipline, financial difficulty, poor boundaries, chronic disorganization

    • Characteristics of an excess root chakra are

      • Overeating and obesity, material fixation and greed, sluggish and tired, fear of change, rigid boundaries

    • Root chakra problems that can manifest physically in the body include

      • issues in the legs, feet and bones, weight problems, hemoroids, constipation, sciatica, arthritis, and knee problems

  • In my humble opinion, the key to working with the Chakras is not to overthink these concepts.  Consider it to be more of a mindfulness practice that is experienced and felt. This way we can learn to trust whatever comes up as intuitive guidance toward the right answers for each of us at the moment we chose to listen and explore the energy body.

  • It’s important to remind you that the practice is very personal for each of us.  None of us are going to experience anything the exact same way, and at any given moment our experiences change. For that reason, I will never tell you what you should be feeling and experiencing, because I am not you.

  • Meet yourself wherever you are today and anyday practice with love, compassion, and gentleness, then trust that you’ll be guided intuitively by your own inner wisdom.  In this space, you will receive exactly what you’re meant to receive.

  • Check out episode 18 of my podcast if you’re interested in a chakra tuning meditation of the 7 main centers.

  • Although there are many great teachers,  my favorite authority on the subject of the chakras is Anodea Judith

Thanks for stopping by and tuning in! Sending you blessings of mindful presence to the beauty of your life and all it’s abundance.  May you always have everything you need.

Peace & Oms,
Zen Jenn