“Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots”- Rumi
The First Chakra - Muladhara
The Sanskrit name Mula (Root) and ahara (Foundation) is given to the first chakra. Physically it is located at the base of our spinal column placed at the root of our sexual organs.
The Root Chakra is the center and representation of our certainty and safety within ourselves and how we perceive our environment. When in balance it truly gives the sense of being ‘grounded’. When not in balance can be a source of uneasiness and distress.
The Muladhara symbol is usually depicted as a five petaled upside down lotus blossom and red in nature, a powerful color that when in harmony also invokes emotions of love, life and courage; however can also represent anger and rage.
Some advice for healing and maintain are some of the following.
- Eat root vegetables such as radishes, carrots, beets, parsnips and garlic
- Walk, preferably barefoot on the grass and become grounded with nature.
- Practice yoga. Some good poses would be mountain, warrior and bridge.
- Practice your breathing.
- The use of essential oils can be quite beneficial. Sandalwood, Cinnamon, Ginger, Patchouli and oakmoss are a few oils that can help keep you present and grounded.
To gain a better understanding of the chakras there is a book that I recommend. Wheels of life: A user’s guide to the Chakra system by Anodea Judith