Seeking Safety - Part 2 - The Root Chakra - Hope Street Treatment

Seeking Safety – Part 2 – The Root Chakra

Hello there Dear Reader, 

Do you remember our last post? We spoke about the importance of safety. If you don’t, no worries, you can simply scroll back and read it. Now, if safety is of such essential importance, what steps can we take in order to increase the level of safety felt within one’s own being? When I look for a solution, my training in the energetic sciences is where I look first, as I believe that underneath all physical problems lies a core energetic reality. This reality can be broken down into many energetic systems, however for now I would like to focus on the Eastern energetic understanding of the body, called the Chakra Systems. For a wonderfully done explanation of how the Chakras correlate to the Maslow Hierarchy mentioned above, check out the article “Maslow’s Hierarchy vs. 7 Chakras- Interestingly Similar!” written by Diane Roberts Stoler Ed.D. Like Diane, I too was surprised to find that research had been conducted on this very topic, as the idea came to my brain organically. 

The Chakras are known as ‘wheels of light’ that lie around the area of our physical spine. For the purpose of our journey today, let’s explore the Root Chakra, which is known in the eastern philosophy as the Muladhara and lies at the very base of the spine. This Chakra is typically portrayed as a red color and controls the feelings of safety, groundedness and intrinsic survival. When it is blocked, overactive or simply not in alignment; a person can feel controlled by their fear, greed, or paranoia. 

Let’s get back to how to increase the feeling of safety internally, and incorporate an understanding of how to align the root chakra. Have you ever taken a yoga or meditation class? When you were in that class, how much of your attention was focused externally? In thoughts such as: ‘what will the other participants/ teacher think of me’, ‘I can’t do this’, ‘This is so NOT me,’ or anything else that brought you out of the actual experience happening within your body? 

Well my first step in increasing safety within the body, requires you to actually GO within your body! Yes, it can be scary, terrifying at times, but I promise that you will emerge the better for it. (When done with proper professionals holding space for the intense feelings that come up.)

Ok so you’re in body, Great Job! My next tip is to find a tool that works for you. Everyone is different, so what works for some may not work for others. Some tools I recommend include the following: sound baths, yoga poses, music attuned to the frequency of 432 Hz, eating grounding foods (such as root vegetables like sweet potatoes), smelling earthy fragrances (such as pine or tea tree oil), and my personal favorite, SPENDING TIME IN NATURE. 

The earth has granted us the most magnificent space to heal our root chakra. Since this chakra is the closest to the earth, the closer WE get to the EARTH, the more aligned it becomes. Try this simple exercise; take your shoes off. That’s right, release your burdens of society. Now place your feet on the ground, yes directly on the earthy grassy ground! Now just walk, dance, stand there, or even sit. The essential piece is being in the moment of connection with the ground below you. Feel for a moment, feel the Life Force beneath your feet, and just treasure that time, to feel the aliveness that is within you!

A dear friend of mine, Susy Markoe Schieffelin, taught me this process and explains this and other grounding tips on her YouTube channel, The Copper Vessel. I invite you to check out her video on grounding linked below, as well as her sound baths which have been a part of healing my breathing journey. I hope you find it as helpful as I do. 

That’s all for today. Thank you for taking the time to read this post and thank you for taking the time to value your multidimensional precious Self. I wish each and every one of you many warm delicious sensations of safety and grounded being. 

Be Well,
Shoshana Widitor, BS, BES


Resources:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-resilient-brain/201804/maslows-hierachy-vs-7-chakras-interestingly-similar

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5954253/-Physio-anatomical resemblance of inferior hypogastric plexus with Muladhara Chakra: A cadaveric study

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw4RGqhBrFM– 3 tips for GROUNDING with The Copper Vessle

 

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