Welcome to the first entry of our series: Compassionate Sustainability! Over the next several weeks, we'll be exploring the seven chakras, the lessons we can learn from nature, how to be more compassionate participants on this planet, and other compelling hippie nonsense that, at the end of the day, silences the voices in my head long enough for me to smile and breathe *gasps into paper bag* Let's begin!
The Root Chakra is exactly what it sounds like, it's the very root of your being! Located at the base of the spine, the Root Chakra is what connects you to the world around you. It is responsible for your most base instincts in survival. When people dig deep into that place that allows them to keep going, despite the challenges ahead? That's the Root Chakra in action!
When the Root Chakra is properly aligned, the world seems as though it all works together. If, however, there is imbalance, it can lead to feelings of anger, unworthiness, lack of drive, and can leave you feeling disorganized and disconnected. Those are feelings I'm sure we can all identify with, and have battled at one time or another. It makes sense that, in this scenario, the building block of your spiritual power must be cared for so the other chakras can be strong and balanced as well (sort of like a Jenga tower).
There are a few ways to bring stability back to your Root Chakra.
- For a quick visualization, imagine that there is a red glow at the base of your spine. Focus on the color and your breath.
- Certain yoga poses, such as Tree Pose, Mountain Pose, and Warrior Pose, can help you loosen up the base of your spine and increase flow throughout your body.
- Channel your inner T-Swift and shake it off! Dancing is a great way to loosen up and have fun, you don't have to be amazing, you just have to enjoy yourself :)
- Go for a hike! Don't worry about traversing a challenging trail, or scrambling up to a waterfall, just take your time and experience every footstep.
- In the most hectic of times, I find that checking in with all five senses is a great way to bring yourself back to a calm, grounded, and receptive state
When looking at all of the environmental causes we could advocate for, it became overwhelming, because it's so hard to prioritize! But if we stay frazzled, nothing would ever get done. With the above lessons in mind, we challenge you to build the foundations of a sustainable way of life. Small changes can make the biggest difference! Pick out a nice water bottle and coffee tumbler to carry with you through your busy schedule. Politely refuse the plastic bag at your local shop. Turn off the running water while brushing your teeth. Take a look at your lifestyle and commit to changing one habit for the better.
Remember, trees do not grow tall overnight. They take root, build their foundation, support themselves slowly, but measurably. Sometimes, in our current society, we forget that we are organic beings, and that all lasting and important things take time. We owe it to ourselves and the world around us to take the time and do things right.
This week, I intend to make it a priority to nurture my Root Chakra, to allow myself to grow tall, strong, and with lots of love. I hope you'll join me!