10 Ways to Heal Your Root Chakra to Create Health, Security and Financial Abundance
Muladhara, the root chakra located at the base of the spine or perineum, contains the primal energetic frequencies associated with survival, security and your connection to the earth and your family. Physically, it’s associated with the large intestine, colon, lower back, prostate, genitals and lower extremities.
Keeping all seven of your chakras open and balanced allows energy to flow freely throughout your body so that you can experience radiant health, non-causal joy and a profound connection to your inner divine wisdom. When a chakra becomes blocked or is thrown out of balance, your health, happiness and spiritual development suffer.
When your root chakra is balanced, you feel grounded, connected to nature and other people, and nourished by your relationships and experiences. You have a sense of security and generally feel at home in the world. You are patient. You love and accept your family, are at peace with events that may have occurred during your childhood and have a sense of appreciation for the culture(s) you identify with and our global society. You experience uninterrupted abundance financially and in all areas of your life.
A root chakra imbalance may manifest as issues with your family, home, job or money. The physical signs of an unbalanced root chakra include constipation and poor digestion overall, lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins and immune disorders.
When your root chakra is blocked, you struggle with a perpetual feeling of “not enough” and may have financial problems that never seem to go away. You have trust issues, tending to feel like a “victim” in one sense or another. You rarely feel at home, no matter where you are. You have trouble keeping your focus on the present, as you are often distracted by thoughts about things that happened in the past or anxiety about the future. You may be impatient and have a tendency to overthink and procrastinate, often feeling like your creativity is blocked.
So how can you bring your root chakra back into balance?
1. Spend time in nature, barefoot when possible. Or use earthing technology to physically connect yourself to the earth’s electrical energy.
2. Contemplate gravity. Focus your awareness on the weight of your body over your feet, observing gravity’s pull and feeling grounded to the earth. Visualize roots extending from the base of your spine penetrating deep into the ground and traveling all the way into the center of the earth, connecting you to your primal energy.
3. Live in the now! Focus on the details of the present moment. Try to become conscious of when your mind moves away from the “here and now” and gets caught up in regret or anger about the past or anxiety about the future.
4. Focus your awareness on feeling connected to people close to you and to all living things on the planet. The practice of mett? (loving-kindness) meditation can be extremely helpful for cultivating a sense of connectedness to others. In the Theravadin Buddhist tradition, this practice begins with the meditator cultivating loving-kindness towards themselves, then their loved ones, friends, teachers, strangers, enemies, and finally, towards all sentient beings.
5. Breath deeply. Diaphragmatic breathing stretches the hips and base of the spine and helps to release root chakra blockages. Breathe deeply, visualizing your breath filling your lungs from the bottom up.
6. Cultivate contentment. Santosha is a concept in yoga that basically translates as “contentment.” The idea is that by continually working to cultivate feelings of contentment, satisfaction, gratitude and acceptance for “what is,” you will eventually experience santosha. You’ll begin to become aware of the limitless abundance life has to offer and the richness of the present moment. You’ll feel grounded and secure, knowing that you always have all that you need to feel content.
7. Practice kundalini yoga. Kundalini yoga focuses primarily on practices that expand sensory awareness and intuition in order to unlock energy stored within the body for the purpose of merging individual consciousness with the infinite. Seek out a kundalini yoga class or teacher who can teach you kundalini yoga techniques for awakening and balancing the energy stored in your root chakra.
Additionally, yoga poses that stretch and strengthen the legs and feet (forward folds and standing poses) can help stabilize your root chakra. Passive poses like child’s pose, reclined bound angle and savasana can help you feel grounded and supported by the earth.
8. See red. The color red is energizing and stimulates the root chakra. Wear red clothing or jewelry made with red stones like ruby, garnet, bloodstone, hematite, red jasper or agate. Paint something red or plant red flowers.
9. Eat red foods like apples, strawberries, cherries, red peppers, cayenne, etc. In the book, Spiritual Nutrition, Gabriel Cousens explains how the specific phytonutrients that give plant foods their unique colors can support the health of the organs associated with each of the chakras.
10. Eat vegetables that grow in the ground like sweet potatoes, beets, ginger, turnips, garlic, onions, etc. These foods are grounding, warming and centering.