The first Chakra, which is referred to as the Root Chakra is located at the tail end or base of the spine. In the same way that roots are the base and foundation of a tree, so too is this chakra the foundation of our physical body. It is considered to be our security chakra and its main function is to, as the name implies, keep us rooted or grounded as you will, so the fact that it is connected to the Earth element should come as no surprise.
This chakra is the chakra most connected with our physical body and is connected with our health and survival as well. In its physical capacity it helps to activate our energy, influences our immune system, endurance, basic impulses, instincts, and fight or flight reactions. It also stimulates activity, exercise, action and vitality. Beyond the physical it is associated to strength of character, patience, achievements in the material world, endurance, permanence and safety. As our base, it should come as no surprise that this chakra’s wellbeing is influenced by the relationships we have in our early life. The healthier our relationships are early in our life, the better our foundation we will have.
Keeping this chakra balanced is important because as our foundation if it is not balanced or it is weak, any work you try to do on the upper chakras will reflect the same weakness and imbalance. When this chakra is unbalanced/blocked, it can lead to the following:
If the root chakra has too much energy flowing through it, this could cause:
An over powering manner
Distrustful or hostile relationship to the world
Conversely, If there is too little energy flowing through it this can possibly be the cause of:
Lack of confidence
A lack of ability to complete things
A leaning towards feeling unloved or masochistic
If you suspect that your chakra might be unbalanced, there are activities that you can do that will stimulate it. For instance, you can go for a run, take a yoga class, or even something as simple as going for a walk. It doesn’t need to be something overly complicated as long as there physical motion that allows your body to move. The act of running or walking is great because the as you move forward each step that connects helps to make you feel grounded.
However, when this chakra is balanced we feel:
Full of vitality
These positive effects may manifest by an ability to:
Allow ourselves to be vulnerable
In valuing oneself
Asking what can be learned from adversity
Always remember: when we are grounded, we are one with life.