The name of this chakra, muladhara, comes from the words Mula, which means root and Dhara, which means support.
This chakra's role is to connect all of your energy with the Earth, which is called grounding.
When you think of your Root Chakra, think of your day to day survival here on earth. This energy center's role is to give you everything you need to survive. For us in this modern age, that typically translates to financial and emotional security.
Located at the very base of your spine, near your tailbone, goes up to just below your belly button.
What balanced feels like:
When your 1st chakra is balanced, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and peace when you think about things like money, safety and shelter.
You will feel connected to your human experience.
When this chakra is overactive:
Our root chakra gets a lot of use, so having an overactive one is very common.
When is your 1st chakra overactive:
An overactive root chakra will cause problems like anxiety and jitteriness. This happens because fear is based out of the need to survive. That is fear's role - to keep us alive.
An overactive root chakra will shout messages of survival, even when no real threat is there; thus, you will have anxiety problems. Physically, you might have symptoms of digestive problems, lower back issues, hip pain, ovarian cysts in women or prostate issues in men.
How to balance your 1st chakra:
In practical terms, it's important to take care of your survival needs first. This chakra gives you the energy to do that, so utilize that energy to the best of your ability.
Calm this chakra by focusing on your connection to spirit. Take time each day to nurture your soul by praying, meditating or connecting to spirit guides.
Volunteering and acts of kindness and compassion can guide overactive energy away from your root chakra and into other energy centers in your body.
When is the 1st chakra under active:
If your survival needs have generally been taken care of, this chakra may not have been very active throughout your life.
If that's the case, you may experience frequent day dreaming, trouble concentrating or simply feeling like your "head's in the clouds." People may say you appear "airheaded" or "spacey."
These may not seem like major issues, but being balanced and connected is important.
Energize your 1st chakra:
If you find yourself disconnected from material existence, your 1st chakra may need to be revved up.
You can do this with reconnecting to the earth by being out in nature. Gardening, swimming or even playing in the leaves can energize your root chakra.
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