Thursday, July 3, 2008

Root Chakra- Muladhara Chakra

I'm getting ready for a small trip out the Niagara Falls for some climbing and really looking forward to it. I was hoping for some time off before I started my new job but it looks like I won't be getting this so I'm going to have to buckle down for a long while without any time off. I'm hoping I enjoy my new job so much I don't even notice the lack of vacation I'm having but it's hard to tell what will happen. The word that has been coming to my mind lately is trust.

"You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough." Frank Crane

I tried to look up yoga information related to trust and didn't actually find anything. At first I thought that was weird but then I considered Aparigraha and realized that complete trust is an impossible thing. Yoga teaches us not to grasp for things and try to make them our own and when it comes to trusting other people that seems to be the underlying idea. When we place our trust in people we are placing in them the responsibility to never lead us a stray. Of course we can't decide the actions of other people nor the outcomes of our choices, we can only make them and hope for the best. So to place the demand on people that they should never let us down is impossible. On the other hand it will only cause you pain not to trust that people are trying to do the right thing and that everyone is not intentionally out to mess you over, because this train of thought will only bring you misery as well. So then you're stuck walking this fine line of not trusting because you can't predict the world and trusting because it only causes yourself a lot of pain and unhappiness not to trust anyone. When it comes down to it I think the best thing we can do is learn to trust ourselves and the natural flow of things. How many times have you had a really rough time with something and looked back a year later to see it was all leading to something good in your life now. This all comes down to the fact that change is the only constant and you have to know that things get bad but they get good again too. And the part about trusting yourself is important because without faith that you will be able to handle any situation thrown your way you will never be able to find the hope to keep going. So for right now and with the situations in my life I'm practicing trusting that things will be ok even if they are not ok right now and that gives me a lot more freedom to just be happy in this moment.

so on to my chakra for the day...
The Root Chakra is the first chakra of the main seven and it is located at the base of our spines. The root chakra represents the physical body but also has links to our basic needs like food and shelter. I've heard that people with problems in the root chakra area often have problems with feeling stable and safe in their lives. I also know that not caring for your root chakra enough can create a disregard for the importance of the body. I see this a lot when people get all caught up in their computers and cell phones, ignoring their physical health and well being. Unfortunately the rest of you wouldn't be here with out your body. According to yoga the body exists 4 months in utero before the soul even enters it. Your mind still needs your body to get it places and a lot of our self expression is subliminal and physical by nature. Yet so many of us are becoming afraid of the outside world. The numbers of people with social anxiety and agoraphobia has grown so much in the recent years. It's harder to make friends even though we are all connected virtually. I think the fact that this is the communication era yet so many of us feel cut off says a lot about the importance of existing in the physical world and not ignoring it.

One way to send healing energy to your root chakra (if you feel you could benefit from more energy flow there) is to close your eyes and sit in a meditative posture. Clear your mind by focusing on your breath and when you're ready focus your attention on the area at the base of your spine (it doesn't have to be an exact area or exactly the right area). As your attention focuses here you can begin to hear the word Lam (rhymes with Tom) vibrate in your mind at any speed or frequency. Let the sound fill your head as you focus on the area. Then after breathing here for a few minutes begin to fill your head with a dark red glow, still focusing your thoughts on the base of your spine. Continue to keep your focus here as you breath. This could be done for any length of time but for a first go maybe it is best to start with 3-7 minutes and you can focus longer the next time. After your time is up let your focus return to your breath and your mind to clear. Start to deepen you breath to bring yourself back into your body. Thank yourself for for taking time to care for your Root chakra. Namaste!