We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
We humans are more than just our skin, bones and teeth. We are thinking, feeling, energetic balls of potential. We need to care and tend to our essence, our Spirit-self, just as much as we care and tend to our physical body.
So how do we accomplish this? We can’t see our energetic body, so it’s sometimes difficult to understand its’ messaging. This is where our chakras come in – these energetic way stations connect your Spirit body to your physical body. These spinning wheels of energy provide information to your endocrine system, regulating your hormones and balancing the life-force within your body.
Your chakras can reveal a lot about your physical and emotional well-being. If I’m feeling stressed and frazzled, trying to meet an office deadline, I might feel this most keenly in my lower pelvic region close to my first and second chakras. If I’m going through a tumultuous time in a relationship and my heart is aching, it could mean my heart chakra is blocked. If I am holding back on voicing my opinion, I may feel this in my throat chakra area as “cotton mouth” or a sore throat. A variety of problems, from headaches to depression, can result from trapped energy blocking the flow of chi throughout our body.
The First Chakra: Survival
The first chakra, located at the base of your spine, runs from the front of your body to the back of your body. This chakra is concerned with your body’s survival and safety. Of the seven major chakras located in the body, the first chakra is the one most closely associated with your physical health and well-being.
If the first chakra is out of balance, you might either eat too much or not enough or override an injury and let it fester for too long. You may find that your sleep patterns are out of whack, or you are in a constant state of hyper-stress.
The adrenal glands are associated with this chakra and send out adrenaline and other hormones to alert the body to potentially unsafe or dangerous situations. When this happens, the chakra flares open, and we might feel this as a physical sensation in the base of the spine or tailbone region. We are figuratively on fire from all the adrenaline causing us to go into a heightened state of alert; which is great if there’s an actual emergency. But in today’s world, especially here in America, we seem to be in a constant state of hyper-vigilance. Our system is on full alert all day every day, overtaxing our adrenal glands and sometimes sending us into states of adrenal fatigue and illness. It’s very hard to be full of inner peace and gratitude when we are on hyper-alert.
A very simple way to calm your adrenals and your first chakra is to breathe differently. When we are stressed, we tend to take very shallow breaths. But if we become aware of our breath and instead choose to take deep cleansing breaths, we slow our heart rate and our blood pressure, leaving us feeling more calm and relaxed. This calm, relaxed state allows the first chakra and adrenal glands to return to a balanced state. Try and time your exhale to be twice as long as your inhale. Fill your belly with air first, then your chest, and finally your lungs. And on the long exhale, reverse the process until your belly is flat, and the last bit of air has dissipated. As you breathe this way, your heart rate will slow, and your blood pressure will soften.
Bringing our first chakra back from the brink of overload is a huge help in living a life of health and joy.