Holding on to the Earth

Holding onto the earth
Root chakra
The legs are extensions of the root chakra. When something in our life throws us for a loop, we tend to lose our sense of innocence about our ability to remain on the earth. Our feet grow thick burly roots, making sure our feet are planted firmly on the ground, so we can be secure in the knowledge that we won’t be flung completely off the earth this time as it rotates around the sun.

You’ve been holding on to the earth. Your feet are in pain, you have limited movement. You have made staying grounded your job, to make sure everything is in its right place. But now you are becoming aware that your sense of groundedness feels more like being stuck.

Foot Meditation
This meditation is for your feet. For those of you who want to let go and let gravity do it’s job. You and your feet no longer have to do gravity’s job. It’s time to let your feet do their own job: walking, climbing, descending. Your feet get you places and take a beating along the way. Holding onto the earth is not in their job description. Let the earth do it’s job of holding on to you. You can do this short meditation anytime you feel stressed or your feet feel extra tense.

Imagine your feet with suction cups on your soles. Sit somewhere and wriggle your toes. Focus on each one individually. Then, slowly lift your feet, and as you do – imagine each suction cup ‘popping’ and letting go of its grip on the earth. Now lift one foot a couple of inches off the floor. Then let your foot drop. Lift each foot again, this time raising it higher as if floating away. Lower your feet back down. See how they naturally came back to earth? No need to fasten yourself onto the earth. Now stand up and do an exaggerated marching step ( or you can simply imagine yourself doing so). Hold each leg up for as long as you can, feel the muscles in your thighs contracting to keep your leg up. Notice how your legs eventually come back down? Stay with that feeling; let yourself experience the deep meaning of gravity doing the job that you have taken on to do yourself for so long. Imagine yourself laying on a patch of grass (or if you can find a park or patch of grass, even better!) Give the earth a hug and thank it for doing it’s job of keeping you here.

Fourth Chakra – The heart

All you need is love – So simple, yet so hard…

The heart chakra is at the center of all the chakras. The element associated with it is air. We all breathe the same air. Without air we can only survive a few minutes. Without love, are we really living? When we breathe, there is a balance between input and output. The same holds true for all matters of the heart. One cannot give without ever receiving; one cannot endlessly receive without ever giving. As with breath, sometimes we hold our love out of fear. As with breath, we sometimes may need to do 2:1 loving* in order to restore balance to our heart.

I have worked with many people who say they will no longer love because they have been hurt in the past. Although it’s understandable that past trauma or loss impacts a person’s ability to get close to others, trauma doesn’t have to be a death sentence on your future. As Marianne Williamson says: “we are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.”

Our culture emphasizes fulfilling the needs of the first 3 chakras: more safety, more security, more pleasure, more fun, more ‘getting my way’. All this changes though, with love in the mix. Anodea Judith describes it this way: The first chakra is solid earth – unmoving, static. The 2nd chakra introduces movement, separation. The third chakra is where these moving objects collide and release energy. The 4th chakra is the organizing principle – love. “Once we perceive objects and their activities as relationship, we begin to perceive the perfection, balance and eternal nature of these relationships.”

What to do , what to do…

simple exercise: Think about a person you have a resentment against, someone that really irritates you. Now, for the next 30 days, pray for them or send them a positive wish or hope for their health and well-being. For example : “I hope (pray) that “name of person” has good health and happiness, and that they have a nice day today”.

See what happens in 30 days! I think your heart chakra will be a little more open!

* 2:1 breathing exhalation is twice of inhalation. Discussion about what 2:1 loving would look like can be the topic of a future blog post.