There are 2 tree frogs slumming it on my screened in back porch. Initially, trying to be the city-dweller environmentalist, I (Lore) gently captured the couple and released them back into the wild. The next day, they were back in my porch, giving me the evil eye. Understanding that this is their wish, I now let them be. In the morning we greet each other, I as I am having some herbal faux-coffee (it really is good), and they as they are perched on the grill for the morning air. This is the routine.
I have roots?
Every day I try to connect with nature. This aligns with the 1st, or root, Chakra. A Chakra can be defined as a level of consciousness in the body, and it stems from Hindu and Buddhist traditions. (Chakras also align with our endocrine system, so the concept really isn't as woo-woo as most people think. It is just different terminology.)
The root chakra houses most everything south of your nether-regions as well as your bones (infrastructure), immune system, and adrenals. The root Chakra is symbolized by the color red. This is the 'root' of where you sit. It is your stability, fight or flight response, your ability to find food, shelter, and money, and your connection to your immediate family the earth.
It is the part of you that breathes deeply and feels peace when you are hiking in the mountains and take in the fresh, crisp air. It is the humble feeling you get when you look across the vast ocean, taking in the scent of salt and water, and realizing just how small we are in retrospect to the world. Your root Chakra is happy when you are digging with your fingers in the dirt, nurturing the plants that feed humans and critters alike, or walking barefoot in the grass on a beautiful summer day (or winter, here in Florida), feeling the earth's energy as you soak it up.
So why, exactly, am I telling you this?
Because in today's harried society, we forget to stop and smell the roses. We forget to connect to the fundamental roots of our existence. This leads to high stress levels, adrenal fatigue, chronic back pain, stubbornness, immune disorders, and financial fears to name a few.
Even if you aren't the 'sit and meditate on my Chakra' kind of person, you will most likely find some serenity by taking a few moments to sit on the porch swing, breathe deeply, and appreciate what nature has provided for the day. All it takes is 10 minutes to slow the stress response, give your adrenals a rest, and restore a moment of quiet calm. Be the frog.
Check It Out
Want to be financially independent? Need a different job? Worried about just surviving at the moment? These are all emotional issues linked to the root Chakra. This book is a great place for beginners to start and covers all 7 Chakras.