Root Down To Rise Up


Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” Ephesians 3:17


The root chakra is located at the base of the spine (cervix for women, perineum for men), and its element is earth. Its ancient name means “root support”.This is where we wrestle with our beliefs around whether we trust that we are accepted by God as we are, regardless of our failings or how we’ve been failed.


Fear and anxiety make this chakra dysfunctional. However, as we seek a connected relationship with God in the midst of the fear, we find that His definition of safety revolves around us knowing that we are His beloved. He doesn’t promise us a comfortable life, but He does promise He will never fail us nor abandon us (Deuteronomy 31:6). We are all drawn to seek comfort in created things rather than the Creator. As we lean into a life of trust and faith, we find that stability, security, and self-preservation begin with the question, “do I really believe I am His beloved? Do I truly embrace the fact that He will never fail me nor abandon me?” To get to the root of this we must examine whom we believe God is. Do we believe Him to be a loving, accepting, and transformative God or an overbearing, critical, and condemning God?


As Exodus 34:6-7a says, “The Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands [of generations], and forgiving the wickedness, rebellion and sin.” (Exodus 34:6-7a). Because we are His beloved children, we need not be afraid of Him. Instead, we stand in awe of how a big, powerful God could be so radically in love with each of us. As you continue this process of self-examination, take a moment to meditate on the largeness of God’s love: “May you have the power to understand, as God’s people should how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God,” (Ephesians 3:18-19).

Mantras & Muladhara


I am accepted as I am.


Posture

Trust


Asanas/Poses

Mountain

Tree

Reclined Bound Angle

Supported Corpse

Supported Child


Body Therapy

Reflexology

Foot Massage

Ball Rolling


Contemplation changes the seer instead of telling him what to see

- Richard War

I just want you to be aware I don’t want to tell you what to see. I want to prepare a space for you to open the eyes of your heart.

-Amy Scott


a portion of this post was adapted my Holy Yoga Master Training

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