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Discover the Root Chakra and the Benefits of Grounding

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Introduction to the Root Chakra and Grounding Practices

Have you ever felt disconnected from your surroundings, as if you’re floating through your days without truly touching the ground? In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to lose touch with the earth beneath our feet and the stability it offers. This article explores the Root Chakra which is fundamental to our sense of security and belonging. By understanding and nurturing our Root Chakra through grounding practices, we can reconnect with our physical world and find a sense of peace and stability amidst the chaos. Join me as we delve into the roots of our existence and discover how to anchor ourselves firmly to the earth.

Understanding the Root Chakra: Our Foundation

The Root Chakra, also known as Muladhara in Sanskrit, represents a place for our life to ‘take root’ and for the flow of energies to propel us forward on our life path. The root chakra is the foundation of our entire system. ‘Mula’ means root, Muladhara means root support. The Muladhara is often referred to as the first chakra located at the base of the spine, specifically at the perineum. Kundalini, the coiled serpent, creative potential, lies just beneath this chakra, making the Muladhara the key to awakening the shakti, which must rise up the Sushumna nadi.  

According to traditional writings, the root chakra is associated with the element of earth and all solid, earthly things, such as our body, health, our survival, our material and monetary existence and our ability to focus and manifest our needs. It corresponds with the section of the spine called the coccyx and Coccygeal spinal ganglion and the lower vertebra from which this ganglion sprouts. 

The root chakra relates to the solid parts of the body, especially bones, the large intestine and the fleshy body as a whole. There are minor chakras in the knees and feet that transmit sensations from the ground below to our spinal column for information concerning motor activity. The root chakra is connected to the consciousness of survival. The inner balanced state is stability, stillness and calm and the unbalanced state is fear and anxiety.

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The Physical and Energetic Connection to Earth

The sciatic nerve travelling from the sacral plexus down through the legs, is the largest peripheral nerve in the body and functions like a root for the nervous system. Our legs touch the ground below us and connect our nervous system to the Earth. We respond then to gravity, the basic underlying force of the earth, constantly pulling us downwards. This force keep us connected to our planet, rooted in material existence.

Consciousness of the root chakra is primarily concerned with physical survival. Our instinctual flight or fight response is closely associated with the Adrenal Glands. If this centre is unbalanced then the individual will feel ungrounded and will lack true stability necessary for true growth and may experience insecure, panicky feelings. A person who is often ill or constantly struggling with financial issues is likely to have root chakra issues.

Managing Fear, Anxiety, and Panic

When our survival is threatened, we experience fear. Fear challenges our sense of safety and security that our first chakra is meant to provide. A calm, balanced nervous system needs to feel safe. Inappropriate levels of fear can be a sign that our root chakra is unbalanced. Facing our fear can help to activate the first chakra.

When we feel fearful or anxious we often experience physical symptoms such as butterflies in the tummy, dry mouth, paralysis so we cannot talk or move, or we become shaky, our bowels may be affected too (diarrhoea), and more. Our nervous system responds to fearful situations in this way. Our adrenal glands produce hormones that shut down organs we do not need to run to safety. If we were able to run away, we would avoid any unhealthy symptoms. However, in most situations today, we cannot run away and need to face the challenges of fear in different ways to avoid anxiety and panic.

The Essential Role of Breathing Exercises

Using the breath we can calm ourselves down immediately – taking long inhalations, pause and taking longer exhalations. Regular movement, dance and exercise such as qi gong, yoga, walking, swimming and other exercise helps to release excess cortisol from the body. Chanting and singing also help to release emotional and physical blockages. Spending time in nature, touching plants and trees, walking barefoot on the grass or on a beach, connecting with Mother Earth. Regular grounding exercises through meditation and breath work also assist.

Breathing exercise:
Using slow inhalations and exhalations, inhale the word CALM, slowly exhale the word STRESS and repeat. Inhale the word INNER EASE, exhale the word ANXIETY and repeat. Inhale the word ALL IS WELL and exhale the word OVERWHELM and repeat. Inhale the word LOVE and exhale the word FEAR and repeat. You can use any pairs of words to assist your emotional state and bring balance and peace.

The Importance of Grounding

Grounding is a process of dynamic contact with the Earth. It is like plugging ourselves into the planet and completing a circuit that makes us a channel for great diversity of life energies around us. Grounding protects our bodies from becoming overloaded from the tensions of everyday life and in this way it reduces stress.

It allows us to become solidly real, present in the here and now and dynamically alive with the vitality that comes from the Earth. Grounding involves opening our lower chakras, merging with gravity and descending deeply into the vehicle of our body. Our ground anchors us and through our roots, we gain nourishment, power stability and growth. Without this connection, we become separated from nature, from our source and may lose our path in life.

When we are grounded, we are more in touch with our natural gut instincts. In this state, we find ourselves more humble and closer to Mother Earth. We can embrace stillness, solidity and clarity. Grounding enables us to release the stresses of everyday life and increases the vitality of our basic life force. Grounding helps us to bring our consciousness into our body – into the present moment. It brings clarity through stillness. If we can still our reactions then we can step out of unhealthy cycles over actions and reactions. Grounding forms a foundation. Our first chakra is the foundation on which everything else we do rests.

Cultivating Trust: Overcoming Fear with an Open Heart

Developing a trusting attitude towards life is a way of overcoming fear. It requires opening our hearts and minds, listening to our intuition and being ready to forgive when needed.

“In a world caught up in extremes, often darkened by evil, trusting in the essential goodness of life requires intuitive thought, an inclusive vision, and a receptive heart. Forgiveness and justice are not mutually exclusive concepts. When facing evil, disarm it with understanding. Justice and accountability will follow. When facing goodness, celebrate with shared gratitude.” – Ginny DeAngelis (Beacon January to March 2024)

Natural Remedies for the Root Chakra

In addition to meditation and breathing exercises, there are a number of remedies available to support our root chakra and ease anxiety and stress.


  • Avena Sativa (Wild Oats): adrenal fatigue, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, IBS, nervous palpitations, hormone balancer.
  • Siberian Ginseng: adrenal fatigue, kidney tonic, stress induced fatigue, insomnia, depression,
  • Ashwagandha: adaptogen (bringing body into balance), energizing and calming, nervine, anxiety, tension.
  • Licorice: adaptogen, helps manage stress hormone ‘cortisol’ more efficiently, adrenal exhaustion, chronic fatigue, exhaustion.
  • Valeriana: for anxiety, sleep disorders, irritability, restlessness, nervous tension, stress-related digestive problems, vertigo, and palpitations.
  • Chamomilla: anxiety, nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, over-activity, IBS.
  • Peppermint: stress-related digestive problems, anxiety, tension, fatigue.
  • Lemon Balm: insomnia, anxiety, depression, poor memory, tiredness, nervous exhaustion, immunity.
  • Astragalus: adaptogen, adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, immunity.
  • Lavender: anxiety, insomnia, stress, agitation, fatigue, nervous exhaustion, fatigue.
  • Reishi Mushroom: calms the mind, eases tension, strengthens nerves and willpower, “the Mushroom of Spiritual Potency.”


  • Aconite (fear, shock, trauma), Arsenicum (fears), Arnica (shock, trauma), Hypericum (nerves), Opium (fright and shock) Passiflora (calming), Kali Phos (calms the nervous system, works well with Mag Phos, the antispasmodic tissue salt), Valeriana (calming), Avena Sativa (calms the nervous system), Chamomilla (calms nerves).


  • Bach Five Flower/Rescue Remedy (trauma, shock), Bach Rock Rose (alarmed, intensely scared, horror, dread), Bach Mimulus (specific fears), Bach Red Chestnut (apprehension, worry, fears for others), Bach Vervaine (stress, tension), Blue Lotus (calming, relaxing).


  • Spending time in nature, preferably away from technology
  • Barefoot walking on the grass, soil, sand or water and other ways of grounding and earthing
  • Qi gong, yoga, dance, exercise
  • Self-care including eating nourishing foods, self massage, plenty of rest, baths, me-time,
  • Regular breathwork, mindfulness and meditation
  • Natural remedies

Reading and Resources for Further Exploration

For those interested in deepening their understanding of the Root Chakra and grounding practices, the following books and resources offer invaluable insights and guidance.

  • ‘Wheels of Life’ by Anodea Judith
  • ‘Eastern Body, Western Mind’ by Anodea Judith
  • Earthing Movie:

Conclusion: The Journey Towards Stability and Peace

Grounding is not just a practice; it’s an essential pathway to reconnecting with our physical existence and the natural world. By nurturing our Root Chakra and incorporating grounding practices into our lives, we lay a foundation for a spiritual journey marked by balance, peace, and harmony. This process invites us to find stability in the midst of life’s chaos, offering a sense of calm and connectedness that supports our overall well-being.
As we walk this path, we not only foster personal growth and resilience but also contribute to a more grounded, mindful presence in the world. Embracing grounding practices helps us cultivate a life where balance and peace are not just ideals, but lived realities. Let this journey remind us of the power of staying connected to our roots, enabling us to move forward in life with grace and strength.


"Hi, I’m Michelle. I am passionate about natural healing, homeopathy and meditation. I qualified as a homeopath in 2009 and have a holistic practice including prescribing homeopathic remedies, flower essences, herbs, nutritional advice, lifestyle changes and meditation exercises. I believe in the importance of taking responsibility for one’s own health and helping individuals to gain more awareness about themselves and their journey to discover a more healthy lifestyle – in mind, body, and spirit."

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