Living in the time of Coronavirus, it’s especially important to take care of your first chakra — the root chakra. This chakra is associated with basic survival and security in the world, trust and boundaries, and balancing this chakra will lower your stress level dramatically. It is rooted in our connections to our community, family, other support systems, and the earth.
The health of our immune system is part of the first chakra, so do all you can to strengthen it.
When we balance our chakras, we craft our lives the way we want them to be, rather than living in constant reaction to forces outside of us. These spirals of energy are wheels that heal, feeding the body good energy and profoundly affecting our metabolism, as well as emotions, sensations and behaviors. The way we handle stress depends on our chakra balance… and we can eat our way into balance with healthy whole foods (unhealthy processed foods just cause the body more stress).
Body weight issues are commonly associated with the Root Chakra. When the Root Chakra is balanced, you feel strong and supported, safe, grounded, and peaceful… no reason to reach for comfort food or to overdo on junk food when you’re not hungry.
Foods, especially that share colors with the chakras, carry vibrations that can activate or balance your chakras.
Root Chakra Healing Foods Carry the Vibration of the Color RED: Animal protein, root vegetables, edible and medicinal mushrooms, and red-colored foods (beets, apples, pomegranates, cranberries, raspberries, etc.) nourish the Root Chakra and will help balance it.
Root Chakra Healing Activities: Gardening is the #1 activity I recommend for Root Chakra grounding AND for weight loss. The University of Utah did a study that agreed, showing that burying your hands in the earth can help you bury excess pounds as well.
Plus, it gets you out in the sun, and we all know Vitamin D is good for the immune system. Lawns are a waste of energy and resources — plant an organic garden in its place.
Two of my favorite recipes for the Root Chakra are for Borscht (beet soup) and Beet Salad. In fact, if you grow your own root vegetables (like beets), the food will be extremely balancing. With the hot weather upon us now, try this scrumptious salad:
Scrumptious Salad of Beets, Carrots, and Apples
1 lb. beets, peeled and cut in matchsticks
2 large carrots, peeled and cut in matchsticks
1 red-skinned apple, cut in small bite-sized pieces
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, cilantro or baby spinach leaves
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 T. umeboshi plum or Balsamic red wine vinegar
Black pepper to taste
Toss all salad ingredients together right before serving.
Note: A food processor that has either a julienne blade or large shredding blade makes prep of this salad a breeze.
I hope you enjoy this scrumptious salad. Pay attention to the beauty of the colors and flavors provided by nature, stay in the moment, and notice how grounded and connected you feel.
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Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, Balance the Chakras, Balance Your Life, and The Chakra Energy Diet