Over the weekend we drew pictures of our root chakras and spent some time trying to understand the messages they have for us. Today we're going to dig in a little deeper into our root chakra issues.
What needs do you have that are going unmet?
What are your unmet needs?
Part of living on this earth is having needs--and sometimes facing those needs going unmet, for one reason or another. Here are some needs we have that might be going unmet:
General financial security
Feeling needed and wanted
Feeling safe and protected
We have both physical and emotional needs. When our needs are not met, we struggle.
Even if our needs ARE being met, if we don't FEEL like they are being met, we struggle.
For example, take food. So often, people who grew up feeling a sense of food scarcity will continue to operate out of a food scarcity mindset even when they are adults and food is plentiful. This leads to overeating and weight gain. Even though food needs are now being met, the emotional trauma of food scarcity is still lodged in the root chakra, and the person still deals with the root chakra issue of unmet food needs.
When it comes to our needs, it's not just enough to have them met, we need to FEEL like they are being met.
The root chakra is ALL about needs and making sure they are being met. So this week we are focusing on meeting our root chakra needs.
Root Chakra and Childhood
The root chakra is the first chakra to develop after birth. It is the chakra of the first year of life. And that early childhood time is a crucial one for our emotional and physical development!
But beyond that, understanding childhood is helpful in understanding how the root chakra works.
Childhood is a time of limited perspective. I remember as a child, my mother worked at night, and every night when she had to go, I would cry and cry. I was sure she was never coming back. Spoiler alert: she always came back!
But that feeling of insecurity lodged in my root chakra.
As a parent now, I see it all the time. I take care of my kids, but that doesn't mean my kidsfeel taken care of. I make sure they are safe, but that doesn't always mean they feel safe.
And really, perception is as bad as reality.
If we feel something to be true, it almost doesn't matter if it really is true or not. It doesn't matter if you were actually safe during your whole childhood--if you didn't feel safe, that's the important thing when it comes to the root chakra.
Digging In to Unmet Needs
What needs do you have, either from now or from childhood, that are going unmet? Or have you felt have gone unmet?
How do these feelings of not-enough play into your life today?
Today is a day to start listing out and writing down the needs you have that you feel are not or have not been met. These are needs that can be currently being unmet, or needs that went unmet in childhood or even later in life. Needs that may be being met now, but that you still feel scarcity about.