The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, said “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
I love this quote and the ways in which it supports a yogic philosophy. It demands that we be certain that we are acting from a place of authenticity and Truth. In order to ascertain this, we must study ourselves, analyzing what prompts our actions and our perspective. Are we caught up in ego or attachment, unable to see “right action”? Are we clinging to old ways of thinking out of fear of the unknown? Taking a little time to assess our foundation, the root chakra, might support us this journey.
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine. Its element is earth. It’s associated with the feeling of safety and grounding, as well as the color red. The root chakra provides the foundation on which we build our life. It supports us in growing and feeling safe in exploring all the aspects of our life. If you do not feel like you are as strong in your foundation as you would like to be, begin a practice of affirmation, taking a few minutes a day to breath deeply and repeat to yourself phrases like “I am deeply rooted”, “I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet.” or “I have what I need.”
Feel these affirmations connect you to Self and your right to be here. Stand firmly in your own radiant light.
Yours in Yoga,