Muladhara 1st (Root Chakra)

In ancient Buddhist tradition, Sandalwood has been celebrated as the perfect meditation tool for thousands of years. It is widely believed that the sandalwood scent can stimulate sensuality, grant a sense of awareness, invoke tranquility, awaken the divine thoughts within and promote profound relaxation. Burning sandalwood incense can benefit healing work by promoting a deeper relaxed state in the healer, increasing spiritual energy.

Sandalwood stimulates the base Chakra - believed to enhance trust and self-identity. In the Ayurvedic healing tradition, it promotes energy and enthusiasm; increasing a person's self-esteem and zest for life. It is also believed that burning sandalwood near your door welcomes your guests and subconsciously attunes them to your home’s positivity - encouraging them to leave their doubts and anger outside.  

You can use the healing aroma of sandalwood to promote feelings of peace and serenity and also to ease various ailments of the digestive system. Breathing in the aromatic smoke from a sandalwood incense stick can help to lift melancholy and promote restful sleep. It subdues aggression and irritability, promotes compassion and openness and enhances meditation. Sandalwood is particularly good for stress relief, especially when combined with lavender or bergamot.

How to balance your 1st chakra

In practical terms, it’s important to take care of your survival needs first. This chakra gives you the energy to do that, so utilize that energy to the best of your ability.

Then, calm this chakra by focusing on your connection to spirit. Take time each day to nurture your soul by praying, meditating or connecting to spirit guides.

Volunteering and acts of kindness and compassion can guide overactive energy away from your root chakra and into other energy centers in your body.

When is the 1st chakra underactive

If your survival needs have generally been taken care of, this chakra may not have been very active throughout your life.

If that’s the case, you may experience frequent day dreaming, trouble concentrating or simply feeling like your “head’s in the clouds.” People may say you appear “airheaded” or “spacey.”

These may not seem like major issues, but being balanced and connected is important.

Energize your 1st chakra

If you find yourself disconnected from material existence, your 1st chakra may need to be revved up.

You can do this with reconnecting to the earth by being out in nature. Gardening, swimming or even playing in the leaves can energize your root chakra. 

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