Grounding in a Groundless World ~ Root Chakra and Taurus season
On Sunday, April 19th, 2020, Taurus season begins and for many of marks more than a month of isolation, economic uncertainty, online yoga practice home schooling kids and cooking up a storm every day.
We’ve all been through ups and downs and we still are. Some days, we rock our virtual dance party and other days, we just can’t even….
Some of you know that my astro-guru is the very wise Colin from Queer Cosmos so what doe he say about this Taurus season?
“Taurus Season could provide deeply needed groundedness, clarity of values, increased sensuality, and claiming our own dependability, reliability, and security internally so we can steward it externally.”
“Claiming our own dependability, reliability and security.” This is exactly what we need to do this season of Taurus this year. When we recognise our needs for safety, security and reliability, we often look outside of us to provide those things and we forget that we have all the power to provide it for ourselves. In fact, I believe that it can only come from within.
What did the Yoga Sutras teach us? If we identify with our mind’s ups and downs and we lose ourselves in those waves and drown. Our job is to let those emotions come up, let them be acknowledged so that we can recognise the wisdom of those feelings and act with an awakened mind. In order to do this, we must summon our own Taurus energy, which is very much like our own root chakra.
Root Chakra, Muladhara
If you recall, our root chakra resides in our seat, our pelvic floor, the base of the spine. It represents our very right to exist on this Earth in this lifetime. It has the energy of security, home, and ground that we long for at a time like these.
“We are trying to find the ground in a groundless world”Michael Stone
And that’s the truth. This world is groundless. Our body is groundless and there is no security in it. We are continuously changing and our cells are decaying every moment. Our relationships morph into something we cannot even recognise daily and of course, there is absolutely no financial security that is guaranteed to make us feel any better.
So what can we do?
Summon the Taurus energy by paying attention to your root chakra. Do not look for it from outside of you. It must be summoned from within, otherwise, you can’t trust that security.
You can do these poses and staaaaaayyyyyyy for a long time, yin style:
- Pascimottanasana (seated forward bend)
- Janu Sirsasana (single leg forwardbend)
- Upavistha Konasana (seated open v forward bend/on the wall)
- Viparita Karani (legs up the wall)
- Balasana (child’s pose)
- Eka Pada Rajakamottanasana (pigeon pose and fold)
- Practice Mula Bandha independently from asana practice
Or use your legs:
- Virabhadrasana A (warrior 1)
- Virabhadrasana B (warrior 2) and let’s add C (warrior 3) while you’re at it
- Trikonasana (triangle)
- Utkatasana (chair, get down low low low until you feel burn in your thighs)
These essential oils are a lot of woody smell:
- Smudge (always)
Think root vegetables, protein-rich foods and chunky heavy stuff:
- beets (mmm, even the color matches with root chakra!)
- eggs, beans, tofu, natto
- red/brown/wild rice
Routine, routine, routine
There is no secret that routine grounds us down. Ayurveda (Indian medicine) tells us that the best time to wake up is around sun rise and if you wake after 10am, you get sluggish all day. And something about sluggish. Sluggish may feel heavier than other feelings but it doesn’t actually ground us because in order for us to feel grounded and secure, it has to come with health. The equation is,
Feeling intellectually stimulated (by studying, reading books etc.) + emotionally acknowledged + body breathed and moved cleaned and nourished = healthy, mindful security we are looking for.
And in order to make it a routine, it has to be automatic. There is no choice. It’s not like “oh today, I’m just going to skip this one.” It has to be done without a question.
Why should we do so much about the body?
Our mind resides in our body. It’s as simple as that. Stephen Hawking had the brightest of mind in the modern centuries and he, too, had to be nourished, cleaned and moved occasionally. Without the bodies, we simply cannot work on our mind. And thanks to our complicated nervous system, if we work on our body, we change the very chemicals in our brain and our mind gets refreshed.
Take home message
Our ability to ground down resides within us. Merely acknowledging this fact is very grounding. We are being called to be the rock for ourselves. If the small stuff starts to get on your nerves or bring you down, go to a forest or garden or just your floor and stomp on it. Lie down flat on the floor until you feel supported by the floor itself. And remember the most important thing: The Universe always has your back.
Trust this path that you are already on. You cannot fail because it is already laid before you. When you feel grounded, ask yourself, as A Course in Miracles’s prayer goes,
“Where would have me go,
what would you have me do,
what would you have me say and to whom?”