The Root chakra is located at the base of the spine, and it is the foundation upon which the entire column rests. The Root governs physical existence and survival. It is the chakra of Earth— manifestation, of health and material needs. The Root is a very dense and solid chakra, and its desires are difficult, if not impossible, to ignore; we cannot progress spiritually until our physical needs are met. It is hard to meditate if you are starving.
The Root is the chakra of grounding; it maintains our deep, instinctive connection to the Earth and to the whole of nature. It is connected also to sexuality, or rather to procreation; all our animal instincts are a part of the Root, from the fight-or-flight response to the eat-mate-kill impulse. The Root also governs our body image and how we perceive our physical selves. If that image is distorted, the energy of the Root can become cloudy, and our self-nurturing behavior (what we eat, how we treat ourselves) suffers. The sense of self-worth, of being worthy of material success and abundance, is deeply bound in the Root chakra.
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