What energy medicine techniques do you use when dealing with anxiety, nervousness, or just feeling unsettled?
Stress. Pressure. Deadlines. Oh my!
I’ve worked with so many people to find relief from these common burdens of day to day life and reclaim a sense of inner tranquility. What I’ve found over and over again is that the energy needs to be pulled back down. In this day and age, we are continually over-stimulated and using our brains constantly. This pulls energy up in the body and leaves a person feeling on-edge, tense, and even overwhelmed.
Caffeinated drinks day and night combined with daily work and personal stressors all contribute. Add to this today’s high-tech world, bombarding us with harsh light, distracting sounds and intense images, and you have a perfect recipe for sympathetic nervous system dominance.
To make the situation even worse, we have a huge deficit of down-time in our busy lives. And, in western society, we tend to neglect calming, “yin” activities such as meditation, tai chi, or rest and relaxation of any kind for that matter. This can leave a person in a state of persistent stress and anxiety.
So how do you pull the energy back down? Knowing how to activate the lower chakras is key! In particular, we need to focus on a frequently overlooked chakra known as the foot chakra.
The foot chakra is one of the twelve chakras I teach about in my course. It is the lowest chakra in the body and resonates to a black or dark brown color. This chakra helps the rest of the chakra energy system to stay grounded. This grounding affect actually facilitates our ability to hold energy in the other chakras. But, when this chakra is not fully active, our energy can become frenetic leaving us feeling less stable, frazzled and our nerves frayed.
I love to work this chakra on clients because it can have such an instantaneous settling effect when full activated.
You may be curious about some at-home tips to get started activating this chakra right away.
Here are some options:
Try some Epsom salts in a warm foot bath.
Take off your shoes and socks and place your feet directly on the earth (think of walking in grass or sand, or sitting on a rock).
Carry a grounding stone such as Hematite (my favorite), Black Tourmaline, or Smokey Quartz in your pocket. But do be sure to energetically cleanse the stones regularly if you use this option.
Exercise - Part of the reason exercise (especially a full-body or lower-body exercise) has such a balancing and calming effect, is that you are actually pulling your energy back down and into the body. So that’s another great option.
There are quite a few other options for strengthening this chakra but these should be fairly easy to get you started. If you are having trouble feeling properly grounded or dealing with anxiety, give it shot!
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