“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Khalil Gibran

Ground Your Home
Ground Your Home
Dearest Readers,

Weekly, I contemplate some aspect of Spirit that I wish to expand upon in my own practice.  I wake up on Sunday morning, have a cuppa Jo, read The Boston Globe (my favorite is Mr. Handyman!), and then approach my computer with this idea of improving Spirit within – and hopefully, that within my students.  Penning these words on Sunday, I mostly rely on what I’ve been taught by my teachers, then I use the Internet, old notes from teacher training and workshops, and a host of books I’ve delved into over the past many years. 

Lately, the first chakra, called the muladhara chakra, has intriqued me.  It lies at the base of the spine and holds the lively and energetic energy of Shakti.  I recognize elements of excessiveness in this chakra in myself – those like overeating, being a workaholic, resisting change, and loving my new couch (materialism) to the point of never wanting to get off it.  Then, I see the other side – the deficiencies like anxiety, resisting structure, being unable to be still for a bit, even being a bit spacey or flighty.  I yearn for balance – we’re taught that a balanced first chakra leaves us feeling grounded and present in this very moment, allows us to be still and to be comfortable in our body and the space we take up, lets us feel stability and solidity, and provides the ability to achieve right livelihood. 

All this chatter in my head led me to Google “groundedness.”  Hence, the quote.  I love it – to me, it means get your hands dirty, play more, sleep less, clean up your clutter, make clean and open and flowing space in your home, be creative in some way and use your hands.  Relax into your life. 

If you need more earth, put square tables in your living room (the number for earth is 4, hence the 4 corners of a square) or paint a wall in your bedroom ochre (a new color definition for me – golden yellow or yellow brown).  If you need less, make those tables round, flowing, fluid.  Add metal statutes that have rounded curves and arches.  And bring in plants that calm the earth energy in your home.

Yoga poses that assist in balancing this chakra are apanasana (lie on your back and draw your knees into your chest), utkatasana (chair pose), and supta padangustasana (reclining big toe pose). 

Then, I wanted to know a bit more about this writer.  Gibran Khalil Gibran (January 6, 1883 April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese poet and artist. His poetry is notable for its use of formal language and insights on topics of life using spiritual terms. He emigrated to Boston, USA in 1895 with his mother, sisters and half-brother. He studied art in Boston, and French and Arabic in Lebanon. The spelling “Kahlil Gibran” is the result of an error when he first entered school in Boston.

Go forth, get Earthy – maybe even wear patchouli for the scent of earth.

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