It’s a beautiful spring day here in Seattle. The sun is not shining too brightly, but it’s clear enough to see the sweet snow-capped mountains that sit to the east and to the west. Buds are bursting, weeds are growing, and the small white blossoms on the tree in my front yard are smiling at me. Even the evergreens that line the forested road I drive down every day seem to be waving at me today, as if to say, “Look at at all of my lush shades of green! Aren’t I gorgeous?!” On a day like today I am reminded of the magnificence of living on the west coast, where the land speaks so easily to my heart, if only I take moment to listen. It’s a joy to feel life.
I have missed writing and interacting with all of you. Sometimes I am busy running my center, but other times I am just consumed with the study of being alive. I find it such an enriching and fascinating study, don’t you???
In my recent trip to Sedona, I received a message from the ever-so-majestic Secret Mountain – a mountain that is an old and dear mentor to me, from which I have been blessed with many insights and messages over the years that I have been visiting Sedona Mago Garden. In meditation, I asked the red rock how I can be stronger and braver. This time, the mountain responded by telling me that I needed to repair my “root,” which had been severed at the time of birth. It made perfect sense. I believe that for anyone who was separated from the mother that bore them within the first 1-3 years of their life, that person would incur an injury to their “root.” That is an energetic injury that influences our sense of worth, value, and security of body & mind for the remainder of our lives. And having such an injury, as well as an intention to heal it, makes for an EXCELLENT study!
In the chakra system, the “root” is typically considered to be the 1st chakra, which is the area of the perineum, the place from where we all entered the world. In my body, I also feel it connected to my 2nd chakra, the area of the womb. Both of these chakras additionally have connection to the kidneys, bladder, lower intestines, reproductive organs, lower back, sacrum, tailbone and ….you guessed it….the belly button 🙂 At the moment of receiving this message from Secret Mountain, I felt this whole area of my body relax and receive tremendous energy from the earth. It was as if I was suddenly connected to the mountain itself, feeling my own roots planted deep into the earth, creating an unshakeable sense of existence, a beingness where no doubt or fear or any emotion could possibly exist. Just a beingness – like the earth itself – which, after all, is my true nature and true worth. As I breathed deeply feeling that power within me, I felt my heart open wide, a vast acceptance spreading out and wrapping itself around every part of me, every part of my past, and every part of existence itself. That’s when I realized how critical it is to have a healthy, solid root, to do the work of opening your heart and loving and accepting as widely and unconditionally as is humanly possible.
So, since I have returned, I have become increasingly interested in dedicating myself even more to the development of my root. In truth, I have known about this for a long time. and I have been working at it as best as I could for about 17 years. But suddenly I understood it at a deeper level and felt ready to commit to an even more focused practice. In fact, even right now as I write this blog post, I am reminding myself to feel my root, to relax and allow my awareness to drop there, and to feel myself again as I center myself in the base of me. When I do it well, my perspective on everything completely shifts. Emotions quiet down, judgements disappear, my heart chakra relaxes and there is a spontaneous sense of contentment and well-being that rises up, allowing me to be still in the present moment.
Recently, Ilchi Lee has been emphasizing the importance of creating a healthy lifestyle through something called Tongchun Living. Tongchun Living simply means to awaken your consciousness and re-align yourself with your true nature multiple times a day by doing one-minute exercises. Basically, taking one-minute out of each hour to wake up! The exercises could be rigorous like sit-ups, push-ups or squats. Or, they could be something a little lighter like belly-button healing, body tapping or…anything! He often says that when you raise up the temperature in your body periodically, even just for one minute, then you can better manage your energy. When you manage your energy well, then you can better better manage your mind.
Me and many of my fellow Body & Brain practitioners are now doing these 1-minute exercises 10 – 12 times per day, or sometimes even more! For me, I am trying to utilize as many of them as possible to bring energy and circulation to my 1st and 2nd chakra and strengthen my root. I am happy to say that I feel that it is working! It is always so encouraging to feel change happening inside of my body, mind and spirit due to my own dedicated efforts. I believe that this is in fact the simple recipe for change that we all need. It looks something like this:
1. Have a goal (ie. strengthening my root)
2. Follow it with an appropriate action (ie. doing one-minute exercises for strengthening my root, such as sit-ups, planks and other funny-named positions that activate my core, lower back and tailbone),
3. Keep doing the action consistently and persistently. Don’t give up no matter how difficult, tiring or monotonous it may be. No matter how distracted or discouraged you may get along the way….keep going, keep going, keep going.
4. Then, when you recognize any change occurring, congratulate and praise yourself with excessive enthusiasm!!! Your brain will change into a positive power-brain, and it will produce more self-empowered, self-confident thoughts for you! Your feeling of self-trust and self-worth will increase and before you know it, you will be transformed!
I think it is our duty as human beings to endlessly change, heal, grow and upgrade ourselves for the betterment of our body, mind and spirit, and for the betterment of the world. I hope that this spring we can all re-commit to our goals of self-development and spend the remainder of the year praising ourselves for the good work we’ve done and the progress we’ve made!!