Friday, January 3, 2014

Strong In Your Roots



I forgot to tell you guys that I had my first tomato plant over the summer. It actually worked! I watered it almost every day and when I was out of town, my friend Doug watered it, and then, in September, bada boom, bada bing, there were tomatoes on it! For eating! Speaking of tomatoes, this was no small potatoes for me. Before I moved to New Mexico, I had not yet been a successful parent to a house plant. In September, when it started to freeze, I would bring my tomato plant inside my tiny apartment to sleep overnight. In the midst of all this fussing, however, I forgot all about my beautiful pink-leaved cactus plant.

My cactus especially means a lot to me, but you wouldn't know it by the way I left it out there in the cold; somehow I thought it was robust enough for the cooler temperatures, but it wasn't. The day I brought my poor frozen cactus in, a dear friend was over and we looked at its roots. In the time that I'd had it, it had grown tall and wide, and all of those tall and wide parts were icy-crisped, but the base of the plant was healthy and green, the roots were strong. I took the scissors to it and cut off a whole bunch.

In the past few months, it has grown back so vital and hearty. It reminds me every single day of the importance of the root chakra. Your root chakra is located at the base of your spine and is in charge of your most basic survival needs as well as your sense of belonging. You can stay strong in your roots by relating to the earth every single day; you don't even have to go on some big nature hike, just feel the ground underneath your feet. Feel the ground underneath your feet no matter what you're doing, and especially when you're eating. If you are actually lucky enough to walk around on dirt, grass or sand on the beach, feel the energy of the earth underneath your feet, the earth has some strong and steady energy and it can help you to feel settled, even when you're moving.

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