Structure. Foundation. Stability.
If you know me personally, you might not be surprised to hear that structure is not something I ever imagined needing help with or more of. I’ve always been pretty regimented. I used to go to the same workout classes each week, I always did my homework before watching TV, I cleaned up before winding down for the night, the list goes on. With time though, comes change and I’m finding it harder to figure out what to do first, when, why, etc. And the result - well, sometimes looks like not a heck of a lot.
I work from home for an east coast software company and do my best to work the hours that best fit into their day. That means I’m up and at it early - often in my pjs for longer than socially acceptable. I meet regularly with my team and with customers and time block my days according to the goals I set and deadlines I impose for myself and for my team. Work wise, I’m pretty structured - to the point that a growing start up can be anyway. It is for that reason though, that I surprised myself by feeling out of control or that simple decisions felt harder than they should be in other parts of my life.
My best friend sent me an article about Millennial Burnout (highly recommend) and it got me thinking. Why are such simple tasks, so hard? At near 32, I’m encouraged to me more mindful, thoughtful, and intentional with my time, my family, where I want to go professionally, and what I want to learn and move toward personally. I have no lack of ideas or even visualizations of how those ideas might become realities - but still, it feels like there’s something in my way. Is it that with discomfort and new endeavors, time and progress feel slow? Is it that I’m putting off or doddling around the deep focus required to execute on any of these ideas I have? Why. Do. I. Feel. Scattered. Whatever the reason, the lack of feet on the ground feeling I apparently have been taking for granted is not my favorite.
Now, I’m not here to offer a perfect solution. Everyone struggles with this stuff. And different things work for everyone. But it seems to me, that if I can identify this feeling and issue… I should give a solution the time it deserves. So, when planning my new class this weekend, I decided to revisit the basics.
I’ve always liked the Chakras. I love when teachers weave their themes around them, what they mean, what color they emanate, what body parts and emotions they impact. They usually appear in vinyasa flows more than sculpt classes but I figure… why? So, as a first stab at putting some structure into play - this time around my teaching practice- I decided to start from the bottom of the 7 Chakras and see where it led me. Low and behold - the first and foundational Chakra is, you guessed it, Root. The Root Chakra is best known for safety, security, and stability. When out of balance the root chakra brings scattered energy, anxiety, and fear. It is located at the base of the spine and emanates a red color.
Well that about sums it up.
The intention of the flow' I’m putting into the world this week is to focus on your foundation. Keep it simple. Prioritize. Refocus. Be grateful. Put things in perspective. Breathe deep. Visualize a deep red hovering thick around your body. Intentionally work on planting all four corners of both of your feet down. Did you just forget? Revisit your foundation. Set it up for success. Let those feet that hold you all day support your legs, your pelvis, your core, up through your upper body and head. Pull your shoulders back where they are supposed to be. Breathe in new fresh energy and focus and get rid of the scattered, unfocused potential of whatever it is that has you in a tizzy. The Root Chakra supports you and when it is in balance, you set yourself up to focus, to think, to stand tall and to figure out what it is you want to do. And then you do it.
What am I doing this week aside telling you to focus on your Root? I’m starting something called the 5 Minute Journal that my other best friend gave to me recently. The log line is “The simplest way to start your day happy.” It’s structured to put things in perspective, to help prioritize, and to guide your neural pathways to support you in accomplishing your goals. I’ll let you know how it goes.