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Mastering Stability Practices – How To Cope When Life Throws You A Curve Ball

Written by: Melanie Ashley, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 
Executive Contributor Melanie Ashley

When life delivers many conflicting actions, queries responsibilities it is easy to feel overwhelmed, insecure, or even fearful of potential consequences if seen unable to cope. Sadly, sometimes you cannot change the underlying situation, but you can change your beliefs about that situation which means settling such emotions before more symptoms of stress start to materialise.


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Within a mind body practice, we can create stability by activating the relating to the qualities of Earth*. Stability, strength, warmth, security, comradeship. 


Within this article we will explore a practice to create stability when emotions feel like they are heading out of control.


The emotions listened to in the ingress relate those linked to the element of earth, meaning the earth element within the mind and body has been compromised. Within the 5-Element Theory* the Earth element is a balance between the soil and water. Water generally reles to emotions, relationships, and the mind whereas earth element tends to relate to boundaries, feeling stuck.


Therefore, one view is that the whirlpool of earth energy is spinning so fast the water element is over-flowing and escaping the boundaries of containment created by the soil. There is excess water in the Earth when compared with the soil. This means naturally that we need to increase the boundaries as in soil – to contain the emotions thus rebalance the element of earth. 


The yogic term is to stabilise the Muladhara Chakra which also relates to root of our consciousness. This is a Sanskrit word for "root" refers to the base of plant’s or tree. In other words it can mean the ‘origin of’ or ‘the root’ of the disturbance.


Within the everyday world, being at the receiving end of the unexpected can ‘up root’ use leaving us with the feelings of overwhelm, fearful, insecure. So lets look at how to balance the element of earth to create security, stability and safety when in a threatening space.


How to connect with Muladhara Chakra


Physically, the Muladhara Chakra is located at the base of the spine between the anus and the genitals. The sages of old would visualise it as the colour red as it represents the element earth, and its symbol is an image of a lotus with 4 petals in the centre is a downward facing triangle.


How to activate Muladhara Chakra


It is activated by contracting the perineum and generally at the end of a conscious exhalation. ¹ Think about bringing the tailbone at the end of the spine towards the pubis at the front of the body. You may find the lower abdomen also engages and this is good.


The activation often requires a deep focus with concentration which then allows us to stabilise the mind or find stability within physical yoga practice.


When Muladhara is in balance we feel grounded, centred and confident.


Benefits of Muladhara Chakra


A balanced Muladhara enables us to stand firm in asana postures by activating the energy through the toes, feet, ankles, knees, legs and pelvic area. The stability enables us to sit whilst practicing mindfulness or meditation; or to stand firm in a world of chaos.⠀

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Some people would visualise its symbol whilst in a yoga posture, or in meditation to help bring stability, stillness and balance to an ever fluctuating mind.


These powerful earth magnets can be used as healing sources for many different conditions including chronic pain or digestive problems, lower back ache, knee pain because they stimulate nerve endings in those areas while also simultaneously strengthening blood vessels nearby!


When to use


Try whilst sitting in a comfortable chair so you can build the technique. The apply when walking. If you have a quite moment add a mantra such as: 


“I’m willing to let go. I’m willing to let go of fear. I’m willing to let go of anxiety. I’m willing to let go of feeling responsible. I’m willing to let go of anything that compromises my health. I invite in stability, warmth, comradeship, joy, laughter and love.”


With this you can build your foundation of strength and stability, ready for when those curve balls head your way.


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Note: The 5-Element of nature Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether helps us manage the health of the body to understand the qualities that create life. 


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Melanie Ashley, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Melanie helps overworked and exhausted professionals navigate through draining life changes. She helps them find mental clarity, physical strength and emotional balance by them to reconnect with their personal truths, purpose and motivations. Melanie does this by uncovering hidden gifts, building energetic practices and opening the realm of possibilities to create a unique practice for each person.

 

Reference:


  • [1] Mastering Stability Practices: How Breathing Optimises Your Overall Wellness

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