For some of us, the idea of doing something that is outside of our comfort zone (something we’ve never tried before) is downright terrifying. We have learned to exist happily inside of our customs and routines. Surprises, spontaneity, and adventure feel overwhelming and uncomfortable. Life just feels better when we know what to expect.
It is true that consistency and routine help us become grounded. The Root Chakra craves order; and it spins most contentedly when we are within our comfort zones. However, the rest of the energetic system fiercely rebels against the usual. The Sacral Chakra wants to experience new pleasures. The Solar Plexus Chakra wants a challenge. The Heart Chakra wants to feel the excitement of love and the warmth of joy. The Throat Chakra wants to partake in new interactions. The 3rd Eye Chakra wants to acquire new thoughts and knowledge. And the Crown Chakra wants us to find a connection to something that is far beyond us or our earthly lives. Within every layer of our energetic system, we are being called to escape from the order and routine of our day-to-day lives to experience a life that is bigger, greater, and richer.
Because it is our Root Chakra that acts as our foundation, we must always take care to tend to its needs first; to honor its need for comfort and routine. It would be unhealthy and energetically damaging if we were to abandon the needs of the 1st Chakra in order to give in to the cravings of the chakras above it. Yet tending only to the demands of the Root Chakra will impede physical, emotional, spiritual, and energetic growth... Tending to only the demands of the Root Chakra will leave our other energy centers starved, out of balance, and sickened with neglect.
So, how do those of us who feel compelled to remain grounded in our routines create a healthy balance of order and upheaval that will pave the way for growth?
You might consider, instead of eating a doughnut every morning, I will make a healthier breakfast choice. This gives your Sacral Chakra an opportunity to discover a new pleasure, perhaps the richness of Greek yogurt mixed with fresh, juicy berries. Then, your Solar Plexus Chakra is met with the challenge that it desires, as you begin to let go of the old doughnut habit and begin eating the fruit and yogurt. When the solar plexus successfully overcomes the challenge, the Heart Chakra becomes stimulated and begins to love this new routine that you’ve developed. And the Throat Chakra finds fulfillment from this new thing as well, as it is given something new to interact with. With in the 3rd Eye Chakra, the mind begins to embrace these new patterns... and the new patterns lay the path for an experience that pulls you out of the old and into the new.
Ultimately, stepping out of your comfort zone to embrace transformation and change is one of the most powerful ways to exercise and stimulate the energetic system. Each time that you successfully make a change that stimulates your entire system in this way, your energy learns that it is possible to alter your reality; that it is possible to make healthy changes that don’t cause you to become totally ungrounded or confused. Something as simple as giving up a doughnut routine for the healthier choice of fruit and yogurt teaches the subtle energy system about growth. And the more we engage in these patterns of growth, the more that our subconscious will allow it.
When you’ve purged your Root Chakra of all (or most) of its unhealthy comforts, you can move your attention upward to consider which new pleasures, challenges, joys, interactions, thoughts, or spiritual connections can move in to take their places. Removing unhealthy comforts from your life makes space for you to fill with the desires of your other energy centers. This is where you get to really communicate with the subtle energy inside of you to learn about the voids in your spirit that prevent you from experiencing a life that is bigger, greater, and richer.
Have you ever met a person who gave up smoking and then became a marathon runner? Or someone who gave up drugs and became a pastor? Gave up a bad relationship and then went back to school to earn a PhD? Of course! We all know people like this. They are proof that letting go of unhealthy comforts paves the way for growth and happiness.
I encourage you to begin thinking about what it is that makes up your foundation. What habits, routines, and comforts do you cling to that serve to distract you from growth and balance in your energetic system.