Multi-tasking refers to handling more than one task or activity at the same time; and for many of us, it has become such a way of life that it doesn’t even seem that profound anymore. We cook dinner and talk on the phone at the same time; respond to e-mails while we help children with their homework; listen to books on tape while we walk the dog; eat breakfast while we drive... and the list goes on. Some people have developed extraordinary multi-tasking abilities that give them a sense of empowerment. And I have even seen numerous help-wanted ads that require strong multi-tasking abilities in order to be considered for the job. In nursing, we are taught to multi-task in our training, and doing so in our careers is expected.
There are times when we must multi-task. There are times when it simply cannot be avoided. Yet we’ve grown so accustomed to multi-tasking as a way of life, that many of us cannot turn it off anymore. But multi-tasking is both a cause and a symptom of an imbalanced root energy.
As a cause of root energy imbalance, constant multi-tasking robs us of the mindful connection to the earth, our families, and our routines that allow us to feel grounded and in-tune with our surroundings. It busies our minds in a way that sucks the energy out of our Root Chakra and into our heads where we eventually feel so full that it’s dizzying. We find ourselves unable to focus because our minds are far too over-stimulated. Too much energy is consumed by the chaotic swirl in our minds, and little is left over to nourish the root.
As a symptom of root energy imbalance, multi-tasking is used as an escape. When we busy our minds and our selves with constant activity (upon activity), we are able to avoid the uncomfortable issues that cause us pain at the root. We free ourselves from acknowledging our feelings of anxiety or insecurity that accompany whatever traumas we have felt in life by simply ignoring those issues and finding solace in the tasks and activities that can consume us.
The dangers associated with multi-tasking are immense. Not only does it steal energy from the foundation of energetic system, leaving it nearly empty while we attempt to keep up with all there is to do; it also prevents us from being authentically present with our families, our friends, and ourselves. Relationships suffer. Our mental health suffers. Our families, our friends, and ourselves. Relationships suffer. Our mental health suffers. Our physical health suffers. And the risk of being hurt in some sort of careless accident increases.
By practicing mindfulness in all that we do and by avoiding the pressure to multi-task as much as possible, we become available to better respond to needs of the Root Chakra. The end result will be calm, anxiety-free, peaceful, and grounded living.
We can learn to mindfully prepare our meals while enjoying the sensory comforts of our kitchens. We can learn to engage in telephone conversations authentically, and provide dedicated attention to whomever we are talking to. We can learn to focus on responding to e-mail and paying attention to the details and messages of what we are writing. We can learn to be fully present when we help our kids with their homework, letting them know that they (and their education) are important to us. We can learn to be safe drivers, who are intentionally focused on the serious task of operating a vehicle. We can learn to engage in the act of eating in a way that keeps us in tune with the signals and senses of our bodies. All of this equates to being mindful.
Living a more mindful life is critical to the health of our Root Chakra. I invite you to learn more about mindful living as you work to strengthen your root energy. www.mindful.org is a website dedicated to living a mindful life, and it is full of resources and articles that educate, motivate, and inspire.
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