There are so many reasons to attend a retreat. If you've yet to experience the miracles that happen during a retreat, here's a bit of insight...
All those little details, the how's, the what's, etc. has been all figured out for you! All that you have to do is show up. Retreats take the best parts of a vacation and remove the hassle of having to plan. It's an excellent practice in surrendering and going with the flow.
How many books do you have that are waiting to be read? The number of times you'd swear you'd take some time to journal, meditate, or be creative? A retreat creates the time for you. The inner work becomes a part of the sacred self care that is happening and you don't have to worry about finding space in the day.
Bonus: you'll have the mental capacity to do the inner work since you didn't have to spend so much of it figuring out what to make for dinner.
We're constantly tempted to stay in our comfort zones, but at a retreat you never know what experiences may happen. Each retreat has held some type of "first" for each guest.
The people you meet at a retreat are one of a kind. There is a certain type of magic that happens when groups of people come together under the shared intention of the retreat. While so many of our new connections happen via social media, the retreat brings back human connection. Even if you are shy or get anxious around new people, you can find some comfort in knowing this retreat attracted all of you for a reason.
The meals are prepared for you, the dishes are washed without you having to lift a finger or ask/tell someone to do them, and no one expected you to do anything to earn these things being done for you. Yes, you are worthy of this experience.
Since you didn't have to do the planning, you won't leave feeling like you need a vacation from the retreat. In fact, you may leave feeling more energetic and excited about life than ever. Retreats provide an atmosphere for personal growth and relaxation that you won't find anywhere else. You'll learn the type of self care you're truly worthy of and that makes a difference in your life, even after you leave
Are you ready to experience all of this for yourself?
Check out my current retreat offering: The Renewal Retreat happening May 2nd-May4th, 2022 in Hocking Hills, Ohio.
What is the Root Chakra?
The root chakra is located at the base of our spines and is considered the “I am” energy center. Physically, it is associated with the lower parts of our bodies including feet, legs, lower back. It is also connected with the endocrine and reproductive systems.
The root chakra is the center of stability, security, and safety. It is where we first develop the idea of who we are, especially amongst our family, and develop a sense of loyalty to that identity within the group. Manifestation, connection with nature, worthiness, and fertility are all themes often associated with the root chakra.
A story about Chelsie and her unbalanced root chakra...
At first, the main thing that interested me in the root chakra was healing the concept of worthiness in order to create financial stability. It was a cold winter day in the middle of January. I had checked my bank account to see that I had forgotten to re-certify my income-based repayment plan for my student loans and the provider had just withdrawn $1,300 from my bank account. That was about $1,100 more than what I had in my account, so of course, my balance was in the negative.
I called my bank with tears streaming down my face, searching through my purse for the card with my bank account info on it. As I pulled out every single thing in my purse, I realized that it must be in my car. I step out to the snowy, -1 degree New Hampshire day, walk to the parking garage…
and don’t see my car.
I walk both levels of the garage and my car is nowhere to be found.
The stash of unpaid parking tickets shoved in my glovebox flashed in my mind.
I basically run to the city office where they explain to me that I had to pay the parking tickets, towing fee, and lot fee in order to get my car back. It was a holiday weekend so I had about 37 minutes to figure everything out before the city office closed for the day and I was stuck paying 3 days of lot fees on top of all the fees I had already accrued.
I vividly remember standing on Main St., my feet soaked and cold, internally pleading to the universe to help me out.
By some miracle, I’m able to work things out with the bank, get the money redeposited into my account, pay the fees, and get my car back.
That was one of the first of many enough is enough moments for me. I knew that I needed to make some major shifts in order to make sure I was never in a position like this again.
I started to truly tend to my root chakra through energy work, hiking in nature, and unlearning the identity I had created. I started to see how my relationship with money, independence, and responsibility was being mirrored in my physical being and my external experiences.
I always felt like my body failed me.
[and if my body could fail me, who was to say that money, other people, etc. wouldn’t just fail me too?]
It was never pretty enough.
It was never skinny enough.
It was never fast enough or strong enough.
[and if I wasn’t enough in any way, how could I ever believe that I was worthy of wealth and health?]
When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2011, it felt like confirmation and validation of all that I had been telling myself and what others had told me.
Something interesting started to happen though… as I nurtured the wound of unworthiness, freed my identity from being rooted in trauma, and embraced the idea that I could be a co-creator of my reality, the pain began to lessen.
The daily pain wasn’t at the forefront of my mind. The flare-ups were happening less often and my recovery was much quicker.
My physical body began to reflect the spiritual and emotional shifts I was making.
How do you know if your root chakra is balanced?
When our root chakras aren’t balanced, it’s not uncommon to have experiences like the day I had above. An out-of-balance root chakra will often look like financial issues, chronic pain, and feeling disconnected from the earth. We feel depressed, stuck in all meanings of the word, and feel hopeless about figuring the way out. We may be overly focused on the material world or not want any part of it.
**Please keep in mind that as you are doing chakra work, some of what you experience is a direct result of a systemic issue and not a blocked chakra. For example, while I definitely had root chakra work to do, the issue of student loans is a systemic one and not just because of my individual energy. You don't manifest things like racism, sexism, etc.**
A balanced root chakra promotes feeling secure in who you are and your surroundings, it powers your connection with the earth and how you are meant to show up in it. Many people find that chronic pain issues, especially lower body pain, experience their symptoms being relieved. Balancing your root chakra might not be the end-all, be-all answer to some of your problems, but it is a place to start.
Looking for support in balancing your root chakra?
On January 22nd at 10:00 AM EST, I am hosting a Root Chakra Circle where we will engage in a root chakra healing ritual as a community. You’ll walk away from the ritual with a clearer understanding of the energy of your root chakra, how to connect with it, and bring it into balance so that you can feel grounded and inspired by your own presence.
This event is $22.22 or free for bridge members.
Inside the bridge, you’ll find just the resources that you need to support your root chakra including a root chakra healing meditation infused with reiki and sacred psychology of the root chakra training. The Bridge is a month-to-month membership that gives you access to a library of healing resources created by me with the intention to bridge the gap between psychology and spirituality to support you on your path to well-being. It is $15.99/month, cancel anytime, and includes community events like this one.
To register for the event, please visit: https://chelsieskowyra.as.me/?appointmentType=29476434
To join the Bridge and waive the registration fee, please visit: https://the-healing-room.mn.co/share/SeKQkaBTjD1lVYHG?utm_source=manual
If you have any questions about the root chakra, chakra healing, or bridging the gap between psychology and spirituality, leave them in the comments below!
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