Rooting Creates Happy Accidents
Rooting is Not Just For Trees
Rooting is a word that is commonly used in the asana (posture) portion of yoga. It means that you need to be sturdy in your foundation before you can truly rise or bloom into the full extension of the posture.
This concept can be applied to all other aspects of our lives - work, home, school, relationships, and most of all, the relationship that we have with ourselves.
When we open to rooting and growing outward, we open ourselves to the possibility of happy accidents.
Take a Gander at the Next Tree You See
Next time you see a tree take a gander up at the branches.
Are they far reaching? Do they extend way up into the great sky? Are they short? Do they appear feeble? Are they thick?
Just take in the general appearance of the tree, close your eyes, and try to imagine what the roots of that tree look like based off of the information that has been transferred to you by the tree.
Become the Tree
So, you have observed a tree. Now try above visualization on yourself.
Do you feel like you are extending through the crown of your head? When you reach out do you extend fully? How are your legs doing? Do they feel stable and strong? What about your feet? Are they firmly planted or do you feel as if someone could easily push you over?
How Does This Relate To Relationships?
Your stability in yourself deeply affects the relationship that you have with others and yourself. If you have shallow roots, your relationships are typically not going to be meaningful or lasting. If you have those few strong and undamaged roots holding on, sure the relationship will remain, but it will be full of doubt. However, if you are strong and stable in yourself the relationship that you form with yourself will greatly influence the connections you make with others.
It is Not Easy
Rooting is a practice. It, like all rewarding things, takes time. The nurture and care that you put into yourself will reflect on all aspects around you. The moral of the story is be good to yourself. Some days it is going to be more difficult than others. On those days simply water your roots a little more and do not be so hard on yourself.
Sometimes Nourishment Slaps You in the Face
Not sure how to nurture or nourish your roots? Think about what you like to do. What are your hobbies? For me, that is always the best way to start.
If you do not know what your hobby/ies is/are yet, it is okay. Try going for a walk or hike instead. Being surrounded by Mother Nature does wonders for the process of rooting into yourself.
When you have the ability to root yourself you will be amazed at the happy accidents that can occur around you. Be open to them and embrace them.
If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me!
Perry, Thomas O. Tree Roots: Facts and Fallacies http://arnoldia.arboretum.harvard.edu/pdf/articles/1989-49-4-tree-roots-facts-and-fallacies.pdf
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