Updated: Jul 5
What Do You Need? What Do You Want?
What is the difference between Need & Want?
on deep & primal levels
and greatly influence the vitality
of our body, mind and spirit.
Abraham Maslow defined
a Hierarchy of Human Needs that lists physiological needs
such as food, water, shelter and sleep
as core motivators in life. Once these base needs are met, we are then motivated
to attain higher level needs such as esteem, love & actualization.
Maslow points out we do not advance through these levels in order,
one after another. Many of us oscillate back & forth
through these layers
throughout the course of our lives, with very few of us reaching
top levels of actualization.
Maslow’s model is similar to the Chakras
in that the stronger your foundation,
the more you are able to rise up into
higher frequencies of consciousness,
expanding into wider levels
of liberation and freedom.
Working with the Root Charka,
which is located at the base of your spine
and governs the manifest, physical realm,
calls for you to examine how you get
base needs met in life.
Take a moment to reflect on these questions:
- What are your fundamental needs?
- What do you need to be healthy & vital
in the physical world?
- How are you getting your needs met?
Yes, you may have your base needs met
of water, food, shelter and sleep...
however, how healthy are the inputs?
Yes, you have food, but what quality of food you are eating?
Yes, you have oxygen, but are you harnessing the full power of your breath?
Yes, you have shelter but how safe and nourishing is your home?
These are all powerful contemplations
for working with the Root Chakra
and increasing the vitality
of your physical being.
Here's video of a SoulCollage card
I created during the 2020 pandemic
around the theme of fast food...
something I participated in a lot
prior to the quarantine.
One of the benefits of the pandemic
for me is that I stopped eating out
and started making all my meals,
which connected me more deeply
to my food and eating practices.
Throughout the pandemic I definitely
decreased the quality of input
into how I got my base needs met.
My depression kept me stagnant
in my body and diet,
my breathing became shallow
and covered by masks,
and my need for human touch
went greatly unmet
as I isolated in solo quarantine.
As a result, I feel a decline
in my health and vitality,
and because my body is not as healthy
I feel a decline in other areas of my life,
such as self-esteem, motivation,
feeling like I belong and that I have
a valuable purpose.
As things start to open up
I am coming back to the fundamentals...
with my diet, daily movement practice,
and how I get my core needs met.
It's a process and commitment
I need to make over & over again
Getting my base need met
for human touch has been challenging
for me to get during these times
of social distancing.
Therefore, I am committed
to getting at least one massage a month.
As I take baby steps
at increasing the quality
of my diet, breathing practice,
and physical strength & vitality,
I hope to once again be
motived and inspired
to expand & engage
other areas of my life.
- How can you increase the vitality
of your health & well being?
- Is there something you can change about your diet
that reduces toxic input and replaces that
with vital nutrition?
- Is there a way you can add 15 more minutes of
movement and exercise to your day
to increase the strength of your body?
- Is there a nightly ritual you can engage in
to increase the quality of your sleep?
May this blog inspire you to explore
how you get your base needs met,
and find ways to increase the vitality
you bring into your physical being -
so you can vibrate at a higher frequency
and offer more vitality to the world
as a result of your presence in it.