You hear the words "being grounded" more and more these days, but I wonder if perhaps we don't always give full consideration as to their meaning. It’s so important to have that sense of feeling connected, understanding our purpose in life, being clear about what is important to us and experiencing a sense of belonging. Don’t you think?
My fascination with the philosophy of yoga comes down to how relevant it remains today and the influence it has, even if we don’t realise it, on the way we approach our lives. Time and again, as I read more and study modern theories further I see the connections to yoga and I’m staggered how sophisticated the yogis’ thinking and approach to life was. They realised the importance of establishing roots: build firm foundations and from those roots everything else will grow.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means wheel or vortex. Yoga philosophy says that there are seven primary Chakras in the body, from the area of the tailbone (coccyx) to the crown of the head. They are vital energy centres that open and close as we think, feel, respond and react to the world around us.
That was then. And now?
In the 1940s the American psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed a theory which suggested that the most basic level of needs must be met before an individual will strongly desire, or focus motivation upon, the secondary or higher level. He — perhaps a little immodestly! — called it “Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs”.
Both theories have so much relevance to how we structure our lives today and the way we seem to spend so many hours striving for the next thing. Wanting more, but forgetting how important it is to connect with our roots, man!