ADHD Symptoms and Chakra Imbalances
ADHD symptoms are most frequently connected to disturbances in the lower chakras: the Root chakra, the Sacral Chakra and the Solar Plexus. People with ADHD generally exhibit an excess of activity in the higher chakras with the lower chakras being blocked or even stagnant.
The Root Chakra
The name, root chakra (Sanskrit Muladhara), perfectly defines its meaning. It is the root that forms our connection to the earth. Just as the roots of a tree gather nourishment from the earth, the root chakra collects and distributes energy to all the other chakras. Thus, an imbalance in this chakra affects our entire being.
The Root chakra is associated with our sense of safety, stability and security. People with a strong root chakra have a solid connection to the material world. They feel at home wherever they are and have no problem providing for themselves on a financial and material level. When the root chakra is closed or stagnant, we feel anxious and out of place. We find ourselves harboring subconscious fears that we are either unsupported or vulnerable. Like a tree whose roots aren’t firmly planted, we feel unstable.
People with lower chakra problems are top heavy. Most of their energy culminates in the higher chakras. They seem absent minded, frantic and restless. Without this balancing root energy, typical ADHD symptoms such as lack of concentration, over-thinking and impulsiveness become common.
The Sacral Chakra
The Svadhistana, or sacral chakra, means ‘One’s own abode’. The Sacral chakra is where the pure uncorrupted essence of our soul resides, free from parental messaging or socio-cultural imprints. As the name suggests, it is the locus of our sacred, inner beauty.
When this chakra is balanced, we are wholly connected to our true self. Combined with a strong root chakra, a well nourished sacral chakra creates an excellent foundation for a healthy level of self-esteem. It enables a life filled with joy, laughter and pleasure. The Sacral chakra also regulates our emotional and physical connection to others and allows us to engage life in a creative and productive way.
When we are unable to access the loving, warm energy of this chakra, we may try to fill the void by over-indulging in pleasurable activities. In some cases, we may become controlling, perfectionistic and hard on ourselves.
An impoverished sacral chakra can breed compulsive and addictive behavior, conditions that often coincide with ADHD symptoms. This chakra plays a key role in the creation and manifestation of our dreams, therefore an imbalance can block our productivity. One way to improve the sacral chakra’s energy flow is to be loving and kind towards oneself. Avoid all negative self-judgement!
The Solar Plexus
The Solar Plexus is one of the most powerful chakras. In Sanskrit it is called the Manipura which means ‘City of Jewels.’ This chakra helps us make sense of our world and how we fit into it. It is where the beliefs we have about ourselves shape the ego. This chakra can be highly susceptible to parental messaging, social expectations and criticism.
The solar plexus is where we define and strengthen our identity and social station. It is where we ask ourselves questions like ‘How am I perceived by others?’, ‘Am I accepted?’ and ‘Do I belong?’ Most self-esteem issues can be traced back to a damaged solar plexus.
The solar plexus is a mental energy rather than an emotional one. If it is cut off from the heart, or the other chakras, it can be calculating and ruthless. On the other hand, a strong and balanced solar plexus is a highly valuable asset. It helps us assert ourselves in a positive and constructive way.
It is essential to help follow through on decisions and to provide enough stamina to realize goals. The inability to sustain motivation is a typical ADHD symptom associated with a damaged solar plexus.
Today’s ego-driven society reinforces the idea that social status is of ultimate importance. We are constantly bombarded with performance and behavior-oriented messages from authority figures such as parents and teachers, and the media.
The solar plexus ‘digests’ these messages to fashion a likable and accepted persona for ourselves. Consequently, many people sever the connection between the pure energy of the sacral chakra (2nd) and the solar plexus (3rd). This can result in many ego-related problems. When people are cut off from their essence, they find themselves ill-equipped to navigate life in a manner consistent with their true selves: they follow a set of rules that is incompatible with who they really are.
An imbalanced Manipura can cause us to become judgmental and impatient – our mind can easily and often become crowded or disorganized. Insecurity and the sensation that things are never ‘in place’ can result from a damaged solar plexus leading to a constant urge to stay busy. Unfortunately, this chronic anxiety and restlessness only exacerbates many ADHD symptoms.
On the other hand, a lack of energy in the solar plexus can cause fatigue and, in extreme cases, depression. Engaging in energizing and fun activities can quickly reinvigorate the spirit.
When we feel drained, we may need to do some soul-searching before we can move forward – we must first discover why our life situation is exhausting us or why we feel unfulfilled. Since many of us are unaware of why we feel the way we do, practicing mindfulness is a great way to reconnect with our true selves and the happiness we seek.
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