Yes it seems that is what the root chakra is about. living with integrity. It is about being connected to life and loving it. It is about knowing who you are and knowing you are truly good.
Some of the affirmations listed in The Book of Chakras will help you recognize how you can connect to the root chakra. I am only listing a few but you can find these on page 44:
• I know who I am and make choices based on what I know to be right for me.
• I affirm my right to the life I choose.
• I know I am truly good.
• I am open to the spirit of life, which carries me beyond my oroginal limits to a higher, more creative space.
• I am thankful for all the opportunities for growth and development that have come my way.
The root chakra is the most physical of all the chakras. This is why activity of any kind helps us connect to it, likely because it makes us most aware of our body.
Each of the seven chakras feeds life energy into the endocrine glands. The root chakra is connected with the adrenal glands in that way, thus it is the chakra connected to survival.
When energy is flowing through our root chakra freely, we feel at home, secure and confident. We know we can look after ourselves. We feel empowered. When there is a block, we can feel anxious and worried.
Listening to what our root chakra is telling us guides us in life choices. Uncomfortable sensations can alert and caution us to relook at what we are about to do. Pleasant feelings tell us that what lies ahead is likely safe and nourishing. Carolyn Myss has a web site that will give you more information about this chakra. Go to. http://www.myss.com/chakra/chakrasflash.asp
The negative side of the root chakra leaves us feeling insecure and unstable. We can take measures to guide us through that by cultivating patience, perseverance, flexibility and adaptability. Not that it is easy to do that. We may need help.
Meditation, planning, gratitude, humour, are all gifts worth developing to help you with these moments/days/weeks.
I would be happy to explore the root chakra further through your questions but I will be moving on to the sacral Chakra next week.
Meanwhile, you may wish to attend the workshop I am leading on Wednesday afternoon Oct 9th called The Power of Your Thoughts
Till next time,