Feelings of insecurity, being the odd one out, and looking for validation are all typical phases of life. However, these become a problem when you constantly need assurance.
Like when you are always looking for ways to please people, the pressures start affecting your health and mental peace.
Then some people are master manipulators. Bullying behavior, being too dominating and unable to keep within your boundaries, also depicts a big problem. All these things point towards an unhealthy or imbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra.
Once you have pinpointed the issue, you can improve your esteem and be better, more cooperative, and a people person.
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Chakra – Defined
You may have heard about the seven chakras somewhere in life, maybe in the meditation workshop or a health lecture. Wherever you come across the term, these chakras hold significant importance in our lives. These are prime energy centers in our body that come with various responsibilities.
‘Chakra’ is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘wheel.’ It refers to the spinning of energy wheels around your spine. It’s a Hindu and Buddhist belief that these chakras depict different points of the human body where the spirit and physical being combines.
The chakras rotate at different frequencies, which depicts their colors and other features. We feel healthy, contended, and at peace when the chakras are balanced. On the other hand, we are physically and emotionally distressed when there’s a blockade in these chakras.
Hence, connecting with them and maintaining harmony is essential for healing our souls and bodies. In addition, learning about these chakras and their role in allowing a smooth flow of energy through the body is essential to keep your physical and emotional health in check.
The seven main chakras are interconnected; working on one will impact and improve the rest of the chakra system.
What is the Third Chakra: Solar Plexus?
Solar Plexus, or Manipura, is the third chakra. The literal meaning is ‘lustrous gem.’
This chakra spins or is positioned just above the navel. That is, the stomach area, right around the belly button and breastbone. So, it strengthens the digestive system, metabolism, and diaphragm.
Solar Plexus chakra is associated with the following:
- Power of transformation
- Personal power
- Warrior energy
- Balance of energy
Since the element of the Solar Plexus Chakra is Fire, it activates the body temperature to assist the body internally with digestion.
Characteristics of Solar Plexus Chakra
This is the third of the seven chakras.
The color of the Manipura chakra is yellow. This color shows intellect, energy, and the connection between Fire and the sun.
Moreover, the color yellow is associated with birth and rebirth.
Manipura chakra represents the element of Fire, which is also the sun’s energy. Fire ignites consciousness and motivation. So it directs us toward success and health.
Hence restoring balance is necessary here. Too much time in the Solar Plexus can make us overly active and lead to burnout. But, at the same time, too little can cause feelings of hurt, loss, and fear.
This fire energy also aids digestion and keeps the body’s metabolism balanced.
Fire also represents heat in the body. If Solar Plexus chakra attracts excessive Fire and releases too much energy that results in aggression, anger, and impulsivity, also called Blocked Manipura Chakra.
Crystal – Tiger’s Eye
Each particular chakra is attracted to a stone or crystal. Solar Plexus chakra’s crystal is the tiger’s eye. You can try meditation with the tiger’s eye or carry the stone as jewelry to get the most out of its properties.
Solar Plexus Chakra System Balance
When the Solar Plexus Chakra is balanced, it boosts confidence levels and keeps the person in high spirits. In addition, it gives your life a sense of purpose and removes all negative energies from the surrounding.
Excessive frequency of the chakra results in too much energy. This manifests itself as the person becomes overly rigid. Other symptoms of an over-efficient Solar Plexus Chakra are:
- A strong sense of domination
- Blaming others
- Being overactive
- Scattered personality
Whereas a deficient Solar Plexus Chakra depicts:
- Passive attitudes
- Weak will
- Poor esteem
Whenever there’s an imbalance of the Solar Plexus, you feel fatigued. You may also gain excessive weight or experience bowel and digestive disorders. For some people, it gets even worse, and they may get hyperglycemia.
Blocked Manipura Chakra
You may face digestive issues whenever there’s a disbalance, or the Solar Plexus Chakra falls out of its alignment. They may appear in the form of irritable bowel, improper digestion, constipation, ulcers, diabetes, etc.
These are only the physical symptoms. Blocked Manipura chakra can also cause problems with your emotional health.
For example, you may feel doubtful about yourself. You may become unable to make decisions, distract people, worry a lot, or become overly tired of trying to please people around you all the time.
This often results in feeling low in confidence and self-esteem. You may also feel the constant need to seek people’s approval and validation.
Symptoms of Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra
There are both physical and emotional effects of a blocked third chakra. Here are some physical symptoms showing an imbalance or blockage in your Solar Plexus Chakra.
Physical Body Symptoms
- Fatigue and sluggishness
- Issues with the pancreas and gallbladder
- Digestive system disorders.
- Blood pressure troubles
- Eating disorders
- You feel insecure
- Negative thoughts
- Low self-esteem
- Control issues
- Victim mentality
- Improper processing
Unblocking the Solar Plexus Chakra
When the Solar Plexus Chakra becomes imbalanced, it is important to unblock it. There are many ways to do that.
Repeat Positive Affirmations
You can repeat positive affirmations to yourself daily. Write them down and reverse negative thought patterns about yourself with positive ones.
Repeat daily affirmations such as:
- I respect the power within me.
- I am confident, powerful, and capable.
- I can create positive change in my life.
- I forgive myself for my past mistakes.
- I am ready to take on new challenges.
- I am in control of how I respond to upcoming situations.
- I don’t need the approval of others about my life decisions.
If you feel the areas mentioned above aren’t in balance in your life, it’s the right time to connect with the Solar Plexus Chakra. There are many ways to do that. Let’s check out a few here:
Go Out in Nature
Spend time in nature. Take a little walk, and breathe in the fresh breeze. Just gaze around the greens, and you’ll feel calm and relaxed.
Yoga or meditation is the best way to connect with your chakras. Since the color of the Solar Plexus Chakra is yellow, connect with it and think about all the yellow-colored elements around you. Surrounding your personal space in yellow also helps.
Yoga or other daily exercises involving body movement heal the body and spirit. Going out in the sun for exercise is also quite helpful as the sun is all Fire and energy.
Make sure to walk for at least 20-30 minutes a day.
Another way to feel the same benefit is to visualize the sun and its warmth. Let the light flood through you, lighting up the insides.
You can also try different poses to aid digestion and spiritual healing.
- Classical Forward Bend: This pose improves the blood flow inside the body. It helps smoothen the functioning of vital organs like the liver, spleen, intestine, and pancreas.
- Bow Pose: This back-bending pose is especially recommended for the liver and pancreas. It helps speed up metabolism and efficient removal of waste from the body.
- Half Spinal Twist: This pose helps detoxify the digestive tract. It is also helpful to keep the gall bladder and liver healthy.
- Boat Pose: The boat pose is recommended by many experts to aid digestion and especially helps relax the abdominal muscles. It also stimulates the thyroid glands, kidneys, and intestines, improving their functions.
Certain dietary changes also significantly impact your physical and mental well-being. Eat natural energy-building fruits and greens daily.
Burning incense and essential oils are believed to heal the chakra system effectively. You may use sandalwood, musk, saffron, ginger, or cinnamon, all of which go with the Solar Plexus Chakra.
Get Your Rest
Make sure you get plenty of rest throughout the day, especially the seven to nine hours of sleep at night. Allow your body to be energized and let this energy flow freely through the Solar Plexus Chakra.
Chakra healing also comes about as you relieve yourself of the past. Therefore, you should let go of past mistakes and traumas. Abuse, bullying behavior, and past traumas often lead to a prolonged imbalance of our main chakras.
Find your support group, get therapy and try other healthy activities to restore the balance of the Solar Plexus Chakra.
Try New Activities
At times it helps to step out of your comfort zone. Take on a new activity. Try different hobbies or ideas to bring balance to your Solar Plexus Chakra.
The Solar Plexus Chakra dissolves negative energy that causes low self-esteem, anxiety, and stress. Therefore, for the mental and physical well-being of the body, we need to keep the chakras in order.
Hence, make a few changes to your lifestyle, and you’ll see how it helps take out negative thoughts and converts them into constructive ones.
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