The solar plexus, also known as the Manipura chakra, located right above the navel and up to the breast bone. It is associated with the element of fire and the color yellow.
This is the 3rd energy center in the seven chakra system. Our personal power, self-confidence, and motivation are held within this chakra.
Our inner warrior resides in this chakra. Meaning the parts of us that set our boundaries and assert ourselves when necessary come from the solar plexus chakra.
The solar plexus rules the stomach, spleen, gallbladder, liver, and skin. It can be visualized in some ways as to how we digest life. Meaning how do we let go of what no longer serves us? How do we receive or maximize the nutrients life gives us?
When the solar plexus is out of balance physical symptoms such as ulcers, acid reflux, and diabetes may arise. Digestive problems like overeating, IBS, and eating disorders can show up from a solar plexus imbalance.
These physical symptoms manifest in order to bring your attention to where you need to heal. Feeling chronically fatigued or overly energized can also be symptoms of this chakra being out of balance.
Emotional symptoms of a solar plexus imbalance include people-pleasing and struggling to say no or to set boundaries. On the other end of the spectrum, imbalances can show as being aggressive, manipulative and dominating.
Feelings of unworthiness and low self-esteem can arise with this imbalance as well. This includes a lack of motivation and an inability to make or stick to decisions
Struggling to find a sense of direction or stay committed to previous set plans are emotional symptoms as well.
Healing The Solar Plexus
You can use techniques such as positive affirmations, improving your self-talk, choosing empowering body postures, and strengthening exercises. When you feel strong and build endurance in your physical body this will also build strength and endurance in your mental body as well.
You can use this solar plexus guided meditation video to bring balance and healing into the Manipura chakra.
You can use essential oils to balance and heal the first chakra. To do so dilute one to two drops of the oil into a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil.
You can simply rub this into your hand and breathe in the aroma or you can incorporate it into your pranayama practice. You may also wish to diffuse these oils in an essential oil diffuser, but if you have animals make sure to check if they are toxic to diffuse before using it around them.
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Using positive affirmations is a wonderful way to open the solar plexus chakra. This will reprogram your subconscious mind and dissolve negative self-talk. It also brings the opportunity to disable scarcity belief systems that may be holding you back.
Some affirmations to practice with:
- I am worthy
- I am safe in this body
- I create a reality I love
- I am powerful and worthy of love
- It is safe for me to trust myself