I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. ~ Thomas Jefferson
The Solar Plexus Chakra Influence
The third chakra, also known as the solar plexus, is commonly referred to as our personal power centre. Its Sanskrit name is Manipura which means lustrous gem because of its yellow colour, like the sun, and is associated with the fire element. Fire represents power, energy and determination. The Hindu symbol for the third chakra is a ten petaled lotus flower with an inverted triangle in the middle. The ten petals represent the ten pranas, or energy vibrations, that exist within our system. The inverted triangle represents the kundalini energy concentrating in the lower three chakras, then opening to and expanding upwards, to the higher chakras. This chakra is located above the naval and slightly under the diaphragm. It is the energy centre that most influences our personality, identity and ego. It is also the chakra where we learn to master the mind by mastering our thoughts. A mastered mind deepens self-confidence and in doing so, we can become successful in life. On a physical level, the solar plexus influences the organs of digestion.
“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” ~ Lao Tzu
The third chakra is all about our relationship with personal power. Do we feel empowered or do we feel victimized by life? Being empowered means taking full responsibility for our thoughts, words and actions. We make cleaning up our lives a priority, we are clear on our intentions, we take inspired action when needed and we honour our truth with integrity. Our growth and development come from facing life’s obstacles head on instead of running from them. We stop blaming others for our circumstances and we stop reacting to life as if we were not capable of managing it. We become inspired to create the life we wish to live.
Balance the solar plexus to develop the ability to be in charge of the mind and create the life you wish to live. The chakra of personal empowerment, this energy centre helps you live a full and successful life. When this chakra is open and balanced, power struggles with others begin to fade away, digestion improves and you get to awaken more laughter in your life. This is the chakra where you can finally leave the past behind and step into a whole new magnificent life for yourself.
– Excerpt from You Can Heal Your Chakras by Angela Strank
Imagine your life in five years.
Give yourself at least 30 minutes for this practice. Fast forward your life to five years from now. Imagine that all of your dreams have come true. What would that look like for you? What would it feel like? Grab your journal and write out the details of what your life looks like after all of your dreams have come true. How do you fill your days? What kind of relationships do you have? What does your business/career/life purpose look like? And how do you feel?
Now, working backward from this vision, write out action steps that you can take to get yourself to this realized vision. Which tasks do you need to accomplish next month, next quarter, next year and over the next 5 years to get there? Remember that change takes time, dedication and persistence.
The Harmony & Balance Process
Awakening Individual Affirmation:
It’s time to live the life of my dreams.
Enlightened Entrepreneur Affirmation:
Success is mine.
Yoga Postures to open the Solar Plexus Chakra
We invite you to repeat your favourite solar plexus chakra affirmation while holding the following yoga poses. Doing so will create a strong connection between your body and mind. Repeat the affirmations out loud or quietly to yourself while holding the postures.
Boat Pose: Sit on the “tripod” of your two sitting bones and tailbone. As you do this make sure your back doesn’t round; continue to lengthen the front of your torso between the pubis and top sternum.
Exhale and bend your knees, then lift your feet off the floor, so that the thighs are angled about 45-50 degrees relative to the floor. Lengthen your tailbone into the floor and lift your pubis toward your navel. If possible, slowly straighten your knees, raising the tips of your toes slightly above the level of your eyes. If this isn’t possible remain with your knees bent, perhaps lifting the shins parallel to the floor.
Stretch your arms alongside the legs, parallel to each other and the floor. Spread the shoulder blades across your back and reach strongly out through the fingers. If this isn’t possible, keep the hands on the floor beside your hips or hold on to the backs of your thighs.
Plank Pose: Start in Downward Facing Dog. Then inhale and draw your torso forward until the arms are perpendicular to the floor and the shoulders directly over the wrists, torso parallel to the floor.
Press your outer arms inward and firm the bases of your index fingers into the floor. Firm your shoulder blades against your back, then spread them away from the spine. Also spread your collarbones away from the sternum.
Press your front thighs up toward the ceiling, but resist your tailbone toward the floor as you lengthen it toward the heels. Lift the base of the skull away from the back of the neck and look straight down at the floor, keeping the throat and eyes soft.
After you have completed the poses, practice being still by going into quiet mind. This is a time to let your mind be open to transformation. Any time your mind starts to wander, just simply bring it back by saying one of the affirmations above again, then return your awareness to quiet mind. After a few minutes of quiet mind, you may slowly bring your attention back to your surroundings and prepare to move on to the next chapter.
Source: Images from vecteezy.com & yoga posture instructions from yogajournal.com