“You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.” ~Irene C. Kassorla
There are many ways to bring balance to the Solar Plexus chakra. Here are some suggestions:
Sunshine: Fire is the element of the third chakra, signifying transformation. Inner fire helps you transform your life and your world. Connect with the fire element, get outside and feel the sun on your face and skin. Or sit quietly and watch the sunrise.
Incorporate the color yellow: Wear yellow clothing or stones (listed under crystals near bottom of page). Use yellow in your decor in the home or office. Display a bouquet of sunflowers or other yellow flowers. Eat yellow foods (list below).
Intake: Eat plenty of fiber and drink water for digestive health. Try detoxification programs to clean out your system. Try lemon and chamomile teas or essential oils (those labled: safe to ingest). Both lemon and chamomile are known for their digestive properties. Eat yellow foods; lemons, squash, yellow peppers, bananas, corn, pineapple, or grapefruit.
Exercise your mind: Take classes, research a subject that you find interesting, read informative books, try mind and memory puzzles or games, or take up a new hobby.
Thoughts: Consciously work on changing any negative internal dialogue. Make an effort to notice the positive things about yourself and your circumstances. A situation may not seem optimal but you can always focus on what you are learning from it. Training yourself to notice the positives is the first step towards reducing negative thought patterns.
Belly laugh: Allow yourself to let go and laugh hard! Deep laughter comes from the core, the Solar Plexus area.
- Take responsibility for where you are in your life without placing blame on others.
- Take charge in following through with your goals. Create desired changes.
- Take risks, venture into something new.
- Try speaking in public or taking a leadership role. Feel empowered
- Develop your own unique sense of self and direction in life. Take action.
- Celebrate your achievements and successes, no matter how small.
- Believe in yourself to make your own choices. Trust your intuition.
- Start up a social group, a hobby get-together, or a volunteer group.
- Teach someone a skill.
Strengthen your core…
Try core strengthening exercises, pilates, yoga, even martial arts or kickboxing. They are all great core strengthener and can also be self-empowering. Below are yoga postures to strengthen the core, symbolize empowerment, and twists to detoxify.
- Warrior I (virabhadrasana I)
- Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)
- Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana)
- Half Lord of the Fish Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
- Easy Boat Pose (Navasana)
- Boat Pose (Navasana)
- Plank Pose
- Side Plank (Vasisthasana)
- Dolphin Plank Pose or Forearm Plank
- Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
Pendant Pose (Lolasana) is difficult. It takes a lot of arm and core strength. An important tip is to not rush the pose. Start slow and keep practicing. Pull the navel inward while raising your legs. the video (below) is a great way to start. It teaches your body the skill of balancing flexibility and strength.
Try essential oils…
The following are oils are thought to help energize and bring balance to the Solar Plexus Chakra: Rosemary, Lemon, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Juniper, Peppermint, and Fennel. Choose one that appeals to you, combine a few drops with a carrier oil for massage or try aromatherapy. Diffuse or massage a bit just above the navel.
Crystals are thought to have healing energies. Try keeping a stone with you, where you can see it or use them for meditation. The following are thought to help energize and balance the Solar Plexus Chakra: Citrine (to cleanse), Sunstone (energize), Topaz (heal), Tiger’s Eye (balance and heal), Amber (protect and energize).
Meditate with Solar Plexus Mudra and Seed sound…
Put your hands together above the navel, the solar plexus area. Join fingers at the tops, all pointing away from you. Cross your thumbs. Fingers are kept straight. Concentrate on the Solar Plexus area. You can also try chanting RAM, the seed sound of the solar plexus chakra.
Tratak Candle Gazing. The candle flame represents the fire element associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra. Focusing on a candle flame brings forth a peaceful, calm, meditative state.
Below are two meditation aids. Both contain meditative music and visual stimulation for the solar plexus chakra. The first gives written information, guidance, and affirmations for meditation. Try them to re-kindle the ‘fire in your belly’.
Affirmations for the Solar Power Chakra:
I know who I am and where I am going in life.
I am confident, clear and able. I am powerful.
I set goals that align with my own unique desires and I follow through to completion.
I have the courage to take risks and try new things that interest me.
I am worthy of a happy and successful life.
I fearlessly walk away from disrespect.
I set firm boundaries and negotiate from a position of self-worth,
I stand up for myself and for what I believe in.
Try a Reiki or Energy Healing: You would be surprised how calming and balancing it can be. During a balancing session, a practitioner can assess and help get your energy cleared and flowing.