This week we continue our chakra work by focusing on the solar plexus chakra or manipura.
Solar Plexus Chakra Basics
The solar plexus chakra is located along the spine midway between the navel and sternum and is associated with the core muscles that stabilize the spine. The manipura is the seat of our personal power, self-control, and our energy. Much of the focus of the third chakra hinges on our relationships with others and the exchange of energy that occurs when we connect with others.
When the solar plexus chakra is too closed, we fail to recognize our personal power, have low self-esteem, and stagnate because we fear takings risks. When it is too open, we are workaholics and abuse power by lording our will over others. Physically, we suffer from weight issues, nausea, and digestive problems.
When in balance, we our power comes from personal empowerment. We are fully alive, awake, and productive. We do not fear taking risks and know we can learn from our failures as well as, if not more than, our successes. We are respectful of ourselves and others and our relationships are based on equal exchanges with others. Our value in life is not based on what we do but rather who we are.
Healing Through Meditation and Visualization
We can awaken the chakras in many ways, including meditation and visualization. Included here are some simple suggestions.
Light meditation: The color of the manipura is yellow. Meditate on the power of our internal sun, growing and glowing in the space between the navel and sternum. Feel that warm yellow light spinning and radiating from the core of who we are. Feel that energy rising along the spine with each inhale, lengthening and strengthening the spine; with each exhale, relax. Feel the body alive with warmth, energy, and power.
Mantra meditation: You can meditate using a simple mantra. The simplest option is to repeat “I do” with each breath, mentally saying “I” with the inhale and “do” with the exhale. Or you could vocalize the Bija mantra of the solar plexus by taking a deep breath in and chanting “RAM” on the exhale (the “a” sounds more like calm than lamb or click here to hear the correct pronunciation).
Visualization: The element associated with the solar plexus is fire. You can use this adaptation of a meditation from 1001 Meditations by Mike George:
Think of the people in your life who have made you feel strong and valued. Close your eyes and imagine yourself inside a cozy cabin gathering around a fire with these people while a blizzard swirls outside. Feel your body warmed by the fire, your heart by the company. See each glowing face around you. Connect with their beauty and individuality. Feel the sense of connection and your own glowing inner strength.
Until tomorrow, peaceful warriors,