LOCATION: Upper abdomen
PURPOSE: Power, Will, Assertiveness
The solar plexus chakra is located in the lower abdomen just below the heart and above your belly. The solar plexus is the seat of your personal power. As a society it is hard to step into your own personal power as everyone is raised in an environment where power is seen as external. The power figures you are exposed to are many as parents, teachers, religious figures and politicians (just to name a few) influence your behavior and affect your decisions.
This chakra is linked to your ego and learning to activate this energy center helps you step into your authentic self. Stepping into your authentic self is invigorating, enlightening and allows us to acknowledge our innate sense of purpose. You are on this Earth for a reason.
When your solar plexus is balanced, you have a strong sense of self. Life’s challenges are taken as they come and handled with a positive attitude and wisdom is gained from the challenges. An unbalanced solar plexus chakra can lead you to the other end of the spectrum, leaving us with such a low sense of self-worth life’s challenges overwhelm you. Decision making becomes impossible and the ability to bounce back is nonexistent. You also do not want this energy center to dominate your life turning you into a domineering tyrant.
The balance of power comes from within ourselves. This is by no means an excuse to behave selfishly and take your power at the expense of others. True power comes from tapping into the divine spark at your core. The divine within us knows we are here on this Earth for a reason. By connecting to that inner power, you can begin to love and accept yourself, express yourself confidently and direct your own life. You are worth giving yourself that gift.
Activating your solar plexus can be as easy are breaking out of your routine and learning something new. The something new does not need to be a grand adventure or a high-risk endeavor; the change can be as easy as trying a new shopping center. Making one small change here and there can give you renewed energy and motivation.
Another action to help your solar plexus chakra is to cut negative and critical people out of your life. Supportive and encouraging people help you to accept yourself. If cutting the negative and critical people out completely is not an option, then distance yourself as much as possible.
Foods to include in your diet to help with your solar plexus are whole grains such as rice and oats. Legumes are another great addition so try adding your favorite lentils, chickpeas and beans. All yellow fruits and vegetables will also help. Lemons, bananas, corn and pineapple are all great options, but do not stick to my selections, find your favorite yellows foods to add variety to your diet.
For the crystal lovers, lemon quartz is an excellent stone when working with your solar plexus chakra. The stone can help with optimism and personal empowerment. Amber, topaz, citrine, and tiger’s eye are also excellent choices. Amber, strictly speaking, is a tree resin that solidified and became fossilized. Whether you call it a crystal or tree resin, it is great at promoting self-expression and works great with tiger’s eye which helps with blocked creativity. Topaz helps you discover inner riches and works hand in hand with citrine which helps you raise self-esteem and self-confidence.
Step into your own power. You are here for a reason and deserve to give yourself the gift of honoring your true self!