Henry T Ford famously once said “whether you think you can or think you can’t - you’re probably right” which pretty much sums up our manipura chakra - the energy centre located in our solar plexus.The solar plexus chakra Manipura - when balanced is the centre of courage and confidence if there is an imbalance here then we may feel disempowered, lacking in confidence and willpower. When we work in this centre it can restore vitality, helping us to feel brighter and more secure.
Our first chakra was all about feeling safe and rooted connecting to the earth element whereas the second chakra was about our creativity and how we express ourselves connecting to the water element. This third chakra is how we bring our creative ideas into being as we tap into the fire element. Fire transforms and when harnessed manipura energy is transformative as we burn away our disempowering limiting beliefs. The expressions “fire in my belly“ or “butterflies in my stomach” both relate to this area where we store anxiety.The colour of manipura chakra is bright yellow.
To support our sacral chakra the essential oils you can use are rosemary, ginger, spearmint geranium, black pepper and cedar wood. If you like to work with crystals then use citrine to balance manipura. Citrine is believed to have a sympathetic resonance with the sun and acts powerfully to cleanse, warm and energise.
If your mind wanders during your yoga practices or meditation repeating an affirmation can help you regain focus.
Here are some suggestions:
I am confident and powerful
I stand in my personal power
I welcome new experiences confidently
I believe in myself
If you wish to consider healing this area in more depth, perhaps consider journalling after meditation.
Journalling is good for reflecting on all that happens and creating space to vision. Our aim in journalling is to get around the filter of censorship and jot down the first thing that crops up. We hold so many unconscious stories and journalling gives us space to reflect and possibly reframe experiences.Just write from your heart try not to analyse what comes out or even think too much about it.
Consider the following prompts:
What does confidence mean to me?
When do I feel most confident?
How do I limit myself to “stay safe" ?
In what situations do I give my power away?
Finish the following sentences
I feel powerful when …..
I feel disempowered when ……
What baby step can I take this week to move towards something that both scares and excites me?