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Sunday, May 3, 2009

the solar plexus chakra

The third chakra is the solar plexus chakra, located just below the ribs. Interestingly, with the word "solar" in this chakra's name, its color is yellow.

The solar plexus is a group of nerves that has a very 'radiating' appearance to it, which is why it got its name. This chakra is in control of your energies and activities. It controls the things we choose to do and why we choose to do them.

If the solar plexus chakra is healthy, we will make wise decisions in our lives, choose to work on projects that honor our own unique set of gifts and abilities, and will feel content with the results. Our relationships with others will have boundaries that both delineate and respect differences.

If the solar plexus chakra is unbalanced or blocked, we may make poor decisions and engage in neurotic behaviors that drive us not to glory, but to unhappiness and discontent. An example might be a tendency to become a workholic, or to become addicted to exercise, or to give into any number of neurotic compulsions that ultimately create imbalance. Without a healthy solar plexus chakra, we can become subjected to others' wills than our own.

Yellow foods will help to balance and unblock the solar plexus chakra. Examples of these foods are corn-on-the-cob, fresh off the farmstand, grapefruit, lemons, yellow squashes, yellow onions, wax beans and baby gold potatoes. Ginger and saffron are examples of yellow spices. Dandelion flowers and chamomile are common "yellow" herbs.

At least one serving of a yellow food per day is necessary to nourish your solar plexus chakra.


Stacie said...

i think i'm a bit unbalanced in all the chakras you've mentioned, but so far this seems to be where i have the biggest blocks....

other ways to balance...rub your belly, visualize sunshine radiating out from your solar plexus, breathe using your diaphragm.

Martha said...

That is so cool that the Solar Plexus yellow corresponds to the sun. Or maybe I should say it's really hot?