Fire Up Your Wellbeing
In order to spark the fire of our wellbeing and then keep it burning brightly but not overheating and rapidly burning out we need to make sure that our 3rd chakra, the solar plexus, is beautifully balanced. This central energy centre develops during the third decade of life from around 20 years old to 30 years old, and is key for overall energy, power and balance in all areas of life.
Most people are aware that we have 7 main energy centres in the body. These energy centres operate on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Different systems call the energy centres different names, but almost all traditional systems of medicine recognise these energy centres as well as other minor energy centres, and energy pathways. In my practice I refer to the energy centres as the Chakras – which comes from the Indian tradition. Many energy healers work with the Chakras.
Chakras are areas where the body is very open to receiving energy, from all sources. When it becomes imbalanced the flow of energy into the chakra is depleted or even prevented. Each chakra governs and works with specific areas of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
So, how do you know if you may have an imbalance in your third chakra, when your fiery centre may be burning too hot or running cold? The third chakra is also called the solar plexus, so it is one that is well recognized. It’s colour is yellow, just like the sun. If you’ve ever been winded due to being hit in the stomach you were probably hit in the solar plexus! It is located in the top half of your belly area – between the navel and the rib cage. Like most things in life energetic balance occurs on a spectrum. To determine if you may have an imbalance I will share below a number of examples of the extremes at either end of the spectrum – of course we always aim to be as close to the middle, as much of the time, as we can.
How energetic are you?
How hot does your engine run? Are you always on the go and running at full steam ahead (but perhaps verging on being so overwhelmed that you burn out)? Or, do you constantly feel like life is sapping your energy and it takes a real spark to get you to take action? Does being around people give you more or less energy? Do you notice that what you eat makes a big difference to your energy levels, or do you feel more tired after eating in general? How do you think others would describe you – as an energizer bunny, or a sloth?!
More power to you
The third chakra is our fire, our power centre. If you are a steam engine your solar plexus is the fire that heats the boiler! It governs your self esteem. If you are highly confident, determined and competitive about reaching and exceeding your goals – perhaps to the detriment of anything else in your life – your fire may be burning too bright. Others may describe you as a perfectionist in this case. If your self-esteem is lacking or you find it hard to set any goals and when you do you settle for mediocre achievements you may need some energetic stoking.
Would you say that you have a balanced life? There is a lot of talk about work-life balance these days – how well do you manage that? Does work always win over everything else? Have you just given up trying to have any semblance of balance? What about planning and analyzing things that you have to do – do you tend to overdo it or find it all too hard? Do you find yourself never saying ‘no’ because you think you can do or have it all, or do you refuse most opportunities that come to you?
What fuels your Fire?
Food is the energy that we give to ourselves and is often an obvious area to make changes in because we all have to eat! If you find yourself drawn to fast foods that you can eat on the run – which are high in carbohydrates and sugars – or you drink a lot of caffeintated drinks to get you through your hectic days you might have an overactive 3rd chakra. This can also be indicated if your preference is for cold foods and drinks. At the other end of the Fire spectrum perhaps you love hot foods and drinks – in temperature and spiciness – and you generally feel that you have less energy after eating.
Fire in the belly
The 3rd chakra is the energy centre most associated with the digestive system. Although, as we have seen in my previous Blogs on the 1st (Root) Chakra and the 2nd (Flow) Chakra, elimination (bowel movement) is influenced in these areas as well. If you have burning digestive complaints such as excessive acid, reflux, burping, an ‘upset’ stomach or you commonly suffer from bloating then imbalance is indicated. This centre also interacts with the liver and any liver conditions can indicate imbalance. Blood sugar problems can also indicate solar plexus imbalance. A noticeable increase in your body temperature after eating is another sign of imbalance.
What to do to get your solar plexus to a state of steady burn and balance your 3rd Chakra
Use the Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing approach!
- Minimise sugar and all processed foods, as well as high GI foods in general
- Include slow energy release foods – legumes and beans if you can tolerate them
- Avoid artificial sweeteners as well, when you need a sweet hit go for maple syrup, pure honey, dates
- Get plenty of fibre each day
- Aim to eat regular meals and snacks
- 5-7 servings of yellow plant based foods each week – corn (organic only), yellow capsicum, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple
- Eat slowly and not on the run
- Moderate cardiovascular exercise to increase your body temperature in you are underactive
- Yoga, tai chi or qigong if you are overactive
- Prioritise movement in your day. If it is hard to set aside exercise time try to incorporate it into your day – in your commute, walking meetings, sit-stand desk
Prioritise sleep because it is a great way to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, especially if your are overactive
- Spend some time in the sun
o Amber – stress relief, vitality, rebalance, digestive system
o Golden topaz – recharge, optimism, confidence, drive, pride, planning, liver, digestion
o Citrine – regeneration, energising, balance, success, self-esteem, motivation, invigoration, digestion
- Essential oils
• Lemon – will help you move from confusion to rationality
• Mandarin – will help you move from feeling chaotic to feeling composed
• Balance blend from DoTerra
• Grapefruit – will help you move from feeling drained to feeling optimistic
• Pine (or any conifer oil) – will help you move from feeling inadequate to feeling worthy
• Spearmint – will help you move from weariness to invigoration
• Spruce – will help you move from defeat to motivation
• Thyme – will help you move from feeling powerless to dynamism
• Wintergreen – will help you move from inertia to productivity
• Balance blend from DoTerra
- Make sure you incorporate fun and play into your week – set aside time in your calendar if you need to
- Do the opposite of your normal – if you always say yes, practice saying no, if you always say no, practice saying yes
- Meditation – science now shows that meditation is extremely effective for stress management. Find a form that is meaningful to you and commit to building up to daily meditation, first thing in the morning is ideal
- Affirmations – I am powerful, confident and worthy; I express my power peacefully; I am grateful for my own power
- If the idea of a Power Animal appeals to you investigate what your animal means. A power animal is an animal spirit guide that can help you to move through something difficult and bring about change
- Energy healing
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