Represented by the color yellow, the Manipura, or solar plexus chakra, is the third chakra. This chakra is located between the solar plexus and the navel. The Manipura is related to the sense of self, identity, and self-esteem.
An Imbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra
Chakra imbalances are a common occurrence. Sometimes our chakras become unbalanced through the habits that we develop in order to deal with life’s difficulties. In my case, the bad habit was people pleasing.
I love my parents, but I grew up in a volatile household. I was a first-hand witness to many verbal and physical altercations between them, and a victim of violence myself. As a young empathetic child, I could sense the troubles that my parents were each experiencing internally and I turned to perfectionism as a means of making them happy. It was also a way to limit the amount of “trouble” I caused in hopes that it would curb the volatility and negative energy. As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that their anger was not personally rooted in me, but the habit of people pleasing stuck.
As a multiracial person, I often found myself conforming to fit in with those around me in order to make friends. Many of my classmates and family members accused me of “acting white” based on my personal preferences and interests. I was accused of being stuck up based on my physical appearance and for getting good grades.
In a world divided by race and demographics, I decided to pick a side and conform. I shifted my preferences, and I shrunk and dimmed myself in order to fit in.
These were all tactics that I chose to implement in order to deal with the difficulties of childhood, but they remained with me as an adult. I was still people pleasing and dimming myself in order to avoid rocking the boat. Years of this behavior lead to a blocked solar plexus chakra.
Symptoms of a Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra
When your solar plexus chakra is balanced, you have a strong sense of self. You are strong, confident, and able to set healthy boundaries. You are assertive rather than passive. You are able to judge yourself and others fairly, yet without unwarranted criticism.
So how do you know if your third chakra is blocked?
You may not have all of the symptoms below, but if you have a few of them then you may want to consider balancing your Manipura.
Signs of an Imbalanced Manipura
- Low self-esteem
- Laziness and fatigue
- Lack of self-control
- Addictions (binge eating, alcohol, drugs)
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Excess belly fat
- Weight difficulties
- Respiratory issues
These are just a few of the symptoms, but I encourage you to conduct further research into this topic, as there are many more signs of an imbalanced Manipura.
How can I balance my solar plexus chakra?
Routine chakra balancing is great for your mental and physical health. We will all face imbalanced chakras from time to time, and regularly balancing your chakras while you are well will help to keep you strong and balanced during difficult times. Here are a few techniques for balancing the solar plexus chakra specifically.
Meditation. Meditation is a simple and easy way to begin balancing your solar plexus chakra and clearing blockages. Some people like to meditate on their own, but I enjoy using guided meditation recordings and videos (click here to listen to the one that I use). There are many free guided meditation videos on YouTube that are geared towards total chakra balancing as well as balancing specific chakras.
Affirmations. Affirmations are a great tool for improving your mental and spiritual health, especially if you are experiencing some of the people-pleasing tendencies of a person with a blocked solar plexus chakra. Affirmations allow you to reclaim your sense of self. If you follow the law of attraction, then you know that the words we speak manifest into our current realities. When you begin claiming your third chakra rights through affirmations, you may not truly believe the words that you are saying, but over time, they will become ingrained in your subconscious mind.
Food. What you put into your body affects you at every level (mentally, physically, spiritually, etc.). Many suggest eating yellow foods such as mangos, bananas, golden apples, and lemons in order to balance your third chakra. Foods such as sunflower seeds, oats, lentils, brown rice, and sweet potatoes can open your solar plexus chakra as well.
Healing Stones & Crystals. Many people believe in the power of healing stones and crystals. I was once a non-believer, but I can now attest to their healing abilities. Some great crystals to get ahold of for healing a blocked solar plexus chakra are yellow calcite, yellow jasper, citrine, amber, and golden calcite.
The Color Yellow. Surrounding yourself with the color yellow can be very healing for the Manipura. Wearing the color yellow, painting a room or wall in your house yellow, and eating yellow foods are all ways to bring the color yellow into your life. I like to spend time under the sun’s bright yellow rays, letting this color radiate throughout my body. Spending time outside in nature is also good for opening your solar plexus chakra.
Spend more time alone. If you are suffering from long-term solar plexus damage in the way that I was, spending time with yourself is a great way to get to know your core self. After spending years conforming to the wants, wishes, and preferences of others, I’ve had to spend some time deciding which traits and interests were truly my own, and what I had picked up from wanting to fit in with others. This may seem like a lonely experience, but as I have allowed myself to return to my core identity, I have been attracting new friendships with like-minded people.
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