The Solar Plexus Chakra

January 28, 2016

We’ve now reached the Solar Plexus Chakra: the third point of energy in our bodies.

solarplexuslaromaticaTo understand this chakra, take a moment and feel the space between your belly button and the base of your sternum. Think only of yourself and how you perceive yourself. This is your core. It’s a small section of your body but the Solar Plexus Chakra has a big job. Our ability to be confident and in-control stems from this energy point along with emotions of self-esteem and self-worth. Since this chakra is all about personal energy and self-esteem we wanted to explore using natural beauty products, like homemade fragrances and plant centered organic body care.

We gravitated towards this fragrance from L’Aromatica Perfume called Hello Delicious that is jasmine-infused and has notes of kaffir lime. Both of those essential oils support the solar plexus balance by inspiring confidence and stability. In combination in a perfume form it creates a sort of “confidence mist” for the user. A balanced solar plexus chakra inspires the expression of personal energy since this chakra is the center of personal power. Normally people use essential oils for their aromatherapy qualities to balance the chakras, but we think even your beauty routine can be used with intention to be mindful and work to balance your chakras.

laromaticahellodeliciouslaromaticahellodelicious2hellodeliciousAt the gym we may exercise and strengthen our core but being mindful of this chakra may take more than sit-ups. When the Solar Plexus Chakra is open and clear, feelings of control, joy, and satisfaction are pronounced. You enjoy your daily work, you feel on track with your goals and aspirations, and the relationships in your life are positive. The Solar Plexus Chakra is the invigorating fire burning within you– if the chakra is balanced.

solarplexusfirecleansingsolarplexus2auracaciachakrarollonThat being said, an imbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra can leave you feeling suppressed. You may feel trapped as if daily conflicts have more control over your life than your own actions do. A blocked Solar Plexus Chakra can be the result of hating your job or it can be the result of hanging on to relationships that hold you back from growing as an individual. Evaluate the things you do and say in a day, does it really feel like you deep down? Not being true to yourself has a major imbalancing affect on your Solar Plexus Chakra. Are you bottling up things you truly think and feel? Repressed and concealed emotions often go hand-in-hand with living inauthentically. Because the Solar Plexus Chakra is located in the belly area, all of these imbalances can cause physical digestive issues like IBS, nausea, indigestion, and heartburn.

solarplexus2solarplexusfoodI find myself these days actively trying harder and harder to ignite and stoke that fire within me. Life certainly does happen and I feel if I don’t conscientiously take part in what is good for me, I’m basically handing my marionette strings over to whatever life event happens next. Since temporarily moving back home after college and taking on more home responsibilities, it’s been hard to focus on my own inner fire. I’m not quite living in the environment I pictured myself in to begin my post-college life so sometimes it feels like I’m simply biding my time until moving day. But viewing your present situation as a block of time that needs to pass is basically robbing yourself of personal growth. Because the truth is you are with yourself wherever you are and that means there is always an opportunity for self-exploration in order to gain control. -Sadie

To begin realigning your Solar Plexus Chakra, start by simply asking yourself questions like: “What is my plan to follow my passions? Am I carving out enough time for my favorite things? Am I being true to myself and what I care about? Am I giving myself enough room to learn more about myself? Do I feel in control of my life?”

auracaciachakrarollonsetStart with one question at a time because you want to be as true and honest with yourself as possible. Mindfully try connecting with your Solar Plexus Chakra by journaling, laughing with others, being honest with yourself, ingesting warm drinks and food, traveling–however near or far, and doing whatever your heart/mind has been set on–like driving to the ocean just to see the waves, or trying out that restaurant you’ve never been to.

Fire is the Solar Plexus Chakra element, which is perfect for this time of year. Try getting around a fire or a wood stove, watch its flames and absorb its heat, close your eyes and listen to it roar. Go outside and get into full sunlight if you can as well! And if you’re looking to incorporate a mindfulness of the Solar Plexus Chakra in your yoga practice try focussing on half lord of the fishes, boat pose, and mountain pose.

chakracrystalsThe Solar Plexus Chakra crystals and gemstones to wear and keep near include amber, quartz, topaz, aragonite, citrine, and yellow sapphire. Pair this with wearing something yellow or simply add more yellow (like paintings or flowers!) around your environment to encourage personal power and happiness.solarplexusnaturalmakeupsolarplexussolarplexusselfexpression

 Something we’ve been realizing throughout this series is how important it is to get back to our roots and embrace our natural state. There is something inherently beautiful about moving towards, or rather backwards to the raw, effortless versions of ourselves. With or without makeup, you are beautiful simply because you are alive- the miracle of existing alone makes you a truly spectacular thing to look at.

We’re not saying you should throw out your makeup or anything, but we are suggesting maybe try opting for a cruelty-and chemical free brand to support, like Urb Apothecary. Our model, Hannah Cox is using their cheeks lips blush/stain balm and rose clay bar. Urb Apothecary is a line of skincare products that are made solely of quality organic ingredients, specifically herbs, and plants that have healing power. Now that is something we can fully support!

Don’t miss the next post of the Chakra Series where we’ll be opening up about the Heart Chakra!


Special thanks to L’Aromatica Perfume, Aura Cacia, and Urb Apothecary for collaborating on this post! 


LOVE,

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+Sadie

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