Chakra is a Sanskrit word, which is the sacred language of Hinduism. Chakras are the wheels of energy, or Prana (life force) located in our bodies, and there are seven of them.
One of the seven is Manipura, also known as the Third Chakra, the “Lustrous Gem", or the Navel Chakra. It is an important physical manifestation in Hindu tradition, along with the other Chakras which include Muladhara, Svadhisthana, Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna, and Sahaswara.
What is the Solar Plexus Chakra?
The Manipura is located above the navel in the solar plexus area. The area stops at around the breastbone. The Manipura is responsible for your digestive system and your digestive fire otherwise known as Agni. It is also an important source of self-esteem and personal power. The goal is to keep this Chakra flowing to promote healthy digestion, kidney function, and a good sense of control and self-esteem.
Which Color is Associated with the Manipura?
The Manipura is associated with the color yellow, because the element that this Chakra represents is fire.
How Do You Heal the Navel Chakra?
The seven Chakras work together to keep our physical, emotional and psychological health in balance. They must continue to move like a wheel of energy, keeping everything flowing. However, if there is a blockage, the energy can no longer flow at the optimum level.
How do blockages occur? The human body is constantly bombarded with overactivity, stress, anxiety, confusion, fear and other states of being that can cause a person to experience ill health.
For example, the Navel Chakra governs your digestion and metabolism, so if you are stressed at work, that stress may cause you to experience stomach problems and constipation. Conventional medicine would focus only on the symptoms of your problem, i.e. stomach issues and constipation. However, traditional Hindu medicine looks at your situation holistically, and discovers the root cause of your illness.
Therefore, by understanding the causes of the stress and working on ways to alleviate it, your stomach problem can improve and disappear. This would likely also include dietary changes and exercise.
To keep your digestive fire active and open, you can apply the following dietary changes into your lifestyle:
- Drink warm or room temperature beverages
- Avoid overeating; keep to smaller portions
- Stay away from spicy foods
- Avoid alcohol and soda drinks
- Take small sips of water while eating, as drinking too much water while eating will dilute your digestive enzymes
How Can You Nourish Your Navel Chakra to Improve your Life?
Not only is it important to keep your digestive system healthy, but it is also important to have high self-esteem and motivation to lead a fulfilling life. These feelings of wellbeing are all associated with the Third Chakra. Trusting your instincts and working with them will help you develop and open your Manipura.
When you learn to trust your instincts and remove the fear in acknowledging what you truly know in your solar plexus, you can improve your life.
You can actively engage with your Manipura by finding a quiet place to meditate. While meditating, put your hand right above your belly button and close your eyes. What area in your life are you struggling with? How does your solar plexus react as you think about this area of your life?
An unpleasant feeling may mean your decision is wrong, and you should acknowledge that. A pleasant feeling may say that you're on the right track. Trust that inner voice and let it guide you in your meditation.
What Are Affirmations?
Affirmations also play a role in understanding your Third Chakra. An affirmation is a short, positive statement that helps you gain control of your thoughts and affirm an action. Examples of affirmations that can be associated with the Third Chakra are:
"I am a good writer, and I entertain my audience with my words."
"I am a successful business woman, and I offer a valuable service."
"I am a good mother, and I help my child to succeed in life."
A good time to include an affirmation is first thing in the morning, right before you go to bed, or after a meditation session.
As well as affirmations, music is another way to heal your Third Chakra. Chakra healing music is soothing, peaceful and gentle. There are many varieties to choose from, such as music by Grammy-nominated and award-winning musician Steven Halpern. Play Chakra healing music during meditation, as well as other times during the day.
Which Stones Can Heal You?
In addition to meditation, music, and affirmations, healing stones are an a powerful, natural way to heal your Third Chakra when it is out of balance. Specific stones which are yellow in color, are associated with the area, including Amber, Citrine, Lemon Quartz, Yellow Jasper and more.
These stones are used to balance and cleanse an unhealthy Chakra. Wear these stones as jewelry, or place them directly over the affected area. You may also put these stones in various areas around your living area to benefit from their healing power.
When you understand that your Chakras are your life force, and that their health and openness is the key to your wellbeing,, you will naturally improve your life. Nurture your Navel Chakra by understanding the source of any discomfort and how you can naturally heal it.