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Solar Plexus - Naval Chakra - Manipura

Updated: Nov 22



Introduction


Hello and welcome to this, the third in our series of 7 posts on the 7 main Chakras. This series will cover each Chakra one by one. Each post follows the same structure and can work as a reference as well as a learning resource.


This post will cover the Solar Plexus or Naval Chakra, or Manipura in Sanskrit.


Color - Leafs - Element

The Manipura is associated with the color yellow, is symbolized by a 10-leafed lotus, and is associated with the Fire element.


Overview of this chakra

Often associated with raw emotion, intuition and gut feeling, the Manipura Chakra is said to deal with our powers of transformation.


It is located 3 fingers above the navel, close to the Solar Plexus, hence this is one of the names given to it.


Its link to the fire element in this way associated with motivation and drive, or as the energy centre and driving force of our body. Another use of this fire element is through digestion, and the Manipura is closely associated with the acids of our digestive system, and so is also linked to metabolism.


If our fire element is in balance and working strongly, then we should be digesting and processing foods well. Some believe that this 'processing' also extends to our thoughts and emotions.


Balance


When this Chakra is in balance we can expect to have conscious control over our emotions and thoughts. In this way, we will not be easily influenced by others as we will have a sense of stability, and we will feel reassured and secure in our decisions and choices.


When Overactive


When this chakra is overactive some, or many of the following may occur.

  • Consistently finding faults in others

  • Expecting too much from others, or being overly demanding

  • Stubborn and rigid in our ideas and thinking (e.g "My way or no way!")

  • Prone to anger and aggressiveness

  • Overworking, or a 'workaholic'

  • Overly picky, or a perfectionist


When Underactive


When this Chakra is under-active some, or many of the following may occur.

  • General laziness or lack of drive

  • Lots of doubts, self-doubt, doubt about the future etc.

  • Worrying too much

  • Running on autopilot with no sense of direction

  • Seeking external validation and the approval of others (instead of trusting one's self)


Physical issues associated with this Chakra


Some common physical issues when this Chakra is imbalanced are:

  • Any issues related to the digestive system

These can be any conditions or issues in these areas


How to balance


As with all the chakras, we can do a variety of things to balance them.


In the case of Manipura, the following may help.


Foods

  • Whole grains (rice, oats, etc)

  • Legumes (beans, soybeans, peas, chickpeas, peanuts, lentils, etc.)

  • Spices (if it is underactive)

  • Bananas

  • Pineapple

  • Corn

  • Sunflower Seeds

Aromas

  • Lavender

  • Rosemary

Sounds

  • 'RAM' Mantra

Stones

  • Tiger's eye

  • Amber

  • Topaz

  • Citrin

  • Sunstone

Activities

  • Something challenging

  • Hiking/outdoor exploration

  • Adventure holidays or excursions

Yoga

  • Karma Yoga (doing good deeds)


Conclusion


The Manipura Chakra then, is again, a very important chakra to work with. It has an influence over our drive and is strongly connected to our thoughts and feelings. As such, it can be a tricky chakra to keep in balance, especially if our minds and emotions are not balanced. It is a little bit of a chicken or egg scenario when it comes to which to balance first. But with all things, start somewhere and come at it slowly.


I hope you got some benefit from this post and that you have a wonderful day.


May you be happy!

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