• Barbara Newman

Empowering the Third Chakra!

“I am strong standing in my personal power. I am worthy of being respected and listened to. I am.” From “Energy Medicine” by Donna Eden

Chakras are the powerful energy centers in the body. Moving from the root chakra (first blog), to the sacral chakra (second blog), the next destination is the third chakra, also known as the solar plexus chakra or Manipura. It is located in the upper part of the belly above the navel and below the ribs. The solar plexus is characterized by the color yellow and the element of fire. Here lies the center of personal power, confidence, intellect, and the ability to put plans into action. If the solar plexus is blocked or overactive, symptoms may include energetic, emotional and physical reactions. The solar plexus is balanced when someone is assertive, has harmonious relationships, is self-confident, and achieves expected results almost effortlessly. People have the momentum to move forward and realize their personal intentions in the world. It is imbalanced when one person controls another, is obsessed with tiny details, abuses power, lacks confidence, feels helpless, and has ideas but does not realize them.

Solar Plexus Chakra restoration takes place when insecurities are faced, instincts are followed, and the need for power over another is released.

Not only can the third chakra be boosted by a walk in the sunshine, relaxing by a fireplace, or practicing plank pose to build heat from the inside, it can also be nourished by food. It is interesting to note that the solar plexus chakra is associated with the digestive system, where food is transformed into energy to provide fuel to the body.

Food groups that help balance the third chakra are as follows:

Whole grains such as oats, rice, and rye

Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, and beans

Spices such as turmeric, ginger, cumin and cinnamon

Yellow foods such as bananas, corn, pineapples, and lemons

Teas such as chamomile or tumeric

Take charge of your food choices. For breakfast try oatmeal with bananas and cinnamon. Plan lunch or dinner with humus (which is made from chickpeas) as a starter, bean or lentil soup, fish or chicken seasoned with tumeric, ginger, cumin, or lemon, sides of rice or corn, fresh pineapple with banana bread for desert, and sips of chamomile tea. Add a banana or pineapple to your favorite smoothie. Be assertive in these food choices and nourish the third chakra with fuel to kindle, yet balance, the fire in the body!

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