We are currently in the peak of summer, the season that embodies light, abundance and the element of fire. The Sun has also recently entered into fiery Leo on July 23rd, and there is a shift of focus to inner power, creativity + confidence. Leo is ruled by the Sun, and this season offers us a time to shine our inner light, fan the flames of our passions and find ways to be our most playful + authentic selves. Coincidentally, these themes of self-love, inner power, acceptance and creativity are all connected to the Solar Plexus Chakra - also ruled by the sun.
The Solar Plexus is the 3rd chakra right above the navel. Represented by the color yellow, this chakra embodies the sun in our own energy system - radiating a light within that encourages our growth. This chakra, also known as "Manipura" in Sanskrit, attracts 'prana' or life force energy needed to to balance the body and mind. It is connected to our ego and our inner power, governing our sense of purpose and identity. These fiery summer days beckon us to discover our most passionate and powerful selves, making this the perfect time to work with the Solar Plexus and light the flame within!
First, it may be helpful to know what sort of things you may experience when your Solar Plexus is balanced and out of balance:
SYMPTOMS OF AN IMBALANCED SOLAR PLEXUS:
• Low self esteem + sense of identity
• Anger + stress
• Difficulties finishing tasks + making decisions
• Feelings of shame; judgmental and critical
• Anxiety + depression
• Victim mentality + lack of accountability
• Issues with nausea, fainting, digestion and fatigue
SYMPTOMS OF A BALANCED SOLAR PLEXUS:
• Confidence + sense of purpose
• Motivated + self-disciplined
• Capable of making decisions
• Spontaneous + playful
• Creative + Passionate
• Improved digestion + healthy immune system
Here are five tips to work with your Solar Plexus + ignite your inner fire!
1. Engage in a new creative outlet
During the summer, but especially during Leo Season, we may feel a powerful urge to start a new project or create something new. The key when trying something new is to allow yourself to fully enjoy the activity without any self-judgment. Approach it like a young, innocent child would and truly be playful and find the joy in it - no strings attached. Your creative moments are no time for your inner self-critic, so tell it to take a back seat! Giving your passions room to run wild is a surefire way to feel empowered and aligned with your truest self.
2. Dance + movement
When words cannot be found, dance and movement can be a powerful vehicle for self expression and emotional release. Again, the key here is to really let your hair down and move your beautiful body without judgment and shame. This could look like dancing alone in your living room, an empowering yoga flow or going for a run. Put on a playlist that makes you feel free and fluid, and let your body do the rest. In this way, you move all that stagnant + blocked energy and make room for more confidence and self acceptance.
Sometimes, we need to simply remind ourselves of our power with our own words. And we can easily forget just how powerful our words can be! One of the easiest things you can do when you're feeling the signs of a blocked Solar Plexus is to call your power back and speak it into existence! Give these a try:
"I shine brightest when I am my most authentic self."
"I am full of light and divine energy."
"I am enough. I have always been enough. I will always be enough."
"I am a powerful magnet for abundance and joy."
"The fire within burns brighter than my fears."
"I am aligned with my purpose."
"I can create positive change in my life."
"I am strong, confident and capable."
4. Take a swim
It's possible that your Solar Plexus chakra could become overactive, especially during the summer. If you're feeling burnt out, irritable and maybe a little hot headed, take a swim to cool off! Incorporating the soothing element of water in your rituals helps to keep the balance. Let any negative energy wash away and calm your spirit.
5. Crystal healing
Gemstones are excellent energetic reminders of our intentions and positively interact with your body's energy field through vibration. You can utilize certain crystals to adjust your energy and align it to your goal. Some crystals that are powerful assistants in healing + activating your solar plexus include Citrine, Pyrite, Tiger's Eye, and Yellow Jasper. Put them in your pocket, your bra, under your pillow, on your altar or even place on your belly during meditation to stay aligned with your intention and absorb the properties of your gemstones.
(Side note: I currently have Citrine in my back pocket now, which is most likely helping me to write this post!)