The Third Chakra: True Power

This month at Soulstice we’ve been exploring, strengthening and balancing The Third Chakra, also known as our Solar Plexus Chakra. In Sanskrit it is known as “Manipura” — meaning “shining gem”— and is asssociated with our adrenals, gall bladder and liver function. The Third Chakra is our personal power center, influencing our strength of will, vitality, the ability to overcome challenges, make purposeful choices and inspire conscious actions in our lives. The Solar Plexus center governs our sense of self, and is the hearth of our spirit.

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When our Third Chakra is weak or out of balance we can feel confused, frozen or apathetic. We may feel shame or unworthiness and lack trust and confidence in ourselves and our choices. Our energy might be low, our immune system challenged and emotionally we may feel depressed or hopeless. An under-active Solar Plexus Chakra may leave us feeling like passive observers in our lives, helpless and reactive to life’s everchanging circumstances.

Modern society celebrates a certain type of power, related to the acquisition of resources and property, consumption, influence and ownership over others and consolidation of resources. Instead, we would focus on personal power — Empowerment — which gives one a sense of deep knowing, grounding and stability exclusive of worldly notions of power

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How will you feel when your Third Chakra is vital, healed and balanced??

Ability to Be Open, Trusting and Vulnerable

Empowered people are at ease, comfortable in their skin and thoroughly know who they are… They are steady, easy to read and able to be themselves regardless of the setting, circumstances or company. With a strong solar plexus center you’ll be transparent, clear, warm, open and able to express your thoughts, feelings and emotions openly in a healthy, balanced manner.

Ability to Weather Adversity and Loss

A balanced Solar Plexus Chakra is your port in life’s storms, an inner resiliency that can be bolstered and strengthened with spiritual practice. A strong soul can see the longview, move through loss with grace, and remain compassionate and positive during life’s challenges and curveballs.

Ability to Express Needs and Handle Criticism

When you deeply know yourself you’ll come to receive criticism and disappointment as an opportunity for personal growth, learning and expansion. Being able to communicate openly about our needs, standards and preferences creates close, authentic and lasting interpersonal bonds and relationships. The opposite of this is hiding, getting defensive, taking things personally or rejecting/avoiding. Strong souls can both share and receive open, meaningful communication.

Ability to Manifest Goals into Reality

The Solar Plexus Center is the fire and catalyst that brings our dreams to life — it begets action, animation and forward momentum. Thoughts, ideas and visions are manifested into reality by the power of our soul’s deepest intention.

Ability to Apologize and be Accountable

Individuals with a strong sense of self and center are willing to step up and take responsibility when they have made a mistake or caused hurt. They know expressing contrition doesn’t detract from their own sense of self or strength.

Ability to Forgive

Perhaps the greatest test of our inner strength is our ability to forgive the people who have hurt us. To fully live means to open ourselves to the ull spectrum, beauty and heartbreak of what it means to be human… and this means we will open ourselves to experience rejection, abandonment, betrayal and disappointment. Forgiving, appreciating and loving the people who have caused us heartache is healing for you, as well as everyone around you. Forgiveness creates a ripple effect out into the world as well as deeply into our own hearts — by forgiving yourself and forgiving others you create space for healing, self-love and a vibrant life.

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How do we heal and balance our Third Chakra?

Meditation and spiritual practice, breathwork and mindful movement like Feldenkrais and Qigong are all restorative for the Solar Plexus Chakra. Closely linked with the Fire element, bright sunshine is nourishing as well. Travel to new places and break out of your regular routines; challenging your comfort zone and habitual activities will expand and strengthen your Third Chakra. Surround yourself with upbeat, positive and supportive people. Add warming spices such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon to whole grains, teas and milks.

Release excess energy, anger and resentments through vigorous exercise, cleansing or sweating. Practice yoga asanas, especially upward dog, bow pose, plank, warrior III and child’s pose. Express and release emotions though crying, singing, dancing or artistic pursuits. Meditate and sleep beside healing gemstones like Tiger’s Eye, Citrine or Yellow Calcite. Lastly, laugh! Nothing is more empowering than seeing the humor and levity in life — strong people are able to laugh at themselves and find light in any darkness.

Join our caring team seven days a week and nurture your chakra system through massage, meditation and movement practices — find true strength and empowerment by cultivating your own internal fire!

Ground to Grow…get Embodied to create your best life!

This winter at Soulstice we’re exploring and experiencing the concept of getting Grounded into our bodies. “Getting into our bodies” is a phrase we use a lot at the studio, and it can be mystifying to folks new to our community. What does it mean?? If I’m not in my body, where am I?  Being fully grounded and present in your body means that you — your complete self — mind, body and spirit are intact and aligned. When you are fully in your body, you possess a sense of awareness of your physical body in space, a heightened experience of touch, sensation and sensitivity, and a much greater ability to feel the world around you.

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How do you know when you’re not in your body?? Here are some signs that you need Grounding:

  • feeling scrambled, restless or impatient

  • rushing for no reason

  • forgetting and misplacing things

  • acting busy but unproductive

  • repeating lots of unnecessary or incomplete acts

  • changing your mind frequently

  • indecision, or feeling ‘frozen’ by overwhelm

Conversely, when you get Grounded, you’ll experience:

  • being able to experience your own energy and not be swept into the moods of others

  • feeling a steady state of protection and safety

  • experience a sense of ease in your body, fluid movement to the way you move through the world and less static in your interactions

  • enhanced Creativity and Intuition

  • a more dynamic, richer experience and understanding of your own feelings, thoughts and emotions

  • a comfort and confidence in being in your own skin

  • …more luck, wonder and serendipity!

Sounds pretty amazing, right? How and where do I sign up?

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The first step to getting Grounded is being honest with yourself about the ways we get in our own way of being in our bodies — I like to call them the three D’s: Discomfort, Drama and Distraction. Once we witness all the ways in which we wriggle away from our own discomfort and layer our lives with distraction and drama, we can create the space and internal sanctuary that encourages and allows Groundedness to blossom.

Discomfort: Pain, suffering, loss, sadness. Grief, heartache, longing. All of these feelings are a necessary, unavoidable experience of living a fully, truly lived human experience. And increasingly, we’re not super great at it. In modern society entire industries have been built around getting us out of our own physical and emotional discomfort. We self-medicate in so many ways to ease, bypass or numb our way through dealing with the challenges of life. Chronic pain, anxiety and systemic health conditions can make it extremely challenging to be in our bodies and present to its conditions; however it’s vital we choose and develop coping skills that enhance feeling (meditation, massage, yoga) while easing pain rather than numbing feeling (through drugs, alcohol, apathy and prescription painkillers.)

Drama: One of our common human tricks to avoid working on our inner world is to create constant, unending drama in our outer world. We have a tendency to cling to unhealthy relationships, enable or enact dysfunctional behaviors or become mesmerized by the drama of strangers through modern media. Our quiet, inner spiritual world might seem pretty boring when compared with the entertainment, noise and stimulation of television, the internet and social media. But once you simplify your days with only what brings you personal joy, growth and purpose, your experience of life will become infinitely richer. We evolve alongside — and with — the company we keep.

Distraction: Modern media and technology provide endless opportunities for distraction from being present within ourselves. And this is even more true in areas of privilege where we have so many plausible reasons to busy ourselves with achievement, financial success, self-promotion and goal-oriented hobbies. It’s impossible to develop a healthy self-awareness, emotional intelligence and lasting connection of Groundedness when all of your mental attention is focused on the next activity, achievement and acquisition. Our media is entertaining theater, surely, but it traps us in a state of unreality and disconnection. Getting Grounded into your body is the ultimate way to sweep the mental clutter aside so you can think, feel and act from a true sense of reality and awareness. In this space we can begin to see, imagine and ultimately create the possibility of a different kind of world and lived experience.

Curious to explore more?? Please join us on Friday evening February 22, 2019 in Sausalito for an inspiring, enlightening talk by Terrie Burns. In this interactive evening, Terrie will explore and explain why getting Embodied is vital to our evolving world… Please register in advance and join us!

About Soulstice Mind + Body Spa:

Based in beautiful Sausalito, Marin County, Soulstice is an innovative massage + meditation studio offering an array of mind-body services in an accessible way. Heal, restore and renew with our diverse team of talented, professional massage therapists and world-class teaching team of meditation and movement instructors. Become part of our community and enjoy 20+ weekly classes, expert bodywork and dynamic workshops seven days a week. Experience all the benefits of a regular meditation and massage therapy practice and transform your life — mind, body & spirit!