Posts tagged solar plexus chakra
Riding the Waves of Transition
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Life often presents us with opportunities to elevate ourselves and choose something that would be in our higher good. If we choose to align with our higher selves and energy, we end up experiencing dramatic shifts that lead to a sense of purpose and fulfillment. 

Keeping a "high vibe" state isn't easy for many of us. All of the negative feelings associated with our ego can get the best of us - whether it's fear, a lack of faith or addictions to living in a way that isn't serving us well. 

It's even harder to embrace a higher way of being when you're in a period of transition - you know the old isn't working for you anymore yet the new has not yet arrived. However, because you attract what you are, it is important to assume the feeling of what you'd like to be by believing wholeheartedly that you can accomplish your desires. 

Here are some signs of recognizing that you're experiencing a shift in consciousness that can lead to change: 
- some relationships that may have once worked for you will begin to fall away
- you become disengaged with what normally held your attention
- you start to crave new experiences that are unlike what you would have done before
- you feel the need to shift your outer environment (such as your home or workplace) or your inner environment (such as your diet and physical body) 

The feeling of wanting to do these things may at first be subtle, but will gradually grow to the point of occupying your mind more and more. In my experience, embracing it earlier makes for a much smoother transition ride. 

The chakras that you can focus on to assist you with transition are: 

1) The Third-Eye Chakra - this energy center plays an important role in providing you with insight about what living authentically means for you

2) The Solar Plexus Chakra - this energy center helps you to take action to create change in your life

3) The Root Chakra - this energy center often needs extra attention during times of transition because it is affected by feelings of instability and insecurity. The best way to focus on nourishing this chakra is by keeping a healthy diet and lifestyle. When balanced, you will feel comfortable in adapting to change.

You can work with an energy healer or you can listen to guided chakra meditations to keep these energy centers in a balanced state. By doing so, you can minimize any feelings of discomfort and create change at a manageable pace.

Enjoy riding the waves of transition!

To the Bettys of This World
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Okay – this one is for the ladies but men, feel free to substitute yourself in Betty’s place if you feel you can relate.

Back in the day when Archie Comics were a thing, who did you relate to? Was it Betty? Or Veronica?

I personally related to Betty and I still do. I remember complaining to my friends for years about being Betty, not Veronica, and most men not valuing that.

I also remember falling in love with Michael Vartan’s character in “Never Been Kissed” when he told Drew Barrymore’s character – a young, not so popular, sweet girl “I always liked Betty better”.

I’m sure any girl who identifies with Betty would swoon at the thought of a man loving the Betty in her. Betty was sweet, caring, down-to-earth and real.

Veronica was… legs… I mean don’t get me wrong – she had her moments, but she was super high maintenance and kind of superficial.

I have so many friends who have been rejected on the basis of their good “Betty character”. None of them expected being rejected for having values that they have paid attention to cultivating because they are genuinely committed to being good human beings. And that’s why it hurts them so much – because if someone doesn’t think you’re physically attractive it can certainly mess with your self-esteem but when the basis of rejection runs to the core of who you are, it just hurts on a whole other level.

So to those women who can relate and are still single and frustrated, I say this – say bye to the men who don’t value and appreciate you for who you are. Never change the Betty in you to please the man who expects a Veronica. And if a man finds your good character intimidating and runs for the hills – great – he’s not the right person for you.

I honestly believe that there’s no such thing as “the one” – don’t be discouraged if the person you thought was “the one” didn’t work out. The universe always sends soulmate relationships our way. These are relationships marked by a deep connection, mutual respect and appreciation. You should always choose someone who deserves you. And I mean that – it has to be someone who deserves you. This isn’t about being conceited – it’s about recognizing your own self worth and staying in your integrity!

Here are the energy centers you want to work on to overcome the damage from the Archies who choose the Veronicas over you:

1. Heart Chakra – self-love & appreciation.
2. Solar Plexus – self-esteem & self-respect.
3. Sacral Chakra – emotional balance

Oh and keep your heart open to the Archies in the form of forgiveness. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that what Archie did was okay – it just means that you’re willing to let go of any resentment that you hold against him. Because it’s such a waste of mental and emotional energy to invest in the vicious cycle of resentment and unforgiveness. Everyone is learning and is on different paths – respect that and move on. It’s only a matter of time before the universe delivers a man who values the Betty in you. 🙂

This post was inspired by Betty rants with a good friend, the new “Riverdale” tv series recommended by that friend, and Valentine’s Day.

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Overcoming Egocentric Tendencies Through Humility & Grace
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There’s no question about it – our society’s egocentric culture is becoming worse. Between all the social media selfies and popular songs that have to do with showing yourself off to others (“started from the bottom now we’re here”) – we live in the era of “look at me! look at me!” and it seems that many have an incessant need to prove just how special they are.

A need to prove one’s self-worth always stems from a place of insecurity because if one were confident enough in one’s self, they wouldn’t feel the need to prove anything to anyone. 

And somewhere underneath the need to prove oneself is a lack of self-love and appreciation as one has learned to value themselves through the eyes of their critics as opposed to their own. (Really – how poor can our self esteem be if feeling good about ourselves is dependent on how many facebook likes our most recent picture receives?)

While negative experiences in one’s past (e.g. being the victim of bullying or criticism) can provide an impetus for wanting to achieve more for oneself, one should not become a victim to those experiences for they do not provide a solid foundation for self-empowerment. A solid foundation is created when one takes action to maximize their potential for no other reason than to be the best they can. If one is one’s best, then they are carrying out their life purpose with the by-product of others witnessing their great work as opposed to setting out to accomplish that work for the sole objective of showing it off to others. And if one does reach that place of living out their purpose successfully, it’s always best to be humble and gracious.

From an energy healing perspective, the need to constantly prove oneself to others is a sign of a weak solar plexus. The solar plexus is the energy center that thrives when you feel confident and in control of your life.  People with healthy self-esteems, self-respect and self-love have strong solar plexuses. They feel good about themselves and carry out their life purpose without the need to prove themselves to others. 

So while you might have “started from the bottom”, there’s no need to show off about where you’re at (Sorry Drake :-P). 

To work on your solar plexus to overcome egocentric tendencies, take the following steps: 
1. Reflect on what experiences have caused you to feel the need to prove yourself to others.

2. Re-frame those experiences by forgiving your haters or critics – remember that forgiving someone doesn’t mean that what they did was okay but that you are willing to release any toxic emotions that you still hold against that person.

3. Focus on your life purpose – what are you seeking to create in the world and what steps do you need to take to do it?

4. Sever the connection between number 1 and 3 and commit to doing number 3 for no other purpose than being your best.

Happy humility and grace!