So… you know the days when you feel like you have nothing to wear? Unfortunately I can no longer raid my roommate’s closet for something cute like back in college…. or at least that’s what I thought.
I decided that I should try to wear my favorite shirt that Jason owns, and here is the result!
I felt very T-Swift in this little outfit, and I actually really enjoyed it. I tied it up to add a little feminine touch, and simply paired it with my favorite high waisted jeans. Simple and fun, and even more special because it is Jason’s.
Be adventurous with your outfitting, try new things!
The solar plexus chakra is centered right around the stomach and is associated with digestion. Out of all the chakras, the solar plexus is most sensitive to the foods you eat. I am always trying to improve my diet and eat healthy, but I have had problems with digestion since I was a child. So, this is something I obviously want to work on.
Eating foods that have a high fiber content can stimulate your solar plexus.
Sources of fiber:
Popcorn (Not microwave butter popcorn!)
Another way to stimulate the solar plexus charka, is to eat a good carbohydrates. (Whole grains, corn, bananas, ect.) If we eat too many carbs, the solar plexus can be overworked. Balance is key.
Since the solar plexus is related to the color yellow, yellow foods like fresh corn, yellow bell peppers, bananas, and lemons can also stimulate this area.
Mornings are so important to set the mood for the rest of your day. In the mornings is where I collect my thoughts for the day, and I prepare myself for what is ahead. However, I feel like the mornings are the times when I get the most anxious, as I sort though all of the things I need to do for the day. This week, in the morning, I will be focusing on taking time for myself, doing at least a 30 minute yoga session, and eating the right foods.
I am a planner. I like to have all of my days laid out for myself, so I am going to make a morning ritual for myself here in hopes that it makes my morning smoother. Feel free to follow along with my ritual if you please.
Hit Snooze : 10 mins
Let’s be honest here, I am not a morning person so this might be a struggle to get up earlier than normal.
Water /Small Smoothie : 15 mins
Smoothies are my favorite way to get a lot of nutrients into a small meal. (Recipe below!) I also have to remember to drink more water! Water kickstarts your metabolism, gets rid of toxins, and actually helps you control your hunger.
Morning Yoga Session : 30 mins
I usually follow along with a video in my living room at home so I can easily make adjustments due to my knee injury, and it saves so much time!
Get ready : 1 hr
This includes rinsing off, getting dressed, doing my hair and makeup, and brushing my teeth.
There are a lot of ingredients in there that are great for stimulating my solar plexus chakra!
Oh, also coffee, of course.
I usually leave for work about a half hour before my shift starts to leave me plenty of time for just-in-case type things. (I also like to get to work early so I can settle in before I dive into my day.)
This plays out to be about a 2.5 hour morning regimen. It is about an hour longer than what I usually plan for, so this could be a challenge. But hopefully it brings some peace to my mornings.
I am also planning on meal prepping for the smoothie and cold oats, that way I don’t stress about it in the morning.
I will keep the blog updated to let you know how this morning regimen plays out!
That’s all for now!
2 cups of kale: 2g of fiber/ 4g of protein
(Kale is packed full of nutrients and vitamins, and has many proven benefits– I highly recommend some of this green to get your morning going!)
This makes your smoothie nice and creamy! You can also use a banana if you wish.
2 cups of frozen strawberries: 6g of fiber
(Strawberries are full of antioxidents, help protect your heart, and are fat burners!)
2 tbsp of lemon juice
2tbsp of chia seeds: 8g of fiber/ 4g of protein
2 Scoops of protein powder: 50g of protein
We have been using Whey Protein Isolate by Jay Robb
This recipe makes two smoothies
Total: 33g of protein and 8 g of fiber per serving! Plus tons of other nutrients packed in!
1 cup of old fashioned oats: 8g of fiber
1 oz of almonds: 3g of fiber/ 6g of protein
1 tbsp of flax seeds: 1.5g of protein/ 2g of fiber
1/2 cup of fresh strawberries
1/2 cup of milk: 4g of protein
Leave in the fridge overnight to let the milk absorb into the oats.
Total: 13g of fiber, and 11.5g of protein
If you eat the smoothie and the cold oats in the morning you’ll have 37g of protein and 21g of fiber!
(You should be eating about 28g of fiber a day and 46g of protein a day, so you’ve got a great head start! Remember–breakfast is the most important meal of the day!)
Today I made the decision that it was time to move on to balancing my solar plexus chakra. I was so worried about beginning my journey with the sacral plexus because previously, I have struggled in that area of my life. But recently, I have been feeling like the actually part I should focus on lies within the solar plexus. So, what a perfect time to start.
“I passionately live my purpose and move forward with unwavering courage.”
These words will be my mantra for the next week. I have had issues with anxiety in the past, especially throughout college. I had/have issues with panic attacks, and morning anxiety. But through meditation, yoga, and balance, I have stopped it from overtaking my life. My life recently had a huge shift when I started working full time. Since then, I have seen my anxiety bubbling up again, and I have felt like I don’t have the strength to contain it. In the mornings, it makes me sick to my stomach, which is never fun. I had a moment the other day, and I just couldn’t contain it anymore, and broke down in tears. Jason recommended that I use meditation and balance to settle it down again. Instead of letting this spiral out of control, I am going to dive back in, and really focus my energies on being confident and having faith that everything will work out with way it is supposed to. I think it is really rooted in confidence, and life balance. I think shifting my focus onto myself, and on my solar plexus will have a significant impact on my life in its current state.
“The Solar Plexus Chakra is located just above the naval and below the rib cage. It is our energy center and it radiates vital life energy (prana) through-out our entire body. It is where our Will Power comes from; our ability to achieve, self-esteem, raw emotions, and self-discipline are all governed by the Manipura. It is where we can have a mental understanding of our emotional self.” -Source
“The third chakra is the center of your self-esteem. Every time you judge or criticize yourself, you deplete this chakra and weaken your willpower. Self love, self acceptance, and acknowledgement of your own worth are the building blocks of the third chakra. A woman with an open and balanced Manipura Chakra values herself and her work, is confident in her ability to do something well, loves and accepts herself, is willing to express herself in a powerful way, knows that she has the freedom to choose to be herself and direct her own life.” -Source
“When this Chakra is in balance you will be in complete control over your emotions and thoughts. Your ego mind, or small mind will have no unwanted influence over your actions.You will know without a doubt, and accept your place in the Universe, have self-love and, in turn, have a great appreciation for all the people in your life and the uniqueness that they bring to world. When in tune, your Solar-plexus will radiate warmth and joy through-out your entire being, and to others who come into contact with you.
Over-active Solar-plexus Chakra
If your chakra is over-active you may be judgemental or critical – and you will easily find fault in others. You may be demanding and have extreme emotional problems, being very rigid or stubborn (it’s either your way or no way). Often anger, or aggressiveness result from an over-active chakra. You may always be planning to do things, but never doing, and your work or interests become a priority over things you have to do (a workaholic). You may also be a perfectionist and can’t settle on something that is already good enough, it always has to be better.
Under-active Solar-plexus Chakra
If this chakra is under active it can cause severe emotional problems. You may have a lot of doubt and mistrust towards the people in your life, and worry too much about what other people might think about you. You may also run on “auto pilot” avoiding your feelings of depression or anxiety; you may feel afraid or alone when you start to look at what you have been avoiding. You also may feel that you are not good enough and be seeking a constant approval of others, this can lead to a need, or dependency on the people in your life.
Physical Symptoms of a Solar-plexus imbalance: Poor digestion, weight problems, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, arthritis, pacreas, liver or kidney problems, anorexia, bulimia, hepatitis, intestinal tumors, colon disease.
Its funny, because when I first got into chakra healing, I realized that I had an over-active solar plexus chakra, and I had to work on bringing it back in. Now, I have a slightly under-active solar plexus chakra, and I have to work on letting it spin again.
As always, I will include blog posts about the different ways I will go about stimulating this chakra. But today, I will be wearing a bright yellow top to help my mind start thinking YELLOW!
“I passionately live my purpose and move forward with unwavering courage.”
I am beyond excited that Spring is here! I really hate the cold… and as a Floridan, I feel like I never have anything to wear! So! I am quite happy to bring out my warmer weather clothing.
This skirt has been my go-to for a couple of weeks, and I have found myself pairing it with a million things. (You can find it here.) –Who doesn’t love a little button down skirt? I went a little more boho than my usual self with this little white top. Something about Spring brings out that side of me.
PS- I love this little jade necklace. It stimulates my heart chakra, and it belonged to my grandmother, which makes it even more special.Oh, and these shoes? My new favorite. They go with EVERYTHING, black, brown, whatever. AND they are comfy enough for me to be on my feet for 8 hours a day. (You can find them here.)
I haven’t done an outfit post in a while, but fashion is still such a huge part of what makes me, me. The way I dress truly reflects how I am feeling on the inside. I think it’s important to express yourself however you feel it works for you. It creates a confidence in everything I do. With fashion, I feel collected and in-control.
It’s funny how life can get at you. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. However, I have been working on my Sacral Plexus Chakra. Lately, it is harder to stay focused on this journey to balance between my two jobs, and life itself. Regardless, I have been trying to stay on track. The element related to the second chakra is water, so you know I have been taking tons of baths. 😉
To refresh, “The second chakra is the foundation of the emotional body, it influences our ability to feel emotions, sensations and atmospheres, and controls our ability to let go of our emotions. The second chakra influences our sexuality and sensuality, physical force, sexual and ardent love, open-mindedness, our ability to yield and cooperating amicably with other people. This chakra physically influences the lower abdomen, spleen, liver, bladder, kidneys, sexual organs, reproduction and fertility. When the sacral plexus chakra is performing correctly, the person will feel healthy, open, friendly, imaginative and creative which helps us to focus on our objectives. The person will have concerns for others as it promotes tolerance and patience which in turn helps us to relate with others in a positive manner. When this chakra is balanced it encourages intuition, a good frame of mind, energy and success. It helps you to learn from our experiences whether they be successes or failures providing us with the focus we need for our ambitions. If this chakra is not working properly it cause negative influences in the physical, this is seen in the form of emotional problems or sexual guilt, and excesses in food, sex and drugs. If this chakra is not working properly it creates negative influences in the physical this is seen in the form of bladder infections, impotence or frigidity and problems with the reproductive organs and fertility. If this chakra has too much energy moving through it, we may become self-centred and too ambitious, jealous, distrusting and cold. If too little energy is flowing then we may become shy, hyper-sensitive, untrusting, confused, uncertain, with a growing feeling of aimlessness to our life.” (Source)
I wanted to share some yoga poses that might help the journey to opening up the Sacral Plexus. Disclaimer: I am not a yoga instructor, nor am I perfect at yoga. I do practice regularly, and just want to share some poses that I have used to try to get my Sacral Plexus Chakra spinning.
Bound Angle Pose:
I usually start out every session I do with this pose. It eases me into my practice, and really opens up the hips.
This pose an establish a great connection with the earth, and really opens up your hips. This can also be followed by Warrior I and Reverse Warior. “As you stand here in the Warrior stance, soften the organ of your skin inward and let that remind you of your innate receptive self. Neither aggressive nor passive, you are a creative, strong, and beautiful being. Spend 5 breaths here and imagine those breaths as water, running rivers of light through your entire physical, emotional, and mental self.” (Source)
In this photo I am looking up, but eventually you can fall forward, coming very close to the earth. “As you begin to soften down, consciously release your belly. Let go of any tension in the abdomen—let it all hang out. As you release deeply, let your eyes and jaw relax completely. ” (Source)
Cow Face Pose:
This one really gives me a full body stretch. It makes me feel grounded, and gives a great stretch in the hips, legs, arms and lower back.
Supine Bound Angle Pose:
I call this one, “Looks Like I’m Giving Birth Pose,” but it feels like heaven on the hips.
Low Side Lunge:
You can also use any variation of a lunge for this one. While in this pose, really try to let go of the tension in your abdomen and pelvic bones.
Have any poses that work for you? I would love to hear from you!
So, we begin our journey into the sacral plexus chakra. The sacral plexus is located right about the root chakra, just below the belly button. The color of the sacral plexus is orange. (If any of you know me well, you know that orange is my LEAST favorite color to put it nicely.) The sacral plexus governs over but also reproductive activities, emotions and creativity.
“The sacral plexus chakra is where the soul embraces the body. It is the chakra that represents the innocent self of a person before he/she is influenced by society. This chakra is connected to your intuition because it is governed by faith and trust. Artists, musicians and healers usually have strong sacral plexus chakras because this chakra is strongly connected to creativity.
People with weak or blocked sacral plexus chakras may appear lifeless because of their lack of emotions. They may lack sexual desire and may have a hard time getting pregnant. Physical symptoms such as, kidney problem, sexual dysfunction, constipation, and lower back pain may be the results of having a weak or blocked sacral plexus chakra.” (source)
“The way we express our emotions and how we make our decisions are affected by this chakra. It turns universal energy into manifesting, or attracting, energy. It acts as a magnet, attracting all that we think and feel, and mirrors those same thoughts and emotions into this reality through the everyday decisions that we make.
The Svadhisthana is represented by the color orange and it defines how we connect ourselves with others. This chakra is known to be a place of receiving and giving, whether it be tangible or intangible. The act of exchanging gifts, or even the exchange of emotions and feelings for one another begins here. It also holds our connection to our desires and sexuality, and it helps bring a balance to all the polarities that exist within our lives. Inspirations for creative ideas, businesses, and artistic endeavors may enter our being through our Crown Chakra, but it is in the Svadhisthana and Muladhara where they are stored. The Sacral Plexus Chakra is what allows us to give birth to these ideas, manifesting them into our reality. It is also the energy center that directly deals with childbirth, manifesting life into existence.” (source)
Emotional : Guilt, Embarrassment, Shame, Distrust, Impatience, Desire to hide, Nervousness, Holding on, Uptight, Frustration, Inadequacy, Anger, Tendency to push for things, Feeling victimized, Expecting the worst, Numbness, Neediness, Detaching from oneself and going out of body, Feeling shut down, Depression, Denying your own needs, Not supporting yourself, Blaming others, Anger at a mate, Punishing oneself, Denial of self, Rejecting femininity or masculinity, Bitter words left unspoken, Sexual pressure, Tension, Rigid social beliefs, Spite against a previous mate, Fear of mother, Emotional overflow, Years of controlling emotions, Fear of father, Denial of pleasure, A belief that sex or intimacy/touch is bad.” (source)
This chakra has always been a challenge for me, I think my troubles with this chakra started as a child, and still stick with me today. I might spend a little more time on this chakra simply for this reason.
I’m going to get really honest and real here, because balancing your chakras is not always sunshines and daisies… in the past, my sacral plexus was completely shut down, no parts of this chakra were flowing with energy. Before I was with Jason, I was stuck in a relationship that did not serve me, and that deeply affected my sacral plexus. I was not comfortable with my self image, my sexuality, or inner security because I was chained down by a relationship that did everything to break down those positive thoughts. “If your Svadhisthana is under-active, you can become a very disconnected and cold person towards those that you love. You will also be out of touch with your emotions, and even your sexuality. Life will become very bland and boring, and you will feel no real sense of joy or happiness. In your relationships, you may find yourself being used and abused, and perhaps even manipulated and controlled. One may even be so insecure to the point where he or she begins to manipulate their partner to establish control. It is also common for those with under-active Svadhisthanas to be extremely overindulgent, whether it be with food, sweets, alcohol, drugs.” (source). When I started with chakra healing, I realized how damaging this connection was, and it took a while because I was in denial, but I finally said no more. This did a lot for my healing process. Sometimes balancing your chakras can be more than meditating, yoga, and crystal healing. Sometimes it is making big life changes that will serve you better in the end. After going through all of that, my motto became, “Only do things that serve YOU.” By sticking with this, I have become a happier, more pleasant person. I still had more healing to go even after that, because I had to restore myself, and rebuild that positive energy. I cut many other things out of my life that related to this issue too, and it has made a world of difference.
Though that connection is long in my past, I still find moments when I realize that my sacral plexus is a little off balance. Jason and I are in an extremely happy relationship, and I feel as though our relationship has actually helped my sacral plexus blossom. I feel secure, happy, and beautiful with his love surrounding me. That is how a relationship should feel.
I look forward to putting more emphasis on this part of my body. I will keep posting things to the site about different ways to heal, and let you know about different things that are working for me.
I’ve been working on my root chakra for a little while now. Shifting my focus back onto improving myself has made such a difference for me. Although balancing your energies is a constant battle, I feel better in tact than I was before.
In my first post about the root chakra I said, “If your root chakra is in balance or open properly, you will feel secure in your world and daily tasks will seem effortless. You will not have any doubts about your place in the world and things will work for you, whether it be with relationships, money or with a career.” When I first started working on my root chakra again, it was probably the perfect timing. I had just graduated a month prior, and wasn’t really sure where my career with Anthropologie was headed. I really had to let go and trust that things would work out for me. By having that focus every day, I felt like I was able to handle the stress of not knowing about my career for a month. Finally, the new fiscal year rolled in for the company, and I found out that I was promoted to a supervisor position. All of the patience and hard work I had put in paid off. I just have to keep the mentality that things will continue to work out for me when they are supposed to, and I will grow even further with my career.
“I am open to possibilities. I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow and transform. I trust in the goodness of life.”
While working on this chakra, I really tried to incorporate a healthier lifestyle. While I didn’t ALWAYS eat super healthy, (I’m working on it, okay?!) I did start doing yoga again. This made me feel like I was actually paying attention to my body, and was giving it what it needed. The root chakra puts a lot of focus on the physical. It challenges you to fuel your body with nutritional foods, lots of water, and exercise. By feeding your body with what the earth naturally offers up to you, you are more connected to the earth.
“I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet. I nurture my body with healthy food, clean water, exercise, relaxation, and connection with nature.”
I am going to continue to work on eating clean, and eating foods that make my body feel good. I want to continue my yoga practice and really keep going with the balance of this new life I’ve started.
Overall, I am feeling great! I think I am about ready to shift my attention to the next chakra.
I wanted to link a few videos that have been really wonderful for stimulating my root chakra and really making me feel grounded. Doing yoga is something that I really wanted to make a regular practice in the new year, and so far, so good!
I like the idea of doing yoga in my own home because I can go at the pace I want, really stretch deep where it feels right, and really respond to my own body.
In order for you to really heal, you have to search within yourself. You have to really ask yourself what your character, soul, body, mind is missing. If you want to do that, you have to quiet the mind, and let yourself speak. This can be called meditating. Take yourself to a comfortable, quiet space where you can focus on what is on your mind. Doing this has helped me TREMENDOUSLY in the past.
When balancing my chakras, sometimes I use other tools to help my brain really hone in on what I am trying to accomplish. It is easy to let your mind wander to other things. I have used yoga, guided meditations, music, and crystals to help keep my mind in the right place.
Today, lets talk about crystals.
I use crystals healing often. Different kinds of crystals can make the energy around you feel different. Different kinds of crystals can also help stimulate certain chakras. If you want to learn a little more about crystals and how to make a crystal grid, THIS POST from last year goes a little more in detail.
If you are trying to stimulate your root chakras, Carnelian, Citrine, Red Jasper, are all helpful crystals. Instead of just creating a grid, you can also do medications with crystals.
In order to do this, get yourself in a comfortable position. It could be in your bed, in the bath, on your yoga mat.. wherever is comfortable for you.
(For me, the bath is ALWAYS the #1 choice!)
Place the stones in a circular formation over your root chakra (pelvic area). We place the crystals in a wheel formation to mimic the wheel-like energy that flows through your chakras. If the area is blocked, then the crystals will give energy to that area to make it flow again.
“Once you feel comfortable, ask for guidance from whatever your personal belief system is. You will be able to listen and trust the information that you receive. Ask yourself if there is anything from your past belief systems that is holding you back today.Once you feel as if you have gained some helpful information from your higher self, remove the crystals. Write down any information you received in a journal. Rinse your root chakra stones off under running water, and sage them with smoke. Place them back in the bag or whatever sacred space you store them in. ” (source)
I like to do crystal meditations before bed or when I am in the bath, because I feel most at peace. Again, you can also make grids around your house to stimulate your chakras and overall energy.
Chakra energy boost tip: If you are going to be meditating in the bath, try adding in a little ginger scented bubble bath. Ginger is a great way to stimulate your root chakra since it is a root, and grows underneath the earth!
I also love this Organic Ginger Pear tea from Trader Joe’s, which could also stimulate the same area.
For the past couple of days I have had a horrible cold. I haven’t had a cold in probably a year and a half! Jason offered to make his carrot/ ginger soup, which was perfect for my sick self. I realized that this soup would most definitely stimulate my root chakra too!
In order to stimulate the root chakra with foods, they should be the color red or actually be roots or a vegetable that are grown underneath the ground. This soup is loaded with root-stimulants. The main ingredients are carrots, ginger, onions, and garlic. All of these foods can help cleanse and support your root chakra. (PS- this soup is completely vegan!)
Now, for the recipe:
4 cups of vegetable broth
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger
1 pound of carrots, coarsely chopped.
2 teaspoons of ground turmeric
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Step One: Prep yourself
You will want to chop up the onion, and mince the garlic.
We used our food processor to chop up the carrots to save time.
Next: Get out a big stock pot
First add a little olive oil to coat the bottom of the pot. Add onions, ginger, and garlic with salt, pepper, and turmeric. Sauté for about a minute. Add carrots in, and add the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Add lemon juice.
Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 20-25 minutes. Make sure the carrots are nice and tender.
Next: Pour all of this into the food processor
Pure it until your desired texture. (You can also do this in a blender if you don’t have a food processor, it just might take a little longer.)
You can top the soup off with a little thyme, or a dollop of greek yogurt. Jason likes to make his a little spicy by putting cayenne pepper on top.
Remember: Stimulating your chakras is all about intention. It may sound silly, but try to set an intention for all of the things you do that will balance your chakras, it makes them that much more powerful. Think of the Universe as a place that is listening to all of your thoughts and taking them as calls to action. (If you are religious, you can do something similar with prayer)
Active intentions are things like: a clear visualization of an outcome; thinking, ‘I will do this’, ‘This is what I see happening’, ‘This is what I want’, ‘I see myself doing …’, ‘This is what I am meant to do’, etc; strong, clear detailed thoughts; clear thoughts that give you a feeling of peace and goodness within you
The basics of this recipe came from mindbodygreen.com; but I have modified it to make it vegan and a little simpler.