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All About that Solar Plexus Chakra

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When one of your chakras are blocked, it can cause you both mental and physical pain. That is bad news bears for your life and for your health.  Lately I have been feeling a major blockage in my solar plexus chakra.

Here’s how I know: 

– I have been feeling really low about my self image

– I have been feeling really competitive and have been comparing myself to others far too often.

– I have been having a whole lot of digestive problems. (Along with attempting to balance my chakra, I am also seeing a gastroenterologist for this)

– In general, I tend to focus on the future. I am all about planning. The problem with that, is that I get upset if plans get altered or changed, even the tiniest bit.

Ever feel any of these things? It’s possible that you have had a blockage in your Solar Plexus Chakra too. 

Today I am sharing a few ways to help your body get rid of blockages in your Solar Plexus:

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#1. Meditation all the way. 

In order to heal, you have to let your mind come to terms with itself. There is not one BEST way to meditate…It depends on what works for you.  If I don’t have time to do a guided meditation, I use my mala beads and practice a mantra.  This brings me to my next point…

#2. Practice positive talk. 

Call it a mantra, call it the little voice inside your head, and affirmation, whatever floats your boat. The point is, be nice to yourself. Repeat positive things to yourself, even if you don’t believe them at first. Some good mantras for your Solar Plexus Chakra are: I am confident;  I am self-assured; I trust my personal power; I am a great leader; I have a balanced relationships; I respect myself; I am capable enough to reach my goals.

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#3. Surround yourself with yellow. 

Get yourself some pretty citrine, or yellow jasper crystals and keep them around you. Wear a yellow dress, or put some yellow flowers near your bedside. The third chakra is associated with the color yellow and can be stimulated by surrounding yourself with its vibration.

#4. Eat.

Chickpeas, turmeric, lemons, ginger, oats, rice, rye, corn, pineapple, chamomile, lentils, and farro are all foods that are great for stimulating the Solar Plexus Chakra. I am a big fan of lemons, and using lemon juice in my drinks and cooking. Lemons are very helpful to the Solar Plexus Chakra, and this makes sense. Lemons help detox your tummy, which is where your third chakra is located.

#5.  Soak in the sun!

The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the sun and fire, so go for a walk, and soak in the sun. (Bonus points if you practice yoga under the sun. Here are 5 Yoga Poses to stimulate your Solar Plexus Chakra)

Photo Diary: Key West

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(What a BABE!)

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PS: How cute are my friends!?

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Not pictured: 3 hours of motion sickness, and getting wildly sick off the back of the boat

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HEART EYES FOREVER WITH THIS ONE AROUND

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Recommendations:

Where to stay? Casa 325

Where to eat? The Cafe, Bagatelle, Caroline’s Cafe 

Coffee? Cuban Coffee Queen

Dessert? Better Than Sex, and Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shop

Where to party? All of Duval Street… duh! But specifically Sloppy Joe’s for their live music

Play Tourist? Conch Train, Hemingway Home, Mallory Square, Fury Water Adventures

Top Cocktail Bars from our LA Trip:

What’s vacation without a few cocktails, am I right? LA is FULL of beautiful cocktail bars, and we were only able to visit a few. But here were our top picks:

Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel

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Gracias Madre (plus, they have an amazing plant based menu!) 

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The Garden Bar at Montage Beverly Hills Hotel:

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Mama Shelter’s Rooftop Bar :

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Bonus: 

Going to San Diego? Do yourself a favor and check out Polite Provisions. Absolutely amazing.

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4 Foods to Eat This Summer to Stimulate your Chakras

I’m a heavy believer in keeping my body, mind, and spirit balanced. To do this, I focus on balancing my chakras.  Chakras are the 7 main energy sources that run along your spine. When your chakras are aligned, you find yourself at peace, your body feels good and functions in a healthy way, and your life feels whole and meaningful. When your energy centers are off balance, this can create sickness, extreme emotions, loss of control, and more.

One way to stimulate underactive chakras is by eating certain nutritious foods. Different foods contain different vitamins, and affect your body in different ways. If you feel your chakra is underactive, eat some of these guys listed. If it is overactive, avoid them!

Mint:

I’m not talking about mint ice cream… I mean the plant. Slice some up and put it in a salad, or make some tea.

MINTMint stimulates your Solar Plexus Chakra

If you see yourself as powerless, feel nervous about the future, feel insecure, or have digestive problems, your solar plexus might be out of whack! 

Mint helps with digestion, which is something that the Solar Plexus Chakra rules over.  Your Solar Plexus Chakra sits right over where your stomach is located.

Plus, freshly crushed mint leaves can help you deal with nausea and headache, and even depression.  Mint is a natural stimulant, and the smell itself can get your brain functioning on a high level. If you are feeling anxious, exhausted, or slow, mint could help!

Lemon: 

LemonLemons are another great stimulant to the Solar Plexus Chakra.  Lemons are great for cleansing your body. I love to start my day with lemon water with a pinch of cayenne to help clean out my system. Lemons are great for multiple parts of your body. If you haven’t jumped on the lemon train yet, you should. 

Lemons are a great source of Vitamin C, magnesium,  citric acid, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Lemons can help fight acne and wrinkles, help your eyesight, and can even act as an antibacterial.

Watermelon: 

Watermelon stimulates your Sacral Plexus Chakra, which sits right underneath your belly button. 

waterIf you feel emotionless, uncertain, insecurity, anxiety, or overwhelmed by regular life changes, your Sacral Plexus Chakra might be out of balance. 

The Sacral Plexus Chakra also rules over your sexual desires. Watermelon contains an amino acid called citrulline, which relaxes and dilates blood vessels.  Many people consider watermelon to stimulate your sex drive because of this reason, and would also stimulate your Sacral Plexus Chakra.

Watermelon is also packed full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamins B1, B5 and B6, and not to mention H2O!

Blueberries: 

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Blueberries help stimulate your Throat Chakra. 

If you feel social anxiety, shyness, dental problems,  chronic sore throat, neck pain, stubbornness, detachment, fear of speaking, or inhibited creativity, your Throat Chakra might be blocked. 

Blueberries have a rich dark blue color, which is the same color of the Throat Chakra, which is why the fruit is linked to this Chakra. The Throat Chakra is stimulated by liquids in general and also fruits that grow on trees. Remember: Just because food is blue doesn’t mean it will help stimulate your chakra, don’t go drinking bottles and bottles of blue Gatorade.. it has to be natural foods for your natural body!

Blueberries can also help lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood, and are full of Vitamin B6, fiber, folate potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and antioxidants.

 

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