October 3, 2011

Be at peace with your belly!

Over the years I’ve struggled with negative thoughts about my body and how I thought my stomach was too flabby. Some of that is related to my childhood/young adulthood environment when my mom would make comments to me whenever she thought I gained weight, but it is more likely related to how we are inundated with what society thinks is the perfect image of a beautiful person.

Today when I was talking to my Acupuncturist I came to the realization that I ‘hold’ onto my stomach and I need to let go.

I’m pretty sure I am not alone in holding on to my belly, so I wonder if we can support one another in letting go. Let go of the idea of what our abdomen should look like and accept it as it is. If you are like me, it will be a work in progress.  It took me years to get to this place, so I’ll be kind to myself as I shift in another direction.

From the perspective of the subtle body – both the Svadhisthana Chakra and Manipura Chakra are part of the abdomen region, so I thought I would share information I’ve gathered over the years about these two chakras.

Second Chakra Third Chakra
Name Svadhisthana Manipura
Meaning One’s Own Place/Sweetness Jewel City/Lustrous Gem
Location Lower abs, genitals, womb Solar Plexus
Element Water Fire
Petals Six Ten
Color Orange Yellow
Symbol Crecent Moon Triangle – down
Animal Crocodile Ram
Body Association reproductive, bodily fluids Liver, Digestive System, muscles
Glands Ovaries, Testicles Pancreas
Sense taste sight
Aspects/functions Desire, Sexuality, Sensuality Will, Personal Power
Planet Jupiter Mars
Soul Desire To feel To act
Sound Vam Ram
Energy State Liquid Plasma
What aggravates Guilt Shame
Archetype Martyr Warrior
Life Lesson uncovering motivations influencing choices – based on conditioning self-esteem, self-confidence, the courage to take risks
Nadi Kuhu Vishvodhara
Musical note D E
Gem Amethyst Emerald
Tissue fat blood
Dosha kapha pitta
Prana apana samana
Asanas cobra, boat, bow, cat triangle, warrior, half moon
  forward bend, reclining bound angle cobra
If blocked rigid, self-neglect, no desire helpless, controlling
blocked creativity irresponsible, misuse of power
Emotional dysfunction unbalanced sex drive, instability, feelings of isolation need to be in control, oversensitive to criticism, additive personality, aggressive
Physical dysfunction impotence, frigidity, bladder and prostate problems, lower back pain stomach ulcers, fatigue, weight around stomach, allergies, diabetes
Oils ylang-ylang, sandalwood lavender, rosemary, bergamot
Astrological Sign Cancer, Scorpio Aries, Leo
Deity Vishnu Rama


Is there a message here for you? Does anything resonate for you in terms of what might be going on energetically?  And if so, what should you do about it?  You can use the information above to experiment with yoga poses, aromatherapy, wearing a certain gem, chanting, or setting an intention. Or you can set up an appointment with an Acupuncturist, a Reiki practitioner, a Massage Therapist, or other healing modality. Pay attention – your heart and mind will tell you exactly what is right for you!

May we be filled with lovingkindness. May we be well in body, mind & spirit. May we be happy & at ease. My daily mantra and my wish for you today – from Jack Kornfield’s ‘The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace”.



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