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Using third chakra energy wisely.

With various health issues that have been weighing me down physically and emotionally, I try to tap into my third chakra inner fire with humility.

The third chakra, located in the solar plexus, above the navel and below the ribcage, connects us to our inner power, inner fire, our will, ego, and ability to transform. This energy is powerful and the fire can be stoke quickly and easily if you know how to use it. It is important to remember humility when working with fire. For someone like me, my natural tendency is to push beyond what is a healthy balance. Thankfully time has been my friend and I have learned, and continue to learn how to use this energy wisely.

Let me share this morning's experience with you. Some of you know I have been struggling with chronic headaches in addition to allergies and the loveliness of menopause. I never know how my morning is going to start but often it is with a headache which immediately dampens my spirit. Today is like many other mornings, I began with a headache, but I sat up and went immediately to some self-care.

  1. I practiced single nostril breathing first. Closing off the left nostril and breathing through the right only. The Pingala Nadi is connected to fire energy. Breathing through the right nostril stimulates our energy and awakens our nervous system.

  2. Next, I began several rounds of the breath of fire, Kapalbhati. This sharp, quick breath focuses on a strong exhalation and a passive inhalation. It is a simple and very effective way to feel charged up and rejuvenated.

  3. Finally, I hit the floor for a short, intuitive yoga practice that included core work and stretching to awaken my body more fully.

If you understand the practices, and practice regularly, you will begin to understand intuitively what you need, when you need it, and how to use it. The only way to develop these skills is to practice consistently. Life is going to throw me and everyone else zingers. That is just life. For my recovery, I like to have as many tools as possible to help me through. It doesn't me I do these practices and all my health issues are cured. For me, what it does is give me the added strength along with my prayer and meditation to handle what is coming at me.

Gratitude for my Manipura chakra, for my recovery, and my HP for continuing to guide me through each lesson that is placed in front of me.

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