That Gut Feeling

Manipura Chakra
Mani = pearl, jewel , Pura = city, place
In the middle of the abdomen resting behind the naval (in the solar plexus region) is the Manipura chakra, home of wisdom and clarity. It extends to purify negative qualities in surrounding chakras, for example turning passion into selfless love in the Svadhishthana chakra. Love and happiness originate here and travel to influence other chakras in the body. When making decisions the solar plexus gives us instinctual feelings that are often true, but connection to the third eye’s intellect is important to avoid irrationality. Fire is the prominent element in this chakra and it translates in the body as heat from digestion. This quality makes the manipura chakra the most important to our physical well-being. The color yellow is symbolic of the purification through digestive fire.
The mantra ‘Ram’ was repeated a total of 4 rounds prior to meditation on this chakra as well as 10 rounds of nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing). I discovered a helpful meditation for removing negative qualities just as the Manipura chakra does during digestion. Once in a deep meditative state I visualized sitting at a campfire and observed myself tossing in one log at a time. Each log had attached a negative emotion, memory, or complex that I needed to relieve. I was able to alleviate detrimental thoughts and feeling by watching them slowly burn in the form of wood. I also incorporated a few simple asanas (listed below) to further aid in digestion in purification.
Paschimottanasana – Seated Forward Fold
Trikonasana – Triangle Pose
Ardha Matsyendrasana – Seated Twist

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