12 Ways To Empower Yourself TODAY!

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chakra energy flowIn the past two weeks, I’ve been contacted by at least a dozen folks who found my blog and asked me about solar plexus issues.

 

Each time, I’ve forwarded them this blog post I wrote earlier.

So… listening to the hints of the Universe, I thought it might be a good time to post this info again on my website.

So here you go… my dear solar plexus soul brother and sisters.

 

What you are going through…I’ve been there, done that… am still doing it.  It’s a process, no doubt.

 

Solar plexus symptoms — nausea, anxiety, nervousness, knot-in-the-stomach, finding-self-worth — come up for me daily.

Here is what I do to face this energy flow head on… and you can do it too:

 

Do any of these sound like you?

  • irritable bowel issues
  • constipation
  • weight struggles (either over or underweight)
  • binge eating
  • addictions
  • diabetes
  • self-worth issues
  • stomach ulcers
  • reflux issues
  • hepatitis
  • gallstones
  • pancreatitis

If so, let’s jump right into some easy ways to re-balance your solar plexus chakra right now:

 

1. Choices.

 

It comes down to this — you can feel empowered through the choices you make.

Solar Plexus peeps tend to struggle between feeling very powerful and self-assured to feeling worthless and hesitant.

When in those hesitant times, focus on making empowered choices.

Instead of making choices based on nerves or fear, consider answering this questions “Which option will empower me more?” If it will empower you, force yourself to go in that direction.

This is a critical thing I’ve learned along the way: if I am making choices based on the knot of worry in my stomach, I stay stuck.

If I ask the hard questions of what would be the most empowering choice… often times I come up with something that isn’t the easiest path or the most comforting option, but I find I discover the path of greater healing… the path that ultimately feels best as my self-worth grows and the knot in my stomach holds less power.

 

 

 

2. Leadership.

 

It may seem counter-intuitive… as solar plexus peeps often are the ones that feel the most introverted or shy.

But solar plexus peeps often have fantastic leadership skills that can only rise to the surface when their solar plexus is feeling open and free.

If you struggle with solar plexus issues, I can pretty much guarantee you that you’d feel better if you stepped out further into leadership roles.

It is a wonderful cycle of self-empowerment and growth. You step out into the forefront where it is uncomfortable, and that boosts your confidence which in turns allows you to take on larger and larger roles.

Pretty soon you are so empowered you are on fire!!!

Solar plexus peeps are often the ones that really love to shine when they are comfortable, taking the lead in friendships and intimate relationships and really adding their strengths to the team when they are feeling confident.

So you know you have those gifts to give… now try letting them shine in areas where you are not so confident.

Perhaps taking that step of becoming self-employed instead of working for someone else. Or giving a lecture or leading a meeting or asserting your ideas at work. Or starting up a social group, craft night, co-ed sports club. Teaching a night-time class at your local community outreach center.

You get the idea. Step out a little and let your hidden strengths shine… I guarantee you will feel stronger after you’ve done it then you did going into it.

 

 

3. Solitude

 

Solitude can be a great way to self-soothe when you need the space to off-gas some chakra imbalance.

Often for solar plexus peeps, solitude is bliss.

Especially if you combine solitude with Earthing (grab my free eBook about Earthing in the sidebar to the right for instructions on how!) you will feel supported and empowered on a level that runs much more deeply then you are used to.

 

 

4. Trying New Things.

 

Damn.

I hate this one but it is true.

Much like the “leadership” idea, trying new things leads to feeling empowered and knowing your true self-worth and adaptability.

It gives you confidence in your own resilience, which is the bottom line NEED for all solar plexus peeps. Often this is what we resist most.

But the truth is you can’t wait to magically *feel* empowered enough to try new things… you try new things first and feel empowered as a result.

I need to tattoo this one across my forehead :)

 

 

5. Core Strengthening — Pilates

 

Anything that strengthens your core muscle group will strengthen your solar plexus chakra — the classic for this is pilates.

Since I am too lazy for pilates I do the next best thing, yoga and some sit ups.

But don’t be like me… go for the pilates and you’ll have your core strengthened in no time and your solar plexus breezing right along with that inner strength.

 

 

6. Martial Arts

 

Similar to pilates, this is a great core strengthener that also happens to be self-empowering as well.

I did karate with my family all through high school (thank you mom and dad!!!) and got up to my green belt :) It really helped me feel stronger during those self-conscious teenage years.

You don’t have to be a kid or a teen to take karate — both my parents started in their 40’s and loved it too!!!

Seek out your local martial arts center and give your solar plexus a boost!

 

 

7. Honor your Gut Knowings

 

The solar plexus is where we receive some of our most powerful intuitions — those gut “knowings”.

In retrospect, the reason I had such a solar plexus blockage growing up is that I was holding back some extremely powerful intuitive mojo — I just wasn’t ready to handle the power of my intuition yet.

I needed to get through the conventional world of medicine and clinical training before I could unleash and really process the good stuff, those intuitive knowings.

If your solar plexus is blocked, there is a good chance you are intuitively powerful too.

Honor your gut knowings for the factual and dependable and powerful information that they give you — never brush off your intuitive understandings.

To me, intuitive understanding is more reliable and more solid then any other factual or mental reasoning one can do.

 

 

8. Praise Your Poop

 

I’m serious! Most solar plexus peeps have either constipation or diarrhea or both (IBS.)

It took me years to release chronic constipation… and here’s how I did it: an energy healer once told me to give yourself a mental “high-5″ every time you poop because you are literally DUMPING off old unwanted emotional baggage.

Out with the old, in with the new.

It’s so true. Every time you poop, know you are unloading outdated baggage, old mind-frames that no longer serve you, and allowing room for the new. Go you!

Ever notice that when you exercise more regularly you poop more regularly? That’s the power of getting that solar plexus area mobilized! Look at pooping as the powerful release that it is!

 

 

This is a painting I painted of a woman re-balancing her solar plexus.

This is a painting I painted of a woman re-balancing her solar plexus.

9. Visual Arts — Painting, Drawing, Photography

 

Visual arts and creativity feel very empowering.

Do you think it is a coincidence that I am an artist as well as a physician, and that the solar plexus just happens to be my weakest link? It’s not.

Creating art and painting has always been incredibly soothing to me and a way for me to express myself and not shy away from my inner power.

Painting canvas after canvas all through med school, motherhood and beyond has helped balance my solar plexus chakra as well as anything else I have ever done. Here is how.

Grab a canvas, some paint, a pencil, a pen, a camera… doesn’t matter what you do, just do it!

 

 

10. Gems: Citrine and Tiger’s Eye.

 

Citrine and Tiger’s eye gemstones resonate with the solar plexus chakra and can help mobilize and balance it.

Just having these powerful gems in the room with you, on your desk at work, or holding it while you earth, relax, or read (or even placing it on your solar plexus while you meditate!) are all fabulous ways to increase the flow of energy through your solar plexus chakra.

Pop on over to Hibiscus Moon’s shop to see what she has in stock… and for more of her crystal goodness and expertise you can check out her amazing website here!!!!

 

 

11. Fiber

 

Solar plexus issues can work either way — either you are nauseous and don’t want to eat or craving comfort and could eat all day long.

Either way, the name of the game is to regulate these imbalances and the best way to do that is to eat lots of fiber and drink lots of water, so that you feel full and have stuff for your bowels to process and release excess energy without it impacting your appetite as much.

 

 

12. Water

 

Ditto to the above… keeping your body and your bowels well hydrated will help regulate your pooping, give your gut plenty of healthy stuff to process while off gassing any energetic imbalances.

Fresh fruit, veggies, fiber supplements, water — these are your bowels best friends.

 

 

I hope this list helps and reaches all you solar plexus brothers and sisters of mine who have these types of issues come up… let’s bond together and release, release, release.

 

Seems like solar plexus is all about releasing. 

Make a commitment to pick one or two things off this list and do them today.

I’m with you! 

xoxox, Laura

11 Responses to “12 Ways To Empower Yourself TODAY!”

  1. Becky

    Laura — I think you’ve talked about this before and I connected with what you say especially 7, 8 & 9. Well, really about everything in this post. Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

  2. Lorie

    Thank you Laura! I just found you from Lynn Robinson’s newsletter. You are a breath of fresh air and I will be reading your posts, newsletters and articles. I have some health issues I’ve been working on for some time. It is wonderful to here that an MD has such compassion to help others heal themselves. All my best to you and yours, thank you for all you do!

    • Laura Koniver, MD

      Thank you so much Lorie!!! I’m so glad you found my website (special thank you to Lynn!!!) and am here for you… sending much love your way and great appreciation for your kind comment… xoxoxo, Laura

  3. Shari Wofford

    Would taking Ashwagandha also help with releasing signs/symptoms? Healing love your way. thanks for your website and help.

    • Laura Koniver, MD

      Hi Shari! Thanks for your question! I think of Ashwagandha as supporting root chakra/adrenal issues… but there may be some use for Ashwagandha here as it helps lower and reset cortisol during times of stress. If you are feeling like you are under stress or your bio-rhythm is off or you are fatigued… it would be worth looking into. For more info (to see if root chakra issues are popping up for you) you can read a blog I wrote on root chakras right here: http://www.intuition-physician.com/3-easy-ways-to-heal-your-root-chakra/ I hope that helps! Love to you! xoxo, Laura

  4. Lea

    Hey!
    Already read this post before, but it’s so good to read it again. I’d especially like to confirm very strongly the water issue. I’ve been ignoring and neglecting all the recommendations about importance of drinking water. When I finally started to drink more water (2-3l/day) I could instantly stop taking pills for my stomach. I was so happy I could cry. Such a simple cure, so effective and I also felt better physically in general. Like a plant after a long drought finally filling up with water. I recommend to everybody. Water is a magnificent cure.
    Much love!
    Lea

    • Laura Koniver, MD

      Thanks Lea! What a fabulous testimonial for us all to read… thank you so so much for leaving it here! So glad you are feeling so much better as well. Hugs to you… xoxoxoxo, Laura

      • Lea

        I forgot to mention that drinking water also helped me to open more my throat chakra, which helped me start releasing more through communication. You mentioned it in chakra food post. Made me realise how chakras are connected. Thank YOU, Laura. Your blog helped me a lot in understanding my self and my body.
        God bless you!
        Lea