C.J.H.S. - Solar Plexus/Svadishthana

Hello (middle of) August!!  

This chakra has giving me quite a learning experience these last couple of months.  The Manipura,3rd chakra which means filled with gems, is the essence of your personality and willpower.  It is associated with one's identity and self-esteem.  It is known as the Power Center, the area of assertiveness, intuition, and inner drive.  The Solar Plexus controls digestion, processing energy and giving us the spark to conquer inertia.  This chakra connects you to the world of your emotions. It is responsible for our personal power and owning it, following our instincts, including risk, and making decision.  When balanced we have a strong sense of self and self-respect.  We are more capable of persevering.  We are able to hear and listen to our gut instincts and we feel a sense of belonging.  An imbalanced Manipura manifests itself as anger, rage, dominance, hypersensitivity to criticism, overly critical of others, fear of rejection, compulsiveness, low self-esteem, resentment, digestive problems, food allergies, gallstones, ulcers and liver problems. 

 Color:  Golden Yellow

Location: Abdomen

Element: Fire
Aromatherapy: Goldenrod, Black Pepper, Pink Yarrow, Lavender, Lemon, Anise, ChamomileGemstone:  Citrine, Tiger Eye, Amber, Yellow Jasper

Food:  Complex Carbohydrates

Healing Plant: Fennel, Chamomile, Juniper

Mantra/Meditation:  I Am Powerful, Brave, and Focused.

Asanas: I am currently doing a Pitta reducing practice to combat this intense heat we are having right now.  In general it's good to practice this during summer.  Try and do twists, and poses on your stomach, such as Boat pose and Bow pose.

Art Prompt: This is an open prompt.  Follow your gut instincts.   

Here is my finished piece.  You can find the background to this piece here.

I added stickers first to see where the words led me.  I found many bright and positive words which was great.  I don't really have an extensive amount of stickers so it was perfect.  The gold pieces are from a doily I bought at the ninety-nine cent store.  I tore it apart and added it with gel medium.  I punched out some circles from gold paper I had and added them as well.

I then added the shell.  I love that shell.  It reminds me of math, and that life is a spiral not a circle.  I can either spiral up, or down.  I always have a choice.  I added some small gold brads to highlight the 7 words.

Here's a close up of the stickers which sort of represent all 7 chakras.

This one is very different and very simple compared to the others, and I feel it has to do with all the internal cleaning I've been doing.  I feel much lighter, less baggage, and more open to possibilities.  I have been practicing non-judgement of life and people and situations and it has made life simple.  Easy.  Yes, challenges occur, and I remember to focus on the internal expansion that is occurring at these times.  Makes it a little easier to make my way through it.  I hope you are also tearing down road blocks you have put up for yourself.  I wish you expansion and lots of joy.



Nine Piece Canvas

A long, long time ago I bought these at Michael's  because I wanted to use them for my Light Message art that is emerging from my soul.  Well I finally got around to actually doing something with them.  Buckle up, it's a long ride (wink, wink).

I began by ink spraying a circle stencil with Tsukineko Walnut Inks and then used a clear gesso on top.  The more I brushed, the more the stencil smeared so I varied it.  Unfortunately, I was not happy but continued and added more spray and bubble wrap with acrylic paint, which I didn't like either, but I still proceeded, because I'm not a quitter.

I then stenciled some images using Gesso.  You lay the stencil down and use Gesso to fill in the space.  See the was too muddy, too dark.  I was not happy.

I then painted the stencils and used gesso to try and make the background disappear.  It didn't work.  I hated it.  Every time I walked by it I wanted to cover it completely with gesso, which I eventually did.

I gesso'd the entire thing, and it looked so fantastic with the texture beneath it.  Of course I didn't take pictures because inspiration hit and I just went with it.  After the layer of gesso dried, I used pink and purple acrylics and painted the background.  I love this color combination.  I then used my circle stencils and used the Walnut Inks again.  Then I used white spray paint and used the circle stencil again.  Each time I added a layer I switched the position of each canvas.  It was a little dull after the white so I decided glitter was in order.  I taped down some masking tape in various diagonal directions and then grabbed my silver spray paint and went at it.  I LOVE how it came out!!  The silver looks like I laid down foil on the canvas!

Of course this is just the background of the pieces.  I now will add the messages and embellish my creation.  I look forward to continuing this piece.  Stay tuned.  I plan to offer these for sale once they are complete.



Cooling Foods for Summer

I am a big believer in using foods to aid and heal my body, my mind, my spirit.  It has been extremely hot here in Los Angeles and I've been using Ayurveda and it's methods to aid in cooling my body on the inside.  According to Ayurveda, each food item has it's own quality which governs it.  It is a lot deeper than this, but this gives you the general idea.  I have also been doing cooling yoga poses that eliminate the heat and fire in my system.

Ever notice how people tend to be more irritable, upset, angry, aggressive in extreme heat?  I've been doing well with eating these foods, doing sheetali breath, and the asana's.    Here's a list of foods to eat to cool the body.

Fruit:  Apples, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dates, Figs, Grapes, Limes, Mango, Melons, Sweet Oranges, Pears, Pineapple, Plums, Raspberries

Vegetables:  (Raw is best) Sprouts, Artichokes, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Celery, Cilantro, Corn, Cucumber, Green Beans, Kale, Lettuce, Parsley, Peas, Potatoes, Squash

Grains:  Basmati Rice, Cous Cous, Millet, Oats, Quinoa, Granola, Wheat

Beans:  Chick Peas, Kidney, Lima, Mung, Soy, Split Peas

Nuts/Seeds:  Coconut and Sunflower ONLY

Spices:  Cardamom, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Mint, Rosemary, Saffron, Turmeric

Drinks:  Cool Water, Black or Green Tea, Hibiscus. Green drinks, Pomegrante, Pineapple or
Cranberry juice.

What do you do to beat the heat?