How often your plate reflects your life state.
When you’re serene, it’s clean, delicious, sustainable and shared. When you’re joyously busy, a jar of bright veggies gets shoved in your bag. When you’re travelling, it’s a crumpled paper bag of new and vibrant tastes.
And when your plate is epically overflowing with tasks, the food on it is similarly abundant, but scattered, snatched and spiced with a goodly pinch of self-sabotage.
Last week, I was driving my system hard and fueling it incorrectly (for me), yet still expecting it to magically take me to my destination. Right away please. Now.
Having ignored two weeks of warning signs, I woke at 3am one morning with stabbing pains in my stomach, a whirl of confusion in my head and knew it was time to step back. As I threw up my hands, it struck me that the connection between how I was feeling emotionally and physically was more complex than I had first imagined.
I realised misalignment in a particular part of the body can directly correlate to an under-nourishment of the energy centre located in that area.
Stomach issues and poor eating so often occur when you are feeling overstretched and out of tune with your life.
And it reflects your relationship with that sometimes elusive energetic guardian who occupies lifelong residency in your stomach. Your solar plexus chakra – your gut instinct.
Your solar plexus chakra is the beautiful golden orb of light deep in your belly that acts as the guardian of your whole energy system.
You know when something is right and true, you feel warmth deep in your belly? Or when a situation feels misaligned with your values, you get that tight knot of tension? That’s your solar plexus chakra speaking up, your gut instinct keeping you on track with what is right for you.
The role of your solar plexus chakra is to make sure you are living your life in accordance with your beliefs on every level.
If your solar plexus chakra is depleted, you may experience poor digestion or feel you are being pushed in directions you don’t want to go.
Simply enough, regular, good eating that is part of self-care will nourish your solar plexus chakra as well as your physical body. Equally, paying attention to your solar plexus chakra will lead you to the most healthful foods and the most quickening, soul-lifting situations for you.
So listening to your stomach and its digestive processes is also listening to your solar plexus chakra and vice versa. Cultivating a relationship with your gut instinct will enable you to gain the greatest benefit out of the foods you eat and the life you choose to live, so it’s a win-win!
It took articulating this connection for me to return and reset. In two days, everything balanced out, physically and emotionally. I won’t tell you what I ate to get back on track though! And here’s why:
We are all unique beings and I truly believe that we all know – our gut instinct knows – what is good for us, what is supportive for us to eat and the situations it is fulfilling for us to be in.
That’s why there is no template that works for everyone as such. But, equally, it is why, in glorious paradox, there IS a template.
And that is: you already know what is good for you. You do. You do. You simply have to get back to your central guide, your guardian, your solar plexus chakra, your gut instinct. Go there and meet her.
There are many ways to approach this but here’s a favourite that has a truly tangible outcome.
Take a piece of paper and title it: These things I know –
Start off with simple things that are universally ‘known’, like:
‘I know that trees have roots, I know the sky is blue, I know my name is ____, I know I live in _____.’
And then keep your hand moving. Allow it, when it is ready, to turn into a stream of consciousness. Even if what you are writing is nonsense or just squiggles, keep your hand moving. At some point your inner voice will take over and when it does, go along for the ride. Let your gut speak through your hand.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes talks about ‘Baubo,’ the enigmatic and handless belly goddess who represents our instinctual nature. Tap in. Sink your awareness down to your belly. Write it out. Give Baubo back her hands.
Share away in the comments below. I’d love to know if you try this exercise and – if you’re brave enough to share – whether there is anything you uncovered that really rings true as a gut instinct truth. Thank you for being here, xxx