Recently, in my Yoga Unplugged classes, we have been completing a series on the Chakra system. Each week we've focused on one of the seven chakras through yoga asana and meditation. This week, our third, the focus was on the Solar Plexus, Manipura, the seat of our will power. I knew it would be an interesting topic, especially for me, because this seems to be where I struggle the most.
As I began to prepare for the class, looking back to my studies of the chakras, I noticed that just as my third chakra may be blocked much of the time, it seems that I had also blocked the knowledge of it as well. When the Solar Plexus are out of balance we may experience low self-esteem, hyper-sensitivity to criticism and fear of rejection which in-turn can prevent us from accomplishing important tasks and turning dreams into reality. As I was preparing my notes for class, I thought back to recent situations where I felt all these things. Based on outside circumstances, the feelings, took me down what I call the pit of pity. That place where if we're not careful we can get stuck in our mind like a prison. My vision of a deep well that I've fallen into with rock sides and very few ways to climb out without help.
Ask for help and you shall receive.
Later in the day, I took time to catch up on some reading that I would normally do in the morning, a Lenten devotional. The title for the day was Will. Here is an excerpt: Will is a real force that emanates from your being... The power of Self, when it is concentrated and directed into the physical, mental or emotional realm, creates a force, and we call that force, will. It goes on to say that it depends what we do with that will. And that many of us focus that will or power in the wrong direction.
I know that we have the power to direct our energy, therefore our will. We can change our focus in the way we think, speak and act. "The will of God directs, guides and expresses through me and as me." If I can keep this in the forefront, it helps me to take the next right action in my day and my purpose.
I believe in Divine order and after having lunch with a friend last week, she shared a daily prayer she uses and I'd like to share it with you. It really aligns with opening up to God's will and directing our will power.
I joyfully surrender myself over to the care of God, asking and believing I am receiving the knowledge of his will for me and the power to carry it out.
This about sums it up! I allow God's will to be my will.