Saturday, March 16, 2013

Solar Plexus Chakra Burnout and Other Misadventures

This week has been a lesson in the care and feeding of your Solar Plexus Chakra.  Perfect timing. ha! I don’t know what’s happened to my self-awareness lately, but it seems I have burnt myself out. And I had no idea.  Exhaustion washed over me all of a sudden on Wednesday.  I felt like someone pulled the plug. Without warning I was hit with a sudden and desperate need to get horizontal.  I needed sleep and I needed it now.  Unfortunately, I was driving to pick up my kids from school.  Worst timing ever.  And as I’m sure some of you know, there is not much scarier than thinking you could nod off behind the wheel.

And, for some reason, sitting in the running car for ten minutes waiting for the buses to leave so the line of cars would move made it worse. Go figure. *rolls eyes* Thank goodness I got us home where I could safely collapse in bed.  Unfortunately, when I woke up I didn’t feel much better; I shook and my heart raced when I stood up. I finally gave up and cancelled all appointments for the rest of the evening.

It’s taken me days to recuperate and in that time I've been ruminating about burn out and how it happened to me.  I have been on a mission to accomplish and improve and I have a case of Solar Plexus Chakra burn out. I have quite literally been pushing my personal power center to the extreme.  I've embarked on a new writing career, hardcore fitness goals and several other personal and family oriented self-improvement goals. Let me tell you: you can’t do it all at one time.  The consequences of burning the candle at both ends are adrenal fatigue, ulcers, over-sensitivity to criticism, and immune system deficiencies (i.e. catching every random bug the kids bring home from school).

These also happen to be symptoms of an unbalanced Solar Plexus chakra.  So this weekend I plan on getting lots of rest, soaking up some sunshine, diffusing lemon essential oil and wearing something yellow, all recommendations for healing your Solar Plexus chakra.  It’s your power center, the place you draw your self-confidence from and you know when it’s been overtaxed or under nourished when you get that anxiety flutter in your upper abdomen—right between your ribs and deep inside.  How’d I miss that?  Too busy, I imagine.

For more about the Solar Plexus Chakra, please follow my Pinterest board here. I’ll be adding new stuff over the next week.  Also, check out my Root Chakra and Sacral Chakra posts, if you haven’t already.  Make sure you’re taking care of yourself in a proactive way. Don’t wait until you have a health crisis, like me, to get your act together.

Love and light, my friends. And Namaste.

Friday, March 15, 2013

C.G. Powell Cover Reveal for Firewall, sequel to Spell Checked

I'm too excited and had to share.  C.G. Powell is close to finishing the sequel to her debut novel, Spell Checked, both part of the No Uncertain Logic Series.  To celebrate, she's revealing the Firewall cover.  I love her book covers, which she designs herself.  Not only is she a talented writer, but she's a fabulous self-taught graphic artist.  Why am I so dang excited? Because I am personally invested in the writing of this book.  Desperate to read more about Beck and the unbelievably amazing world he lives in and comes from, I resorted to breathing down her neck, quite literally.

For the past few months I have been packing up my lappy and spending almost every Tuesday, and occasional Wednesdays and Fridays, at her house in an effort to get her to finish the damn book. I don't think she'd argue if I told you she had ADD tendencies (although she likes to refer to it as her randomness).  We're quietly tapping on our keyboards and suddenly she's talking to her cat, Mae.  "Get back to writing, Christine."  She laughs and starts again.  Next thing I know she's fussing with the essential oil diffuser, opening and staring at the contents of the fridge, or fixing a cup of coffee.  *cracks the whip*  "Get back to writing, Christine."  Ahahahaha!  And its working!  She's past the half-way point and I have to say I am wiggling in anticipation.

I have the privilege and honor to spend hours talking shop with C.G. and I cannot tell a lie:  this book is going to knock your socks off.  Okay, enough jibber-jabber. Here's the beautiful cover and a sneak peek at what's in store.

Congratuations, C.G. Powell and hurry up with the rest, already.  ;-)

Firewall (book 2 No Uncertain Logic Series) by C.G. Powell

“I hate to cut things short, but the sooner we get down to business the better.  I’ve made arrangements for a transport to take us to the Atlantis which is sitting in the Meranna Sea.”
Before Sarik could finish, Jael interrupted, “When did you move the ship?”
“Shortly after you left for Ibis Prime.  Orion felt he needed to keep an eye on me once Aphrodite arrived, so he sent a team to assist the move closer to the capital city.”  He looked to Neria and Aphrodite.  “Ladies, if you will follow me.  I will take you to the transport.”
They walked to a smaller docking area where a transporter ship was awaiting them.  Neria’s bags were already on board, as was Captain Ross.
Sarik raised one brow.  “How did you get here so quick?”
Captain Ross cleared his throat and rolled his eyes towards the cockpit where Tal sat.
“I thought you didn’t trust mist traveling?”  Sarik laughed.
“It took a while to get used to, but it has its benefits if you can get past the nausea and the whole cellular disintegration reassembly thing.”
Sarik nudged the captain with his elbow.  “Are you sure it has nothing to do with quantum entanglement with a certain Jinn?”
Speechless, Captain Ross’ reddened face spoke volumes.  He excused himself and joined Tal in the cockpit.
Looping her arm in Sarik’s, Jael frowned and continued towards the passenger area of the transport.  “Why do you tease the poor Captain?  I think it quaint that he has taken a liking to Tal even if she doesn’t return his affections.”
“What kind of friend would I be, if I didn’t acknowledge his obvious fondness?”
“Do you really want me entertain your question with an answer?”
“No, not really.”
Over the intercom the captain’s voice boomed, “Good morning, this is your captain.  Today’s flight should be a clear shot to the Meranna Sea area.  We have favorable atmospheric conditions and low level winds upon approach.  Our estimated arrival is 14:80 standard atomic time, that’s half-past lunch for those of you who still struggle with the local atomic conversion.”
Jael, Salima, and Aphrodite all turned and looked at Sarik.
Pursed lipped, Sarik stood and yelled toward the cockpit.  “Okay, you win.  Now get us the hell out of here.”

Coming Summer 2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Sacral Chakra and Masquerades

I think my sacral chakra is out of wack.  Why? Because I'm having a moment of self-doubt. Just the other day, someone did something that made me doubt my ability to accurately assess a person’s character and create a connection.  Amazing how the actions of one person can affect me so profoundly. What happened? They returned a gift.  I felt, well, dishonored.  I quite literally thought I knew this person, not in a deep way, but enough.  And I was so terribly wrong.  And now I am trying to figure out where I went wrong.  Most likely, I projected a personality onto this person that fit my past experience.  With the clothes they wore and the words they spoke, I concocted a persona.  We do this every day of our lives and seldom have the occasion to doubt our interpretation.  Do we go along under false assumptions on a regular basis, then?  Because we can't possibly get it right all of the time. I for one would like to know.

But is my doubt really about my ability to assess personality?  Or is this fundamentally about rejection?  Because I allowed myself to question who I am.  I haven't felt like that in a long time.  It has me turning to chakra energy theory for healing.  Based on my overemotional reaction to this situation and feeling uncomfortable in my own skin, I'm guessing my sacral chakra has been knocked out of balance.  Makes sense, when you understand what the sacral chakra, sometimes referred to as the spleen chakra, is all about.

The Sacral chakra, swadhisthana in sanskrit, is the second chakra located at your pelvis, from your lower abdomen to your navel center.  It is associated with the color orange.  It is our creative and emotional center and key to our sense of identity.  If we don't know who are (or are doubting who we thought we were), then it’s likely our sacral chakra is weak or out of balance.  If it is overactive we may be highly emotional and we may attach too much importance to what other's think of us.  If under active, we may lack the ability to connect with others or the creative spark.  And not least of all, it is the center of our sexuality.  Many of us have a problem with our sexual identity, whether we like to talk about it or not.

Actually, the fact that people have such a high-anxiety reaction any time sex is talked about speaks volumes about the unbalanced state of the sacral chakra in our society. But that’s a topic to discuss at length in another post.

My people watching has led me to believe that there is an epidemic of unbalanced sacral energy.  Most of us wear a persona to function in this world; that’s normal. What’s not good for us is the pretending we do to get by.  Because we are uncomfortable in our skins and need validation, we don a different mask for everyone we meet.  We tailor our words, our mannerisms and our clothes to a certain extent so that we have the least likely chance to offend.  On one hand, this is just common courtesy.  But when does it cross the line from good manners to deception?  It’s obviously polite and respectful to dress appropriately and mind our language when we go to church.  It’s deceptive when we pretend to be something we’re not so another will accept us.  But there’s so much in between.

Are you being true to yourself?  Are you sure you are seeing people for who they are? Take responsibility for self-deception and let go of what you can’t control: They’re self-deception.  Which is another important element of the sacral chakra:  the ability to let go.  I’m working on it. Put on an orange shirt today.  Follow my Sacral Chakra Pinterest board this week for more on healing and balancing the sacral chakra.