Daily Archives: June 27, 2019

Horoscope ♉: 06/27/2019


Horoscope ♉:
06/27/2019

Pay close attention to your friends today, Taurus. One of them may be going through a tough time and need a little extra support and attention. If you can, gather several buddies together and organize an impromptu lunch or dinner or any other activity that allows you to laugh, bond, and share. Your friendships are a treasure to be cherished and nurtured.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Zurich Festival


Today’s Holiday:
Zurich Festival

This international music, dance, and theater festival in Switzerland was founded in 1909 by Alfred Reucker, director at the time of the Zurich Opera House. It was patterned after the Bayreuth Festival, with the primary emphasis on opera, but since that time it has expanded to include orchestral and chamber music, vocal and instrumental recitals, ballet, and art exhibits. Exhibits in city museums are set up to coincide with the festival, and there are master classes for young musicians. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712)


Today’s Birthday:
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712)

Rousseau was a Swiss-French philosopher and writer who had a lasting impact on politics, literature, and education. In particular, he strongly influenced the theories of the French Revolution and the romantics. Many of his ideas stemmed from his belief in the natural goodness of man, who he felt had been warped by society. His Confessions, published posthumously in 1782, was a frank account of his life and was a founding work of autobiography. Why was he forced to flee France in 1762? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Romania Cedes Bessarabia to the USSR (1940)


This Day in History:
Romania Cedes Bessarabia to the USSR (1940)

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the region of Bessarabia declared its independence and voted to unite with Romania. The Soviet Union never recognized Romania’s right to the province and, in 1940, demanded that it cede Bessarabia. When Romania complied, the USSR set up the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic and incorporated the northern region into the Ukrainian SSR. Bessarabia remained divided after Ukraine and Moldavia declared independence in 1991. Where did the region get its name? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Daniel Defoe


Quote of the Day:
Daniel Defoe

Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
That all men would be tyrants if they could. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Kitab al-Hiyal: The Book of Ingenious Devices


Article of the Day:
Kitab al-Hiyal: The Book of Ingenious Devices

The Book of Ingenious Devices was a large, illustrated work on mechanical devices, including automata, published in the 9th century by three brothers. The work was completed at the Bayt al-Hikma—House of Wisdom—in Baghdad under the Abbasid Caliphate. Translated into English in 1979, the book describes approximately 100 devices and how to use them. Although some of the devices were inspired by earlier Greek inventions, many were newly conceived, including what unusual contraptions? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: drive (one’s) pigs to market


Idiom of the Day:
drive (one’s) pigs to market

To snore. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: charmer


Word of the Day:
charmer

Definition: (noun) Someone with an assured and ingratiating manner.

Synonyms: smoothie, sweet talker

Usage: Joseph was such a charmer that he was able to convince Hannah to give him the last of her mother’s homemade cookies.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Watch “Roberta Flack – First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 1972” on YouTube


The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the endless skies

The first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move in my hand
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command my love
And the first time ever I lay with you
I felt your heart so close to mine
And I knew our joy would fill the earth
And last till the end of time my love
The first time ever I saw your face
Your face, your face
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Ewan Mccoll
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face lyrics © The Royalty Network Inc.

Watch “Neil Young – Harvest Moon” on YouTube


Watch “Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma” on YouTube


Look what they’ve done to my song, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my song
Well, it’s the only thing I could do half right
And it’s turning out all wrong, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my song

Look what they’ve done to my brain, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my brain
Yeah, they picked it like a chicken bone
And they think I’m half insane, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my song
Wish I could find a good book (good book) to live in (to live in)
Wish I could find a good book
Because if I could find a real good book
I’d never have to come out and look at
What they’ve done to my song
Now, ils ont changé ma chanson, Ma
Ils ont changé ma chanson
Ils ont changé ma chanson, Ma
C’est la seule chose que je peux faire
Et ce n’est pas bon, Ma
Ils ont changé ma chanson
*That’s the only thing I say in French you know*
But maybe I’ll be alright, Ma
Yeah maybe I’ll be okay
Cause if the people are buying tears
I’m gonna be rich someday, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my song
Look what they’ve done to my song, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my song
Yeah, they tied it in a plastic bag
And they sme upside down, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my song
Look what they’ve done to my song, yeah!
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: SAFKA MELANIE
Look What They’ve Done to My Song (The Backyard Sessions) lyrics © Bienstock Publishing Company, Quartet Music

Watch “Eric Carmen – All by Myself (Audio)” on YouTube


When I was young
I never needed anyone
And making love was just for fun
Those days are gone
Livin’ alone
I think of all the friends I’ve known
But when I dial the telephone
Nobody’s home

All by myself
Don’t wanna be
All by myself
Anymore
Hard to be sure
Sometimes I feel so insecure
And love so distant and obscure
Remains the cure
All by myself
Don’t wanna be
All by myself
Anymore
All by myself
Don’t wanna live
All by myself
Anymore
When I was young
I never needed anyone
And making love was just for fun
Those days are gone
All by myself
Don’t wanna be
All by myself
Anymore
All by myself
Don’t wanna live
Oh
Don’t wanna live
By myself, by myself
Anymore
By myself
Anymore
Oh
All by myself
Don’t wanna live
I never, never, never
Needed anyone
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Eric Carmen / Sergei Rachmaninoff
All by Myself lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs

A Yoga Sequence for Your Solar Plexus Chakra


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A Yoga Sequence for Your Solar Plexus Chakra

Yoga sequence for your solar plexus chakra

Here is a yoga sequence for your solar plexus chakra. This is the third post in a series of yoga sequences for the chakras.

The solar plexus chakra, Manipura, the ‘jewel city’ is associated with emotions, confidence, will power, decisions, personal opinions, purpose. This chakra governs the emotional body and it is your power and transformation centre.

It is the third chakra located between the navel and the diaphragm.

Its element is fire and the corresponding endocrine gland is the pancreas.

Its colour is yellow and its mantra is RAM.

Yoga Sequence for solar plexus chakra

The ruler of the solar plexus chakra is the sun. It is often associated with absorbing prana (life force) from the sun and food. It is also linked to digestion, the digestive fire (agni in Ayurveda) and is related to how we process (digest) life events and our emotions. It is also related to the psyche and to our gut feelings, our intuition.

Manipura is sometimes called the ‘cosmic door’ as this chakra is of great help on our spiritual development journey.

The animal totem of this chakra is the ram. This male sheep is the symbol of conquest, personal power and new beginnings. The ram leaps and hops effortlessly in a difficult terrain where no one else dares going. Very proud when he succeeds, the ram holds his horns majestically, like a crown.

Unbalanced solar plexus chakra

An unbalanced Manipura can result in:

  • Need for external validation
  • Lack of self-confidence, self-worth and self-esteem
  • Lethargy, passivity, inactivity, depression
  • Sluggishness in digestion and/or binge eating
  • Dogmatic conformity
  • Over confidence

Balanced solar plexus chakra

A balanced Manipura will result in:

  • clear sense of direction
  • determination, will power, taking action
  • great self-belief and self-esteem
  • feeling confident in yourself and your abilities
  • considerable amount of physical and mental energy (dynamic but not overactive)
  • choices and decisions made are in alignment with your essence

Affirmations to balance this chakra could be

  • I am empowered/ strong/ powerful/ courageous/ confident
  • I am worthy of success/ happiness/ love…
  • I take responsibility for my actions, choices, thoughts, emotions and feelings
  • I allow myself to shine – I am more than enough
  • I assert my boundaries – It’s ok for me to say ‘no’
  • I trust and believe in myself- I can do it
  • I have the power to manifest my dreams

Mudra for Manipura chakra

Solar Plexus mudra

Mudra for opening your solar plexus

Bring your fingertips together, thumbs against each other, forming a triangle.

To learn more about mudras and how you can use them for healing, read the post on ‘Mudras for Healing and Transformation’.

Essential oils to balance the solar plexus

Chamomile, bergamot, cedarwood, rosemary to soothe the solar plexus.

Ginger, cinnamon, lemon, clove, black pepper to open this chakra.

A meditation for your solar plexus chakra

Light a candle and some incense for this fire meditation. Weather permitting, you could also meditate in the sun, as fire is the element of this chakra.

Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position with your spine straight, or lie down in Savasana, Corpse Pose.

Take a few deep breaths through the nose to center yourself and to start calming the mind.

Bring your awareness to the present moment and to the rising and falling of your breath in the abdominal region.

Imagine a little flame or a small ball of fire in your solar plexus. Visualise it grow a little more with each inhale. Watch it expand and radiate its warm energy and glow outwards, as you keep breathing deeply and steadily.

Feel the warmth in the solar plexus area and observe it spread throughout your entire being.

Enjoy this positive, warm, strong, wise and confident radiance as it emanates from your power centre to every single cell in your body. Bathe yourself in this cosmic and nourishing energy for as long as you need to support your growth, self-acceptance, confidence, power and transformation.

After the meditation, inhale lift the arms above head, interlace the fingers, release the index fingers and stretch up towards the sky. Exhale sweep the arms down with a loud sound ‘Aaaahhhh’. Repeat 3 times. Close your eyes and notice what has been stirred or release.

Solar plexus meditation

Journaling prompts to support your Manipura

  • What are my favourite things/qualities/traits about myself?
  • Am I in control of my personal power? What can I do to increase my personal power?
  • When was the time I felt most courageous in my life?
  • What scares me most? Why does it scare me? How can I overcome this fear?
  • Do my intentions and choices make me feel confident and empowered?
  • What new things, poses, languages, skills can I learn?
  • I feel most confident when….

Music for Manipura


A Yoga Sequence for your solar plexus chakra

Before doing this sequence, make sure to do a few Cat Cow pose to warm up your spine and do a few rounds of Sun Salutations to generate heat throughout the whole body and start activating the solar plexus.

Yoga Sequence Solar Plexus Chakra (Click to access pdf)

Yoga Sequence Solar Plexus Chakra pic post

What are your favourite twisting asanas to stimulate your solar plexus chakra? How did you feel after this sequence? What came up for you?

Share your thoughts and sensations in the comments. I love hearing from you!

Catch up on the previous sequences

#1 Yoga to balance your root chakra

#2 Yoga to balance your sacral chakra

Next chakras

#4 Yoga to open the heart chakra

#5 Yoga for self expression: the throat chakra

#6 Yoga to open your third eye chakra

#7 Yoga for a higher state of consciousness: the crown chakra

Extra tips to balance Manipura

I would also recommend making and drinking golden milk to soothe the digestive system, find comfort and self-care in a warm (remember this chakra is associated with fire) and healthy drink. Check out my recipe here.

Spend time in the sun to recharge your solar plexus.

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