The Weight-Loss Chronicles 5 – Tummy Trouble

The overall weight-loss story is a Solar Plexus chakra story. Remember when we talked about fight vs flight and its impact on weight. The fight is when we feel a loss of control or start resisting something. This chakra is all about Power, Control, Will, Self Worth & Ego. The ‘controlling’ of weight as it were, therefore, belongs to this Chakra. The Solar Plexus is the band above the navel and below the heart.

The thing with the tummy is that it is partly the Solar and partly the Sacral and it is difficult to talk about one without the other. The ‘key’ is actually the Solar Plexus, as it has a part to play in the overall weight story. The connections happen when we start talking about a sweet tooth and about our lust for Chocolate. A Chocolate obsession, in my book, puts you in the Sacral category and an overall sweet tooth is the Solar.

There is an interesting story on Diabetes as well. The connection with the organs makes it both a Solar and Sacral story. If you have Diabetes, try and figure out when you discovered you had it. Chances are that it was the point when good things started happening to you. Diabetes is literally ‘inability to process sweet’ and if you take that thought forward to life…it’s the inability to process the sweetness of life. So, actually diabetes happens when life becomes sweet (after much hardship or lack) and the body-mind-spirit has forgotten how to handle it. A great affirmation is ‘I’m ready to enjoy the sweetness of life’. Please note that you should not stop medication but do go for regular tests to see if there is improvement.

Anyways, back to the Solar Plexus Chakra. Now think about all of the associated words and their context to weight. Willpower to not eat that cake? Fat and worthless? Binge eating or out of control eating? You get my drift right? And it is really easy to break it down for yourself. Take Power to start with. When do you feel powerless? Helpless? Is that when you start eating? Now the powerlessness could be related to a security issue you have and you may end up putting on weight on your butt, however, the trigger to binge will be activated at the Solar level.

If you start putting on weight at the tummy first. Or basically are apple-shaped, then it’s a solar story with you. And it’s important to note if it’s below navel or above navel. Below is a Sacral Chakra story. If you simply put on weight evenly across your body, that is a Solar story as well.

Think about the situations / instances that made you start putting on weight or makes you put on more weight. Think about the triggers. Even if you feel that it’s physical. So you had a week long party or were on holiday, just get in touch with the emotions you felt. A holiday is meant to relax us, but in truth, we think about our work, colleagues, and all the insecurities pour in, and we put on weight. Stress eating is a complete Solar story.

Going back to the words. The Solar Plexus is distressed when you feel Powerless or Helpless. When you feel Out of Control, or when situations look Out of Control. When you feel less Worthy or not good enough.

What is interesting is that most of the words associated with the Solar can be considered external or in relation to others. But are actually very very internal. All issues of worthiness are always internal. And the external is just mirror for how we feel internally. And a lot of times it really is internal because when you check with the person who supposedly put you down, you will realize that the person meant something entirely different from what you understood.

Self worth is an interesting story and I feel I’m rambling now, so I’ll try and put it down in bullet points 🙂

– If you exist, you are worthy! Like the butterfly effect, only the divine knows what your purpose is and by existing you are meeting your purpose. There is no need for anything more – so just do what makes you happy.

– Don’t define yourself by what you Do but by who you are. And remember that you are perfect as you are.

– Be happy with who you are. Stop berating yourself over shoulds and musts. Believe yourself worthy of saying Yes to yourself (even if it means saying no to others)

– Try not to compare yourself to other people. You will never know their full story.

The control story is all about trust. You know the over-controlling boss has trust issues! When you feel that things are not in control, take a deep long breath and say ‘I choose to trust’. Even when things look bleak, just trust that the storm is simply leading you to the rainbow. A great affirmation for the Solar plexus is ‘I flow with the flow of life’ or ‘I surrender to the will of the universe’ (I love love  the second one – makes me feel like I’m dissolving into the universal energy).

Another aspect of control is letting go. You know where this is headed right? So, constipation – and therefore holding on to weight. Try ‘I let go and I let flow’.

The last aspect is power. And this about examining the definition of power and the reasons you feel powerless. Being true to yourself is the most powerful thing in the world. Do check an earlier post on power  – ode to shakti. 

I love the Citrine – it’s is a great crystal to work with the Solar Plexus. I even use it to aid digestion after an overly indulgent meal 😉

The Weight-Loss Chronicles 4, The Weight-Loss Chronicles 3, The Weight-Loss Chronicles 2, The Weight-Loss Chronicles 1.



Love Divided – Bedtime Tales 2

When Leo was about six months old, one day, bright and early, Mama and Papa called him over for a chat.

‘Leo puppy’, said Papa, ‘would you like a play-mate? You had such a good time playing with Milo, would you like someone to play with all the time?’

‘Yes, yes of course, Papa’, said Leo

‘Let’s go then’, said Mama, ‘to meet your new playmate’

And so Papa drove them over to a house close by. Inside the house was a stout Mama Dog, and Leo puppy went forward to pay his respects. Suddenly he felt something on his leg. He looked down to see what was pinching him. And there was a little walking-talking toy which was trying to chew his leg.

1 Leo puppy decided to pick up the toy and keep it aside but as soon as he put the toy in his mouth, the toy started squeaking. Leo puppy dropped the toy in shock. The he looked around to see that Mama dog was laughing really loudly. And so were Mama and Papa.

‘Say hello to Olive’, said Mama to Leo. 6

At that, Olive yipped and ran around Leo puppy, inviting him to play.

Leo puppy was all to happy to play with her. But all to soon Papa said it was time to leave. And imagine Leo’s surprise when Olive got into the car with them.

And Mama put Olive on her Lap!

By the time they got home, Leo was not a happy puppy, not at all.

But as soon as they entered, Papa took Leo puppy aside and asked him what was wrong. 3

Leo puppy looked at Papa with tears in his eyes and said ‘Papa, I thought I would go over to Olive’s house to play, I didn’t know she would come and stay with us!’

‘Leo Puppy, I should have explained better’, said Papa. ‘Olive is now your little sister and we went to get her home. We want you to love her and protect her, she is such a tiny little thing, isn’t she. And you had so much fun playing with her din’t you?

‘Yes, yes I did Papa’, said Leo, brightening up a little.

But then he looked sad again and said, ‘But Mama loves me less already’

So Papa gathered Leo puppy in his strong arms and said to Leo, ‘Leo Puppy, the most amazing thing about Love is that when there are more people to love, our hearts grow bigger and there is more love to give for everybody. Now that Ollie has come into our lives, the love in our house has doubled.

Just then Ollie rushed out and started nipping at Papa’s feet. Leo puppy gave Papa a big lick on the face and jumped down to chase his little sister.

Bedtime Tales I – Size does Matter 


Mantras & Chakras

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There are some days that you can look back on and you know that something shifted and you would not be the same again. One of those days was the day I started listening to Thomas Ashley-Farrand. It changed the way I comprehended mantras and how I felt about them. TAF has a 12 part series on Healing Mantras and a book as well. I am more a reader but the tapes really were magical.

TAF talks about sound and how it precedes even light. First there was a ‘big bang’ and then the world was created. And ‘god SAID, let there be light’ – he had to say it, and therefore produced a sound before light. So our relationship with sound is at the primordial level, we feel the vibrations in the depths of our being. And change occurs at a deep cellular level. That is the power of mantras.

These are but a few that I have worked with and this is my experience with them. Rule of thumb for chanting matras is 108 times for 40 days. Seems like a lot but it takes all of 8 minutes to do a 108 round. A chanting meditation is best but I add on singing/chanting them through the day.

Root Chakra – We’re talking fears here and financial difficulties. Or even property related issues. All things related to safety, security, protection.

For all fears, if you fear for your safety, or worry about your safety, feel that you will be harmed in any way, then the Kali and/or Durga Mantra is the one for you. ‘Om dum durgaye namah’ & ‘Om kreem kalikaye namah’

I remember chanting the Durga Mantra while going through a dark hallway at night. I remember the wild beating of my heart and how I felt this amazing calmness as I chanted the mantra.

For difficulties, obstacles, things not materializing it’s the Ganesha mantra ‘Om gum ganapatiye namah’. One of my earlier posts gives the explanation of the Ganesha Mantra so I wont repeat it here.

I feel this one in my mind, like the unnecessary thoughts are going into the trash bin. Clearheaded and a lightness around the crown.

Sacral – for adding creativity, fertility, joy, embracing your femininity / masculinity.

Joy is the Durga mantra again. I feel this upliftment, like something is rising from deep inside and it always turns my lips upwards.  Henry Marshall’s rendition of this mantra is my favourite.

Solar Plexus – this is about will, control, abundance, flowing with life.

If the attempt is to have more power and control. And to invite abundance to life then it’s the Laxmi mantra for you. ‘Om shreem maha laxmiye namah’

Also known as the great abundance mantra. Now is the time for Laxmi actually, it’s a great time to start chanting this manta

If you want to surrender control or surrender the ego, to flow with the flow of life, to be one with the will of the universe, then you do the Vishnu mantra. For anything that gives you power it will most likely be a feminine mantra, as power (shakti) is feminine. ‘Om namoh bhagwate vasudeva’ 

The difference in chanting both of them is astounding. With the Vishnu mantra you have this sense of peace and you don’t get troubled easily.  With the Laxmi mantra, you have an opening up of possibilities, and of a positive outlook.

A combination of the Laxmi Mantra & the Ganesha Mantra is a sure shot recipe for success. The first opens up possibilities and the second gives you focus and clarity to achieve your goals.

Heart – for love, compassion, healing and kindness, there really isn’t anything like ‘Om mani padme hum’. The mantra actually clears all the chakras not just the heart. But it’s the heart where all healing starts from and it’s the first chakra it opens.

It is often the first mantra people start with and I highly recommend it. The most amazing thing about this mantra is the cool breeze that follows as you start chanting it. It is Quan Yin’s signature to let you know she’s with you. Keep watch for it, it’s quite quite incredible.

Throat – for creative expression (writing, singing, painting…), saying the right thing, sore throats. The simple saraswati mantra ‘Om aim saraswatiye namha’ works really well or the longer gayatri mantra ‘Om bhur bhuva swahah, tat savitur varenium, bhargo devasya dhimahi, diyo yo na prachodayat’. The gayatri mantra is also considered to be an ascension mantra.

Both these have the same energy signature for me. They are like butterfly mantras – you feel a little bit like skipping out in the sun.

Third Eye & Crown – For seeing, perceiving clearly and with compassion, for headaches, ear aches and eye troubles. And for energy clearance. The universal sound ‘Aum’ works, it also clears all the chakras not just the Crown and Third eye.

The other mantra that really works is ‘Om namah shivaah’. This is a love and pure consciousness mantra and works for all chakras. This one starts from the crown and moves downwards.

The Gayatri mantra works as well – would say it’s a throat to crown mantra.

My favourite energy clearance mantra is ‘ek on kar, satnam’, you can also say ‘ek OM kar, satnam’. This one really makes you feel like God!

The Weight-Loss Chronicles 4: Chocolate & the Sacral Chakra

In between the belly button and the tailbone is the Sacral chakra. If you are a belly weight gainer, figure out if it is below the naval or above. If you get the little belly below you have a Sacral story going on with you.

Chances are that you like chocolate – a lot! If you have a sweet tooth and any sweet will do and you don’t like chocolate much then wait for the next chapter on the Solar Plexus 🙂

The Sacral chakra is about Creativity and Creation, Sex and Sexuality, Fertility, Joy, Pleasure & Abundance. Think about these words and see where you find the lack or the struggle. It is possible that Creativity flows though you but Joy alludes you.

Scientists have proven that when we eat chocolate it releases the pleasure hormones in our brain. If our word is lacking in pleasure, we crave chocolate because our natural or ideal state of being is about being happy, creating and about pleasure. Pleasure itself has an offshoot of pleasing – are you pleasing yourself enough? Or are you constantly putting all your efforts in pleasing others?

None of this means that chocolate is bad. Chocolate is great because it is giving your body what it needs. But wouldn’t it be amazing that your mental and emotional state was so full of pleasure that you would not need that much chocolate. Please don’t force yourself to stop, it will happen on its own as the chakra corrects itself.

The chocolate connection is an indicator that the sacral needs correction. The other indicator is the weight gain in the lower belly area. Simple affirmations are a great way to start and so is wearing crystals. Incidentally, the other thing that releases the happy hormones is exercise 🙂 No escaping that no matter what chakra you work on. Do a little walking, try a minute of running, if you couple that with some affirmations the results will be quite phenomenal.

The Carnelian is the best sacral chakra healing stone. I have noticed that it takes me a little while to get accustomed to the stone (yes, the sacral is my story 🙂 ) so I start by wearing it for an hour or so and slowly build it up to the full day.

Other crystals that benefit the sacral are moonstones and mother of pearl and rubies. Rubies I find the easiest to wear actually. And I prefer the tumbled version to the faceted Jewelry kind. Rule of thumb is that if the crystal is orange in colour it will work on the sacral chakra. Wearing the various shades of orange helps as well. You just realized that you really like the colour orange right?! That’s your body telling you your needs:)

Here’s a set of affirmations that work well for the sacral –

1. I am open to receiving the pleasures in life / I’m open to joy / I’m ready to let happiness into my life

2. Life is easy, life is fun, oh what joy to be under the sun

3. Creativity flows through me, in and around me

4. I love being a woman/man. It is joyous being a woman/man.

See which one resonates with you the most and go with that. 21 times for 21 days or longer.

Do remember to cleanse your crystals and activate them.

The Weight-Loss Chronicles Chapter 1, 2, 3

See what scientists have to say about chocolate and the brain –

I quite enjoyed this post on the sacral chakra –

Size does matter – Bedtime Tales

One day, Leo puppy was playing in the garden, when he suddenly noticed a pair of long long legs in front of him.


Leo puppy looked up and wagged his tail slowly.

“Woof” said the head attached to the long legs, “I’m Milo”.

Leo puppy wagged his tail harder and said “Hello Hello, I’m Leo puppy”

“Do you want to play tag Leo puppy?” said Milo grinning and broke into a run.

And Leo puppy  was up and running right behind Milo. Leo puppy chased Milo around the garden and then Milo chased Leo puppy till they were both panting and out of breath.


“That was so much fun”, cried Leo, breathless and excited. “Let’s do it again”

“It was great fun Leo but let’s take a break and get some water” said Milo.

After lapping up enough water, Leo puppy looked at Milo and said, “will I have such long legs when I grow up Milo?”

Milo smiled at Leo puppy and said “No Leo puppy, I am a Boxer, we grow much bigger than beagles”.

“Am I a beagle then?” said Leo puppy.



Milo smiled some more and sat down for chat. “Boxers come from a long line of noble German dogs”, he said. We grow quite big but are extremely affectionate. We are called boxers because we use our front paws a lot and often like human boxers do”

“And beagles?”, said Leo puppy jumping up and down.

“Patience, Leo puppy” said Milo. Now where was I?”… aah yes, Beagles are hounds, which means they can smell very well, they are medium size dogs and very very friendly.”

“Does that mean I wont grow very big?” asked a very disappointed Leo puppy. Milo swiped his paw at Leo puppy and said “Leo puppy, you will grow to have a big big heart, and that’s the most important thing in the world!!”.

“Come now and let’s play some more!”

Surrender it to Krishna

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Met a lovely girl recently and she shared this practice that she does (or tries to) every night.

At the end of each day, surrender all your actions to Krishna. Good ones, bad ones, things you din’t do, things you should’ve, things you could’ve. Just offer them all to Krishna.

And the next day start with a clean slate.

No owing people, no making up for your misdeeds, no guilt, no recriminations. Every night give it up and every morning start anew.

We are so caught up in the past and the future baggage that we completely miss the today. All that we owe people, all that people owe us. All the things we should do because they are expected from us. And our expectations from others. If it can happen in those 24 hrs do it. If not, let Krishna do the balancing.

If every day starts with no one to owe and nothing to balance out, how liberating would that be.

All the deeds of the previous day – good, bad, ugly – forget them at the end of the day. And it’s not just the dropping of the guilt for all your misdeeds. It is also the basking in the glory of your good deeds. Bask away – but just for a day. Because tomorrow the slate will be clean.

The flip side to you not owing anything to anybody is that nobody owes you either. And think about what you would do, how you would behave, what you would not do, if you were not collecting goodwill or IOUs from others. And see how you start taking precedence over everything else!

Try it for a month and see how it changes you and the world around you.




Not Guilty


Once Mulla was told lay his wife to take junior for a ride in the park. On the way Mulla was met by his friends who wanted loin to play poker with them. Mulla refused and said that he had promised his wife to take junior to the park.

Mulla’s friends looked at junior and remarked I hope he it satisfied. The other friend said Yes depriving us of a partner just before our last crucial poker game and all because junior has to ride around in his old stroller. I just hope he is satisfied. Mulla junior looked sadly at the sky and to aught My first year in this world and I am already feeling guilty. ~ Osho
It is an arduous task to not feel guilt. We feel it when we leave our kids to go to work, we feel it when we think about our aging parents, we feel it when we’re out with friends (with our spouse at home or with friends who are not there), when we lose our temper, when we lie, when we make excuses to not meet someone….the list is endless isn’t it. And the most amazing thing of all is if we don’t feel guilty, we feel guilty about not feeling the guilt. It’s a vicious trap that we are lured into at a young young age and then we are so conditioned that we start finding it pleasurable.

Guilt does nothing for you. It doesn’t change the situation, doesn’t make anybody feel better, only succeeds in making one more person (you!) miserable.

If you have really done something you feel bad about, remember that you are only compounding it by feeling guilt over it. Just believe that What is, Is. Trust that it was always meant to be. Once the action is taken, know that it was beyond your control. It was one of the fixed destined events that just had to happen. And there is nothing you could have done to change it. Do the best you can and once it’s done, move on from it.

When you feel the guilt creeping up, remember that what others feel is their story. If they feel let down or upset because of you, it is still their story. If it hadn’t been you it would have been someone else that would make them feel that way. You were just incidental to the process. You are only responsible for how you feel. So stop feeling the guilt!!

Feel love, feel compassion, feel kindness, just let go of the guilt…

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Action and Re-action


Action – The fact or process of doing something

Reaction – An action performed or a feeling experienced in response to a situation or event

The entire Bhagwad Gita is a dialogue between Arjun & Krishna at the cusp of an epic battle. Arjun looks at the enemy and can only see his kin and wants to leave the battlefield, saying it’s not worth the heartache to follow and that this is not good karma to collect.

And Krishna tells him, ‘dude, what makes you think you have a say in this? The wheels were set in motion long ago. Only concentrate on the action. The action is the arrow releasing from the bow because you are the greatest archer on earth. And if you can release the arrow without thinking about your kin or about the spoils of war or the ravages of war. If you can only focus on the action of the arrow hitting its target, then there is no karma to collect, because the rest is just a reaction and it is not your story.

We erroneously believe that we have control over our actions. What we don’t realize that we are constantly only reacting to things.

Lets start at the beginning of the day. You wake up. Is that an action or a reaction? Are you reacting to the sun shining? If you are waking at the crack of dawn with an alarm for office or a flight – are you not reacting to the fact that you need to be there?

When you choose to do something for a friend – is that not a reaction to the many things they may have done in the past or to your emotions? When you do something nice for a homeless person, are you not reacting to your beliefs and emotions?

All of life is a reaction to life. And it is amazing – that interconnectedness. And it is amazingly humbling as well, because if I am just a reaction then, without the rest I don’t exist. And I exist for the little sparrow outside by window. And for the other little and big life around us, our family, friends, the guy at the checkout, the cabbie, the kitten you petted once. All of it – you exist because of all of it. Do you feel it – that amazing gratitude that swells up inside you?

Frankly I can’t think of a single thing in my life that I can classify as an action, an action like in the Krishna story. Where I have been so focussed on the arrow that can’t see anything else. The only exception is a direct channeling, where you wonder why you are saying what you are saying and it makes no sense :).

Actions do exist, but we are simply not responsible for them, we have no control over them. All we can do is be aware of our reactions and then react according to who we are and who we choose to be. Also know that you are responsible for only your reaction. How others react is nothing to do with you. Liberating isn’t it? Just being responsible for your reactions!

You Fool!


A fool is one who goes on trusting; a fool is one who goes on trusting against all his experience. You deceive him, and he trusts you; and you deceive him again, and he trusts you; and you deceive him again, and he trusts you. Then you will say that he is a fool, he does not learn. His trust is tremendous; his trust is so pure that nobody can corrupt it.

Be a fool in the Taoist sense, in the Zen sense. Don´t try to create a wall of knowledge around you. Whatsoever experience comes to you, let it happen, and then go on dropping it. Go on cleaning your mind continuously; go on dying to the past so you remain in the present, herenow, as if just born, just a babe.

In the beginning it is going to be very difficult. The world will start taking advantage of you…let them. They are poor fellows. Even if you are cheated and deceived and robbed, let it happen, because that which is really yours cannot be robbed from you, that which is really yours nobody can steal from you.

And each time you don´t allow situations to corrupt you, that opportunity will become an integration inside. Your soul will become more crystallized.

~ Osho Dang Dang Doko Dang Chapter 2

Love Osho! He has made me redefine so many words. It seems that I am re-learning the language as I’m walking along the spiritual path. Words that were originally negative are slowly becoming positive. Some words I’m learning to drop. Some more I’m using a lot more. Love Osho!

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