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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016
The Rockaway Times
FOLLOWYOUR GUT
By Paulette Mancuso
Energy flows in the body
through a series of “wheels” or
chakras (Sanskrit for wheels).
The third chakra is at the place
above the belly button – the so-
lar plexus – and is thought to be
the “seat of our emotions.” Lo-
cated in the body in the “gut”
area, it is no surprise that “fol-
low your gut” has come tomean
something like: when you are
faced with a decision or an op-
portunity or a fork in the road or
a crossroads, follow what your
core, i.e., your gut, tells you.
Not the intellectual mind or the
mind that makes excuses or any
thing that arises from thinking.
“The third chakra is called
Manipura, which means ‘lus-
trous gem.’ …It is a source of
personal power and governs
self-esteem, warrior energy,
and the power of transforma-
tion. The Manipura chakra also
controls metabolism and di-
gestion.” (From www.chopra.
com - The Chopra Center)
How do we get in tune with
this part of the body? The first
step is to be in tune with this
physical location in our bodies.
Even though “follow your gut”
has little to do with the physi-
cal body parts and more with
the energy that is located there,
it is very helpful first to iso-
late and call attention to what
we can touch and feel. Several
years ago, I read a passage in
a Donna Farhi book imagining
the starfish and how it radi-
ates outward from the center.
If we stand in 5-pointed star –
arms outstretched parallel to
the floor, feet about two feet
apart, we can call attention to
the central core above the navel
and engage the area imagining
by that engaging how the ener-
gy emanates to the outer limbs
and head.
Being present in that part
of the body and cultivating a
healthy third chakra free from
any blockages, allows for the
free passage of “knowing” in
the gut when something is right
for us or when something is not
right for us.
I am amazed at how many
times in the past when I have
experienced this “knowing”,
I have not followed my gut.
What is the reason for that?
There can be many reasons,
most succinctly, I think, is that
we “make” things right in our
minds because of whatever rea-
sons are present. We feel badly
for someone. We need to make
the money. Someone told us
that it would be alright.
The one most important thing
to realize is that somewhere into
whatever the experience is, I
would say, nine times out of 10,
if we had the “knowing” feeling
in our guts not to move forward
and we do anyway for whatev-
er reason, it will turn out not
right. Take a moment to think
back on an occurrence where
you might have had a feeling
into the future that something
would not be alright. For some
reason, you proceeded anyway.
What happened?
It is vital for each of us to
continually seek to maintain
balance and wellness, because
when we are balanced and
well, we can be present for oth-
ers and propagate goodness
and well-being.
May you be happy. May you
be free. May you be grateful.
May you let go of things that do
not serve you. May you have
inner peace.
A Big Thank You from
In December Christine and James Gallinaro, Liz and
Quinn Breslin, Ellen, Ellie and Colin Manley, along
with many awesome Rockaway Beach kids, ran the
Rockaway Rocks Awareness fund raiser in The Blue
Bungalow Loft raising $7000 for Autism Speaks
We want to thank everyone who made this event so
successful. Thank you to all of our friends who came
out and donated. A special thanks to all those who
helped run the event and all the great businesses
who donated the amazing raffle prizes, especially...
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