Today we'll discuss the Heart Chakra or the Sanskrit term, Anahata, which means 'unstuck'.
If you missed previous posts on the Chakras in this series, you can start here with the Root Chakra.
The Heart Chakra is located at the center of the chest.
The color associated with this chakra is emerald green and is symbolized by a lotus flower with 12 petals. The petals are arranged around a circle with two triangles; one pointing down and one pointing up, forming a 6-pointed star. These two triangles represent the integration of the 3 lower chakras and the 3 upper chakras, thus acting as a bridge between the world of matter and spirit.
The main theme of this chakra is love as well as unconditional compassion, lovingkindness and forgiveness.
The element associated with this chakra is air. Think of the qualities of air --> light, flowing, gracefulness, ease, formless.
When we are balanced in this energy center, we feel light, flowing with life, full of gratitude, joy, compassion and love. We live in the present moment.
When this energy center is unbalanced, we feel like we are being weighed down (air feels heavy and dense) and focus more on negativity and jealousy. We tend to have poor boundaries and feel separate and lonely. We may also be trying to please everyone, have a fear of intimacy and feel withdrawn.
The associated sense is the sense of touch and the seed sound is Yam.
The main purpose of this chakra is to cultivate love. The best way to do this is by first recognizing if you need to forgive yourself or others for any wrong doing. This doesn't mean you forget what happened. But being able to forgive yourself and/or others will free your mind. If you are unable to forgive, the emotions of anger, resentment, hatred will live within you.
We heal ourselves and free ourselves most quickly through the power of forgiveness.
If it's hard for you to even consider forgiveness, it may help to start writing down in a journal all the thoughts you have around the situation, event and/or person that you are having a hard time forgiving. Simple, yes. Easy, no. But it's worth it.
As you begin to become more aware of the fourth chakra and begin to release feelings of isolation, jealousy and resentment, you will cultivate compassionate and loving energy.
Acknowledge that you are accepting of yourself and others and that you are at peace knowing that you can make the right decisions for yourself without needing the approval of others.
Feel your heart center expanding out into the universe, expressing love for yourself and for all of life.
I am unconditional love and compassion.
inhale - enjoy - exhale,
Ps. Don't expect overnight success when it comes to balancing the chakras. It takes practice, daily practice. Taking time out every. single. day. and a deep commitment to yourself. So be kind and compassionate toward yourself if you decide take the journey through the chakras. Allow life to guide you.
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