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Feeling hard-hearted, heartbroken, unhappy, lonely, insecure? Understand and Balance your Heart Chakra

Namaste, Hope you all are doing well on your journey of healing. In the last articles, we read about three major Chakras among the seven, their functionality, blockages, and healing methods. In this article, we will cover the fourth Chakra among the seven major chakras. The fourth chakra is called “Anahata” or “Heart Chakra” ‘Anahata’ is a Sanskrit word that translates to “Unstruck” or “Unbeaten”. The first chakra is earth, steady and grounded; the second chakra, water, brings fertile creativity; the third chakra is the “fire in the belly” required to transform that grounded Creativity into positive action. And now you have air dispersing and integrating the spiritual understanding of love, compassion, and connection to everything you encounter. Air, like love, is within and all around. Located in-between the three lower body chakras and three upper body chakras. This is where the physical and spiritual come together. In fact, it’s the core of our energetic frequency and the root of all emotional and energetic healing. It is the center of our deep bonds with other beings, our sense of caring and compassion, our feelings of self-love, altruism, generosity, kindness, and respect. The energy of Anahata allows us to recognize that we are part of something larger, that we are interconnected within an intricate web of relationships extending through life and the universe.  

Heart Chakra Information: 

  • Physical Location: Located in the center of the chest, the heart chakra corresponds to the heart, lungs, thymus gland, and cardiac plexus.
  • Color: Green
  • Element: Air
  • Mythological Animal: Antelope, dove, birds
  • Seed Mantra: Yam
  • Yoga Mudra: Padma/Kapot Mudra
  • Symbol: Two intersecting triangles forming a 6-pointed star in a circle with 12 petals

The heart chakra is the central powerhouse of the subtle body. This is the focal point or bridge that connects the first three chakras relating to the external world to the three higher chakras associated with intuition and spirituality. The heart is the mediator between body and spirit, and it directly determines their strength and health. The heart chakra, or Anahata, deals with unconditional love and emotional power. At its core, this chakra is emotional and propels us to enhance our emotional development. The heart embodies gentle wisdom that teaches us the ways of love and compassion. It is in this fourth chakra that we begin to recognize that the most powerful energy on earth is Love. This chakra is the center of child-like innocence and joy. When we were children, we used to react to circumstances with a variety of emotions: confidence, compassion, love, hope, despair, and fear. But as adults, generating emotions and being allowed to express them is extremely challenging. The Anahata evokes our capacity to love and let go; to accept our emotional challenges and surrender to a divine plan. 

The chakra system distributes the flow of prana or energy throughout our subtle body. Stress, illness, emotional upset, or conflict all can cause blockages or imbalance in our chakra system. All of the seven chakras are interconnected; when one chakra experiences a blockage or imbalance, it affects all the others. This disruption of energy can cause our mind, body, and spirit to suffer. When the heart chakra is imbalanced, it can cause emotional and physical distress. When the heart chakra is out of alignment, a number of issues can arise. One might feel hard-hearted, brokenhearted, unhappy, lonely, insecure, easily hurt, or unable to receive love. One might choose to lead with the head and not the heart, to grow distant from others and put up walls, to shut down emotionally, or to hold onto resentment or bitterness. When the heart chakra gets blocked, we may experience the inability to forgive others or move on from past experiences. A blocked Heart chakra often detaches us from our emotions, numbing us from love and compassion. 

How to Heal or Balance Heart Chakra: 

  • The heart chakra is highly influenced by the element of air, getting outside and breathing in the fresh air can help restore and bring balance to the Heart chakra. Try to get out of the city and away from pollution, somewhere where the air is clean and fresh. When outside, practice deep breathing exercises.
  • Meditation plays an important role in restoring balance to your chakras. Chakra meditation techniques are similar to traditional meditation techniques but focus on a specific area of the body. Below is a simple meditation technique to aid in balancing your heart chakra.

Sit with your shoulders back and spine straight. Keep your hands in ‘Kapot/Padma Mudra’ relax your muscles as you close your eyes and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.

Focus your attention on the location of your heart chakra: the center of your chest at heart level.

Since the heart chakra is tied to the color of green, imagine a green glow at the center of your chest, slowly expanding throughout your ribcage and making the whole area warm and relaxed. 

Once you are relaxed start chanting the YAM sound with each exhale, you can also play the Seed Mantra sound in the background while you meditate, do it for a few minutes, and then slowly open your eyes.

  • Each chakra is influenced by unique stones and their energetic properties. The heart chakra is highly influenced by rose quartz. When balancing your heart chakra, meditate with rose quartz, carry the stone with you, or wear jewelry with rose quartz to let the energetic properties help restore balance to the chakra. Pink quartz, clear quartz, jade, green calcite can also be used in order to heal or balance the Heart chakra.
  • It might seem too simple to be true but green food can help you heal your heart chakra. So introducing more healthy green food such as broccoli, cucumbers, green apples, and leafy greens is a great idea. The color green is associated with the heart chakra. And you should find ways to incorporate this color into your daily life. Add some green clothing to your wardrobe and decorate your workspace with green accents. Plants are a great way to add greenery and life into your workspace.
  • Heart opening poses in Yoga can also help to activate the Anahata chakra.

Half Camel Pose is a deep backbend for your upper back, and literally and metaphorically opens up your heart space. By bringing your hand to touch your Heart Chakra, you’re activating this opening even more.

Wheel Pose develops mobility and flexibility in your spine and hip flexors as well as creating space in your heart.

Bridge Pose is a gentler variation of Wheel Pose and it begins to create flexibility and strength in your spine. This pose also lifts and opens your heart towards the sky.

Warrior 1 Pose strengthens your quads while creating flexibility in your hips. We’ll add a gentle backbend to this pose to tap into that Heart Chakra energy.

Upward Facing Dog strengthens and tones your arms while creating flexibility in your spine. It’s a great, gentle pose to practice if you spend a lot of time on a computer.

Reverse Plank Pose strengthens your arms, legs, back, and core while opening your heart center up towards the sky.

  • Aromatherapy helps to manifest the healing of the Anahata and awakens the capacity to love. To open the heart chakra, try burning essential oils, candles, or incense with scents of rose, lavender, sandalwood, orange, and jasmine. we can also use essential oils such as bergamot, jasmine, geranium, lavender, cypress, or rose.
  • Reiki healing is another effective method to bring balance to the Heart chakra. someone who’s attuned to reiki can give reiki to self or one can simply take Reiki healing sessions from a practitioner 
  • By repeating affirmations, we set intentions that break old habits and create new ones.  Positive Affirmations are a positive way to heal negative programming that can be embedded in our subtle body. When balancing heart chakra, practice saying these phrases to yourself or you can repeat affirmations, out loud, in your head, or by writing them down. Below you can find some examples of affirmations to balance the Heart chakra.
  • I am open to love.
  • All love resides in my heart.
  • I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
  • I nurture my inner child. I am wanted and loved.
  • I live in balance, in a state of gratefulness and gratitude.
  • I love the beauty of nature and the animal world. I forgive myself.
  • I am open to love and kindness.
  • I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to transform and open up to love.
  • I am connected with other human beings.
  • I feel a sense of unity with nature and animals.
  • I accept things as they are.
  • I am peaceful.

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