The Heart Chakra, or fourth Chakra, is also known as the Anahata Chakra. It’s located in the middle of your chest region and is associated with the color green.
The word chakra means circle or wheel. Anodea Judith describes chakras as:
…a center of organisation that receives, assimilates, and expresses life force energy. Chakras… refer to a spinning sphere of bioenergetic energy emanating from the major nerve ganglia branching forward into the spinal column.
The parts of the body ruled by the heart are as follows:
- your heart
- cardiovascular system
- respiratory system
|Spiritual Lesson||forgiveness, unconditional love, letting go, trust, compassion|
|Physical Dysfunctions||heart conditions, asthma, lung & breast cancers, thoracic spine, pneumonia, upper back, shoulder problems|
|Mental / Emotional Issues||love, compassion, confidence, inspiration, hope, despair, hate, envy, fear, jealousy, anger, generosity|
|Information Stored Inside Heart Chakra||connections or “heart strings” to those whom we love|
When our heart is unfit, we may be carrying around old grief. We feel sad. We may have issues in one of the systems governed by this chakra. We will unable to forgive, we hold onto regrets, resentments & we feel angry at our lot in life.
When this chakra is balanced and free flowing, we are able to see the world with loving eyes. We feel joyful and we FEEL LOVE. We can forgive others & ourselves easily. We can let go of trying to control the outcome. We trust fully in the universe, in others & in ourselves. We know we are taken care of.
To know if your heart chakra is balanced and fit, ask yourself the following questions:
- What emotional memories do I need to heal?
- What relationships current or past require healing?
- Are my emotional wounds taking over, causing me to try and control people or situations around me?
- Do I allow the wounds of others to control me? How do I let that happen?
- What do I need to forgive myself for? Who needs forgiving from me?
To balance and heal your heart chakra, try the following exercise, known as the Metta Practice, which means Living Kindness. This comes from About Religion website & is from Christopher Stewart.
Basic Instructions for Metta Practice
Sit comfortably in a chair or cushion in a place you will not be disturbed for 15 minutes.
With your eyes open or closed, relax, breathe easily and comfortably. Feel your energy settle into your body, easily and comfortably.
Begin to pull your awareness into your heart area, and let your breathing arise from that area. See if certain words emerge from your heart that speaks to what you wish for most deeply for yourself. For example, “May I enjoy peace, may I enjoy good health, and abundance of love.” Continue this way until you feel a sense of well being.
Now, visualize or imagine radiating outward in a series of concentric circles this well being for others you have a close intimacy with. For example, “May my husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, son, daughter enjoy good health, peace, and abundance of love.” Continue radiating outward this well being for those in your circle until you feel complete. Then move this circle to those you know, and then those you do not know, and move the circle outward to your town, state, country and the entire world. Bring the practice to a conclusion when you feel complete with it.
For another powerful exercise to open your heart chakra, try this one from The Yoga Lunch Box. It teaches a Kundalini yoga technique that only takes 7 minutes a day!
The following activities will also help open & balance your heart chakra:
- Wear the color green
- Eat green foods
- Chant the sound YAM while filling your chest with emerald light
- Keep some of your attention on your heart space throughout the day
- Imagine filling your heart space with emerald green light
- Do the Metta meditation
What do you do to heal your heart space? I’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below & share your heart chakra experiences & healing modalities!
P.S. Like this content? Click here for free updates.