The Chakra System
It is known that every living being on this planet, even the planet itself, is comprised of energy. Chakras are associated with specific parts of our body, but they are not “physical entities” per se. They can be described as the crossroads of the material and the immaterial and pertain to the body, mind and spirit altogether.
In the chakra system, there are 7 main chakras locate in select spots on the mid-line of our torso that allows energy to flow. The first chakra starts at the bottom of the torso and the last, the top of the head. The chakras on the lower part of our body represents our intellectual side, while the ones located on the upper part of our body represents our mental side. All in all, they govern our psychological properties.
Each chakra is associated with different elements, colors, foods, mudras, healing stones, essential oils, asanas (poses) and more. Ideally, each one of our chakras would be open and work together harmoniously giving us balance. By working together, they would give a balance of feelings and thinking. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as life throws so many twists at us.
Some chakras are blocked or aren’t open enough (under-active) and can have adverse effects on our mental and even physical state. When this happens, other chakras must compensate for the under-active chakras causing them to be overactive, which can have adverse effects on us too. When this happens, they need to be healed and balanced.
In order, the 7 main chakras are, the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye chakra, and the crown chakra. This article will explain a little more in depth about the heart chakra.
The Heart Chakra “Anahata”
Color: Green or pink
Location: center of the chest, just above the heart
Representation: The heart chakra represents the ability and quality to love, both past and future loves. It controls our kindness, affection, and empathy. It is in charge of how we view beauty and transformation or change.
Signs of Imbalance
There are different ways to tell if your heart chakra is out of balance. Being out of balance could mean that it is underactive overactive. These could be both mental issues or physical issues.
Symptoms of Imbalance
When the heart chakra is under-active, we tend to be anti-social, lonely or depressed. Healthy relationships are hard to maintain for we may become bitter, selfish and can be passive aggressive. When the heart chakra is overactive, jealousy and codependency emerge. We tend to rely on others to make our decisions or need their approval. We try to please at all costs and hold grudges.
Physical signs of imbalance for the heart chakra include asthma, heart and lung disease, upper back pain and shoulder, are and wrist pain. Emotional signs of imbalance is bitterness, abandonment and loving others to the point of suffocation.
When the heart chakra is balanced, we feel deeply connected and there is a harmonious exchange of energy with all that is around you. We have as appreciation of beauty, joy and gratitude. Forgiveness flows freely and trust is gained.
Healing and Balancing the Heart Chakra
When you have realized your heart chakra is out of balance, there are measures you can take to balance it back out; open or close an over or under active heart chakra. Here are some things you can do to balance and heal your heart chakra.
Healing Stones or Crystals
Healing stones and healing crystals have been used for centuries. They have been believed to aid in the healing process of the chakras by healing the body, mind and spirit. These stones and crystals can be worn as jewelry such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets or can simply be held or placed in a prominent area.
Below is a list of healing stones and crystals that can be used to heal and balance the heart chakra.
• Pink quartz
• Clear quartz
• Green Calcite
• Green adventurine
Aromatherapy has also been used for centuries. It includes using essential oils for healing properties. These aromas can be inhaled through sprays, candles, incense or wax cubes, ingested through teas or applied topically through massage oils, lotions or body butters. Taking baths with bath salts containing essential oils are also beneficial.
When used, the aromas can have healing properties to fight all different kinds of ailments and mental issues such as depression, stress or anxiety. Essential oils that can be used in balancing or healing your heart chakra include the following.
• Ylang ylang
Food for the Heart Chakra
There are specific foods that are associated with healing the heart chakra. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale can be beneficial. Making fresh green juice, smoothies and salads from the following foods can also be beneficial.
• Dandelion greens
• Green tea
• Green apples
Herbs for the Heart Chakra
• Sweet Annie
• Lady’s mantle
Meditation is about relaxing and refusing to get caught up in everyday anxieties. Meditation is a practice where you use techniques such as mindfulness or focusing your mind on a particular thought, object or activity. It is used to train attention and awareness and to achieve a mentally clear or emotionally calm and stable state.
To heal and balance the heart chakra, imagine that you’re drawing green energy up through your body towards the heart, starting at the base of the spine and moving upwards. Picture that energy turning into a bright ball of green energy sitting at the level of the heart chakra. As you inhale and exhale, see that ball becoming bigger and brighter.
Focus on tuning into feelings of love for yourself and others, letting the green energy radiate through your whole body. Emerge from the meditation after 3-5 minutes. Sit quietly for a few minutes before continuing your day.
Mudras are symbolic hand gestures used in Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies. Some mudras can involve the entire body, but most are performed by the hands and fingers. There are hundreds of mudras that are used to help channel your body’s energy flow. Mudras are often used in correlation with meditation.
A simple mudra for the heart chakra is called the Gyan Mudra. To perform this, Make an “OK” sign with both hands. With your left hand, touch the base of your sternum with the tips of your index finger and thumb, being sure to keep your hands in the “OK” position. Rest your right hand on your lap, still in the “OK” position. Hold this position for a few minutes or while meditating.
Asanas are most commonly known as a seated posture used for meditation. Now, in yoga, the term is used for any physical posture of Hatha yoga. In yoga, it helps to keep the physical body healthy and is important for spiritual development. Asanas can increase discipline and concentration, have a range of emotional and energetic benefits, and ready the mind for meditation.
A simple asana for the heart chakra is called the fish pose or Matsyasana. To do this, lie down in supine position, hands facing down and placed underneath the buttocks. Press your hands down, lift & extend the legs with your feet pointing outwards. Slightly bend your elbows to lift the head.
Tilt the head back and place the crown of your head on the floor. The majority of the body weight is resting on the elbows here and not on the head. Hold the pose for as long as you comfortably can or for 5-7 breaths, taking gentle long breaths in and out, and release.
Affirmations refer to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment. It allows you to have a positive mental attitude towards daily stresses in our lives and that we will achieve success in anything.
Affirmations can be repeated to ourselves out loud or in our thoughts. Through repetition, our minds take these affirmations and make it part of our identity, positive or negative. It is important to state affirmations in positive and in present time.
Positive affirmations for the heart chakra would include some of the following phrases:
• I am fully open to giving love
• I forgive myself
• I forgive others
• I love myself unconditionally
• My heart is balanced in giving and receiving love
• I choose joy
• I have unconditional compassion for others
Listening to music in the note of F or listening to nature sounds such as thunder can be very beneficial to healing and balancing the heart chakra. Other music such as binaural beats and solfeggio frequencies also help for this chakra. There are many resources online that are geared to healing and balancing the heart chakra.
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