Do you say yes to everything and not have boundaries with others? Does caring for others leave you feeling exhausted? Do you struggle to receive love from others or give love to others? Well, that may mean your heart chakra needs some work!
The Heart Chakra is the fourth of the seven primary chakras and represents understanding, compassion, forgiveness.
This blog post will explore the heart chakra, the key characteristics, the teachings of this Chakra, what it means to have an imbalanced heart chakra as well as ways you can balance it for yourself and others.
If you are wanting an overview of the 7 Main Chakras- Check out A Complete Guide to the 7 Main Chakras
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The Heart Chakra
The Heart Chakra is our entry point into Universal Love, our connection to the All That Is. When this chakra is open we experience true joy and universal love, kindness, and compassion.
A healthy heart chakra allows us to feel loving towards ourselves as well as others and express these feelings through words and actions. It opens empathy for ourselves and others.
When the Heart Chakra is balanced we feel a sense of compassion and loving-kindness towards ourselves, those around us, strangers, and animals. Our health both physical and emotional improves as does our relationships with others. We are able to forgive much more easily with an open heart.
This chakra opens our hearts to joy letting us savor the beauty, get involved with creative activities, and live more fully in the present moment, and be less entangled in worry and fear. This chakra can also open us up to psychic experiences which may be of a simple nature such as seeing angels or archetypes, or complex visions of past lives.
When this chakra is blocked we express our frustrations with anger and feel betrayed, unloved, and uncared for. We might blame others or withdraw from society in frustration. When this chakra is blocked it affects our perception of the world around us as well as how we interpret messages we receive on all levels of consciousness.
The Heart Chakra at a Glance
The Heart Chakra is also known as Anahata in Sanskirt is located in our chest where the heart is. The heart is all about loving yourself as well as loving others.
This chakra governs how you relate to others and how you handle the relationships in your life. How you show empathy and compassion.
It relates to our sense of touch – both physically (skin) and emotionally. The color associated with the Heart Chakra is green. This chakra allows us to feel love, joy, kindness, generosity, and goodwill. The element is it associated with is Air.
The mantra for this Chakra is “I LOVE” or YAM
Key Characteristics of the Heart Chakra
- Love yourself and others fully
- The Bridge between the bottom and top chakras
- Growing personal identity with little EGO
- Unconditional love with all
- Appreciation and Gratitude for all things
What the Heart Chakra Teaches us
This chakra teaches us to recognize the gift of unconditional love that we have been given and to give it in return. It’s about selflessness, love, compassion, empathy, and sacrifice for the right reasons. (love and Compassion HEAL)
This chakra gives us the ability to stand up for what we believe in and to move forward with great passion.
When you open your heart chakra, you will experience love as the highest expression of divine energy which flows through all aspects of life.
When energy is flowing properly, you will naturally experience a sense of freedom from worry or fear.
Signs of an Unbalanced Heart Chakra
- Chest Pain
- Blood pressure imbalances
- Lung Disease
- Circulation problems
- Upper Back and Shoulder Tension
- Lung and Breast Cancer
- Unhealthy relationships
- Lack of Boundaries
- Fear of being Hurt
- Saying yes to everything
- Hard time forgiving yourself and others
- Hold grudges
- Take on others emotions as your own
- Putting everyone else before yourself
How to Balance/Heal/Open the Heart Chakra
When opening the heart chakra, it is important to remember that we have a lower and higher self. Our goal should be to move beyond the lower self which is based mostly on fear and negativity into the higher self which brings knowledge and love.
This will helps us to let go of any fears that we might have holding us back from letting go. It will open a path for us to move forward in life with more joy and passion.
- Visualization with the color green
- Wearing Green the day you are working on it
- Volunteer to help others
- Get outside and enjoy the air! After all, that is the element:)
- Love more
- Work on self-acceptance (Self-Love)
- Notebook of what your heart desires
- An activity that excites you!
- Give yourself permission to be you and express yourself
- Affirmation Decks
- Use a singing bowl in your daily routine
Now if you want to take your healing deeper than what is above, I have listed some more ways you can open and connect with your Heart Chakra.
Doing yoga poses for the heart chakra can help you in many ways, for example:
It helps to increase your self-esteem and self-love. By doing these poses you are basically telling yourself that you love yourself first. When our emotions are stable and we have a good sense of self it is easier for us to share that love with others.
It helps to increase positivity in your life. This is especially true if you are doing yoga poses for the heart chakra on a regular basis.
In order to follow through with this, you will need to do these effective yoga poses on a daily and consistent basis. The great thing about yoga is that it doesn’t have to be time-consuming at all.
It is possible to complete the heart chakra yoga poses in under 10 minutes a day, which means that you have plenty of time throughout your day to find an empty space and do them. As long as you have at least 1-2 minutes each day then it can truly help to promote positivity and self-love.
- Bow Pose
- Bridge Up (wheel)
- Camel Pose
- Cobra Pose
- Happy Baby
- Half Boat Pose
- Lord of the Dance
- Standing BackBend
- Shoulder Bridge
- Upward Plank
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The heart is a huge part of our life, from keeping us alive to telling someone how much we love them or give them a heartfelt hug. These actions help to keep us in touch with what is most important in our lives.
How can meditation help us to open up and feel better about ourselves and the world around us?
When we are meditating, it is important to breathe consciously. When you are in a relaxed meditative state, make sure that you keep breathing deeply. This can be done with your eyes closed or open. The more oxygen flowing through your body, the better off you will be physically and emotionally as well as spiritually when you are meditating.
Remember that you are responsible for your own happiness. You have the power within yourself to recognize and embrace how valuable you are as a person. Using this special gift of yours will help you to feel good about yourself as well as those around you! The more love we give out, the more we feel in return!
- Meditation #1 Powerful Heart Chakra Meditation (15 minutes) From Taos Winds Spirit Music
- Meditation #2 Heart Chakra Healing Meditation Music Created By Meditative Mind
Looking for some meditation tools? I got you covered!
A sound bath is an event in which a group of people sit or lay down for meditation or relaxation while the space is being filled with healing sounds, such as gongs & Tibetan bowls. We can even do this from the comfort of our own homes now by going to Youtube.
Frequencies for the Heart Chakra: 341 Hz, 639Hz, 528Hz
- Sound Bath #1 Heart Chakra Healing Sound Bath created by Meditative Mind
- Sound Bath #2 Heart Chakra Tuning Sound Bath by Healing Vibrations
The mantra for the Heart Chakra is “I LOVE” and also YAM
YAM generates the energy of compassion and unconditional love. When you chant YAM, be aware of your heart chakra. Let go of all negative emotions and embrace the qualities of compassion and unconditional love.
- #1 Heart Chakra Healing Guided Meditation– By Meditative Mind
- #2 YAM (HEART) Chanting by Mantram MVS
- I am loved and Loveable
- I am worthy of the purest love
- My heart is fed and nourished
- Love and gratitude flow through me and to me every minute of the day
- My heart space radiates powerful green emerald light
- I release and let go of all my resentment
- I am patient, peaceful, and calm
- Rose Quartz (Unconditional Love)
- Emerald (success)
- Rhodochrosite (cleanser, energy releaser)
- Green Adventurine (stone of opportunity)
- Malachite (stone of transformation)
- Leafy Greens
- Plant-based food rich in chlorophyll
- Green colored food such as:
- Dandelion Greens
- Bok Choy
- Green onion
- Snap Peas
Herbs & Spices
- Hawthorne Berry
I truly hope I shined some light on the Heart Chakra for you!
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