Heart Chakra- The Journey of Healing and Finding Our Bliss
Now that we are familiar with the 7 Chakra System, we will explore more deeply the fourth Chakra, the Heart Chakra. The Heart Chakra is the connection of the three lower chakras in the body with the three upper chakras in the body, which stretch from the crown of our heads to the base of our spine. As per the definition of the heart chakra in Tantrism, the Anahata is the fourth chakra out of the seven primary ones in our body. It aligns with our spinal cord and levels at heart, serving as the balancing point for the rest of the chakras.
Represented by the healing green color, the Heart Chakra stands for the following:
The Heart Chakra is also the sacred place where unconditional love resides. Today, let’s take a closer look at what the Heart Chakra is all about.
HEART CHAKRA- WHAT THE GREEN COLOR SYMBOLIZES
The color green represents the Heart Chakra and aligns to the beautiful healing properties of green. The color green also is imbued with other restorative energizing properties, such as:
The Heart Chakra is the center for love, forgiveness, compassion, empathy and bliss. The word Anahata also means unbeaten, unstruck and unhurt. We can take from this that our true nature is divine, there is no polarity in love and the Heart Chakra, the true essence of our hearts knows only of Divine Love.
Simultaneously, it also affects our circulatory system, the heart itself, our upper back, lungs, shoulders, and the thymus gland. Equal parts of the blue and yellow colors represent it, giving it the shade of green. Beyond this combination, the Heart Chakra influences our feelings of confidence, trust, gratitude, and generosity.
The Heart Chakra influences how we accept and adapt to change while instilling feelings of peace inside us. All these feelings take root in the green color of this chakra. At the same time, the vibrant green shade also stands for transformation, change, love, life, and earth.
Another distinguished quality of the green color for the Heart Chakra is that it is feminine in representation. One can see why mastering the heart chakra is essential for attaining balanced, healthy and deep relationships. Those who wish to be fearless and experience self-love and emotional maturity must master the Heart Chakra.
THE HEART CHAKRA- A FEMININE ENERGY
According to the Sanskrit experts, the Heart Chakra works with feminine energy and is represented by a six-pointed, green star, representing a lily flower with twelve petals. The Heart Chakra’s element is air.
The mantra for the heart chakra is "I Love”, a perfect summary for all it is. Due to its central location, people also describe the Anahata is the unifier of the spiritual and physical chakras, a bridge between spirit and earth.
This powerful energy center is the connecting force between the earth chakras, the first three beginning at the base of one’s spine and traveling upwards beginning with the Root Chakra, the Sacral Chakra and the Solar Plexus Chakra. The Chakras that reside right above the Heart Chakra are known for their more spiritual qualities, which are the Throat Chakra, the Third Eye Chakra and the Crown Chakra.
GLASTONBURY- THE HEART CHAKRA OF MOTHER EARTH
There are many Sacred Sites around our amazing planet and Glastonbury, England is known to be the Heart Chakra of Mother Earth. The Church of St. Michel’s resides right in the middle of this mystical cone shaped hill. Many travel to this magical spot on the earth to feel the energy of the Divine Love that radiates there.
The towns of Shaftesbury and Glastonbury sit at thirty miles from each other. Twenty-five miles further away lies the city of Stonehenge. This exquisite location further contributes to the mysterious beauty of the Heart Chakra.
Glastonbury is known for its rich history of many past religions and current energetic ley lines within Mother Earth that are also representative of the meridians in the human body, known to carry energy throughout the human body.
There is also another location apart from the towns of England, which people often describe as the Heart Chakra. It is the dormant volcano of Maui Haleakala. They say the energy residing at the top of the volcano possesses the same frequency as a human’s beating heart.
THE HEART CHAKRA- WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT IS BALANCED AND OPEN?
The state of your Heart Chakra determines the quality and balance of your emotions. When our Heart Chakra is balanced and open, we can enjoy an incredible sense of peace. When our Heart Chakra is open and balanced we also tend to be have an easier time to find joy, kindness, happiness and bliss in our lives.
Typically, a balanced Heart Chakra is a testament to the fact that an individual can create happiness independently. However, at the same time, this chakra also serves as a bedrock for kindness and unconditional love for others.
With an open and balanced Anahata, a person is also more capable of building incredible and robust connections. They connect very well with the others around them, nature, and the world. A balanced, open and clear Heart Chakra allows us to enjoy so many wonderful qualities, such as:
- Maximized strength in the upper body
- A strong and healthy heart
- Thyroid glands will remain in optimal health
- Improved listening ability
- Improved skills of communicating clearly
- A stronger sense of grace
- Becoming more empathetic toward the feeling of others around
- Living more truthfully and in genuineness
- Enjoying a boosted spiritual energy
ANAHATA- WHAT DOES A BLOCKED CHAKRA DO?
By now, we have seen the powerfully positive influence of the Heart Chakra on our relationships, peace, joy, happiness and connections. What happens if there are blockages in the Anahata? How would an underactive or poorly functioning Heart Chakra affect one’s life?
A blocked or underactive heart chakra is detrimental to a person's emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical wellbeing. To elaborate, a blocked Heart Chakra can disconnect us from others, our relationships and the world around us leaving us feeling secluded and lonely. We could have difficulty trusting others and ourselves. Experiencing joy an happiness is difficult when the Heart Chakra is unbalanced and not open.
A range of issues can signal to us that our Heart Chakra needs some tender loving care. A few symptoms of a blocked Heart Chakra are:
- Social anxiety
- Feeling isolated and lonely
- Suffering from a range of immunological problems
- Developing lung complications
- Cardiovascular problems
- Becoming co-dependent
- Self-esteem begins to lower with time
REALIGNING A BLOCKED HEART CHAKRA- HERE’S WHAT TO DO
Let's look at some of the best solutions for a healthy heart chakra below.
An incredible way of realigning a blocked heart chakra is to make yoga a part of your life. You can try several yoga asanas, such as chest openers, camel pose, and bow pose. These asanas are particularly helpful in opening and rebalancing the Heart Chakra.
Exercise is advantageous for many things, but it also plays a crucial role in inducing self-love in a person. As humans, we must acknowledge that our bodies are our treasures. It is our responsibility to honor, respect, and look after it.
The fact is that the healthier our bodies are, the healthier our heart chakras will be.
Like yoga, meditation plays a crucial role in balancing the chakras. It is a beautiful practice for unblocking the Heart Chakra to include guided meditation in your daily routine. You may also try having sound mediation, using the vibrational energy to realign and revive your Heart Chakra.
4. BREATH WORK
Regulating the breathing pattern is a powerful practice. Your breath work could be a key element in balancing the Heart Chakra. After all, this powerful chakra also has a deep connection with the air, just as its color represents.
Hence, incorporating daily breathing practices will induce greater feelings of calm and a sense of peace in your heart. It will help the negative or blocked energy to release and disappear, while healthier emotions can be experienced.
Adding visualization exercises to our breath work is also very helpful. Imagine a stunning rose in full bloom or a tree bearing plentiful fruit. This can allow our Heart Chakra to unblock and open wider.
In addition to the above practices, it is helpful to make affirmations a daily routine. Reciting a daily affirmation out loud, to ourselves or written down are powerful ways to re-wire our daily self-talk.
A few of our favorite affirmations that can support our Heart Chakra include:
- I honor the guiding and calling of my heart
- I go where my heart takes me, for it understands better
- I can, and I receive love
- I am capable of loving and giving
- I forgive and ask forgiveness
- I live with generosity and gratitude
- I AM LOVE (our very favorite, of course!)
- I AM DIVINE LOVE TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD (we use this affirmation daily, as well!)
THINGS TO USE FOR THE HEART CHAKRA
When we embrace and perform a few of the approaches mentioned above for realigning the Heart Chakra, they will make incredible headway towards healing. In addition to this, we find it helpful to surround ourselves with easy reminders of our daily self-love journey.
A few of our favorites are the orange bloom luxury candle, utilizing the healing attributes of aromatherapy which can bring us calm, peace and joy through our sense of smell, allowing higher vibration emotions to enter into our space. Other supporting tools are the use of green crystals, color therapy and heart chakra clothes, like the Bardo Bralette in green, the Alignment Tee, or one of our favorites we loving refer to as “the self-love hoodie”, the Hudson Hoodie. Hadobody’s mission is to support you in your daily journey and remind you of how magnificent that you truly are. Hadobody is a Chakra Based Lifestyle Brand designed to support you in your journey of keeping your Chakras aligned, balanced, open and happy.
1. ENGAGING IN ACTIVITIES TO INSPIRE LOVE
A lighthearted approach to our life is one way to inspire feelings of love in our lives and our hearts. A few simple activities one can enjoy are being in nature, listening to beautiful music, talking with a loved one or taking a pet for a walk. These are just a few of many peaceful and joyful activities that we can utilize to keep our Heart Chakra happy, opened, balanced and vibrant.
THE BEST FOODS FOR HEART CHAKRA
To balance our heart chakra and allow it to unblock, we may include certain raw, green foods in our diet. The Tantric experts tell us that organic greens incredibly impact our stress and energy levels.
These foods are some of the best sources for providing our bodies with balanced and whole nutrients while balancing our Heart Chakra. Hence, it would be a great practice to start your day with a freshly-made green juice or a green smoothie and a salad.
We are all aware of the many benefits of cruciferous and leafy vegetables for our health. But when we are focusing on our heart chakra, here are the fresh produce to add to our plate daily:
- Green apples
- Green tea
- Dandelion greens
SUPPORTING THE HEART CHAKRA- HERE’S TO LOVE AND LIGHT!
We tend to give so much of ourselves to the stress and pressures of everyday life that we easily overlook our hearts. In catching up with deadlines, goals, and family responsibilities, we forget that our heart needs as much attention and care.
When we take a moment, each day, to thank our powerful and awesome heart, we are supporting ourselves to lead a life filled with love, healthy connections, happiness, empathy, and generosity.
We can also enhance our Heart Chakra by wearing the color green. Hadobody believes that wearing clothing carrying the "I AM LOVE" affirmation we give ourselves a beautiful way to support our Heart Chakra. Hadobody honors your Heart Chakra with the HEART collection.
When we keep our Heart Chakra in optimal health, we can live our daily lives with love and peace, being the positive ripple effect for ourselves and the world!
With Love and Light!
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