Today I will be sharing practices and habits on how to balance the heart chakra.
The heart chakra is the fourth out of seven chakras in the human body and is referred to as ‘Anahata’ chakra in Sanskrit.
The word ‘Anahata’ translates to ‘unhurt.’ It is located at the centre of the spine at the heart level.
An active Anahata chakra paints your life with compassion, love, empathy, and forgiveness. The fourth chakra radiates the feeling of trust, generosity, gratitude, and connectedness in you.
The heart chakra is symbolised by a green six-pointed star inside a 12-petaled flower. This chakra is known to have feminine energy and is associated with air.
The heart chakra happens to be the middle chakra of the seven human chakras which unites the physical and spiritual chakras.
By connecting the lower and upper three chakras the fourth chakra acts as a bridge between the earth and the spirit.
How we treat others (as well as ourselves) is very much guided by one’s Heart Chakra.
When the Heart Chakra is centred, you’re better able to express/receive unconditional love for others as well as yourself.
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What colour is associated with the heart chakra?
The heart chakra is associated with the colour green, but it’s also associated with the colour pink
Green is a very soothing and calming energy which promotes feelings of harmony and security as its associated with nature.
Pink is a colour of sweetness, romance and a loving sensitivity. All of these energies are what produces true unconditional love for another, in spite of any flaws or imperfections.
As such, when the heart chakra is open, or in the process of opening, the capacity for unconditional love and acceptance is strong, and being able to experience this feeling naturally raises your vibration.
Symptoms of unbalanced heart chakra
The heart chakra can go inactive due to both physical and emotional hurtful situations and a change in environment.
It manifests into blocking of energy flow or overflow of energy, either of them being considered problematic cases.
Below are the symptoms to recognise the imbalance in heart chakra:
- Fear of intimacy
- Trying to please; co-dependency.
- Feeling of closed down
- Feeling of either victimization or rescuer.
- Overly defensive.
- Extreme isolation; anti-social.
- Yearning for approval from others.
- Not being able to forgive and holding onto grudges even for the slightest of things.
- Respiratory ailments including lung infections, breathing issues, and bronchitis.
- Circulatory and heart-related problems.
You experience ‘heart chakra pain,’ if your Anahata chakra is blocked.
Where is the heart chakra?
The heart chakra is located in the centre of your chest. It is the fourth chakra, but the first of the higher chakras.
The lower chakras include the solar plexus being the third, the sacral chakra being the second and the root chakra being the first and the base.
Once you master the lower three chakras, you will have a solid foundation to begin working on the higher chakras.
When the heart chakra is out of balance, you may lack the ability to be open and receptive to others. You may not be able to forgive easily and/or lack compassion as well as hold onto grudges.
When does the heart chakra close?
Many times, someone who has been deeply wounded or heartbroken will have a closed heart chakra, which is a normal response to this type of pain.
Although, the only way to truly heal the heart chakra, is to open your heart to love again.
The good news for those who have experienced heartbreak, is that if you’re nervous to open your heart to love again with another person, you can simply start by loving yourself, which the heart chakra is also associated with.
The ability to love another starts with the ability to love the self. When you love yourself, you know what your needs are, you respect your own boundaries and you essentially properly nurture and ‘parent’ yourself.
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Creative visualisation meditation
Creative visualisation is a exercise used to promote manifestation. This technique requires the use of visualising what you want and experiencing the emotions and feelings you would have if it were your reality.
You can use this meditation to open and balance your heart chakra by visualising this energy point during its healing process.
First, visualise a vibrant green spinning ball of energy located at your heart. While this ball of light is active; connect with feelings of love, light, compassion, and gratitude.
All the while, stay open to receive love directly from the universe. Simply, allow those gifts to flow right into your heart energy source and breathe.
The heart chakra’s element is air, and it relates to our lungs as well as our hearts. So, some simple breathing exercises can help to release blockages and open your heart chakra.
Concentrate on taking deep breaths, using your chest instead of your diaphragm. You can combine this with meditation, imaging a gentle green light bathing your chest as you inhale and exhale.
Or you might visualise a rose blooming in your chest while you breathe. Each breath feeds the flower, helping it grow stronger and more beautiful.
Self-love is a deep concept and one which can be connected with essentially self-parenting as to love the self is to take care of the self
This includes all aspects of care including physical and mental health, taking care of your responsibilities, getting your social needs met, learning skills to better improve your life, following your true passions and much, much more.
Self-love involves being your own best friend and cheerleader for your life. This includes encouraging yourself, never giving up on yourself and saying nice and uplifting things to yourself.
Learning to love the self is a gradual process as opening the heart chakra is also a gradual process.
Once you heal and open your heart chakra, the rest of the journey up the chakras becomes more spiritually and divinely connected to source and your higher-self.
Connecting with these higher planes of existence and awareness requires you to be at a certain level vibrationally, which is why it’s always recommended to begin working with the lower chakras first.
The reason for this is because transitioning between the spiritual reality and the physical reality can be intense, as the vibrational state of both dimensions are vastly different.
Want to learn more about the 7 chakras? This book has all you need to know! – Chakra Healing: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Healing.
Simply, affirmations are phrases you say out loud or think to yourself. In detail, affirmation defined means the act of affirming; Hence, when you say or think a phrase over and over again you are affirming that it is true.
Use affirmations to affirm that your heart is open, balanced, and full of love and light!
Here are some of my favourite healing affirmations:
- My heart space radiates powerful green light.
- I live in harmony with all other beings.
- I am open to give and receive love.
- I am compassionate and connect with others.
- I am open to love and be loved.
- I am loving awareness.
- I accept and acknowledge myself
- I nurture my inner self.
- I am grateful for all that I have got.
- I feel a sense of unity with all that is.
- I accept things as they are.
- I embrace forgiveness.
- I am grateful for the challenges that shaped me.
To some, crystals are just beautiful rocks and stones to look at or to decorate with. However, what many people don’t know is that they carry powerful energy and when used correctly can aid your spiritual wellbeing.
Meditate with crystals that align with the heart chakra to promote healthy feelings associated with it.
Some popular crystals to use to balance the heart chakra are rose quartz, green aventurine, and malachite.
This crystals set for all 7 chakras are amazing! – 13 Pieces Healing Crystals Set, Chakra Stones Kit.
Eat the right food
What you eat has a huge impact on how you feel, this is a known fact – unhealthy foods are going to make you feel sluggish and drained while fresh healthy food makes you feel energised.
What many people don’t know is that the food you eat also contributed to the health of your chakras.
For a healthy and balanced heart chakra add in more green foods such as spinach, broccoli, avocados, cucumber, and kiwi.
Gratitude is the emotion of being thankful, showing appreciation, and returning kindness.
Being grateful is a beautiful and harmonious way to live as it attracts more love, happiness, and abundance into your life.
A simple way to practice gratitude is by saying 5 things you are grateful for upon waking up and going to sleep.
Many energy healers believe that movement is a great way to open blocked chakras.
One of the best ways to move your body is through yoga. Try performing poses associated with the blocked chakras.
For example, if your heart chakra is blocked, perform moves that open your chest and permit you to breathe freely.
Visit an energy healer
Energy healers can direct the energy inside your body to improve the flow within your chakras.
You can try several types of energy healers, including Reiki practitioners, chakra alignment gurus, acupuncturists, and more.
During a healing session, you need to be concentrated on opening your chakras. You can’t just sit there thinking about other things and expect your chakras to recover.
Although someone else is guiding the energy in your body, you still need to be present and focused for this technique to work.
Mantra chanting reharmonizes the energy field from within and is a fundamental heart-based practice.
The aligned vibrations work directly on the chakra and bring about deep healing.
The seed mantra of the Anahata heart chakra is ‘Yam.’ Chant this mantra while listening to meditation music and allow it to rise out of your heart space and purify any blockages there.
Here is an excellent version of the ‘Yam’ chant that I meditate too and also repeat the mantra myself.
Sound and singing bowls
Sound frequency is one of the best ways to retune any chakra.
You can work with an instrument, musical note, or mantra that is aligned with the vibration of the chakra you want to retune.
The keynote of Anahata is F, and the Solfeggio frequency is 639 Hz.
Singing bowls that are attuned to this frequency can provide potent healing for the heart chakra.
If you own one, play it and let the soundwaves wash through your being, or, place the bowl on the centre point of your chest and feel the resonance through your heart.
Spend time in nature
To perform this technique, spend some time outside. Go for a walk through the grass, listening to the wind going through the trees, or sit down and absorb and be mindful of the natural beauty around you.
Be alert and present, and take notice of what you see, smell and hear.
This will help you feel grounded, make you feel oneness with nature, and will restore your chakra’s energy to its former glory.
Make time for joy
Give yourself permission to spend time doing activities you love and that bring you joy.
These don’t need to be big or time-consuming. Simple activities, such as putting on some music and dancing in your own home, can be enough. Just prioritise things that feed your heart.
How to Balance the Heart Chakra – Final thoughts
The heart chakra is the most important chakra to keep healthy as all the other chakras follow the energy it is radiating.
Prepare for some serious reflection and healing. I can’t lie to you though, heart chakra healing can be a little intense, but it’s 100% worth it.
When your heart is open, it is the best feeling in the world!
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