Heart Chakra Meditation – How to Heal Your Heart Chakra
Chakras are the energy centers of all living beings. Chakras are organized along the meridians of the body. Each chakra has a unique vibration and purpose.
When translated, the word Chakra is Sanskrit for “wheel”. This is because Chakras are often seen as spinning discs of color during deep meditation.
Chakras help regulate organs and process emotions by absorbing or emitting energy. Therefore, if a chakra is imbalanced then its energy input and output are not properly processing.
In Western and euro-american culture, the seven chakra system has become widespread but there are in fact thousands of Chakra points within the body.
Its origins were a from Saskrit text that was written by an man named Pūrṇānanda Yati in 1577, India. It was then translated into English in 1918.
The Heart Chakra
The Sanskrit term for the heart Chakra is Anahata. When translated to English, it means “unhurt”. Interestingly enough, the heart chakra is commonly blocked by hurt within relationships.
The heart chakra is located at the center of the chest, over the heart. It is at the center of the six other chakras.
The main color of this Chakra is green and it is associated with the element air. Crystals that represent the heart chakra:
- moss agate
- green tourmaline
- green aventurine.
The heart chakra helps regulate:
- the heart
- the circulatory system
- lymph system.
Heart Chakra Meditation
Sit comfortably with your legs crossed. Stretch out your spine as you sit.
Place your hands on your thighs with your palms facing upwards. The gesture should look as if you are ready to receive.
Allow your mind and heart to open to receiving and giving love.
Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
Bring your attention to your heart. Begin feeling how your breathing works together with your heart.
Feel your breath reaching your heart with each breath getting deeper and deeper. Notice how every breath brings love and life into your body.
Visualize a bright green and illuminating glowing light expanding from your chest, in every direction.
Feel its warmth and love as the green glowing light travels throughout your entire body.
Now direct your energy to someone in your life that may need love and healing.
Lift up your arms towards the sky, the let them fall to your side to connect with the earth to complete the meditation.
When the heart chakra is aligned, you will naturally feel love, empathy and compassion for yourself as-well as others. It goes hand in hand having a positive state of mind and can aid with our receptiveness to nature. Offering and receiving love become effortless.
Since our heart charkra is connected to our connection with people, hurt within relationships are one of the leading causes of a blocked heart Chakra.
Here are a few common issues faced by those with a blocked heart chakra:
1.) Stuck on Your Ex
If you have blocked anahata energy you may find yourself constantly reminiscing or comparing other potential partners to an old flame. Being unable to let go and move on prevents you from attaining a optimistic mind-set.
Self-reflection and discernment of why it did not work out and the lessons learned from the relationship can be useful tools in helping you move forward. Doing so will allow you to attain a positive perspective and allow a healthier relationship to blossom.
2.) Being Unable to Forgive
If someone has truly hurt you, it is normal to bear the burden of a grudge, but it can stop the movement of your anahata energy.
Carrying the pain with you is heavy on your mind and heart. When holding onto pain and revenge, the cortisol levels are increased. Therefore holding onto pain is truly a poison for yourself.
Embrace forgiveness and let go of the hurt to restore peace in your life.
Emotional symptoms of a blocked heart chakra can result in:
- lack of empathy towards others
- distrust to others
- distorted perception of love
- hold onto grudges and have difficulties forgiving others
- deeply rooted with insecurities and fears that can manifest into mental illness, resulting in manipulative behavior.
Opening a blocked heart chakra is an on-going process. It is unlikely to heal over night. A positive state of mind will help the healing process. Therefore, t is important to be mindful of your thoughts and intentions.
Here are small adjustments you can make to your meditation sessions that may help:
1. Color Therapy
Colors can have adverse effects on the human body. It can simulate energy or dull senses. Switzerland has even colored its walls pink because it helps “calm” inmates. Since green represents the heart chakra. You can incorporate the color green into your daily life by purchasing plants for your home or adding green clothes to your closet. It will also help to light a green candle when meditating.
2. Positive Affirmations
Since the root of a blocked heart chakra stems from self-esteem and negativity, practicing positive affirmations will increase the anahatas energy. Positive affirmations will challenge self-sabotaging thoughts by becoming conscious of your ability to control those thoughts. Affirmations will help reprogram the negative thoughts.
Examples of positive affirmations are:
- I love and accept myself.
- I am worthy of love
- My life is a gift
- I surround myself with positive people who bring out the best in me
3. Meditation with a crystal
Crystals are known for alleiving stress and absorbing negative energy.Holding crystals that represent the heart chakra and placing them around the chest area can help regulate the anahatas energy.