You know those people who ooze calmness and serenity? When they smile and the world just smiles back? When their happiness is infectious and they leave the most heartfelt impression on our souls…? This can be you! Anahata is a Sanskrit word meaning unstruck or unhurt. Its name implies that depth beneath our personal stories; where there is wholeness, oneness, and a boundless universal, unconditional love. When ‘Anahata’; our heart chakra, is balanced, we find compassion, life itself brings kindness and goodwill towards and around us.
When the energy from our heart chakra is flowing freely you will feel grounded yet weightless. You will be able to love without expectations and attachments, from a place of unconditional understanding. Sounds great right?
BUT… One of the most challenging things in life is to embrace vulnerability. And the older we grow without learning specifically how to let go and release, we become more closed, and more out of touch with ourselves. Keeping your heart chakra in balance requires an ongoing commitment. By seeking freedom in the heart chakra, you remain open to finding a true connection with yourself and reach the deepest level in all your relationships; Knowing thyself.
Imbalances of the heart chakra
Stress in any layer of the body; physical, mental, emotional and energetic slows you down, stagnates you, and completely puts you into overdrive. An imbalance of the heart chakra can be experienced as loneliness and separation, feeling like you don’t belong or fit in, feeling disconnected. If you have grown up in an unloving environment or have been in an unloving relationship for a while, you may develop the sense that you’re not worthy of love. This could manifest itself as cold-heartedness towards yourself and/or others. At the other end of the scale it could develop into an overactive people-pleasing attitude, willing to do anything for anyone for some attention or approval.
Another imbalance often found in this chakra is resentment. When someone really hurts you, it hits you in the heart. If you cannot let go and forgive, you’re left with this weight on your heart that seems to be always present (a heavy heart). Sometimes we want to let go mentally, but emotionally we don’t seem to be able to shake the negative feelings, attitudes and habits.
Signs of a balanced heart chakra:
Feeling positive about yourself and others
Feeling content and whole
Feeling happy and connected to your truest sense of self
Selfless love and compassion
Abundance of kindness, goodwill, empathy, compassion, understanding.
So how do I balance?
Coming into balance. There are things you can do on and off the mat:
Affirmations are a powerful, positive self-talk tool in which we affirm to ourselves until we believe and feel the truth in our own words.
I am grateful
I love and fully accept myself
I am loved without condition, and I love without condition
I forgive myself and others
I let go of all resentment and grudges
I am whole
To balance emotions: Lavender, Angelica, Neroli and rose
To soothe the circulatory system, open the heart and lungs when feeling tightness in the chest: Eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary.
A regular yoga practice is a great way to open and balance your entire chakra system. Since the chakras are intricately linked, the opening and balancing of one understandably benefits energy flowing through the rest of the chakras. The heart chakra located in the centre of the chest governs respiratory and circulatory systems, as well as the heart itself. Heart opening yoga poses, typically involve the chest and shoulder area, as well as arching postures: Awaken your heart chakra with our mindful heart opening sequence.
> So, for 2018, create a habit worth keeping.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.” ~ Rumi