You may know that we are said to have seven main energy centres in our bodies, that are often known as chakras. The first is located at the base of our spine, and they move upwards towares the crown of our head. At the centre is the heart chakra, or Anahata in Sanskrit, which translates to unstuck or unhurt.
The location of this chakra centre is important because it is positioned directly between the chakras relating to matter (the lower 3) and also the chakras relating to spirit (the upper 3). It is the emotional centre and source of love and compassion.
When the heart chakra is open, these feelings of universal love, joy, forgiveness, acceptance and gratitude flow freely. However, when the heart chakra is blocked or closed life can feel very different. Grief, anger, fear of betrayal and jealousy are typically felt, as well as shyness and feelings of loneliness. This disconnected state can also give rise to hatred, towards the self and others.
Alternatively the heart chakra can become overactive, generally to compensate for a separate chakra that may be blocked. An overactive heart can be identified in individuals who live to be people pleasers, they are often matyrs, putting their own needs last. It can also be seen in people who struggle with strong feelings of jealousy and co-dependency.
While it is simple to say, just let the negative feelings go, focus on the positive, the reality is that it doesn’t always help! There are however, some very simple meditation techniques that you can try to balance and open your heart chakra, which makes for a happier life all round!
The first and most simple way to open your heart chakra is with a deep breathing meditation. Find a quiet space where you can sit comfortably, cross legged is ideal. Begin to make your breathing more focused, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. Gradually slow your breathing and leave a gap of a few seconds between each breath. Be aware of how your chest expands and falls, giving your heart space to stretch and open. Imagine that you are unzipping your chest and allowing your heart to be exposed to the air. Relish that feeling of vulnerability and allow yourself to be calm in that state.
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