After a full 24-hours of moving forward into the spring equinox, let’s open our hearts to the beauty and acceptance of now and to the expression and excitement of the future.
Today, let’s work on opening the heart chakra as we move forward into whole love.
To take a step back for a moment…
Let’s talk about what the chakras are and what purpose they serve in our lives.
There are seven major energy centers (chakras) that radiate throughout the body that starts at the base of the spine (root) and runs all the way to the top of your head (crown). Each chakra is a center for various energies to be transformed, has a corresponding color and is linked in your emotional and physical body. Each has its own vibrational frequency and can be in our out of balance. Does this make sense? It’s like the organs of your physical body, because each plays a vital role in your health and wellbeing, although we cannot “see” these energy centers.
Back to the heart chakra. . .
This chest-centralized chakra embodies many energetic aspects focused on self-love and acceptance, emotional expression, relationships with self and others, grief, belonging and compassion to touch on a few.
Every once and a while the heart chakra will become out-of-balance or dull due to emotional or energetic “trauma.” So it is important to keep the heart chakra in balance and open it back up to its vibrant life force.
Here are a few very simple but effective ways we can honor, balance and open that lovely heart of ours:
Repeat a mantra of love
Incorporate mantras and affirmations that surround love, wellbeing and compassion…anything that brings you love and joy. Here are a few suggestions from Chakra Anatomy:
I am open to love.
I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
I nurture my inner child.
I am loved.
I live in balance, in a state of gracefulness and gratitude.
I love the beauty of nature and the animal world.
I forgive myself.
I am open to love and kindness.
I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to transform and open up to love.
I am connected with other human beings.
I feel a sense of unity with nature and animals.
I accept things as they are.
I am peaceful.
Surround your heart and entire body and soul with a beautiful green light
Each of the seven chakras correspond with a color. The heart chakra is green. A gorgeous, vibrant, crystalline emerald green. Just by breathing in and out while focusing on increasing your awareness to this color will help.
Open up with yoga
I am a mover by nature, so adding in something physical with energy work really seems to jive with me. Do you ever find yourself emotionally overwhelmed, or even cry during a yoga or meditation practice? I do. It’s amazing what we can release during simple stretching and wringing out of our energetic bodies. A few yoga poses to open your heart are: camel, cobra and forward bend. For photos of these poses, click here.
Carry rose quartz
Crystals and gemstones are gently powerful energy workers. Rose quartz is my favorite stone to work with on the heart chakra. It is the stone of universal love. It heals, protects and restores trust and harmony. It encourages self-forgiveness and acceptance invoking self-trust and self-worth. Many other stones will work too, here is a comprehensive list.
Express your emotions in a journal
Don’t bottle things up, let them go! A journal is a great tool to physically release your emotions from your heart and body. Don’t think…just write…forgive…let go…and see what transformation can happen.
Meditate on forgiveness
The heart is the center of true, deep emotion of all kinds…including grief, depression, loneliness and trauma. Take time to forgive your deepest hurts, frustration and anger…from both yourself and others that may have caused this pain.
Tomorrow. . .a green guided meditation to end the week feeling warm!