Balancing the Heart Chakra
The Heart Chakra is located in the centre of the chest. It is known in Sanskrit as Anahata. It governs our expression of love, our ability to give love and our ability to receive love. In addition, it can be related to self-love, altruism, respect, grief, forgiveness & compassion.
The heart chakra is the middle chakra between higher and lower chakras which is the ultimate spiritual centre and seen in many spiritual traditions as the ultimate centre for healing. The biggest challenges for the heart chakra are grief, abandonment & loss.
Its element is air and it’s colour is green. The sound for this chakra is “Yam”.
Signs that the Heart Chakra is out of balance
Difficulty giving and receiving love
Expectations – You give but you do on some subconscious level expect something, even if it’s a thank you.
Inability to be genuine with emotions – you are not genuine with your emotions and withhold them for fear of judgement and fear of intimacy
Fear of intimacy – You can’t commit to any sort of relationship and have an unhealthy attachment to the idea of non-comittment being ‘freedom’
Judging others without trying to understand on a deeper level
You feel burdened with grief and loss
You have a deep seated fear of abandonment based on unresolved feelings of loss and abandonment
Dependency on others for feeling love
Compassion for everyone else other than yourself. Giving all the time but at the detriment of your own wellbeing and health.
Feeling too much compassion for others and wanting to rescue people.
Techniques for Balancing the Heart Chakra
Getting outdoors in fresh air
Practicing daily gratitude
Process grief, betrayals, loss and abandonment
Meditate on the heart
Choose green – Bring plants indoors, maybe paint a relaxing green colour on the walls or get some lovely green crystals
Crystals such as rose quartz, jade, malachite or unakite.
Chant the mantra “Yam”
Repeat affirmations such as “I am open and loving towards myself and others”, “I fully respect myself”, “I deeply & completely love and respect myself”, “I am able to be grateful for the gifts of each day”, “I forgive myself and others” etc.
Try Emotional Freedom Technique – You can youtube or google this. It’s super powerful when in moments of sadness and feeling a real sense of loss, abandonment or grief.
Try essential oils from doTERRA - such as rose, geranium, jasmine, lavender, bergamot, lemon, mandarin, rosemary & much more.
The heart is a really beautiful chakra when open & opens us up to a real humble spiritual truth. We can truly be beautiful beings when we live more from the heart and less from the ego. But hey, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it and there would be unconditional love and acceptance everywhere you turned.
So have a go at some of these things if you feel any resonates, and please please do share any ideas that you have! I’d love to hear more about what works for you.