Five Ways to Open Your Heart Chakra
Chakras are ports of energy entry and exit located in the body. There are seven major chakras located in the human body, and each is believed to have its own particular energy and influence.
When a certain chakra is open or activated, it promotes the positive qualities associated with that chakra center, whereas if it’s closed off or blocked, one may also find themselves restricted or negatively affected.
The heart chakra, also known as Anahata is the fourth major energy center in the body, located in the center of the chest.
Its color is green, and it is associated with compassion, emotional healing, kindness, beauty and love.
Commonly believed to be the bridge between the everyday world and the spiritual realm, connecting to our heart chakra enables us to deeply feel and express our love for others and ourselves.
It also promotes the qualities of empathy, altruism and gentleness. On the other hand, when we are disconnected from the heart chakra, we may find it difficult to relate to anyone, including ourselves.
We may also find that we are easily irritated, jealous and in some, it may even manifest as a lack of sympathy for others or a outright anti-social tendencies.
Making time to connect to our heart chakra is a vital part of our spiritual balance.
Below, we will discuss five different methods of doing so:
1. Practice Breathing Exercises
It’s amazing how easy it is to connect to our higher selves when we simply sit quietly and pay attention to our breathing.
While it is different then meditation, regularly practicing breathing exercises forces us to quiet our minds and be still, which makes it much easier to tap into spiritual energy and access levels of self-awareness.
2. Participate in a Cacao Healing Ceremony
A cacao ceremony is a shamanistic practice that involves the ritual consumption of cacao combined with dance and the open voicing of emotions.
Cacao ceremonies are ideal for increasing focus and soothing emotional wounds. They assist with opening the heart chakra by encouraging open expression of feelings and insecurities.
The participant is able to move past any hang-ups they may have regarding past trauma, and because they are able to get in touch with their deepest feelings, they are also able to open themselves to harmonious energy.
3. Practice Visualization
Lay with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing until you feel completely relaxed and at ease. Then, in your mind, visualize your heart chakra in the middle of your chest.
While everyone’s interpretation may be a little different, most people see their heart chakra as a swirling vortex of green or an emerald-hued light that grows brighter or pulses as they observe.
4. Do What You Love
There’s no doubt that the heart chakra rejoices in that which makes us truly happy.
Nearly everyone has something that they are passionate about, something that makes them feel as if they are at their most alive when they are participating in the act, whether it be dancing, singing, healing, painting or whatever else.
Whatever it is that you love to do, from taking pictures to listening to music to exploring art galleries, make time to do it, and pay attention to the way your mind and body feel at the time.
5. Love Yourself
Low self-esteem is a very hard obstacle to conquer, and it’s often the result of a blockage in the heart chakra area.
The way that we talk to ourselves and how we talk about ourselves to others is vital in shaping our idea of who we are.
Therefore, try the best you can not to be too hard on yourself, avoid negative self-talk and learn how to face up to and forgive yourself for mistakes you made in the past.
Make time each day to do something just for yourself, like taking a bath, relaxing with a good book, going for a walk, and strive to express kindness towards yourself as well as others.
- This awesome blog post was written by Content Writer Lauren Feldkamp
Photo in header by Ksenia Makagonova
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