The heart chakra is our central chakra, with three below and three above. This is the area where the physical and spiritual meet. It is located at the center of the chest and includes the heart, cardiac plexus, thymus gland, lungs, and breasts. The Sanskrit word for the heart chakra is Anahata, which means “unstruck” or “unhurt.” The name implies that beneath the hurts and grievances of past experiences lies a pure and spiritual place where no hurt exists.
When your heart chakra is open, you are flowing with love and compassion, you are quick to forgive, and you accept others and yourself. It is the center of your deep bonds with other beings, your sense of caring and compassion, your feelings of self-love, altruism, generosity, kindness, and respect. Anahata is an integrating and unifying chakra – bringing wholeness – and is your healing center. For love is the ultimate healing force.
Anahata allows us to recognize and get in touch with the sacred and fundamental truth that runs through all of life and connects everything together. When anahata is open and energy is flowing freely, you are not only loving to others, you are also loving to yourself. You know when you need to say no and when you need care and self-nurturing.
A closed heart chakra can give way to grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and hatred toward yourself and others. Some people choose to live in the place of grievances. They’ve been hurt in the past by parents, siblings, classmates, or loves. It’s impossible to avoid situations where someone may try to hurt you. But you get to choose what to do with that hurt. Some people might try to hurt the other person back. Yet, that is not living from a place of Anahata. The person who inflicts pain on others is coming from a place of fear, ignorance or hatred, all of which represent a closed heart chakra.
When you encounter hurt feelings from your past or present, you can choose to feel them fully and let them go or hold onto them. By letting them go, you’re able to open your heart to new people and new experiences with compassion, love, and understanding. Holding onto hurt harbors negative feelings and cuts you off from opportunities to love and serve. Letting go is as easy as making a choice. Your mind and your ego may tell you otherwise but it’s as simple as choosing to let go and move on.
If you have a blocked heart chakra, rebalancing, really boils down to releasing repressed emotions. Whether it’s a traumatic event stemming from childhood , a past relationship hurt or a grudge you’re holding so tightly from last week. When you repress your feelings, your heart chakra’s balance gets out of whack.
Try setting the following intentions to release your repressed emotions:
1. Be open with your emotions – write them down, scream them out, whatever enables you to let them out. Don’t hold anything back. Yes it hurts, but when you are healing emotions from the heart it is always going to be painful and the only way you can work through them and be at peace with them, is to acknowledge them and let them out.
2. Stop clinging to your feelings. Live in the present. Dwelling in past loves or past problems only brings us down and if we are constantly stressing about the future or what might happen then we aren’t fully living. This is a hard one but you need to do this.
3. Practice the art of acceptance. If you can’t change it, forget it. Why stress about something or someone you have no control of? Stop wasting your time. Focus on what you can control and accept and let go of what you can’t. That’s what will bring you contentment and happiness.
4. Mantras and affirmations are also a great what to connect to your chakras. The heart is associated with the vibrational sound of “YAM”. Chant this when you feel yourself closing your heart to the world, and instead lead passionately with your heart .