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Opening to Love and Compassion Through the Heart Chakra

The heart chakra opens us to ultimate love, compassion and forgiveness.

It is the balance point between the lower three and the upper three chakras. The balance between heaven and earth.

As the balance point of energies in the body, all life events and circumstances need to be rectified and understood not only by the head, but also honored, respected and peacefully adorned by the heart.

The hokey saying that love conquers all, really does speak volumes about the power of this chakra. For when it is balanced, life will flow in harmony with the ability to unconditionally love in all things.

The heart chakra eliminates the need for judgment of good or bad; all is a simple variation of an experience kindness and compassionate love.

The heart or fourth chakra is ruled by the element of air and is also known in Sanskrit as the Anahata Chakra, which means unstruck.

In the consciousness of pure, unconditional love, all remains unstruck by hatred, greed, loneliness or attachment. As we meet at the heart center, there is no conflict between heaven and earth. There is no sound of striking as inner and outer merge together in peace.

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Physical Location of the Heart Chakra

The fourth chakra is, of course, physically found in the center of the chest. It includes the heart, lungs, diaphragm, arms and hands.

The energy of the heart vibrates at the light frequency of the color green.

Unbalanced Heart Chakra Symptoms

When we do not learn to vibrate from a place of heart centeredness, we never learn the vital lesson of self-love. And without a sense of self-love, how can we extend our love or kindness to another?

This leads to a number of core emotional, health and life survival issues:

  • Heart disease and/or lung diseases
  • Feelings of bitterness or grief
  • Feelings of alienation and loneliness
  • Passive aggressive actions
  • Attachment
  • Depression or bi-polar behaviors
  • Feelings of nothing being right or a delusion that everything is perfect
  • An inability to make friends or to create long standing intimacy with the ones you have
  • You are non-compassionate, or you are over-run by compassion such that it clouds your actions

Balanced Heart Chakra Manifestations:

Yogi Bhajan has often said, "A truth spoken in fear is a lie. To speak truthfully, but kindly is the signature of the Heart Chakra."

In a balanced state, the sacral chakra will manifest as follows:

  • Feelings of happiness, joy and content
  • Understanding that all is as it should be; the good and bad combined are accepted as they are without attachment
  • You have healthy, meaningful and intimate friendships that are of a long duration (outside family members)
  • Expression of unconditional love for all
  • Harmony with Nature
  • Compassion moves you to empathy
  • You act in the place of service to the world, freely giving and sharing your gifts

Yoga Exercises to Heal and Balance Your Heart Chakra

There are many detailed yoga sets and meditations that we could discuss when looking at balancing each of the 7 chakras.

Because of the need for proper and supervised instruction, I go into great detail on healing and balancing the chakras in my Chakra Kundalini Yoga Retreat Program, but for now, let me leave you with a few poses to get you started at home:

  • Ego Eradicator
  • Bear Grip
  • Baby Pose
  • All arm exercises
  • Exercises that twist the upper torso
  • All Yoga Breathing Exercises

If you have any questions, speak to your own yoga teacher or contact me at your convenience.

Yours in Wellness,

Dr. Lisa

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