The heart is the part of the body associated with the human emotional center and particularly the emotion of love. The heart is seen the gateway to the soul and the seat of emotions. Capable of producing deep love, joy and inner peace, it can also be the source of great pain and emotional suffering.
Feeling loved and loving others is vitally important to maintaining a happy mental, spiritual and physical existence; we all need love, for life without love is an empty existence. That includes self-love. However, too many people are living lives of lonely, painful despair. The cause of loneliness and heartbreak can be traced back to a blocked heart chakra.
What is the Heart Chakra?
The energy of the heart chakra is depicted as a deep, emerald green color that ties us to all living things around us. Green is associated with new life and natural surroundings – it is tranquil, yet energized, soothing yet vibrant. The energy produced by the heart chakra allows us to have meaningful relationships and to feel empathy, compassion, passion, forgiveness and caring for other people.
The Sanskrit word for the heart chakra is Anahata, meaning an “unstruck sound”. This poetic metaphor refers to the potential of the heart to produce a beautiful music or resonance when we find the person or people, or even ourselves, that can ‘strike’ it. However, the Anahata is also all about choice. The heart chakra must be ‘struck’ through your own choice – the choice to share your love with others instead of guarding it or refusing to let it open (as people often do if they have been hurt).
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What Happens When Your Heart Chakra is Blocked?
There is probably no one alive who hasn’t suffered heartache or heartbreak – or the ecstasy of love. If you look back at your past, you’ll notice that the most difficult times came about as a result of a closed heart chakra.
Jealousy, anger, confusion, bitterness, resentment, fear, self-doubt are symptoms of a closed heart chakra. Even the feeling that you can’t find love or experience a healthy relationship, or that there is no one out there for you, are symptoms of a closed heart chakra. Relationship difficulties, infidelity, divorce and family troubles arise when wrongdoings or misunderstandings remain unresolved and unforgiven.
The inability to forgive and insistence on holding on to grudges makes for strained relations and many burned bridges.
So what do you do when your heart is hurting? Many people shut down and build walls around their hearts so that they can never be hurt again. But in so doing, the love they want to give can’t get out, any more than the love they want to receive can get in!
The heart can literally hurt when you are suffering from emotional wounds. Physical problems associated with a closed heart chakra include heart disease, allergies, high blood pressure, breast cancer, asthma and immune disorders.
Healing the Heart Chakra
Begin healing the heart chakra by appreciating the beauty of the world and spend more time in Nature. The heart chakra energy is nurturing, so spend time among plants, with animals, or volunteer your time to help those less fortunate than you.
Meditation is a raises your levels of self-control and helps you master your thoughts; this leads to the positive choice of giving unconditional love. True love is a selfless act, unlimited in its potential for growth and expansion. The more love you can give, the more you will receive!
Nourish yourself by doing things you love; and make it a point to give more than you expect to receive. Know that you are whole as you are and that you do not need others to complete you. This will help you ride out the emotional waves caused by the comings and goings of the people in your life.
Healing the heart chakra involves the ability to love yourself unconditionally. You can only love others unconditionally if you love yourself the same way so do what is nurturing to you so pursue hobbies and take on activities that you intuitively know are good for you. See yourself as a unique individual with a capacity for great love.
Part of healing and loving yourself is letting go of past bitterness, guilt and regret: in other words, learning forgiveness. Forgiveness doesn’t mean condoning someone’s negative actions (including yours). It means that you choose to stop carrying that anger, hurt and other negativity around with you. You can not control other peoples’ actions, but you can control your own interpretation and reaction, and choose to either carry or release the emotional burden as you move ahead with life.
Use aromatherapy to activate the Anahata chakra. Lavender invigorates and restores your heart chakra. Lavender is a medicinal plant and its essential oil is healing and soothing. Close your eyes and imagine your heart covered with the visible scars of emotional wounds you’ve suffered. Imagine yourself gently rubbing lavender over those scars, and watch as they disappear. The surface of your heart becomes smooth and pain-free.
Eat lots of leafy green vegetables, wear green, and incorporate green into your home environment.
Although healing the heart chakra takes dedication, it’s worth it. A life with an open heart chakra is based on mutually nourishing family bonds, colorful friendships, deep romantic love and healthy self-love. People with a strong fourth chakra can move beyond feelings of vulnerability or regret and recognize that they deserve to experience love in all its forms. Enhancing your heart’s natural vitality will improve your ability to give and receive love.