Chakras for Beginners: Heart Chakra Basics
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☽ ☆ ☾ THE HEART CHAKRA ☽ ☆ ☾
The heart chakra is the fourth chakra in the human body and is represented by the color green (and sometimes pink). Located at the center of the chest, the heart chakra is all about love and compassion for oneself and others.
The Sanskrit name for the heart chakra is Anahata, which means “unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten.” This chakra is associated with the air element, the cross or hexagon symbol, and the planets Jupiter and Venus.
When the heart chakra is balanced, you express yourself openly and honestly and feel kindness and forgiveness towards others.
On the other hand, when the heart chakra is out of balance, we can experience addictions to love, approval, and approval-seeking behaviors.
When we’re addicted to the highs we get from these emotions, our judgment and intuition can become impaired. As a result, we may find ourselves in unhealthy or codependent relationships or seeking out drama and chaos.
☽ ☆ ☾ ACTIVATE YOUR HEART CHAKRA ☽ ☆ ☾
There are several ways to activate and balance the heart chakra. One way is to meditate on the energy of love and compassion.
Another is spending time in nature, as the earth’s energy can help soothe us when we feel ungrounded.
A third is to practice yoga. When you move your body in yoga, you open up your energy flow and allow fresh energy to come in. That’s because yoga helps to move your body in ways that focus on your breath. When you focus on your breath, it helps to open your heart chakra.