Opening Your Heart Chakra Naturally
This time of year is filled with gatherings and familial love, laughter and happiness, cool nights and warm smiles. If your chakras aren’t quite aligned, however, you may feel like you’re missing out on the joyous holiday cheer.
While every chakra is important to align and balance, restoring harmony to your heart chakra is one of the fastest ways to connect yourself with the universal, cosmic love all around you. There are seven main chakras in the body, and the heart chakra is the peacemaker connecting all of the mystical points of energy within you.
The heart chakra is the fourth of the chakras, and binds the spiritual and physical together within your body. Think of your heart chakra as the ambassador for your sense of love and connection with all that is. Opening your heart chakra is essential for your emotional well-being. This simple practice will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to spread the love.
You may be wondering how to open your heart chakra, and I’m here to provide you with a few simple, yet extremely effective, techniques that will send rays of love shooting through you and out to everyone around you. People may ask what your secret is, or if you’ve recently taken a trip to the spa, noticing how relaxed and rejuvenated your entire aura seems.
Let’s take a look at some incredibly easy and fun techniques that will leave your heart chakra open, aligned and shining like a fiery love-beam.
This chakra is associated with the color green, and surrounding yourself with dewy shades of foliage and emerald will naturally affect it. Because green is the easiest color for our eyes to perceive, there are myriad shades of this energizing color. Take a stroll in your local park or visit your city’s public gardens.
Paint, draw or color with as many tones of forest and lime as you can get your hands on. Borrow the kid’s art supplies if you have to! Spend your time studying the leaves of the trees or the grass in the fields. If the winter weather dulls the nature around you, use your imagination. Close your eyes and dream in wisps of seafoam and teal, jade and mint.
Imagine these colors flowing to your heart, filling it with dense hues of green and spreading out, all around your body.
Meditate on Love
Meditation is wonderful for everyone, soothing many ailments and mental unease. It can be a bit uncomfortable at first, but with a little practice, it can become quite natural. There are videos, programs, and applications to assist you through the practice of meditation, make it easier to focus.
To open your heart chakra, think of love and directing your loving energy to your heart. Imagine your heart surrounded with a bubble of admiration and acceptance. Picture it expanding, and sending its palpable affection out to the external world as well.
By sharing the loving energy you create with the people and space around you, you actually increase your capability of giving and receiving love. Never underestimate the power of positive thought.
Conduct a Ceremony of Celebration for Yourself
Take a chunk of space where you’re comfortable spending time focused on soothing your soul. Create a ritual of gratitude for the love you emanate from within, in any way that you feel comfortable. I suggest sitting beside your alter of crystals, making sure to bring out the rose quartz. Rose quartz is deliciously healing for the heart chakra.
Take in its luster and imagine its soft, glowing rays penetrating to the center of your heart, perhaps burning sage to cleanse the room and invite only positive energy. This is a no-phone-zone, so put on a piece of relaxing music and settle into the glorious solitude.
Bring out your tarot cards, a notebook, your essential oils and tinctures, your art supplies, your favorite book and nestle into a nook of love for your passions and hobbies. Love who you are and feel the warmth resonating from your core, putting a smile on the face of those around you.
Take this time to do whatever makes you happy, creating a ceremony to celebrate the giving nature that is you.
Balance with Art
Artwork that moves you and creates a sense of awe within will expand your heart chakra through the process of experiencing moving, beautiful emotions. Visit a local art museum, or see if there’s a gallery opening near you soon. This is particularly beneficial if the artist is present; the exchange of admiration and appreciation will act as a symbiotic dance of connection between you.
Music is another way to connect to the deep well of love within. Play your favorite album and sit back, really soaking in every chord and mellifluous sound. Embrace the lyrics, and ignite a spark of passion for such an amazing gift. Music is truly a binding agent in this world, a universal language of love and beauty. Allow yourself to benefit from its powerful, healing properties.
Connect with Your Community
In our fast-paced society, we can forget to get out and get involved with our neighbors and acquaintances. Try attending a poetry reading or an art fair, relishing in the beauty provided by people in your own town. Additionally, one of the greatest ways to connect your spirit with love and fellow man is volunteering.
If you are capable, giving of your time and energy is a fiercely loving act, one which will not only help others but will replenish the love within yourself. Try volunteering for your local animal shelter; often, there is a little cleanup and feeding involved and lots and lots of cuddle time with animals who are grateful and who truly deserve a little love and affection.
There are also always volunteer opportunities at senior citizen’s communities, women’s shelters, and hospitals.
Reach Out to Your Loved Ones
Rekindle a connection with a friend you haven’t seen in a long time. Send a happy card to your favorite aunt thanking her for everything she’s taught you. Make a coffee date with your mother, take your father to a movie. Plan a special date for your partner featuring dinner, dancing and plenty of sparks flying.
Motivate yourself to maintain your interpersonal relationships and give your attention to those who care for you. Creating a special space wherein your relationships can bloom will send love to each other’s heart chakras, opening and improving your bond.
As you can see, there are many ways to balance and open your heart chakra. The most important concept to focus on is love. Love for yourself and for those you care for. Love for the universe which provides us with this incredible experience. Love for life itself and appreciation that you are alive today and present in this moment.
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