Anahata chakra is located in the center of the chest and is associated with love, joy, happiness, and compassion, also known as the heart chakra.
Anahata means “unharmed”. It is a representation of a ‘safe place’, meaning that behind the harsh experiences that we have been through and under every wound, there is a pure and spiritual place where there is no pain.
Anahata is the fourth chakra, the bridge between the upper and lower chakras. It is the center of integration and healing; when Anahata is open, love and compassion flow and when it is locked then anger, hurt, jealousy, lack of empathy, loneliness and even self-hatred or hate towards others may appear.
If this chakra is too active, you might experience an emotional ‘chaos’ that leads you to be too critical with yourself and with others, you might be manipulative and love might be conditioned on certain factors.
In the traditional system, the heart chakra is related to the color green, the color of nature. As plants die in winter to be reborn in the spring, to live from the heart, means rebirth, healing, forgiveness, and love.
Living from the Heart
We have all felt that feeling of being with someone who has that special touch, that person whose words reach to the depths of our soul, that person who shows tenderness and endearment. That is a person living from his/her heart.
The heart is the physical and energetic place that relates ourselves and others; when we listen to our hearts, we understand that the earth is our paradise and that every day is a gift. Then we live life to the fullest, with joy and empathy toward others.
How to balance the heart chakra?
On many occasions, Anahata crashes after repressing our feelings, either recent or in traumatic situations experienced in childhood moment.
Here are some tips to activate Anahata and thus allow the energy of love to flow into us.
- Be in touch with nature; go for a walk and let nature begins to heal you.
- Eat more green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, celery, kale etc., use spices such as basil, cilantro, parsley, sage and thyme and drink green tea.
- Meditate or relax, displaying the green in the center of your heart. In each inhalation imagine that green light expanding and in every exhalation feel like your emptying your heart from accumulated negative feelings.
- Chanting: the Anahata is related to mantra YAM. You can practice at any time of day.
- Be honest with your emotions; connect with your feelings and share them with someone you trust. If you are not ready to share them, I would recommend you to write them down. The worst thing you can do is keep them inside.
- Practice yoga; specifically chest/heart opener asanas, focusing your attention on elongating your lower back as well as your upper back, creating space between your vertebras and opening your heart center. Camel posture is a good example. (you can find more chest opener asanas here)
- Be kind to yourself and forgive yourself for the mistakes you made in the past.
- Practice acceptance: it’s not about being conformist, but to appreciate what you have and not to mortify yourself for things that don’t depend on you. If it is external to yourself, if you can’t change it, then don’t waste your energy and time on it. Forget it and move forward.
- Open yourself to love; give love and allow yourself to receive love.
Love and gratitude