The heart chakra, also known as Anahata, is located in the heart region and extends down both arms. It is associated with the element of air and the colors green and pink.
The 4th chakra in our seven chakra energy system holds our center for unconditional love. It is our space of compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, and expanding beyond our ego.
When this chakra is in balance we easily feel joy, connected to our community, find trust in others, and are able to deeply receive as well as give love. Being in touch with our feelings and accepting the full range of the human experience is a sign of an imbalance heart chakra.
The heart chakra rules the heart, circulatory system, lungs, shoulders and upper back, blood, immune system, and thymus gland. When it is out of balance symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pains, coughing up mucous, and shoulder pain.
Greif is one of the main emotional symptoms of a heart chakra blockage. You can also see bitterness, lack of trust, manipulation, social anxiety, or suppressed emotions arise with a heart chakra imbalance.
From both ends of the spectrum, a lack of compassion and too much compassion are both an imbalance of the heart chakra.
Heart Chakra Healing Music
You can heal and open the heart chakra by attuning yourself to the healing tones of this music simply by listening.
You may play heart chakra healing music while you sleep, cook dinner, shower, or even while you work. You can also open your heart chakra with this guided meditation to relieve stress and anxiety.
Techniques To Open The Heart Chakra
Getting a massage is another great way to bring healing into the heart chakra. As the hands are an extension of the heart you will be receiving nourishing touch directly from another heart chakra.
Cultivating self-love practices such as physical self-care (face masks or a hair cut) and mental self-care (journaling or changing self-talk) will greatly balance the heart chakra.
Essential Oils For The Heart Chakra
You can use essential oils to balance and heal the first chakra. To do so dilute one to two drops of the oil into a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil.
You can simply rub this into your hand and breathe in the aroma or you can incorporate it into your pranayama practice. You may also wish to diffuse these oils in an essential oil diffuser, but if you have animals make sure to check if they are toxic to diffuse around them.
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