So, I’ve been writing about things as they “come” to me. (That is a whole other topic for the future…). When I got the “universal nudge” to write about the heart chakra, I felt excited and, well…..fuckered.
Oh, our lovely brains!!
Forget linear learning; I’m jumping all over the place. And if you think about it, everything is connected. So pull what you want from this…and move towards whatever makes your heart b-b-b- beat. (I’m sure there’s a song in there somewhere!)
Aaaah, the heart chakra!!
Ok first, a quick word on all this chakra business. According to ancient Eastern wisdom, there are 7 major energy centres in our bodies that run from the base of your spine to the crown of your head. These energy centres are called “chakras” (which comes from the Sanskrit word for “wheel”). Each of these 7 chakras are associated with particular ‘characteristics’ of your mind, body & spirit and are influenced by the external world (past & present). As with anything else, the aim is to maintain a healthy balance while in a constant state of flux.
If you recall our last conversation, one of the things we talked about was how your experience of life can be enhanced by quieting your mind. I’m sort of pointing to the same thing here. A healthy energetic balance internally (of these chakras) can enhance how you interact and experience the external world. Your outer world is a mirror of your inner world.
What I’ve been reallyyyyy dying to say is why I’m writing about the heart chakra. God, it almost made me cry when I came across this…
In Sanskrit, the heart chakra is called “Anahata”. It means ‘unstruck’, ‘unhurt’, ‘unbeaten’. Anahata Nadis refers to the Vedic concept of ‘unstruck sound’, the sound of the celestial realm.
How beautiful is that??
An unstruck, unhurt, unbeaten…heart. It feels so perfect, so pure, so innocent, so full of wonder, life and love. Divine. Imagine you….and everyone in your life, wholeheartedly!!
And then….life gives you a slap. (You can think of it as a bad thing….or not. Maybe it’s SHOWTIME….or an opportunity to learn, practice and grow….?? More on this later….)
Ok back to the heart of the matter…
The Anahata chakra is located, at the centre of the chest at heart level. Being the 4th of 7 chakras, it is the transition point from the lower 3 chakras (that deal with things such as body, action, survival & relationships) to the higher chakras that relate to enlightenment and the divine.
This chakra symbolizes the consciousness of love, compassion, and balance. In a balanced Anahata, the decisions you make would be ones where you follow your heart based on your higher self and not from your unfulfilled emotions and desires. It is the consciousness of love.
To love and to be loving, you must start with yourself. From that seed, forgiveness and compassion can grow. Love becomes love…
If you look at the symbol for this chakra, there are 12 petals. The number 1 represents new beginnings, independence, intuition, force, masculine energies etc and the number 2 represents duality, receptivity, harmony, feminine energies. The number 12 is a balanced number. It relates to higher consciousness, knowledge and higher wisdom.
Take a look at the two triangles as well. The one pointing down represents feminine energy (Shakti) and the triangle facing upward represents masculine energy (Shiva). Both males and females have both masculine and feminine energies. This chakra reminds us to balance both of them.
As I mentioned earlier, our bodies are extremely intelligent. We naturally want to balance ourselves. AND life shows up. So it is easy to get energetically ‘excessive’ or ‘deficient’ in this chakra if we are not grounded in the principles of love, compassion and balance.
When ‘balanced’ in the heart chakra, you may feel whole, motivated, nurturing, compassionate, loving (to others & yourself). If this chakra is excessive, it may show up as jealousy, possessiveness, demanding, and/or trouble breathing. One way to balance this could be with forward bends because they ‘ground’ you and have you look ‘inside’ for nourishment.
If this chakra is deficient, it may show up as loneliness, withdrawal, shyness, fear of intimacy, judgemental etc. Again, yoga is one way in which to balance your chakras. Backbends (where your heart is higher than your head) could have you ‘follow your heart’, trust and surrender to your fear – literally open heartedly.
There are many ways to ‘balance’ your heart chakra. And all your chakras for that matter. Listen to your body, observe your thoughts & actions. Do whatever is appropriate and feels right to you.
And if in doubt, love. There is an unlimited supply of love.
Receive love, give love -to yourself and others- as if YOUR heart was unstruck, unhurt, unbeaten….