There are three physical chakras, the Muladhara, the Svadhisthana, and the Manipura, which we have already covered, and the three spiritual chakras, the Vishuddha, the Ajna, and the Sahaswara, which we will cover soon. Connecting them all together, and bringing balance to everything, is the central chakra, the fourth chakra, the Anahata, where the physical and spiritual unite.
What is the Anahata?
Located at the center of the chest, and encompassing the heart, cardiac plexus, lungs, and breasts, the Anahata, which means “unhurt” in Sanskrit, governs the heart and controls love, compassion, forgiveness, and healing from hurt and grievances.
The Anahata’s element is air, its color green, and its shape, the crescent moon.
Having a strong and open heart chakra, you become a paragon of love and compassion, have empathy to the plight of others, are forgiving and loving, and accepting of people’s true selves, faults and otherwise. Whereas a weak or closed Anahata can make you feel grief, sadness, anger, jealousy towards the achievements of others, be untrusting of people, and experience self-loathing and self-deprecation.
So in order to be a better force of good and love for the world and the people you care about, it is important to open the Anahata and keep it cleansed on a regular basis.
How to open the Anahata
The primary way to open the Anahata is to choose to uphold the essence of Anahata, which is top open the heart for love and forgiveness. Now, this may sound counterintuitive, after all, if your
Anahata is already closed, how are you supposed to do this?
One big yet not so easy step is to begin to let go of hurt done to you from the past. The simple act of even trying to let go of your hurt can turn from a trickle into a full on torrent of letting go of all the pain and wrongs done to you, which will free your Anahata to truly shine and make you be a paragon of love and compassion.
Once you have felt some letting go, your empathy will grow, which is when you place yourself in the shoes of others and understand how they feel and what they go through. This again will in turn open your Anahata!
The general rule is, give love to receive love, and when you’re both giving and receiving love, your Anahata will be strong and open.
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1.) Heart opening Yoga poses – the yoga poses that open the chest and expand the ribs are the best yoga poses for the Anahata. These include the following:
- Ushtrasana or the Camel Pose
- Bhujangasana or the Cobra Pose
- Uttanasana or the Forward Bend Pose
2.) Color therapy – wear the color green, as well as have green items in your office or home.
3.) Gem therapy - gemstones that are of green shade, like emerald, malachite, jade, and rose quartz can be used, worn as jewelry, placed in the pocket, or have as decorative items in your home or office.
4.) Green foods therapy – the abundance of overly green vegetables and foods make it fortunate for people who want to open the Anahata. Spinach, chard, collard, mustard greens, lettuce, sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, cabbage, peas, peppers, leeks, and many more!
5.) Yum mantra sound, music – use the mantra sound of YUM when doing meditation, during certain yoga poses, and even at moments when you feel like your capacity for love and compassion are being tested. As well, listening to music for the heart chakra, like this binaural beats track for chakra activation, can help a lot.
Using carefully plotted binaural beat and isochronic tone frequencies, this all-in-one chakra meditational music track will help and guide you throughout your session. Each music segment will fade out indicating the next chakra point you need to focus on. Close your eyes. Feel the vibrations flow through you, and awaken with a much more relaxed state of being. Be One with yourself and your surroundings.
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