‘What do you need in life?’ Master Sree started the day by asking all of us this question. We all had different answers depending on our phases in life. ‘I need love.’ I replied back. Just from that statement, I learnt that i needed to open my heart chakra.
The heart chakra, or anahata chakra in Sanskrit, is located at the 9th bone at the thoracic. It’s element is air and is a smoke-coloured mandala. It has 12 petals and its baja is Yam and its sense organ is touch. Anahata roughly translates to, “unhurt.” The heart chakra acts as the individual’s center of compassion, empathy, love, and forgiveness. This chakra governs one’s senses of trust, fearlessness, peace, generosity, gratitude, and connectedness, as well as change and transformation, healthy boundaries, depth in relationships with others, emotional control, and love for oneself.
How do we access the heart chakra? The first principle is to love ourselves. Your flaws, your strengths, your weaknesses, your mind and your body that was created for you to live this beautiful life. Only once we accept our own love, we are able to love others. You wil develop good relationships not only with others but within yourselves. When we finally realise that there is nothing wrong with us and that sometimes, relationships don’t work out because we did not love ourselves enough. Love will come to you. You will then begin to look for people who live according to their hearts and want love in their lives. Or sometimes, they might come looking for you.*wink*
Don’t control love, instead set it free. The more conditions we place, the less we will ever get to experience the thrill of love. Love, is all around us. It comes from nature, plants, animals and the entire world around us. Open up our hearts and you will feel it’s unconditional love.
What happens to your heart chakra when it is out of alignment? You might feel broken-hearted, unhappy, lonely, insecure, hurt easily, distant, hold grudges and unable to receive love. Wheel pose, bridge pose, camel pose, upward facing dog, reverse plank pose, bow pose – Try these chest opening poses, they may help you unblock your anahata chakra and use an ujayi breath while in practice.
When we live with an open heart, we accept people, we accept ourselves, and we dispose of hatred and negativity because we understand that it doesn’t serve us. We try to view the world through eyes of love, utilizing the power of both acceptance and forgiveness to fill our hearts with happiness and wholeness.
Make love, not war. Peace out.
Love, Vanessa. ❤️