Last updated: June, 22, 2020
The Heart Chakra, also called Anahata, is the fourth energy centre and is the core of love, connection and balance. It awakens our ability to love and let go; to accept our emotional challenges, and surrender and trust the divine plan.
Located in the centre of the chest in the heart area, the Heart chakra is the bridge between body and spirit. It connects the lower physical chakras, to the three higher chakras associated with intuition and spirituality.
This energy centre is responsible for regulating the energy associated with acceptance, compassion, and unconditional love to others and to ourselves.
A heart fill of love and compassion is the main source of inner strength, willpower, and mental tranquillity.Dalai Lama
When our Heart Chakra connects to the other chakras, the energies are synchronized and we create a flow of abundant healing energy running through us, connecting us with others human beings.
THE HEART CHAKRA AND FORGIVENESS
One of the largest blocks to love is not being able to forgive. The power of forgiveness lies in accepting that the problem is not in someone’s action, but in the way in which we perceive that action.
One of the many concepts taught in the metaphysical text A Course In Miracles says that forgiveness lies in accepting that the problem is not in someone’s action, but in the way in which we perceive that action.
The problem is not outside but rather inside us. We believe that we are vulnerable and that we can be hurt by external circumstances. If we continue to believe that the problem is outside us, we will be engaged in a fruitless search for a solution.
To forgive is to set the prisoner free… and to discover that the prisoner was you.Lewis Smedes
Since love can be a big challenge for many of us, it’s no surprise that so many of our health issues are related to the heart. Studies have shown that heart disease remains the biggest UK’s killer for both men and women. When we block our ability to forgive, we block our arteries.
By connecting with the love inside us, we will soften our hearts and keep our circulation of blood moving healthily.
KEYWORDS FOR THE HEART CHAKRA
Love for oneself and others
Ability to grieve and reach peace
Center of awareness, integration of insights
HEALTHY HEART CHAKRA
When the Heart chakra is healthy, it uses the infinite love our hearts pour out as a remedy to heal ourselves, others, and the Universe.
Someone with a radiant Heart chakra acknowledges life’s grace, feels joy, contentment and gratitude, and radiates a warm, loving presence.
Anahata purifies the emotions created by the Sacral chakra, in other words, it responds to our emotional needs. If the Sacral chakra is aligned at this point, we will radiate compassionate energy, we will openly give unconditional love, and we will build healthy relationships.
This energy centre is also closely connected with the Third Eye chakra, the energy centre responsible for our intuition. A well-open Heart chakra can feel emotions and sense situations without the need for actions or words. Then, this emotional information is sent to us so we can process it through our Third Eye chakra. In other words, it’s what we call “to have a hunch” or “a feeling”.
UNHEALTHY HEART CHAKRA
Allowing our emotions to run free is the key to prevent the Heart chakra from blockages.
Some chapters in our lives are happy, exciting, and some painful. Knowing how to peacefully close painful chapters is necessary to maintain the energy to flow freely from the Sacral chakra to the Heart chakra. If we don’t deal with these chapters, the unexpressed emotions attached to them stay lodged in our bodies, causing physical diseases in the future.
An unbalanced Heart chakra can lead to the inability to:
- Be thankful to self, others, and the Universe.
- Express love, feelings as they arise in a constructive manner.
- Love yourself, others, or a higher spiritual presence.
- Showing affection through hugs or kisses.
ANATOMY ASSOCIATED WITH THE HEART CHAKRA
The Heart Chakra is associated with the heart and lungs. The heart and lungs work together for pumping oxygen through the blood to the rest of the body.
The Heart Chakra governs the breasts, shoulders, armpits, arms, wrists, and hands. The arms are essentially an extension of the Heart Chakra, as they are the tools needed for touch and reaching out to others.
Touching is an essential healing activity of the heart chakra, hence the importance of hugging!
ANATOMY ASSOCIATED WITH THE HEART CHAKRA
THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING AND RECEIVING
All the chakras are responsible for giving our energy and for taking it in. The Solar plexus chakra is responsible for exchanging opinions, beliefs, judgements, and ideas between the internal and external worlds. Similarly, the heart chakra is about the capacity to give and receive love.
However, it’s vital to balance what we give and what we receive as giving without receiving can lead to compassion fatigue and health issues can arise.
Giving and receiving activities includes compassion, empathy, dedication, loyalty, and devotion. Empathy is crucial in the forgiveness process. Empathy connects us to each other. It goes beyond conditions, judgements and expectations. It is the medicine that helps us move toward loving relationships, and remove the boundaries that separate us from each other.
Compassion takes empathy a step further. When we are compassionate, we feel the pain, anger or fear of the person who wronged us, we recognise that the person is in pain, (sympathy), and then we help them see where they are hurting.
FOODS FOR LOVE AND COMPASSION
The lower three chakras embody the macronutrients of protein, fats and carbs, however, there are some other nutrients important nutrients that our bodies need. These nutrients are called “phytochemicals”, the tiny pigments and compounds imparting colour and protection to plants and health benefits to people.
As we move up the chakras, the nourishment that feeds these energy centres becomes less bulky and more delicate and light. Instead of large foods, the healing properties for chakras may be the individual components of foods.
The Heart Chakra has a strong connection to nature and plants, that’s why this energy centre resonates with vegetables and their respective “phyto” compounds such as phytochemicals, phytoestrogens and phytosterols.
There are select vegetables that have a deeper bond to the Heart Chakra:
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are especially good for balancing for the Heart chakra. These vegetables are composed of several layers, such as broccoli which is a crowd of tiny florets, or Brussels sprouts and onions.
CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES TO NOURISH THE HEART CHAKRA
Cabbage (all types)
The cruciferous vegetables are effective at guarding the body against toxins and act as detoxification agents in the body. The work together with the intestines and liver (Sacral and Solar plexus chakras) to rid the body of contaminants.
From an energy point of view, fresh leafy greens allow the Heart chakra to open when eating them. These leaves are full of circulating life, hence their pattern in their leaves, feeding us with life force, aliveness and freshness.
On a physical level, leafy greens contain nutrients like folate and vitamin K to keep our Heart chakra protected and aligned with others chakras.
Folate is important for the reproduction and maintenance of cells. It is needed for DNA replication, and it is one of the protectors against high levels of a compound called homocysteine, which is associated with injury to the blood vessels.
Vitamin K, another building block of greens, creates an energy linkage from the Heart Chakra to the Root Chakra through its role in bone metabolism. Without adequate vitamin K, we wouldn’t be able to clot blood properly to prevent us from bleeding in case of an injury.
Sprouts are known for their abundance of nutrients and active enzymes. They’re also said to improve our digestion and blood sugar levels, and even fend off heart disease.
The cooling properties of raw foods allow the Heart chakra to cool down and come into balance when it’s fuelled with too much fiery energy. Unexpressed or raw emotions from the Sacral chakra can cause an unbalanced heart chakra, that’s why when we open ourselves and express our emotions, we feel calm. A raw diet may be helpful to allow our energetic body to release and process stuck thoughts and emotions.
Phytochemicals are not only what gives plants their colour, but they also may help fight cancer and heart disease, as researchers have shown.
Eating plant foods, preferably colourful, organic, and unprocessed, brings the Heart chakra into a loving and safe place.Omm Foods
Chlorophyll is the building block of all plants and is responsible for transforming light into energy for the plant cell. Similarly, it brings universal light to our cells, while at the same time protecting the cells from the ultraviolet ray damage by acting as an antioxidant protector.
High-chlorophyll foods such as spirulina, wheatgrass, and chlorella are nourishing for the Heart chakra through their positive health effects on the blood and circulation.
FOODS RICH IN CHLOROPHYLL
Phytoestrogens or plants estrogens are plant compounds that resemble the hormone estrogens.
Foods high in phytoestrogens are soybeans red clover, tempeh and flax seeds.
Phytosterols are naturally found in all plant foods, including nuts, seeds, whole grains, and vegetables. Their primary role is to block cholesterol absorption in the body and to keep cell membranes healthy.
Since they are found in a variety of different plant foods that resonate with other chakras, phytosterols are a great example of how the chakras can be integrated through foods.
From a colour psychology perspective, green colour balance the heart and emotions. It is an emotionally positive colour which gives us the ability to love and nurture ourselves, and others unconditionally.
A vibrant green colour resonates with the frequency of life on Earth, and therefore, eating green-coloured foods help to restore the energy of the Heart Chakra.
RECIPES FOR THE HEART CHAKRA
Resource: Chakra foods for Optimum health by Deanna M. Minich, Ph.D., C.N.
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