The Anahata chakra

THE ANAHATA CHAKRA or the HEART CHAKRA, is the 4th out of the 7 main chakras, that help you understand the mind-body relationship.—Your HEART CHAKRA is responsible for your relationship with others.  This chakra is located in the chest area, and is, usually, represented by the colour green, the element air and a circular flower with 12 green petals.  It implies that deep beneath our personal stories of suffering and pain, LIES BOUNDLESS LOVE & COMPASSION.
When you are feeling friendly, loving and amicable towards people, your heart chakra is open and well-balanced; when you are experiencing grief, loneliness or feeling anti-social, your heart chakra is blocked.
Says Veerji Sharma, chakrakriya practitioner, “When your heart chakra is blocked, some aspects of your life like health, mind or emotions won’t function well.  You may feel anxious, dull, listless, sad for no reason, or chaotic and caught up in a whirl of unpleasant events.”
Here are a few tips to balance your ANAHATA :——
(1) Things to do at home : Put up pictures of loved ones.  Incorporate vegetables and leafy greens like kale, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, squash, green and herbal teas, and spices like sage, cilantro, basil, thyme and parsley in your daily diet to nourish your heart chakra.  Make use of essential oils, like Rose oil which is a wonderful heart healer, commonly used to combat depression .  Since the heart chakra is associated with the colour green, lighting green candles will help your heart feel at ease.  Chant the brij mantra ‘OUM’ daily.  The heart chakra is associated with this vibrational sound.
(2) Outside the house :  Perform an anonymous ‘random act of kindness’ every day, for a week, and see how it makes you feel.  Volunteer at a pet or homeless shelter.  Spend time in natural settings.
(3) With family and friends :  Spend time with young children and animal companions.  Re-connect with an old friend.  Let them know what they mean to you.  If you have children, hug them and tell them you love them.

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