Chakras, Heart Chakra, meditations, Uncategorized, yoga

LOVE Heart Chakra Wednesday

The HEART Chakra , resonating with Wednesdays, is located in the center of the chest, its element is Air, and it rules the heart and lungs. The Heart Chakra is where we integrate our masculine and feminine energy as well as our human self and True Self. Within our Heart Chakra, we can raise our consciousness through the power of love or lower our consciousness through the power of fear. Many cultures think of our Heart Chakra as the Seat of our Soul. We have a lower Heart Chakra, whose color is green, and a higher Heart Chakra, thymus area, whose color is pink. The Higher Heart Chakra rules unconditional love for all, and the Lower Heart Chakra rules human love. Therefore, the Heart Chakra rules all of our relationships, our perception of love, and our ability to give and receive it, with others and with ourselves and with our Higher Self. Ultimately, the primary focus of the Heart Chakra is to balance Wisdom, Power, and Love, in our relationships and in our actions.

When the Heart chakra is clear and in balance, we have compassion for all life, we are empathic, and we can see the Divine in other people. We are humanitarian and nurturing, and we can express and receive abundant love. We are happy and fulfilled because we are fulfilling our Divine Purpose in service to humanity. Our sense of self is not limited to the ego, our consciousness is expanded, and we realize that to love others is to love ourselves, because we are all one.

CRYSTALS:  Set out and give intention to Pink Quartz or Jade crystals—–Jade is a stone of the heart. As such it is related to the heart chakra and has a beneficial effect on all heart chakra related issues. It can attract and enhance love of all kinds, given that intention. It is also a stone of fidelity and generosity. It is also considered to be good for the physical heart and for emotional balance and stability. It is used in crystal healing for increasing self-reliance. Jade is  very helpful as a stone of abundance, energized by its color.

imageJADE

pink rose petals

FRAGRANCE:  Rose EO    —–The spiritual influence of Rose has been known for thousands of years. Rose has the highest spiritual frequency of all essential oils. It opens the heart chakra, stimulates the thymus gland’s immune fighting properties and allows one to feel unconditional love.——It is also one of the most expensive oils – in order to produce 1kg of pure essential rose oil, 4000 kg of rose petals are needed.

The thymus  located in front of  heart energy chakra, and in front of the physical  heart, just under your sternum, is a specialized  organ of the immune system. Within the thymus, T cells or T lymphocytes mature. T cells are critical to the adaptive immune system, where the body adapts specifically to foreign invaders.   The heart chakra is closely woven into the endocrine system and Rose essential oil can be used to affect the hormonal balance of the body by triggering the glands into action or by balancing its hormonal secretion in some way.

The thymus gland (essential for the immunological system of the body), works as a reflex centre for higher levels of consciousness.   John ONeill suggests that this chakra is where “intent” originates, that it links the emotions of the heart with the reason of language.ONeill goes on to say “The Thymic chakra is where “intent” originates, it is the link between the emotions of the heart and the reason of language. It is what makes you inhale a breath before you speak, since this is where the intent behind the words you are about to speak actually starts forming. So, lets say that your heart feels a certain way about something that it would like to voice. The energy shoots up  from the heart center to the Throat chakra but passes through the Thymic area first, giving it a heads up to start getting prepared to speak by drawing a breath – or by stopping the breath to prevent you from speaking. This is why you don’t always say what’s on the tip of your tongue. This is also why emotions can wreck havoc with your health, as the Thymic  area of the heart chakra can be bombarded by emotions to the point of fatigue.  The Rose EO calms the area.   The Thymic chakra acts as something of a “lie detector” by interfering with energy that is not truthful. This is why we have trouble speaking when we are upset. The flow of energy from the heart is always meant to be peaceful and that’s really the only kind of energy that the Thymic  area of the heart chakra “understands”)  That is pretty much the looong story of why Rose and other essential oils can affect our chakra system of energies.

YOGA: Spinx Pose

sphinx pose

Camel Pose:

camel pose

Cat Pose:

cat pose

 

MEDITATION:   Heart Chakra is connected to the element of air so  tune into the love that flows all around you.   Harmonize with the powerful emotion of love. Allow your heart to connect to the beat of the hearts of those around you and guide you as you dance along the path of life. It is a good idea to have the most harmonic music you can find on your playlist today.   

Mudra for the Heart Chakra.—Join the tips of your thumb and index finger on both hands together. The other three fingers should be joined and stretched straight up together.   Rest each hand on its corresponding knee.   You can also hold either or both of your hands in this position over your heart.    The heart chakra has governance over compassion and love. The Gyan Mudra helps to heal those attributes focusing on our ability to be generous and to share happiness. This helps us to be mindful and aware, of ourselves and of others. This mudra also bestows an ability within all who practice it to give off compassionate energy to others they come in contact with. Repeat the chant ‘YAM’ (Yaaaaaaa-uummmmmmm)

Meditation:  Lie comfortably with your spine straight. Close your eyes and take a deep breath.                 Take a deep inhalation, and on the exhale hug your arms around your body. Give yourself a squeeze.              As you exhale, release your arms and feel yourself open, yet connected to the earth.         Lift your chin slightly and position yourself as if your heart were to lead you in all things.                 As you continue to breathe, imagine that you are emptying yourself completely. You are letting everything flow out of you with your breath.              In the space between the exhale and the inhale, there is a slow, steady rhythm. This rhythm stays with you and guides you as you move through each breath.                    Focus for a moment on the rhythm, which is the beating of your heart. Each pulse pumps life through your body.             Feel the vitality increase as you focus on this steady, subtle, internal music. Hearing this sound fills you with an effortless grace. It reminds you of all that is beautiful, all that is lovely, all that is joyful.                     This rhythm is what allows you to harmonize with the world around you – connecting you in ways you haven’t even begun to imagine.                      In this state, imagine each pulse of your heart sending a course of love energy through your body.                        On your next inhalation, fill your entire body with love and let it course through you.                            With each beat of your heart, love grows and hums until its rhythm becomes a steady, resounding song that carries you throughout the rest of your day.

Repeat the following: “I listen to my heart and honor its connection to the hearts of others. I allow love to fill me up and guide me in all of my actions. I gracefully move to the rhythm of life.”

Continue to let this feeling flow and deepen with each breath.            When you feel ready, open your eyes and move with love and motion through the rest of your day.

      Today,  I suddenly realized that the jubilant feeling I get walking out a door into the warm Texas air is LOVE.  It fills my very being with comforting peace and joy.  I get the same bursting feeling looking at flowers.  Right now I am looking out the window at the pink flowering crabapple tree in the yard and the feeling is almost too much to contain.  Funny, I never realized, until this morning, that the feeling has a name: LOVE.  Love is all around.   I am LOVE,          I had the same feeling when I hugged our son yesterday.  So joyous and exhilarating with no real words for it.

I oft have the feeling that  words have a way of obscuring or warping the true meanings of their objects. “Words belong to each other,” and so they are more accountable to other words than to the often unnamable essences of the things they signify” (from Maria Popova in Brain Pickings)  M. Popova explores this idea of naming things with reference to Robin Wall Kimmerer, a Thoreau of botany,  who explores with extraordinary elegance in Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses —-a beautiful meditation on the art of attentiveness to life at all scales.  Kimmerer sees the power of naming as an intimate mode of knowing. As the progeny of a long lineage of Native American storytellers, she sees the power of naming as a mode of sacramental communion with the world.  So perhaps my naming my feelings, Love, is a new attentiveness, an expression of the heart that the throat and thymus are just releasing.  Try naming some of the unexpressed emotions of your heart and let me know what you found.

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Green– instinctively , we tend to lean toward green when in need of balance or harmony.  Green relaxes the heart.  For added heart energy today  place your hands on either side of a plant (if none are available at your house use one at the grocery store) and breathe in its color and vitality.

Throughout your day  feel LOVE in the air and repeat:  “I do not have to DO anything to be loved, and being who I am does not let others down.  Simply be who I am and LOVE what is before me in this moment for that is all there is”.  NAME that feeling from your heart.

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One thought on “LOVE Heart Chakra Wednesday

  1. Polly says:

    I LOVE this! Language and the naming of things, feelings, emotions is so cumbersome. We just don’t have enough words, do we? I love that you have brought this to my attention. It is fun to think that there are artists out there (I am thinking of Mary Oliver and you, right now) who work so hard to put feelings and sensations into words for all of us to share.
    THANK YOU!!!!
    I LOVE you!!!!!

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