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Chains that bind our Heart Energy

Still thinking ‘bout ‘Chains upon this heart of mine…” that was a point of an earlier Heart Chakrainspiration:

LOVE’s mysteries Inspiration comes again from Maria Popova on ‘Brainpickings.org: “Why Love Hurts: The Sociology of How Our Institutions Rather Than Our Personal Psychological Failings Shape the Romantic Agony of Modern Life

“There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love,” philosopher Erich Fromm wrote in his inquiry into what is keeping us from mastering the art of loving. ……..

Moroccan sociologist Eva Illouz examined how the social organization of modern life has profoundly altered the hues and texture of our experience of romantic agony by transforming three elemental aspects of the self: “the will (how we want something), recognition (what matters for our sense of worth), and desire (what we long for and how we long for it).”

Although unrequited love and the anguish of longing have a perennial place in our experience of romantic pain, Illouz is concerned with the pain that lives within actualized romantic relationships. She writes:

“When relationships do get formed, agonies do not fade away, as one may feel bored, anxious, or angry in them; have painful arguments and conflicts; or, finally, go through the confusion, self-doubts, and depression of break-ups or divorces…. Despite the widespread and almost collective character of these experiences, our culture insists they are the result of faulty or insufficiently mature psyches.

The rise of clinical psychology in the twentieth century only solidified and granted scientific legitimacy to this notion that our romantic misery is a function of our psychological failings — an idea that caught on in large part because implicit to it was the promise that those failings can be deconditioned. And yet, Illouz argues, such overemphasis on individual shortcomings gravely warps the broader reality — a reality in which the systems, institutions, and social contracts (read that as chains)that govern our existence seed the core ambivalence of love and life: what we really want.

She writes: “In the same way that at the end of the nineteenth century it was radical to claim that poverty was the result not of dubious morality or weak character, but of systematic economic exploitation, it is now urgent to claim not that the failures of our private lives are the result of weak psyches, but rather that the vagaries and miseries of our emotional life are shaped by institutional arrangements… What is wrong are not dysfunctional childhoods or insufficiently self-aware psyches, but the set of social and cultural tensions and contradictions that have come to structure modern selves and identities.

The reason why love is so central to our happiness and identity is not far from the reason why it is such a difficult aspect of our experience: both have to do with the ways in which self and identity are institutionalized in modernity… Love contains, mirrors, and amplifies the “entrapment” of the self in the institutions of modernity, institutions, to be sure, shaped by economic and gender relations. (note from me:———-What we choose to focus on becomes our reality—we can, through meditation, make the choice to let go of everything we are  so attached to that’s not serving us and manifest the reality that we want.  Life is an illusion created by our perception, and we can see changed the moment we chose to change it.)

[Love] is shaped and produced by concrete social relations [and] circulates in a marketplace of unequal competing actors… Some people command greater capacity to define the terms in which they are loved than others.

Illouz argues that sociology — a discipline, more than any other, “born out of a frantic and anxious questioning about the meaning and consequences of modernity” — is the most revelatory lens through which to examine how modern life, marked by the period beginning at the end of WWI, has restructured the romantic self. Nearly a century after Bertrand Russell’s inquiry into why religion arose in human life and what is supplanting it, she considers how the displacement of religion by secular culture has impacted our ideals and our interior experience of love:

Modernity sobered people up from the powerful but sweet delusions and illusions that had made the misery of their lives bearable. Devoid of these fantasies, we would lead our lives without commitment to higher principles and values, without the fervor and ecstasy of the sacred, without the heroism of saints, without the certainty and orderliness of divine commandments, but most of all without those fictions that console and beautify.

Such sobering up is nowhere more apparent than in the realm of love, which for several centuries in the history of Western Europe had been governed by the ideals of chivalry, gallantry, and romanticism. The male ideal of chivalry had one cardinal stipulation: to defend the weak with courage and loyalty. The weakness of women was thus contained in a cultural system in which it was acknowledged and glorified because it transfigured male power and female frailty into lovable qualities… Women’s social inferiority could thus be traded for men’s absolute devotion in love, which in turn served as the very site of display and exercise of their masculinity, prowess, and honor. More: women’s dispossession of economic and political rights was accompanied (and presumably compensated) by the reassurance that in love they were not only protected by men but also superior to them. It is therefore unsurprising that love has been historically so powerfully seductive to women; it promised them the moral status and dignity they were otherwise denied in society and it glorified their social fate: taking care of and loving others, as mothers, wives, and lovers. Thus, historically, love was highly seductive precisely because it concealed as it beautified the deep inequalities at the heart of gender relationships.

To perform gender identity and gender struggles is to perform the institutional and cultural core dilemmas and ambivalence of modernity, dilemmas that are organized around the key cultural and institutional motives of authenticity, autonomy, equality, freedom, commitment, and self-realization. To study love is not peripheral but central to the study of the core and foundation of modernity.

As sexuality became unmoored from morality, love became a currency for social mobility. Illouz places this shift alongside the Scientific Revolution, the invention of the printing press, and the rise of capitalism in its effects on our lives and our basic experience of identity. She writes:

While love has played a considerable role in the formation of what historians call “affective individualism,” the story of love in modernity tends to present it as a heroic one, from bondage to freedom. When love triumphs, so this story goes, marriages of convenience and interest disappear, and individualism, autonomy, and freedom are triumphant. Nevertheless, while I agree that romantic love challenged both patriarchy and the family institution, the “pure relationship” also rendered the private sphere more volatile and the romantic consciousness unhappy. What makes love such a chronic source of discomfort, disorientation, and even despair … can be adequately explained only by sociology and by understanding the cultural and institutional core of modernity.

By juxtaposing the ideal of romantic love with the institution of marriage, modern polities embed social contradictions in our aspirations, contradictions which in turn take a psychological life. The institutional organization of marriage (predicated on monogamy, cohabitation, and the pooling of economic resources together in order to increase wealth) precludes the possibility of maintaining romantic love as an intense and all-consuming passion. Such a contradiction forces agents to perform a significant amount of cultural work in order to manage and reconcile the two competing cultural frames. This juxtaposition of two cultural frames in turn illustrates how the anger, frustration, and disappointment that often inhere in love and marriage have their basis in social and cultural arrangements.”  (from http://www.Brainpickings.org

Attainment of love and compassion remains our goal and thus to become fully what one potentially is:.  It is those chains of society, the secret chains that bind us,   Fromm observes that the chains are culture’s property-driven materialism and our individual intrinsic tendencies toward narcissism. These internal ‘chains’ clog up the free flow of Universal Energy-chi-Prana that allow our very essence to expand and give off the fragrance of our one-of -a-kindness.

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SOUNDS: Meditation Music for Clearing the Heart Chakra: Miraculous Healing Music for Heart chakra by Meditative Music-Meditative Mind

imageCRYSTALS:” The fair and lovely Rose quartz, with its gently pink essence, is a stone of the heart, a Crystal of unconditional love.

AROMAS: The highest frequency Essential Oil: ROSE

MEDITATION:  Meditate on FREEDOM and the unlocking  of all chains, known and unknown that keep you from pure unconditional LOVE

YOGA: Shoulder stretch such as the arm positions of Cow Face

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Eagle Pose

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      Heart Chakra Eagle Pose                                           

Backbends

Heart Chakra backbend

Forward bend–the ole touch your toes test

Heart Chakra forward bend

SEE YA LATER :
“Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison. -Mary Wollstonecraft, reformer and writer (27 Apr 1759-1797)

Be mindful every chance you get to cast aside the chains of  societal slavery to materialism, to the desire of others, judgements, and desires to control. Dance and be aware moment by moment.  LOVE yourself as that is the greatest healer.

LOVE,

Priscilla

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Vibrant Green Heart Chakra

Vibrant Green Heart Chakra is where Mind, Body and Spirit Unite!

Heart Chakra Spin heart zentangle          Anahata Heart Chakra                                 Zentangle from Pinterest         on Pinterest by Examiner.com

Your  vibrating Heart Chakra is all about love, air, social identity….

It’s also about balance, equilibrium, and well-being.

If  we ask what is well-being and  how we want to live — what we seek from life, what makes life meaningful for us, most of us will agree that the goal of all our goals is happiness.

Most definitions of happiness,  Eric Fromm, (Great humanistic philosopher of the 20th century, as explored by Maria Popova in “Brain Pickings Weekly”  March 27th ), observes,” converge at some version of having our needs met and our wishes fulfilled — but this raises the question of what it is we actually want…. It’s essentially a question about human nature — or, rather, about the interplay of nature and nurture mediated by norms. Adding to the vocabulary of gardening as a metaphor for understanding happiness and making sense of mastery, Fromm illustrates his point:

This is indeed well understood by any gardener. The aim of the life of a rosebush is to be all that is inherent as potentiality in the rosebush: that its leaves are well developed and that its flower is the most perfect rose that can grow out of this seed. The gardener knows, then, in order to reach this aim he must follow certain norms that have been empirically found. The rosebush needs a specific kind of soil, of moisture, of temperature, of sun and shade. It is up to the gardener to provide these things if he wants to have beautiful roses. But even without his help the rosebush tries to provide itself with the optimum of needs. It can do nothing about moisture and soil, but it can do something about sun and temperature by growing “crooked,” in the direction of the sun, provided there is such an opportunity. Why would not the same hold true for the human species?

Even if we had no theoretical knowledge about the reasons for the norms that are conducive to man’s optimal growth and functioning, experience tells us just as much as it tells the gardener. Therein lies the reason that all great teachers of man have arrived at essentially the same norms for living, the essence of these norms being that the overcoming of greed, illusions, and hate, and the attainment of love and compassion, are the conditions for attaining optimal being. Drawing conclusions from empirical evidence, even if we cannot explain the evidence theoretically, is a perfectly sound and by no means “unscientific” method, although the scientists’ ideal will remain, to discover the laws behind the empirical evidence.

He distills the basic principle of life’s ultimate aim:

The goal of living [is] to grow optimally according to the conditions of human existence and thus to become fully what one potentially is; to let reason or experience guide us to the understanding of what norms are conducive to well-being, given the nature of man that reason enables us to understand.
But one of the essential ingredients of well-being, Fromm notes, has been gruesomely warped by capitalist industrial society — the idea of freedom and its attainment by the individual:

Liberation has been exclusively applied to liberation from outside forces; by the middle class from feudalism, by the working class from capitalism, by the peoples in Africa and Asia from imperialism.

Such external liberation, Fromm argues, is essentially political liberation — an inherently limiting pseudo-liberation, which can obscure the emergence of various forms of imprisonment and entrapment within the political system. He writes:

This is the case in Western democracy, where political liberation hides the fact of dependency in many disguises… Man can be a slave even without being put in chains… The outer chains have simply been put inside of man. The desires and thoughts that the suggestion apparatus of society fills him with, chain him more thoroughly than outer chains. This is so because man can at least be aware of outer chains but be unaware of inner chains, carrying them with the illusion that he is free. He can try to overthrow the outer chains, but how can he rid himself of chains of whose existence he is unaware?

Any attempt to overcome the possibly fatal crisis of the industrialized part of the world, and perhaps of the human race, must begin with the understanding of the nature of both outer and inner chains; it must be based on the liberation of man in the classic, humanist sense as well as in the modern, political and social sense… The only realistic aim is total liberation, a goal that may well be called radical (or revolutionary) humanism.

The two most pernicious chains keeping us from liberation, Fromm observes, are our culture’s property-driven materialism and our individual intrinsic tendencies toward narcissism…..”

Those internal ‘chains’ clog up the free flow of Universal energy -chi-Prana that allow our very essence to expand and give off the fragrance of our one-of-a-kindness.

SOUNDS:  Meditation Music for Clearing the Heart Chakra to allow your love energy to fill the air and vibrate with the sounds.  One I found was Miraculous Healing Music for Heart Chakra (Anahata) by Meditative Music-Meditative Mind

CRYSTALS: “The fair and lovely Rose Quartz, with its gentle pink essence, is a stone of the heart, a Crystal of Unconditional Love.     Rose Quartz also inspires the love of beauty, in oneself and others, in nature, and especially that which stimulates the imagination – art, music and the written word.”

AROMAS: The highest frequency Essential oil: ROSE

MEDITATION:  Visualize a pink rose in your Spring green heart energy field.

From the OSHO Mystic rose Meditation : Our lives can become just a utility –” just a function which any robot can do. 

“The only thing that the robot cannot do is meditation. In other words, I am saying that those who are not in meditation are being robots, without being aware that they are just utilities, functions, they are needed.

But a person of meditation   realizes that it does not matter whether they are needed or not – they are a joy unto themselves. They are bliss, they do not depend on anybody  or anyTHING to make themselves blissful. That is the only freedom possible in the world. Otherwise we are a slave in chains.

                                                 pink rose petals

“I would like people to understand it absolutely that unless you become blissful on your own accord, unless your rose opens within your own being, you are just a commodity, just a thing, an object. Meditation reveals your subjectivity. Subjectivity is your consciousness, and your consciousness and its experience makes your life significant, meaningful, eternal, immortal, without any beginning and without any end. A celebration, moment-to-moment a dance.

And unless you have caste aside the chains of slavery and transformed your life into a moment-to-moment dance you have missed the opportunity that existence gives you.”

YOGA:   Poses (Asanas )that enliven the heart chakra include passive chest openers in which we arch gently over a blanket or bolster, shoulder stretches such as the arm positions of Cow Face (Gomukhasana)heart chakra of Cow face Pose Comukhasanaand Garudasana (Eagle Pose),

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and backbends.

Heart Chakra backbend

Being an even-numbered, feminine chakra, the heart center naturally yearns to release and let go. Doing backbends develops the trust and surrender we need to open the heart fully. When we feel fearful, there is no room for love, and our bodies show contraction. When we choose love, the fear melts away, and our practice takes on a joyful quality. In many backbending poses, the heart is positioned higher than the head. It’s wonderfully refreshing to let the mind drop away from the top position and instead lead with the heart.

Some signs that the heart chakra is overpowering your life can include co-dependency, possessiveness, jealousy, heart disease, and high blood pressure. For these symptoms, forward bends are the best antidote, because they are grounding and foster introspection. While people with deficient heart chakras need to open to receive love more fully, those with excessive heart chakras find healing by slowing down to discover inside themselves the nourishment they have been seeking from others.

Heart Chakra forward bend heart Chakra forward bend sittingThe most powerful way to open, energize, and balance not just the heart chakra but all of our chakras is to love ourselves and others. Love is the greatest healer.

SEE YA LATER:

“If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.  I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies. “~Nadine Stair

We choose how to live each day, and we choose the type of person we want to be.  Unfortunately, we often choose the type of person that we think others want to see rather than the person we truly are, and that prevents us from going barefoot early in the spring or spending time picking daisies when we could be “being productive.” 

How about slinging off the chains of expectations and finding something to do today that doesn’t take much time at all, or commercial ‘possessions’, but is truly enjoyable?  Why not do it? And then keep on doing it each day!!  Experience FREEDOM to just be sparkling YOU doing what you like to do.

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Spring Green Heart Chakra Wednesday

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OSHO: Chapter 5: In the Litter of the Wayside
“A sannyasin is a plant, a sprout-soft, delicate. The seed is never in danger, remember. What danger can there be for the seed? It is absolutely protected. But the plant is always in danger, the plant is very soft. The seed is like a stone, hard, hidden behind a hard crust. But the plant has to pass through a thousand and one hazards. That is the second stage; the seed dissolving into the soil, the man disappearing as an ego, disappearing as a personality, becoming a plant.
The third possibility, which is even more rare, because not all plants are going to attain to that height where they can bloom into flowers, a thousand and one flowers. Very few human beings attain to the second stage, and very few of those who attain the second stage attain the third, the stage of the flower. Why can’t they attain the third stage, the stage of the flower? Because of greed, because of miserliness, they are not ready to share because of a state of unlovingness.
Courage is needed to become a plant, and love is needed to become a flower. A flower means the tree is opening up its heart, releasing its perfume, giving its soul, pouring its being into existence. The seed can become a plant although it is difficult to drop the armor, but in one way it is simple. The seed will only be gathering more and more, accumulating more and more; the seed  only takes from the soil. The tree only takes from the water, from the air, from the sun; its greed is not disturbed, on the contrary, its ambition is fulfilled. It goes on becoming bigger and bigger. But a moment comes when you have taken so much that now you have to share. You have been benefitted so much, now you have to serve. God has given you so much, now you have to thank, be grateful-and the only way to be grateful is to shower your treasures, give them back to existence, be as unmiserly as existence has been with you. Then the tree grows into flowers, it blossoms.
And the fourth stage is that of fragrance. The flower is still gross, it is still material, but the fragrance is subtle, it is almost something nonmaterial. You cannot see it, it is invisible. You can only smell it, you cannot break it, you cannot grasp it. A very sensitive understanding is needed to have a dialogue with the fragrance. And beyond fragrance there is nothing. The fragrance disappears into the universe, becomes one with it.
These are the four states of the seed, and these are the four stages of man too. Don’t remain a seed. Gather courage-courage to drop the ego, courage to drop the securities, courage to drop the safeties, courage to be vulnerable. But then don’t remain a tree, because a tree without flowers is poor. A tree without flowers is empty, a tree without flowers is missing something very essential. It has no beauty-without love there is no beauty. And it is only through flowers that the tree shows its love. It has taken so much from the sun and the moon and from the earth; now it is time to give!
Life has to attain a balance always. You have taken so much, now give it. Become a flower! Only when you become a flower is there a possibility of disappearing as a fragrance. But then too, remember, don’t remain a closed flower, don’t remain a bud; otherwise your fragrance will not be released. And unless your fragrance is released, you are not free, you are in a bondage.”

image       ‘Opening Rose-bud by x—eLLiE—x on Deviant Art

SOUNDS: Choose Meditation Music for the Heart Chakra–YouTube has a wide variety of choices.   One I found was Karunesh Heart Chakra Meditation by My Happy Week

CRYSTALS: “The fair and lovely Rose Quartz, with its gentle pink essence, is a stone of the heart, a Crystal of Unconditional Love. It carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort. It speaks directly to the Heart Chakra, dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentments, and circulates a Divine loving energy throughout the entire aura. Reawakening the heart to its own innate love, it provides a deep sense of personal fulfillment and contentment, allowing one the capacity to truly give and receive love from others. [Raphaell, Simmons, & Hall]

Called the Heart Stone, Rose Quartz may have been used as a love token as early as 600 B.C. and is still an important talisman of relationships as it supports connection within groups and community, and carries a high spiritual attunement to the Earth, Universe, and the Divine. [Eason, 50][Simmons, 331][Hall, 236]

Rose Quartz also inspires the love of beauty, in oneself and others, in nature, and especially that which stimulates the imagination – art, music and the written word. [Melody]  “(from crystal vaults.com)

AROMAS:Heart-yang  deficiency needs an oil that awakens the spirit, for instance jasmine, petitgrain, peppermint, myrrh, rose and frankincense………

Sandalwood  has a calming, harmonizing effect and takes away fears and anxiety. It is indicated for hot, agitated emotional states that lead to headaches, insomnia and nervous exhaustion. It is also bitter and astringent, and useful for removing problems of a hot, inflammatory and catarrhal nature. It can be used in all healing work and connects all the chakras one with the other. It connects us to the earth whilst providing health for the mind and consciousness. It settles anxiety, brings self-esteem and opens the heart to receiving healing energy. Yogis describe sandalwood as ‘oil that has a fragrance of the subtle body and the centre of highest insight and enlightenment’

MEDITATION:

Chant Meditation:
The Heart Chakra (Anahata) as our energy point of love and compassion is located  physically just behind the heart area. This chakra can be incredibly powerful when used as a focus for meditation.

Sit cross-legged. Let the tips of your index finger and thumb touch. Put your left hand on your left knee and your right hand in front of the lower part of your breast bone (so a bit above the solar plexus).
Concentrate on the Heart chakra at the spine, level with the heart.
Chant the sound YAM.

YOGA:

Why do we practice? To understand the essence of the Self, to unpack the layers of this Truth. There is no end, just as there is no beginning. Every breath, every muscular integration, each moment of physical and mental connection opens new channels towards understanding. We practice to become intimate with our nature. From there, all else becomes more easeful. By Shira Atkins
Sequence:
1.Down Facing Dog,

2.Low Lunge. From Downward-Facing Dog , step your right foot forward. Gently release your left knee to the floor and reach the arms up into a Low Lunge. Square your hips toward the front end of your mat. Bring your left hand to your left hip, reaching your right arm up. You may stay here or slide your left hand down the inner left leg as your curl your spine back, in, and up to open the heart into a deeper backbend. Next, actively press your left hand into your inner right leg and as the leg and hand resist each other you will feel stronger and avoid sinking into the low back. Isometrically, hug your left knee and right foot in toward each other, this will lift the pelvic floor and help you draw your low belly in and up. Finally press down through your right foot and let the heart fly up a little more. Spend 5 breaths here. change sides

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3. Down Facing Dog
4. High Lunge with Shoulder Opener From Downward-Facing Dog, step your right foot forward and rise up into a High Lunge. The right knee is bent at a right angle and the left leg is reaching long and straight behind you. Reach your arms behind you and interlace the fingers. Move your pelvic bones down, as the heart rises up and opens. Lift your low belly and widen your collarbones. Gaze upward without jamming your neck and feel for the spacious of the rising heart energy. Spend 5 breaths here and then repeat on other side

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4. Down Dog
5. Child’s pose

SEE YA LATER:  I am thinking of Forgiveness as a fertilizer, or impetus to growth that allows love to grow, blossom and rise as a fragrance:

Let your heart Crumble.                                                                                                                               Into an infinite amount                                                                                                                                     Of tiny, precious seeds.                                                                                                                                Then plant love                                                                                                                                      Everywhere you go…..~Anita Krizzan

LOVE,                                                                                                                                                                     Priscilla

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HEART Wednesday: Think Spring Green Clean

The HEART Chakra , resonating with Wednesdays, the Spring Equinox, element of Air, and LOVE is located in the center of the chest,  and it vibrates the heart, thymus gland and lungs at a frequency of 136.10 Hz.
Within our Heart Chakra, we can raise our consciousness through the power of love or lower our consciousness through fear.                                                                                                                                                                       The Heart Chakra presides over our relationships, our perception of love, and our ability to give and receive it, with others and with ourselves and with our Higher Self.                                                                        We are cleaned the energy doorways of our Base Chakra, our Sacral Chakra and our Solar Plexus Chakra and now we are at the middle Chakra.   Spring cleaning the Heart Chakra is about FORGIVENESS.      Forgiveness is wonderful for the person(s) you forgive, but even more so, it is for  you.   Forgiving means that you no longer allow the person or situation you have perceived as causing you pain to hold any power over you.  Perhaps you cannot forgive a specific person or event – but the part of yourself that you judged as weak and victimized is who needs your forgiveness.  Allow yourself to acknowledge and feel the pain without judging or resisting it.  Accept it and then integrate it.  It happened, and you learned something from it.  You’ll find that forgiveness of the person or situation will happen naturally when you can forgive yourself first.  Forgiveness is true freedom, and it opens up the Heart Chakra to feel the Love that you truly are.  

  “Forgiving isn’t about just being nice to the offender, it’s about being nice to yourself!

The moment you decide to forgive and let your negative feelings melt away, you are on the road to freedom

Forgiveness is all about taking care of you, not the personal you need to forgive.  It’s about putting your desire to feel good before your desire to be right.  It’s about taking responsibility for your own happiness and the balance of your heart chakra instead of pretending it’s in somebody else’s hands.  It’s about owning your power by giving all your anger, resentment, and hurt the heave-oh.”  (from ‘BadAssery’ by Jen Sincero)

When we are conscious (enlightened) the Heart chakra is clear and in balance;
We are feeling and showing unconditional love to self and others;    loving without any expectations for anything in return
Forgiving without even perceiving the transgression or error;         forgiving self, and all other living beings, events, circumstances and experiences                                                                                               detecting “heart’s desire” and follows heart in complete faith and joy       Having compassion for all life,                                                                   Being empathic, and seeing the Divine in other people.                     expressing and receiving abundant love.                                                           Being happy and fulfilled because we are fulfilling our Divine Purpose in service to humanity.                                                                                         Realizing that to love others is to love ourselves, because we are all one.

heart pink and green lotus                                                                                                                                          lotus from Pinterest  

SOUNDS:  Search for Heart Chakra Cleansing Sounds to accompany your meditating, while doing Yoga and all through the day when you have a chance.

CRYSTALS: Set out  and carry  the heart’s gems —jade, pink quartz, emerald kunzite— with the intention to express and receive abundant love and as a reminder to keep your heart center free by forgiving ASAP.

FRAGRANCE: Rose EO has the highest spiritual frequency of all essential oils. It opens the heart chakra, stimulates the thymus gland’s immune fighting properties and responds to intentions to give and feel unconditional love.

MEDITATION:  To 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 join the tips of your thumb and index finger on both hands .  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. Repeat the chant ‘YAM’ (Yaaaaaaa-uummmmmmm) with love and compassion filling the air, your surroundings and all the world .

Now sit comfortably or lie down 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: “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 yoga practice and the rest of your day.

YOGA: Spinx Pose

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Camel Pose:

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Baby Pose

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Cat Pose:

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SEE YA LATER THOUGHTS:  Oh Happy Day today with all sorts of freshness and GREEN heart energy flowing within and all around.  With all your hard cleaning work your system is feeling the SHINE, the GLOW so don’t allow any muddy booted negative thoughts get sticky mud on your shine.  Let Go of hurts, transgressions, judgements, attempts to control, and ponderings on what others think of you.  Just be free, happy, sparkling and GREEN.

Love,                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Priscilla

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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.

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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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Wednesdays Energize the Heart Chakra

Wednesday resonates with our Heart Chakra!

pink roses

FRAGRANCE: Rose EO–stimulates the  Thymus Gland

The signature of a plant, its life and where it grows, all give us information about its spiritual state. A flower’s color and its signatures are the key to how flower essences are chosen and may have an affinity to the chakra of that color.   All plants have powerful harmonizing qualities that combine both earthly and celestial energies. Its subtle, vibrational energies  influence the finer energies of our central nervous system.  The energetic qualities of rose are cooling and moist and these qualities indicate that rose oil is recommended where there is excess heat. Rose oil brings in positive energy and seals the aura when its healing work is done. It also brings love and compassion to the heart chakra and heals emotional wounds. 

SOUNDS:Choose some heart chakra meditation music to surround you

4th Chakra’s Natural Element is  Air–hence, Love is in the AIR!  All around, energetic and VIBRANT.

The heart chakra is associated with unconditional love, compassion, and joy. It is the source of deep and profound truths that cannot be expressed in words. This energy center is a bridge between the lower and upper chakras integrating the manifest with the spiritual(earth with heavens).

CRYSTALS-Set out your pink and green  crystals and think on your intention such as offering and receiving love with ease; cultivating compassion; allowing for happiness and unalloyed joy; releasing the fear of getting hurt; or whatever feels true for you.

YOGA:   Bring your hands to prayer pose at the heart and begin to lightly tap the sternum with the thumbs. Let it be a rhythmic and gentle tap. As you are tapping keep the spine long and the heart open. This is a great way to stimulate the heart energy. Spend at least 2 minutes tapping, more if you like. When you are done release your hands to your lap and take a moment to feel the resonant vibration at the heart.

From Downward-Facing Dog , step your right foot forward. Gently release your left knee to the floor and reach the arms up into a Low Lunge. Square your hips toward the front end of your mat. Bring your left hand to your left hip, reaching your right arm up. You may stay here or slide your left hand down the inner left leg as your curl your spine back, in, and up to open the heart into a deeper backbend. Next, actively press your left hand into your inner right leg and as the leg and hand resist each other you will feel stronger and avoid sinking into the low back. Isometrically, hug your left knee and right foot in toward each other, this will lift the pelvic floor and help you draw your low belly in and up. Finally press down through your right foot and let the heart fly up a little more. Spend 5 breaths here. change sides
Down Facing Dog
High Lunge with Shoulder Opener From Downward-Facing Dog, step your right foot forward and rise up into a High Lunge. The right knee is bent at a right angle and the left leg is reaching long and straight behind you. Reach your arms behind you and interlace the fingers. Move your pelvic bones down, as the heart rises up and opens. Lift your low belly and widen your collarbones. Gaze upward without jamming your neck and feel for the spacious of the rising heart energy. Spend 5 breaths here and then repeat on other side

yoga high lunge
Back to Down Dog
Then Child’s pose.

MEDITATION:

The Heart Chakra (Anahata) is our energy point of love and compassion. Located physically just behind the heart area, this chakra can be incredibly powerful when used as a focus for meditation.

Sit cross-legged. Let the tips of your index finger and thumb touch. Put your left hand on your left knee and your right hand in front of the lower part of your breast bone (so a bit above the solar plexus).

Concentrate on the Heart chakra at the spine, level with the heart.

Chant the sound YAM.

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  To  tune into the love that flows all around you, this meditation can help 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.

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.

Proceed, loving yourself passionately, let your heart lead and feel surrounded by love, compassion, joy and connected to the world around you.

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#4. Swirling Spring Green Heart Chakra

The FOURTH chakra is the HEART, located in the center of your chest. Love, compassion, unconditional love is here. Emotional issues found here are grief, relationship problems, and love. The HEART vibrates to the key of F (Fa on the scale) and is associated with the color GREEN. It is in the thymus and is associated with the immune system

Sounds: For Meditation Music and delicious flower images : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2EN8qeQfS5U.  Heart Meditation by Will Senior

Fragrance:  Diffuse Melissa EO or Rose, wear Rose EO ( I mix a few drops of the Rose EO with regular body lotion in the mornings and enjoy the lingering fragrance  most of the day)

Crystals: Rose Quartz

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Rose Quartz is the stone of unconditional love. One of the most important stones for Heart Chakra work, Rose Quartz opens the heart to all types of love – love of self, love of family, love of friends, romantic love. Because it is a type of quartz, Rose Quartz does have a high energy, but its vibe is also calming and soothing.

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Heart Chakra, Anahata for Sanskrit aficionados, is associated with air. If you’ve worked with the other chakras, you can integrate all of the elements to support this work. The first chakra is earth, steady and grounded; the second chakra, water, brings a fertile creativity; the third chakra is the “fire in the belly” required to transform that grounded creativity into positive action. And now you have air dispersing and integrating spiritual understanding of love, compassion, and connection to everything you encounter. Air, like love, is within and all around

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Through awareness we have the ability to transmit our own energy field, our individual unit of power. Humans are energy transformers; we are alive and developing in proportion to how much of this universal energy we accept and how freely it flows through us. The better we transmit this energy or allow it to flow through us the more alive and contented and effective we become

Intentions:  If your intention is to transmit your unconditional, non-controlling  love to yourself and throughout your environment and the universe then you may want to meditate  to strengthen this power surge.  Empower your crystals and fragrance with your intention for the most effectiveness.  Make it (your intention)’simple to last your whole day through.’ Just sing it , sing out strong.  LOVE yourself.

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Yoga:  Why do we practice? To understand the essence of the Self, to unpack the layers of this Truth. There is no end, just as there is no beginning. Every breath, every muscular integration, each moment of physical and mental connection opens new channels towards understanding. We practice to become intimate with our nature. From there, all else becomes more easeful. (Shira Atkins)

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Low Lunge. From Downward-Facing Dog , step your right foot forward. Gently release your left knee to the floor and reach the arms up into a Low Lunge. Square your hips toward the front end of your mat. Bring your left hand to your left hip, reaching your right arm up. You may stay here or slide your left hand down the inner left leg as your curl your spine back, in, and up to open the heart into a deeper backbend. Next, actively press your left hand into your inner right leg and as the leg and hand resist each other you will feel stronger and avoid sinking into the low back. Isometrically, hug your left knee and right foot in toward each other, this will lift the pelvic floor and help you draw your low belly in and up. Finally press down through your right foot and let the heart fly up a little more. Spend 5 breaths here. change sides

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Child’s Pose

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“We don’t have to go anywhere

to obtain the truth.

We only need to be still

and things will reveal themselves

in the clear air of our heart.

——thich Nhat hanh

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With each beat of your heart, love grows and hums as its rhythm becomes a steady, resounding song that carries you throughout the rest of your day.
Listen to your heart and honor its connection to the hearts of others. Gracefully move to the rhythm of life flowing with love for yourself through the rest of your day.

 

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