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.

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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

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Camel Pose:

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Cat Pose:

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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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#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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Love Wednesday

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.”

Love Wednesday!

 

Heart Chakra is  swirling spring green and connected with the element of air so we have air dispersing and integrating spiritual understanding of love, compassion, and connection to everything we encounter. Air, like love, is within and all around.

Our intention today can be to broadcast unconditional love far and wide, far and wide, There is love cast far and wide……

Meditation music “Karunesh-Heart Chakra Meditation” on youtube

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Pink and/or Green crystals
Diffusing Rose EO

Yoga:
Be seated. Close your eyes and turn your attention inward toward your heart. Be still and quiet and take this time to witness your innermost self. Drop down beneath the mind chatter into the cave of your heart and listen there for the inner voice. It takes practice to get quiet enough and willing enough to connect this deeply with your true self. So do not be discouraged if this seems challenging—it is! Through regular practice of listening in, you will slowly be able to tell the difference between the inner voice of your heart and the neurotic chatter of the mind. Over time you will be able to observe both. This inner listening cultivates a discrimination. Discrimination supports skillful choices, which lead you toward your heart’s calling, your purpose. The result is bringing compassion and love into all you do.

As a preparatory practice 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

THE MEDITATION

Quiet your mind by breathing deeply into your heart chakra. Concentrate on your breathing and let the cares and worries of the day flow out of your mind like water in a stream. Take any large worry or anxiety and toss it gently into the stream so that the Water of Life can carry it away. Take on the calmness of a quiet pool.

Continue to breathe into your heart chakra. Breathe deeply and exhale completely. Feel the life-giving air invigorating and rejuvenating your heart chakra. Feel the life and spirit in your heart chakra. Become one with the air you breathe and the act of breathing. Become one with your heart chakra.

When you are thoroughly one with your heart chakra, breathe into both your third and your fifth chakras–your solar plexus and your throat. Feel the expansion of the area into which you are breathing, but remain aware of your heart chakra at the center. Know that each breath is invigorating and rejuvenating every part of your body between your solar plexus and your throat. Feel the life and spirit in your body between your solar plexus and your throat. Become one with your body between your solar plexus and your throat.

When you are thoroughly one with your body between your solar plexus and your throat, breathe into both your second and sixth chakras–your spleen and your brow. Feel the expansion of the area into which you are breathing, but remain aware of your heart chakra at the center. Know that each breath is invigorating and rejuvenating every part of your body between your spleen and your brow. Feel the life and spirit in your body between your spleen and your brow. Become one with your body between your spleen and your brow.

When you are thoroughly one with your body between your spleen and your brow, breathe into both your first and seventh chakras–the base of your spine and the crown of your head. Feel the expansion of the area into which you are breathing, but remain aware of your heart chakra at the center. Know that each breath is invigorating and rejuvenating every part of your body between the base of your spine and the crown of your head. Feel the life and spirit in your body between the base of your spine and the crown of your head. Become one with your body between the base of your spine and the crown of your head.

When you are thoroughly one with your body between the base of your spine and the crown of your head, breathe into the ground directly beneath you and the air directly above you. Feel the expansion of the area into which you are breathing, but remain aware of your heart chakra at the center. Know that each breath is connecting your heart chakra with the ground directly beneath you and the air directly above you. Feel the life and spirit in everything between the ground directly beneath you and the air directly above you. Become one with everything between the ground directly beneath you and the air directly above you.

When you are thoroughly one with the ground directly beneath you and the air directly above you, breathe deeper into the ground and higher into the air. Feel the expansion of the area into which you are breathing, but remain aware of your heart chakra at the center. Know that each breath is connecting your heart chakra with Mother Earth and Father Sky. Feel the life and spirit in Mother Earth and Father Sky. Become one with everything between Mother Earth and Father Sky.

When you are thoroughly one with Mother Earth and Father Sky, breathe into the center of the Earth and the center of the universe. Feel the expansion of the area into which you are breathing, but remain aware of your heart chakra at the center. Know that each breath is connecting your heart chakra with the center of the Earth and the center of the Universe. Feel the life and spirit in everything from the center of the Earth to the center of the Universe. Become one with everything from the center of the Earth to the center of the Universe.

When you are thoroughly one with everything from the center of the Earth to the center of the Universe, breathe into the molecules that compose the center of the Earth and the distance that composes the edge of the Universe. Feel the expansion of the area into which you are breathing, but remain aware of your heart chakra at the center. Know that each breath is connecting your heart chakra with the molecules at the center of the Earth and the distances at the edge of the Universe. Feel the life and spirit in everything between the molecules at the center of the Earth and the distances at the edge of the Universe. Become one with everything from the molecules at the center of the Earth to the distances at the edge of the Universe.

When you are thoroughly one with everything from the molecules at the center of the Earth to the distances at the edge of the Universe, breathe into the subatomic particles that compose the molecules at the center of the Earth and the distances that stretch beyond the edge of the Universe. Feel the expansion of the area into which you are breathing, but remain aware of your heart chakra at the center. Know that each breath is connecting your heart chakra with the subatomic particles that compose the molecules at the center of the Earth and the distances that stretch beyond the edge of the Universe. Feel the life and spirit in everything from the subatomic particles that compose the molecules at the center of the Earth to the distances that stretch beyond the edge of the Universe. Become one with everything from the subatomic particles that compose the molecules at the center of the Earth and the distances that stretch beyond the edge of the Universe.

When you are thoroughly one with everything from the subatomic particles that compose the molecules at the center of the Earth and the distances that stretch beyond the edge of the Universe, breathe deeply into your heart chakra. Feel the expansion of your heart chakra to encompass everything from the subatomic particles that compose the molecules at the center of the Earth to the distances that stretch beyond the edge of the Universe. Feel the life and spirit in everything. Feel yourself at the center. Feel your heart chakra filling with the Love That Is All There Is. Feel your heart chakra becoming one with the Love That Is All There Is. Feel yourself becoming one with the Love That Is All There Is. Feel yourself submerged in the Love That Is All There Is. Feel yourself part of everything else that is part of the Love That Is All There Is. Feel yourself as the Love That Is All There Is. Know that you are the Love That Is All There Is. Be the Love That Is All There IsWhen you are the Love That Is All There Is, breathe Love into the Universe. Breathe Life into the Universe. Breathe Awakening into the Universe.

When you have finished, gently return to the present. Bring your consciousness back to the subatomic particles that compose the molecules at the center of the Earth and the distances that stretch beyond the edge of the Universe. Bring your consciousness back to the molecules at the center of the Earth and the distances at the edge of the Universe. Bring your consciousness back to everything from the center of the Earth to the center of the Universe. Bring your consciousness back to Mother Earth and Father Sky. Bring your consciousness back to the ground directly beneath you and the air directly above you. Bring your consciousness back to your body between the base of your spine and the crown of your head. Bring your consciousness back to your body between your spleen and your brow. Bring your consciousness back to your body between your solar plexus and your throat. Bring your consciousness back to your heart chakra. Feel the difference in the size of your heart chakra. Feel the connection between your heart chakra and the Love That Is All There Is. Bring your consciousness back to the air you are breathing and the act of breathing. Return your consciousness to your mind. Open your eyes and smile.

Proceed and spread love  to the near and dear, and not so dear far and wide……….

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