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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

Warrior I Pose
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

sphinx pose

 

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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Mindful of our Beating Hearts

Ahh the fragrance of Rose permeates your senses

A pink stone graces your area

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Meditate

Be mindful of your beating heart………

Mindfulness is the only intentional, systematic activity that is not about trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, explains Kabat-Zinn. It is simply a matter of realizing where you already are. A cartoon from The New Yorker sums it up: Two monks are sitting side by side, meditating. The younger one is giving the older one a quizzical look, to which the older one responds, “Nothing happens next. This is it.”

You can become mindful at any moment just by paying attention to your immediate experience. You can do it right now–with a awareness of of your swirling green heart chakra—What’s happening this instant? Think of yourself as an eternal witness, and just observe the moment. What do you see, hear, smell? It doesn’t matter how it feels—pleasant or unpleasant, good or bad—you roll with it because it’s what’s present; you’re not judging it. And if you notice your mind wandering, bring yourself back. Just say to yourself, “Now. Now. Now.”

Sense the beat of your heart
Here’s the most fundamental paradox of all: Mindfulness isn’t a goal, because goals are about the future, but you do have to set the intention of paying attention to what’s happening at the present moment. As you read the words printed on this page, as your eyes distinguish the black squiggles on white paper, as you feel gravity anchoring you to the planet, wake up. Become aware of being alive. Feel your beating heart. And breathe. As you draw your next breath, focus on the rise of your abdomen on the in-breath, the stream of heat through your nostrils on the out-breath, the beating of your heart. If you’re aware of that feeling right now, as you’re reading this, you’re living in the moment. Nothing happens next. It’s not a destination. This is it. You’re already there.

Have a mindful heartfelt day filled with love

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