The Heart Chakra
Is your Heart Chakra Unaligned?
The word “chakra” means “disk” or “wheel” in Sanskrit. This is referring to the different energy centers in the body and each center corresponds to major organs and nerves in the body. To function optimally, these chakras need to stay balanced, but, because life is difficult and chaotic at times, sometimes they get blocked which can manifest emotionally or physically. Below we dive into specifically the Heart Chakra, what it is, and signs it could be out of alignment.
What is the heart chakra?
The Heart Chakra is the Fourth Chakra and is also known as Anahata. This chakra is, clearly, located in the chest, right where the heart lies. Anahata, in Sanskrit, means unbeaten or unhurt. This chakra is our center of love for ourselves and love for others. This is also the source of our empathy and forgiveness. The heart chakra is also linked to compassion, joy and unconditional love. This is also the chakra that bridges the gap between the upper and lower chakras. This chakra is represented by the color green, which is representative of transformation and loving vibes and energy.
What are signs your heart chakra is imbalanced?
When the heart chakra is in proper alignment with the rest of the chakras, we feel loved and connected to those around us. An open-heart chakra gives us the opportunity to really and truly see all of the beauty and love that exists around us all the time. When the chart chakra is blocked, you will feel the opposite.
A blocked and imbalanced chakra can affect us in so many more ways than we would initially believe. When a chakra is blocked, it can manifest physically and mentally. The heart chakra, because if its placement, holds power over the chest, arms, hands, lungs and heart. Many people who have this chakra out of alignment struggle with poor circulation, blood pressure issues, as well as heart and lung conditions. Mentally, when the heart chakra is blocked, it can lead to manipulative behaviors, trust issues, unworthiness, and co-dependent behaviors. A blocked heart chakra can also lead to isolation, loneliness, jealousy, defensive reactions, and a fear of intimacy.
How can you balance it?
Luckily, if you notice your heart chakra is out of balance, there are ways to get it back into alignment with the rest of the chakras. Practicing gratitude is an amazing way to unblock the heart chakra. Journaling and specifically noting three things you are grateful for every morning can change and realign your energy by blanketing the entire day in a more positive glow. Meditating is another amazing way to rebalance a heart chakra and specifically meditation with rose quartz or any other crystal that can aid in opening up the heart. You can also drink teas such as rose or cacao to aid in opening the heart chakra as well.
An imbalanced or blocked heart chakra is not the end all be all. There are many ways to help yourself and get your chakras realigned.