Your heart chakra can help and heal you. When we settle into the heart space, and live from its principles in alignment with our intuition (6th chakra, your inner tutor), we become a very powerful force for right action and change in the world and for ourselves.
Yogic living is often an enquiry into the heart and this chakra can close down as we mature from child to adult, but at around 28, it longs to expand with love and certain experiences begin to trigger this (we are also in our Saturn Return years at this age, but that’s another blog…) like forging a relationship, giving birth to a child, more choice to ‘self-love and care’. The heart is now ready to engage in mature love for self and for others. The pull of sex, money and power can pale around this time as the heart seeks its true flowering; joy, love and heart connection with others. Love experience, from the time we are born, is held in the heart forever and we can return to this whenever we feel wounded. If we did not receive love from a care-giver as a child, our growth process will be to learn to give it to ourselves so that our own hearts can be receptive to receive and give love to others. The heart seeks trust in love and learning to love someone else in fullness and fill a sacred vault in their heart, allows our own heart to be full.
What opens our heart-chakra?
We can support the ability to hold love in our hearts by accepting the oneness of all life, sharing love, knowing to love is to give, honouring the heart chakra as the energy centre that unites couples and brings emotional healing. Our heart chakra opens and thrives on healing touch, yoga, massage, walking, dancing, sound baths and singing, joyful endeavour, learning to love yourself, healing and prayer.
The Thymus gland – (said to be the gland of youth, nourishes the heart through yogic practice for it allows it to secrete hormones that nourish the heart and keep the lungs active. Cobra is a very heart-centred asana, as is Bow pose. The ultimate heart-opener) in fact the entire physical opener for the front of the body and the Vagus nerve, is Camel pose (even adapted Camel pose) where we are open and vulnerable and have no barriers between us and the universe. We are showing our hearts in Camel pose and Cobra, to the heavens.
The heart is also nourished by peace, silence, positive people, uplifting books, laughter and play. It is fed by our love for an animal(s) such a companion dog (DOG is a palindrome for GOD), children, the elderly and nature. But ultimately, seeking outside of ourselves to soothe with instant gratification, will only bring us back to the place where we began our search for soothing; within our heart.