Thursday, July 10, 2008

Heart Chakra- Anahata Chakra

So I did my first healing lesson with the Shaman last night. It was really interesting and although my scepticism kicks into full swing a lot I'm working to keep an open mind because even if any of it is true I can use the tools he gives me in my new job and gain a lot of experience from this.

I'm feeling a little more settled about starting work at the QCH. I'm still nervous underneath but I'm hoping I enjoy the experience and can add to my knowledge base with this job.

The fourth chakra is the topic of the day. This Chakra is known as your Heart Chakra (Anahata) and is found at the centre of your seven chakras. This allows it to act as the amalgamation point of the physical lower chakras and mental upper chakras. The fourth chakra is responsible for balancing a lot of parts of your life. It's thought of as a meeting point for your Ying and Yang, your masculine and your feminine. It's also responsible for all forms of love. Love for yourself, society, the people you are in relationships with, the universe. It's in-charge of a lot of your positive emotions like happiness, kindness and generosity. One interesting concept I came across is that we often feel our hearts are broken or blocked but underneath all the pain and suffering we take into ourselves there is a whole and blissful heart waiting to be found. Another important point to make with the love emanating from this chakra is that it doesn't involve the selfish type of love. Some types of love we experience are selfish. When you are friends with someone or surround yourself with people based on what they can do for you this is a selfish love. I don't know if I'd even call that love because the whole point of love is to give it with out attachment to what you will get in return. Anyways the whole point is this chakra deals with selfless love. A big challenge with the heart chakra is learning to let go of previous hurt so that the chakra can be open to pass energy again. People who hold onto past emotional injury have a harder time using this chakra to it's fullest.

Breathing exercises (Pranayama work) help with the clearing of this chakra so I thought I'd give you a fun breathing exercise for the day called Lion's Breath (Simhasana Pranayama). this is a good one for clearing out toxins in the body (your tongue might taste funny after), and clearing out blockages in general:

1. Sit down on your knees with your bottom resting on your heels. If you have bad knees you can do this cross-legged.
2. Extend your arms and push the palms of your hands against your knees, spreading your fingers out like they are lion's claws.
3. Sitting with your spine long and straight breathe in deeply through your nose.
4. Exhale through your mouth, opening your mouth wide and sticking your tongue out as far as it will go like your panting. As you exhale let out a "haaaa" sound by moving your breath from the back of your throat.
5. Try this breath a few times leaving your tongue extended out and when you've had enough fun pull your tongue in and return your breathing to normal. You may want to take a sip of water.

We can also use the same meditative process for our heart chakra as we did with the other chakras. Close your eyes and sit in a meditative posture. Clear your mind by focusing on your breath and when you're ready focus your attention on the area at the centre of your chest. As your attention focuses here you can begin to hear the word Yam (rhymes with Tom) vibrate in your mind at any speed or frequency. Let the sound fill your head as you focus on the area. Then after breathing here for a few minutes begin to fill your head with a vibrant green glow, still focusing your thoughts on your chest. Continue to keep your focus here as you breathe. Again you can do this for any length of time you find suitable but 3 minutes is a good start. After your time is up let your focus return to your breath and your mind to clear. Start to deepen you breath to bring yourself back into your body. Thank yourself for for taking time to care for your Anahata chakra. Namaste!