DAY four | heart CHAKRA
Truth be told, I kind of feel like I should say that every one of these days is a big one. Because they are.
We could spend an entire week on each chakra (in fact, I’d highly recommend it, and my Schedule by the Chakras program suggests you do just that), unraveling the many layers, complexities, challenges and gifts that exist within each of these gorgeous energy centers.
Today, we’ll explore the bridge in our chakra system - the fourth chakra, which is your heart.
The heart chakra is located at your sternum, in the center of your chest. You know that space that aches when you’re heartbroken? That’s the heart space, and it’s such a powerful source of joy, love, bliss, and connection.It can also be a space where we feel deep pain, longing, anguish, betrayal and distrust.
For that reason, so many of us have disconnected from - aka closed down - our heart chakras.
While this protects you from feeling the negative emotions that can live in this space, it also blocks your ability to give and receive love, as well as to feel true love, expansion and joy in the world. It strips you of your ability to really relish in the juicy goodness this life has to offer.
Your heart chakra develops from age four to seven, and governs the right to love and be loved, connection, self-love, giving and receiving, intimacy and relationships.
Excessive Heart Chakra (love addiction, codependency, self-indulgence, jealousy, poor boundaries)
EFT + AFfirmations: using emotional freedom technique (EFT), also known as tapping, can allow us to clear out excess, stagnant and stuck energy in the chakra system. Combining EFT with an affirmation can amplify those results, and create balance in that chakra,
Begin by lightly tapping on your sternum - where your fourth chakra lives. Take deep breaths into your belly, sigh as you exhale through the mouth.
Say out loud, “there is an infinite supply of love.” You can practice this in front of a mirror, looking into your eyes as you tap and repeat the affirmation.
Continue tapping, breathing and repeating the affirmation until you feel a shift, for at least 10 minutes.
Energy release presents in many ways - from yawning, to sneezing, coughing, burping, farting, crying, laughing, etc. Allow any natural impulses to fully express - that’s the excess energy moving out, allowing your heart to come into balance.
Deficient Heart Chakra (emotional numbness, coldness, fear of relationship, isolation and loneliness, antisocial)
Heart-Womb Breath: this practice will support both your heart and sacral chakras. Find a comfortable position where you can lie down, bending your knees and planting your feet on the ground.
Place your left hand on your low belly (sacral chakra) and your right hand on your heart chakra in the center of your chest.
Close your eyes, beginning to take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Notice your hands rising and falling with the breath.
Imagine sending the breath into your left hand, sending energy and opening and expansion into that sacral chakra. Take several rounds of breath there.
Now, imagine sending breath into your right hand, into your heart space. Imagine every breath expands your heart, your capacity to give and receive love.
Continue this breath until you feel complete; practice for at least 10 minutes.
Do you relate most with the symptoms of an excessive or deficient heart chakra? Complete the above practice that resonates with your experience.
Take time to journal on your experience.
We’re at the halfway point in the chakra system - the heart is the bridge between your lower chakra (root, sacral and solar plexus) which deal predominantly in the physical world, and your upper chakras (throat, third eye, crown) which start to play in the metaphysical and spiritual realms.
If you feel called, return to these heart opening practices on a consistent or even daily basis. There is often a lot of hardness built up around the heart, and it’s a beautiful healing process to begin unraveling those layers and making space for more love to flow.
You're doing incredible work. I’m so proud of you.