A guide to your heart chakra

In the fourth of this series of blog posts we will look at the fourth of the main chakras; the heart chakra.

The heart chakra is our centre of love and compassion; for others and ourselves. In this chakra we are aware of our connectedness to something bigger than ourselves. It is where we feel our emotional empowerment, kindness, forgiveness, love, compassion, generosity and respect. From this chakra we learn to let go and trust and we learn to love ourselves and others.

Below is a summary of the some of the main attributes of the heart chakra:

Chakra: Heart

Sanskrit name: Anahata (unstruck)

Location: Centre of the chest

Colour: Green or rose pink

Element: Air

Subtle body: Astral body

Vowel: Ay

Sense: Touch

Challenge: Grief

Twinned with: Root and crown chakras

Basic rights: To love and be loved

Physical issues: Heart, lungs, circulatory system, arms, hands, thymus gland, breasts, oesophagus, shoulders, lymphatic system, immune system.

Emotional issues: Self-love, compassion, love for others, trust, kindness, forgiveness.

What are the signs of a healthy heart chakra?

When your heart chakra is healthy and in balance you feel love and compassion for others. You are non-judgemental and forgive easily. You accept others as they are. You also love and respect yourself – you are able to say no, to let go and to trust. You also possess a good balance of masculine and feminine attributes.

What can affect your heart chakra?

The heart chakra can be affected by some of the most painful things we may experience in life such as grief caused by the death of loved ones, divorce or relationship breakdowns. Other issues affecting the heart chakra are abandonment, rejection, adultery, abuse, betrayal and shame.

What are the symptoms of an out-of-balance heart chakra?

If your heart chakra is out of balance you may experience a wide range of physical and emotional issues:

Physical manifestations of an out-of-balance heart chakra are:

· heart conditions

· asthma

· shortness of breath

· palpitations

· circulatory problems

· respiratory problems

· immune disorders