The Heart Chakra: Foods for Passion

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The Anahata Chakra is situated in the center of your chest, close to the heart. Its mantra is YAM. The color that represents this chakra is green. You feed this chakra by finding your passion and following your heart: have faith, find ways to express yourself and practice appreciation, balance giving and receiving and (most importantly) give yourself permission to forgive others and yourself.

When your heart chakra is in balance you will feel a great compassion for all living creatures. You will be kind, caring, joyous and outgoing. You will feel completely at ease with yourself and the people in your life. You’ll no longer mind spending time alone, and will feel completely satisfied with “me” time.

When your heart chakra is unbalanced you will probably be very negative in your thinking, and may find it very difficult to keep a positive outlook in life. You may feel unloved, unworthy and unappreciated. This will manifest in the world around you, and will only confirm these “beliefs” about yourself. You may even have a hard time accepting love from others and feel like you just have to settle.

How to Balance Your Heart Chakra

Learn the art of mindfulness and loving kindness — the foundations for living with an open heart — in The Yogi’s Heart, a guide for opening and connecting. For it is only when you approach life from a place of openness can you embody connectedness with all things.

Recipe: Green Juice or Smoothie for Your Heart

To keep the heart chakra spinning and love emanating, here is a quick recipe you can blend or juice:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 bunch kale (de-stemmed)
  • 1 green apple (I like Granny Smith)
  • A small piece of ginger
  • 1 half cucumber

Directions:

Blend or juice all of the ingredients together. If you juice, use the whole cucumber. You’ll end up with a beautiful green juice or smoothie to enjoy!

Read the Other Articles in This Series:

The Root Chakra: Foods to Ground and Strengthen

The Sacral Chakra: Foods to Enhance Creativity

The Solar Plexus Chakra: Foods for Self-Esteem



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Chakra Balancing and Wellbeing

Meditation isn’t always for the purpose of moving into quiet states of stillness. We can use meditation practice as a way to check in with ourselves and better direct our energy. Guided meditations are an awareness tool that allows us to be in conscious, present creation with ourselves.

What Are Chakras?

Chakras are points where the energetic and physical bodies meet. Imagine chakras like wheels constantly in motion. If these wheels are “stuck,” energy cannot move and we might feel out of whack. Located in the subtle body, there are hundreds of chakras, although the primary seven from the Muladhara system are where the most focus is given.

These main seven chakras are:

  • Root – base of spine – Muladhara – red
  • Sacral – below the naval – Svadisthana – orange
  • Solar Plexus – above navel – Manipura — yellow
  • Heart – heart, center of chest – Anahata — green
  • Throat – throat – Visuddha —blue
  • 3rd eye — at forehead between the eyes — Ajna — indigo
  • Crown— top of head — Sahasrara — violet


Chakra Color Variations

This modern-day chakra color system comes from the cover of a 1977 out-of-print book by Christopher Hills. If this system works for you, go with it. However, if you discover that your root chakra is another color, go with that. When I visualize my root chakra color as red, for instance, I feel antsy and uncomfortable. When I place gold there, I feel peaceful and relaxed. Play with the colors and find that which supports you. It’s also perfectly fine if you don’t see or experience any color at all.

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