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