Heart Chakra Blockage
The fourth chakra, also known as the heart chakra or Anahata, is the center of love and connection. A strong, balanced heart chakra allows you to live freely and openly from a place of compassion. However, a blocked heart chakra can interfere with your happiness and relationships in many ways.
Symptoms of a Heart Chakra Imbalance
A blocked heart chakra manifests as a lack of love and compassion. Symptoms include:
- Shyness and social anxiety
- Being overly critical towards yourself and others
- Holding grudges
- Inability to give or receive freely
- Suspicion and fear, especially in friendships and romantic relationships
Symptoms of imbalance can also point to an overactive heart chakra, which is when the attributes associated with this energy center are expressed in excess.
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Tips for Healing the Fourth Chakra
There are many ways to help balance the fourth chakra. The simplest is to surround yourself with things that stimulate it. Its color is green, so wearing green clothing or jewelry and lighting green candles can help open and balance it. Chakra healing crystals are very useful for this. For opening the heart chakra, wearing green stones like emerald, malachite, jade and green tourmaline is best. If possible, wear them as a necklace so that the stone rests close to the heart chakra itself.
Regular meditation and yoga practice is also useful for healing the chakras. Imagine a ball of green healing energy in your chest, gently removing the blockage and opening your heart. Since Anahata’s element is air, deep breathing or pranayama practice is ideal. Yoga asanas that open the chest like Eagle Pose and backbends are helpful as well.
Since a blockage in the fourth chakra makes it difficult to give, getting out and volunteering can help release old fears. Choose a charity that speaks to you and that allows you to share your talents with others. Since being in the fresh air is healing, something that allows you to be outdoors is even better.
Finally, practice letting go of anger or fear in your everyday life. When you find yourself holding onto a negative emotion, take a deep breath and imagine a green light pouring into your body and washing it away, filling you with love. With practice, this will help you avoid falling into those negative patterns and react from a place of compassion instead.