What Is The Heart Chakra And How Does It Rule Your Relationships?
Keep up with our chakra series by learning about the first three chakras – the root chakra, the sacral chakra, and the solar plexus chakra.
Do you feel like your connection with other is off? Maybe your relationships with friends, partner or family isn't what you'd hoped it would be and you feel like you're not compatible. Or maybe the bond you crave is lacking. Whatever the case, you could be left feeling cut off, lonely and neglected.
If you’ve found yourself in this situation more often than enough, maybe it’s time to look deeper. Inside your heart chakra!
Also known as ‘Anahata’ meaning unhurt in Sanskrit, the heart chakra is responsible for your emotional intelligence and what you feel deep inside. How you react in situations, your feelings, and your inner strength – all come from this chakra. Located near your heart, around your chest area, your heart chakra is the center for love, kindness, pity, and joy.
The symbol of the heart chakra is a flower with twelve petals and its ruling color is green. Its core element is air and just like the air the healing power of this chakra flows throughout the body. Being the 4th of the 7 chakras, the heart chakra connects the earth and spirits chakra and brings harmony to the body. Therefore, the emotional attributes of the chakra bestow it with feminine energy.
Symptoms of a blocked Heart chakra
When your heart chakra is balanced you are filled with joie de vivre. You find joy in living, appreciate the beauty in the world and connect with others. You are able to give and receive love and feel content. Conversely, if your heart chakra is out of alignment, it may give you physical troubles such as:
- Poor blood circulation
- Heart and Lung diseases
- Breast problems
- High or Low blood pressure
- Lymph diseases
- Upper back pain
A blocked heart chakra can lead to mental and emotional turmoils. Some of the signs of an imbalanced heart chakra include:
- Feeling depressed, anxious, and lonely
- Dealing with resentment and bitterness
- Difficulty forming lasting relationships
- Finding it difficult to forgive and let go of past
- Jealousy, anger, and trust issues
- Feeling lonely and misunderstood
- Inability to give and receive love
How to heal your heart chakra
There are several simple ways through which you can heal your blocked heart chakra. Spending time in nature, getting fresh air, and stretching your chest, upper back, shoulders, arms, and hands are some simple ways to comfort your heart chakra.
You can also perform heart chakra meditation by visualizing emerald green energy radiating from your heart and circulating through your entire body.
Stones and Crystals for Healing the Heart Chakra
Carrying heart chakra crystals during meditation or reiki or wearing them as jewelry can clear the blockages of the Anahata. Given its ruling color green and pink the color of love, crystals in both these hues bring harmony to the heart chakra. Below is an overview of the heart chakra healing crystals and their core benefits:
Rose Quartz – This powerful pink stone helps you process trauma, deal with grief, and feel kinder and more compassionate. Holding this crystal in your palm will instantly bring feelings of tenderness and calmness.
Certain scents associated with the heart chakra also help unblock your symptoms. And with this rose quartz crystal gemstone candle with rose petals, your entire home will be filled with the healing essence of rose quartz.
Rhodonite – With a bright pink hue this stone stirs up love and joy in your heart. It promotes your emotional balance and helps you forge better relationships - both with yourself and others.
Green aventurine – Known as the luck stone, this green crystal promotes prosperity and abundance. The green energy from the stone manifests in balancing your heart chakra and making your dreams come true.
Malachite – Another green stone known for its transformational properties to protect you from evil eye, remove emotional trauma, and kick-start your creative side.
Morganite – This peachy-pink stone instills feelings of self-care, unconditional self-love, and self-respect. Its calming vibes heal your heart chakra and fill it with strength, vitality, and compassion.
Bloodstone – Flaunting a dark green core with bright red splashes, the bloodstone empowers you with energy and protects you with its purifying abilities. This glorious stone heals your heart chakra by improving the blood flow and wiping off negative energies.
If you need a helping hand from healing crystals to harmonize all your chakras, this 14-piece crystal boxed set will be a great resource to unblock all your seven chakras.
Heart Chakra Healing Affirmations
Holding the heart chakra healing crystals during meditation or while chanting affirmations can heal your heart chakra. To unblock your heart chakra and flush underlying negative self-beliefs, close your eyes and repeat the following affirmations:
“I deserve love, health, happiness, and success”
“ I am kind and compassionate”
“I give and receive love effortlessly and unconditionally”
“I feel stronger, joyful, and more alive every day”
“I love and accept myself just the way I am”
“I forgive myself and others”To make your healing affirmations more effective, complement them with sound healing sessions with this Morganite Crystal Singing Bowl