3 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Heart Chakra

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By Michelle Thielen • February 8th, 2014 • 12755 Views

3 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Heart Chakra

If you are skeptical or uncomfortable about chakras, I completely understand. In all honesty, I was a “chakra skeptic” until I understood what they are exactly. Chakras are simply defined as energy centers. Whatever your “take” is on chakras, you cannot deny that living beings are energy beings. Chakras are known as the centers of life force and vital energy. The Chakra system is a visual template for maintaining physical, emotional, social, and spiritual balance within the body.

The ancient Indian language of Sanskrit defines chakra as a "wheel" or '"turning"; the wheel turns energy to our vital centers. There are seven known chakras that begin at the base of our spine and reach to the top of our head.

Whether you refer to them as chakras, energy centers, or other named body parts, they are well at work in every living being. For example the Crown Chakra, or seventh chakra, is located at the crown of the head. It pertains to our thought life, consciousness, awareness, wisdom, understanding, and spiritual connection. You may call this the brain, mind, spirit, or something else. Whatever you name it, it is indeed at work 24 hours a day.

Let's move a little further down to the heart. We all agree this is an extremely important vital energy point. This is known as the fourth chakra, also known as Anahata, or heart chakra. Chakra is used interchangeably with "center."

It is unquestionable that we keep our heart healthy, and once we achieve a healthy heart, it is even more important to maintain your healthy heart. It often said that, “Out of heart the mouth speaks.” Have you ever been in a conflict and wounded someone with your words or been crushed with their words? Well, if we let our heart become poisoned, wounded, resentful, or bitter–like anything–these things eventually have to come out. Why not work on releasing them and truly healing our hearts by getting to the root issues, in a healthy manner? It's important to do this before hurting somebody we love–or worse–allowing our wounded heart to continue to cut off vital relationships all because we are too lazy to do the real work. This is what I call open heart surgery. Ask and examine yourself often. Do you need open heart surgery?

Your heart center, or Anahata heart chakra, is related to all things love. It is...

Michelle Thielen

Location:  Seattle, WA, US

Michelle Ann Thielen is originally from Portland, Oregon where she first discovered yoga through dance.She has been dancing since the age of 5. She has professionally danced and choreographed in numerousvenues including professional athletic teams as...