Anahata (heart chakra) is located in our chest, at our heart. We are now at the center point of our energetic system, and it is in this center that we can connect the lower chakras with the higher ones, and integrate them together into our lives. Anahata is where we can connect to our true selves. When we live and operate through a heart centered perception, we can be honest to our authentic selves. We then open up the doorway to the higher chakras, connecting us to our higher self, to universal life force energy. It is here we can bring balance to your being, and more easily move the energies from the lower chakras upward (current of liberation) and the higher chakras downward (current of manifestation). In the way, we can connect to others in an open and honest way.
It takes a larger jump to move from Manipura to Anahata, which is why it can be difficult to get to a heart centered consciousness for some people. It's very easy, in the sense it doesn't take much personal work and self reflection, to live in the first three centers. It's the most physical and tangible, it's what's right in front of us in our daily lives. We don't put much time or energy to seeing that there's more to life, to ourselves, then our survival needs, emotional body and will power. Contrary to what most of us were taught, the heart is so much more than just a muscular pump. It is an organ of perception and communication, being the largest electromagnetic generator and receiver in the body. Unlike like the dualistic nature of the brain and the influence of our ego, the heart comes from a place of oneness and authenticity.
To heal oneself we must mend the heart, our center. Using color is a great tool to help this healing process. The color pink is related to the heart chakra, perfect for sending love to self and others. Pink also represents the feminine side of the heart (green is the masculine) which can help us connect more to our intuition and our receptive side. Green being the most balanced color, is the color of healing. And how fitting that green is the primary color found in nature! Quite literally, returning to nature is returning to the heart. Having a connection with plants and the natural world is so important to maintaining a healthy heart. It's why so many of us our so disconnected from our heart center, is that we have pushed ourselves away from nature. If you begin to feel tense, go for a drive in the country or relax in a nice grassy park.
The sanskrit meaning of Anahata is a sound made without any two things striking. When we live in a harmonious balance within ourselves and those connected to us, we find the stillness to be it’s own music. This is where we can find our center of compassion and can transcend our ego to identify and connect on a deeper level with all forms of life. This is also our most vulnerable place where most our wounds and scars stem from; part of the reason why it is so hard to make the leap into our heart when we protect it, even from ourselves. It is only when we are able to forego our fears and worries, to embrace our most vulnerable selves, that we can come from a place of compassion, to truly connect with the heart of life itself.
Some Kundalini Yoga Asanas that help to balance the Anahata is the Camel Pose and Baby Pose. Tapping your higher heart/thymus can also help bring you back into a centered space.
Some scents that can help bring balance to Anahata are Rose, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, and Geranium. Great to be used as incense to fill your sacred space with scents for the heart.
Written by: Inner Mandala Medicine