“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, you need to decide what difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall
This week we journey into Anahata, the heart chakra. This is the chakra of love and compassion.
When the heart chakra is open and balanced, we are able to walk through life with heart. Walking with heart means walking through life with loving kindness and generosity.
Throughout our lives, it is inevitable that we experience pain in our hearts. We get hurt in relationships. This is part of the human journey.
These sufferings can cause us to shut down our hearts so that we don’t feel the pain. But when we close our hearts for protection, we also close our hearts to the flow of love, forgiveness and compassion.
The Sanskrit word for the heart chakra is अनाहत, Anāhata, meaning “un-struck.” This name conceptualises the idea that the heart is resonant, an ‘unstruck’ instrument echoing the sounds of the celestial realm, as they manifest in our own unique being.
Anahata also means unhurt and unbeaten. Which is a nice image for those feeling a little weary of heart.
I must have read that word – unstruck – about a hundred times, but every time I read it as ‘un-stuck’. So I’m going to go with that. It makes sense to me that I could get ‘unstuck’ through opening my heart chakra.
So how do I get my heart unstuck? How do I get unstuck from the past and into present moment awareness?
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” Dalai Lama
Movement, sound and breath are the keys for me. Moving freely with my arms open, breathing deeply, expanding my chest and lungs, as I dance to harmonious music, always brings me back to my heart centre.
As Anahata is related to the element air, it is accessible through the breath.
Visualising breathing through your heart centre, imagining love-filled light entering your body via your heart is a wonderful heart-opening exercise.
In Chakradance, to dance the heart chakra is to move with lightness, joy and compassion.
In this dance we have the intention of gently beginning to let go of the hurts in our hearts so that we can open to pure love. The Heart Chakradance is like a ritual for healing your heart.
We begin with the ‘white light’ moving meditation, before moving into the dance. We will finish by creating a mandala artwork, and we’ll have a short time for feedback and sharing, before our closing meditation.
In Chakradance, we move the arms to feel uplifted, light and free, we dance a soaring journey of love, compassion and joy.
“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” Confucius
Through your heart chakra, you have the choice to expand your consciousness through the power of love, openness and receptivity, or contract your consciousness through the power of fear.
The heart is so much more than the source of romantic love, many cultures believe the heart chakra is the seat of your soul in your body.
The heart is the ‘other’ mind of our body, the wisdom centre of the soul, and it is far more responsible for governing our lives and actions than we give it credit for.
Meditating on the heart chakra helps to shift from ego-based, fearful actions, or karma, to resonating with the energy of our higher self, and what yogis might call dharma or higher purpose.
Come and dance the Heart Chakradance Journey with us, save your spot here
Hari om tat sat. Namaste. Blessings,
Heart Chakradance this Thursday 23 August at The Revitalise Centre
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