Life is full of challenges. Sometimes we allow our struggles and daily routines to consume us so much that we forget the simple things in life that we are grateful for. Our heart chakra, or anahata in Sanskrit translates to “unstruck”, meaning coming to the spiritual place where past experiences and grievances cannot harm us. In order to balance our heart chakra, it’s important to practice self-acceptance, so that the unconditional love can flow. Here’s a simple meditation technique that you can try to expand your love for yourself and for others.
Find a comfortable seat, either on the floor or chair. Close your eyes as you release your sit bones down evenly into the floor or chair. Allow your spine to be nice and long, the crown of your head reaching toward the sky. Bring your attention to your breath, and slide your hands to your lower belly. As you inhale feel the expansion of your belly into the palms of your hands, and as you exhale, feel the belly moving away from your hands toward the spine. Stay here for a few cycles of breaths until you feel calm and relaxed. From here, visualize a light in the center of your heart, and as you inhale, expand that light so that it encompasses your entire chest area. Feel your chest expand on your inhale. As you exhale, bring that light back to a tiny pinprick in the center of your heart. Every time you inhale, expand the light even further, visualizing the light covering your entire body, expanding to a halo surrounding you, covering the entire room, entire house, etc. Repeat this process of expanding and bringing back the light.
Stay here for as long as it’s comfortable. When you’re ready to end the meditation, bring your right hand into a fist and press it into the area right below the navel with gentle pressure. With open palm, wrap your left hand around the right fist and fold forward a few inches to ground yourself. This heart opening meditation will allow you to accept yourself and others and feel a sense of gratitude for the wonderful things that surround you.