Techniques And Benefits Of Heart Chakra Meditation

Most ancient spiritual and medicinal practices from Asia are based around the concept of balancing the life energy in the body.

In Chinese, this energy is called Chi, whereas in India it is known as Prana or Life Force.

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According to ancient Sanskrit teachings, this life force is concentrated around seven vortexes or Chakras in the body. The seven chakras are the Crown Chakra, the Throat Chakra, the Third Eye Chakra, the Heart Chakra, the Navel Chakra, the Sacral Chakra, and the Root Chakra. The different chakras affect different parts of the body, and by harnessing and releasing the power of these chakras, it is believed that one can rid one’s body of different ailments and improve the functioning and efficiency of the corresponding parts of the body. Harnessing the power of certain chakras such as the throat chakra, third eye chakra, and crown chakra also allows an individual to develop spiritually and is considered an important step in the path to nirvana or enlightenment.

The heart chakra is said to lie next to the heart. This chakra is usually depicted as green in color. The heart chakra is very important because it is considered to be the bridge between the spiritual chakras that are situated above the heart and the physical chakras that are situated below it. Here are some of the benefits that you can expect when you open the heart chakra through the practice of heart chakra meditation:

  • Opening the heart chakra through heart centered meditation enables you to bridge a connection between your spiritual and physical self. This allows you to grow as an individual because physical and spiritual growth and intrinsically intertwined. Performing heart chakra meditation allows for a better connection between mind and body. It allows you to obtain a better sense of self and brings about a sense of understanding of the self in relation to the cosmos.
  • Practicing heart rhythm meditation enables you to rise above the cares and worries of day-to-day life and experience the innate joy and satisfaction of being one with the universe.
  • This form of meditation also allows you to let go of deep seated stresses, worries, and complexes. It is very useful for individuals who are prone to nervousness and anxiety and all its associated disorders.
  • Heart chakra meditation is a one of the best forms of meditation for people suffering from deep-seated psychological problems as it allows you to release all the negativity from your body. It is very beneficial for individuals who are suffering from the effects of emotional trauma.
  • In an age where cardiac disease is one of the biggest killers, heart chakra meditation can help to improve the functioning of the cardiopulmonary system and ensure that you live a longer, healthier life.
  • The regular practice of heart chakra meditation is also beneficial for those suffering from respiratory disorders. It is particularly useful for treating asthma attacks that are triggered by stress.
  • Heart chakra meditation is also beneficial for those who suffer from high blood pressure. Opening the heart chakra allows the blood vessels to relax and can help to ease hypertension and remove any blockages in the blood vessels.
  • Regular practice of this meditation technique also helps to boost your immune system. The immune system is highly susceptible to stress. Practicing heart chakra meditation helps to remove stress and thus helps to keep your immune system healthy. Moreover, by ensuring that your circulatory system is working at peak efficiency, heart chakra meditation can help to ensure that the cells of the body which make up the immune system receive proper nutrition.

  • Boosting the body’s immunity also helps the body to cope better with diseases such as cancer. Heart chakra meditation is especially useful in the management of breast cancer and can prove to be an important part of the rehabilitation process for a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy.
Heart Chakra Meditation Practice

There are many different meditation techniques that can help to open the chakras. While the actual techniques may vary, the goal of all these meditation techniques is the same. It is best to follow the method that suits you the most under the guidance of your spiritual guru. Here is a simple technique for heart chakra meditation practice.

  • Sit down comfortably in the Sukha Asana (Easy Pose), Padma Asana (Lotus Pose), or Siddha Asana (Accomplished Pose). You may even perform this meditation while seated comfortably on a chair or also in the Mountain Pose or Tada Asana.
  • Ensure that your back is straight, shoulders are relaxed, and chest is open and held high.
  • Inhale and exhale gently as you focus on lowering your heart rate and enter a meditative state.
  • Slowly let the hands come up to your chest, clasp your fingers and press the knuckles of your thumbs gently into the depression between your pectoral muscles.
  • Continue to breathe gently and deeply as you empty your mind of all external thoughts. Focus on your breathing until you can clearly feel the beating of your heart.
  • Bring your palms together and rub them vigorously to warm them. Place your right palm on your sternum and your left hand on top of your right arm. Continue to breathe deeply as you visualize energy flowing from your hands to your heart and then radiating outwards to all the extremities of your body.
  • Try to visualize the green light of the heart chakra expanding and suffusing the entire body in its warm glow.
  • Now slowly release your hands and bring your palms so that they face forward on either side of your chest. Keep your elbows bent. Feel the energy from the heart chakra as it radiates outwards from your body into the universe.
  • Now reach your arms up to the sky and clasp your hands in the classic prayer position. Inhale deeply. Exhale and return to the starting position.
  • You may now continue to breathe deeply and enjoy the after effects off heart chakra meditation of come out of the pose.

Opening thee Chakras

Just as heart chakra meditation allows you to open the heart chakra, there are different techniques that can be tried to open the rest of the chakras that are situated in the body.

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