Friday: All about the Heart Chakra

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PAST ARTICLES IN THE CHAKRA SERIES:

What are Chakras? I have written an overview of chakras as part 1 of this series: http://thepurpleflower.com/friday-spiritiual-psychic-development-what-are-chakras/
Root Chakra: http://thepurpleflower.com/friday-spiritualpsychic-development-all-about-the-root-chakra/
Sacral Chakra: http://thepurpleflower.com/friday-spiritualpsychic-development-all-about-the-sacral-chakra/
Solar Plexus Chakra: http://thepurpleflower.com/friday-all-about-the-solar-plexus-chakra/

Where is the Heart chakra located? The Heart chakra, or the “Anahata” chakra (Sanskrit name) is located in the center of the chest – the center of the breastbone. It’s position behind is between the shoulder blades, where the first thoracic vertebra is.

What is the color of the Heart chakra? Emerald Green.

What does the Heart chakra do?

1. As one can guess, the primary function is love (not just romantic love). Self-love, unconditional love, Divine love.

2. Healthy and balanced relationships with others.

3. It is the bridge between the lower 3 and upper 3 chakras.

4. Helps easily forgive others and self.

5. Associated with the circulatory system, respiratory system, arms, shoulders, Thymus gland, ribs.

6. Compassion.

7. Ability to heal.

What problems might an imbalanced & blocked Heart chakra cause? Many things can cause the heart chakra to get imbalanced. Eg: Grief from losing loved ones to death or divorce or misunderstandings, betrayals, emotional or physical abuse, getting abandoned etc. Following issues could happen depending on an underactive or overactive heart chakra.

1. Heart problems.

2. Blood pressure (high or low).

3. Lung issues, like pneumonia, pleurisy.

4. Emotionally unavailable, not able to express emotions.

5. Over sensitive.

6. Way too closed or private.

7. Possessiveness, jealous.

8. Bitter.

9. Self-hatred, or neglecting to care for oneself.

10. Not helpful, or overly helpful.

11. Not bothered about others or overly nurturing and protective, controlling.

12. Poor circulation.

13. Breast health issues.

14. Loneliness, shyness.

15. Betrayals (facing betrayal, or betraying others).

16. Bronchitis.

17. Anemia.

18. HIV/AIDS.

19. Asthma.

20. Immune system disorders.

21. Co-dependence.

22. Very judgemental, over-critical.

23. Manipulative.

24. Sadness, depression. Unable to keep a positive outlook in life.

25. Too giving (unbalanced), not receiving.

26. People pleaser. Very concerned about what others think of them. Needy of others’ approval, acceptance, love.

27. Feeling unloved, unworthy, unappreciated.

What body parts & systems are associated with the Heart chakra? Heart & circulatory system, thymus gland, lungs & respiratory system, shoulders, diaphragm, arms, ribs, breasts.

How do you balance, unblock, heal & clear the Heart chakra? There are several things you can do to balance, unblock & heal this chakra.

1. Practice being open about your emotions and feelings. Talk to people honestly about how you feel if you are close to them. Or write journals.

2. Work on healing past issues (meditation, journaling, EFT, life coaching, counseling).

3. Forgive whoever you have to forgive, including yourself (through EFT, meditation, affirmations, life coaching, counseling etc)

4. Wear green clothes, surrounding yourself with green decor.

5. Wearing or keeping in your pocket or purse green & pink crystals like Rose Quartz, Pink Tourmaline, Rhodonite, Green Jasper, Emerald, Green Tourmaline, Jade, Chrysoprase, Malachite, Dipotase, Aventurine, Peridot, Moss Agate.

6. Saying affirmations like: “I am Divine Love”, “I am loving”, “I love”, “I am lovable”, “I am loved”, “I love myself”, “I am forgiving”, “I forgive easily” help heal your Heart chakra.

7. Arometherapy with essential oils like Rose, Sandalwood, Bergamot, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Neroli, Frankincense, Hyssop, Angelica.

8. Spending time outside in nature where there is plenty of greenery, and relaxing and really enjoying the feeling of connection with nature.

9. Chant “Aaaaaaah” while focusing your awareness on the heart chakra.

10. Listening to the note B.

11. Do a random act of kindness everyday for 21 days or so and see how you feel.

12. Get Reiki healing, Reiki healing attunement, or get attuned to Reiki.

14. Doing the yoga poses like Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana, and Camel Pose or Utrasana.

15. Focus and meditate on a Heart chakra mandala like this one below:

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16. Breathe in Emerald Green light into your Heart chakra. This is how you do it: Close your eyes, and when you breathe in, imagine a bright and beautiful Emerald Green light entering your Heart chakra, and brightening and clearing it. Say your affirmations for this chakra along with this exercise.

17. I find visualization most effective for this purpose. Close your eyes, and imagine an Emerald Green disc where your Heart chakra is. You can imagine it to be of a diameter of about 5″. Focus on it for a few seconds, and then start enlarging and brightening this disc. Enlarge it to extend out of your body and around it to a diameter of about 2 feet. Say in your mind, “My Heart chakra is now balanced, opened, and healed”. However, this needs to be done for all the 7 chakras, so they are all balanced. Doing this once or twice a day for all your 7 chakras keeps your chakras balanced, opened, unblocked, and helps you be physically, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually healthy. It also improves your psychic senses.

Next Friday I will write about the Throat Chakra.

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I got rid of the stress, and as a result got rid of ill-health as well.

Just like I had suffered from depression for years, I have also suffered from ill-health for a number of years. Most of it I feel was because of stress. I used to be so stressed that I felt like one day my head would burst open like a pressure cooker.

Over the years the depression and the stress manifested many illnesses in me. I was always feeling sick. And I gained a lot of weight as well.

When I finally became pre-diabetic too, my doctor said either I control the weight issues now or I’d develop a full fledged Diabetes.

I worked diligently with diet and exercise, and lost a lot of weight, and my pre-diabetes was gone. But many other problems still remained.

Finally I started to focus only on being happy. And I realized that it was hard because I was forever stressed. I knew that if I could beat depression, I could beat the stress too. So I worked on that.

I gained back a lot of the weight I had lost. But I noticed that I was feeling quite good. I felt healthy. Yes, still very fat, but I felt good. I was really not paying attention to my eating. I have been eating whatever I wanted, and always stopped myself from beating myself up if I ate something not good for me. I focused on enjoying even the junk, guilt-free, stress-free.

Today I went to get all my physical test results. And I thought I’d get a long lecture from my doctor about how I must take care of my diet as my sugar is off the roof….cholesterol is bad….etc etc etc.

BUT…..

She was beaming! All my numbers were EXCELLENT! Without even trying! All I have tried so far was to make sure I wouldn’t get stressed. And just this effort paid off in a BIG way.

Now I even feel motivated to lose the rest of the weight, just because! :D

Moral Of The Story: Get Rid Of Your Stress! :D You’ll be glad you did.

Here is how I got rid of my stress:

1. Regular EFT tapping

2. Vitamin D3 & Omega 3 supplementation

3. Meditation

4. Just re-training my mind to better quality thoughts. It really is not as hard as we make it. After all, Spirit is always stronger than the mind and the body.

Now I’ll add exercise too. And will be slightly more serious about the diet. I need to lose about 60-70 lbs. And I shall do that in a stress free way, because I am totally healthy! No rush…no stress…no problems. :D

So, what do you say? Will you join me and chuck that stress away? It really is easy.

Benefits of Omega 3

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Some of you know that I had suffered from depression for many years. Finally I decided enough was enough, and took steps that I knew would help. I had to hit the rock bottom before I decided I was done feeling the way I did. This was one life I had. I was not getting any younger. My life was slipping by, and all I was doing was making really close friends with my couch, and excelling at staring blankly. I didn’t want to go on, but I knew I had to, for my family’s sake. And also for my own sake. I wanted to really live, and live joyfully. That decision had been the turning point in my life.

Omega 3 has been one of my greatest allies (among other things) in beating depression . So I thought I should find out more benefits of Omega 3, and list some of them:

1. Has been shown (and I have seen through experience) to help with depression.

2. Has been shown to help with bi-polar disorder.

3. Reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It improves artery health by helping reduce plaque buildup and blood clots in arteries.

4. Reduces the risk of Age Related Macular Degeneration. I wish I had known this before, so I could have helped my dad. He has lost his vision because of Macular Degeneration.

5. Normalizes and regulates your triglycerides levels. It lowers triglycerides and elevates HDL.

6. Gives you beautiful, youthful skin.

7. It is anti-inflammatory.

8. Helps with brain function, in having better comprehension. Helps with ADHD.

9. Helps with auto-immune disorders.

10. Helps prevent Osteoporosis.

11. Helps with Rheumatoid arthritis.

12. Improves joint health by reducing joint tenderness, pain, stiffness associated with arthritis and osteoarthritis.

13. Helps reducing pain associated with PMS and menstruation.

14. Helps prevent cancers like Colon, breast, and prostate cancers.

Animal Foods that are rich in Omega 3:

1. Pasture raised meat
2. Wild Salmon
3. Omega 3 enriched Eggs
4. Krill

Vegetarian Food sources for Omega 3:

1. Flaxeeds, Flaxseed oil (go for organic, cold pressed ones)
2. Chia seeds
3. Hemp seeds
4. Walnuts
5. Dark green leafy vegetables
6. Sea weed

I am no doctor. I know what I know through reading, and through how Omega 3 helped me. If you think you need to take it as a supplement, ask your doctor. Otherwise, it is always great to eat healthy foods that are rich in Omega 3.

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Sunday Guest Blog: DIY Remedy for dandruff by Pratibha Pal

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Quick hair mask for dandruff

I have a dandruff issue that reduces and intensifies according to changes in the season. This simple hair mask works as an intensive therapy as well as helps to reduce the flakiness and itching that typically accompanies dandruff.

What you need

Warm coconut oil – according to your hair length (start with a minimum of 2 tablespoons for short hair)
Cinnamon powder – (For every 2 tablespoons of oil, you need half a teaspoon of fine cinnamon powder)

Getting the mask ready and using it

1. Warm the coconut oil in a double burner and add the cinnamon powder to it. Mix it well.
2. Start by parting your hair and applying this mask on the scalp.
3. Use gentle strokes to massage this mask and promote blood circulation
4. Leave it on for not more than 20 – 30 minutes.
5. Wash off with a mild shampoo and follow up with a conditioner.

You may experience a slight tingling sensation on the scalp which is normal.

Cinnamon is spice that is loaded with antimicrobial properties that helps in treating an itchy scalp and dandruff. It a good option to also treat dry and brittle hair as well as reduce the intensity of hair loss. You can also add a drop of cinnamon oil to your shampoo and use it regularly to promote healthy and shiny hair.

Author Information

Pratibha1897984_10151887350297035_1768360151_nMy name is Pratibha Pal. My quest for using natural products started soon after I gave birth to my twin boys. Before I knew it, I was shunning all the products I had been using for so long because of the nasties in it. I began to explore the market only to discover all the goodness that I had been conveniently missing all these years.

My blog started as a medium to reach out to like-minded people who believed in the goodness of natural and pre living. One thing led to another and before I realized it, I was making things that I could use. Scrubs, lotion bars, hair masks and more, the list is endless.

I am thrilled to be on Swati’s blog today and I am sharing a simple recipe that I use pretty often for a DIY Hand Sanitizer. You can follow me on my blog Pratsmusings, Facebook and Twitter.

Friday: All about the Solar Plexus Chakra

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Past articles in this series:

What are Chakras? I have written an overview of chakras as part 1 of this series: http://thepurpleflower.com/friday-spiritiual-psychic-development-what-are-chakras/
Root Chakra: http://thepurpleflower.com/friday-spiritualpsychic-development-all-about-the-root-chakra/
Sacral Chakra: http://thepurpleflower.com/friday-spiritualpsychic-development-all-about-the-sacral-chakra/

Where is the Solar Plexus chakra located? This chakra is in the upper abdomen, in the stomach area.

What is the color of the Solar Plexus chakra? Yellow. I like to imagine a happy sun there.

What does the Solar Plexus chakra do? The Solar Plexus chakra is called the “Manipura” chakra in Sanskrit. It helps us with the following when balanced, clear and open:

1. Confidence, self-esteem, charisma

2. Self-respect

3. Zeal, passion, joy, cheerfulness, courage, motivation, strength

4. Ability to deal with chaos in life

5. Ability to resolve conflicts

6. Feeling full of energy, vitality, power & life force

7. Associate with the sun, absorbs energy from the sun and sends to the body

8. Healthy personal boundaries

9. Acceptance & love of self

10. Will power

11. Learning & comprehension

12. Intuition or “gut feeling”

13. Respect for others

14. Peacefulness & friendliness

15. Ability & courage to take risks

16. Leadership abilities

What problems might an imbalanced & blocked Solar Plexus chakra cause?

1. Low self esteem

2. Low confidence

3. Fatigue, lack of energy

4. Social anxiety

5. Digestion problems

6. Envy because one may think not so well about oneself

7. Pancreatic problems

8. Diabetes, hypoglycemia

9. Self-hatred

10. Very concerned about what others think of you

11. Depression

12. Confusion, Frustrations

13. Liver issues

14. Respiratory issues

15. Arthritis

16. Lethargy, inability to work hard

17. Isolation, excessive anger

18. Inability to deal with changes, challenges, or chaos

19. Procrastination, apathy

20. Letting addictions, habits etc govern you, instead of you controlling them

21. Can be easily controlled by others

22. Anorexia, Bulimia

23. Very sensitive to rejection and criticism by others

24. Could be overweight

What body parts are associated with the Solar Plexus chakra? Stomach, gall bladder, intestines, pancreas, liver, autonomous nervous system

How do you balance, unblock, heal & clear the Solar Plexus chakra? There are several things you can do to balance, unblock & heal this chakra.

1. Spend time in the sun, and visualize/imagine the power of the sun being absorbed by this chakra.

2. Close your eyes and meditate upon the solar plexus, imagining a powerful Sun

3. Pick up an old hobby, or develop a new one

4. Exercise, sports

5. De-clutter, clean your room

6. Finish unfinished projects

7. Wear yellow clothes, use plenty of yellow in your home/office decor, yellow flowers (Sunflowers are an excellent choice)

8. Wear yellow gold jewelry

9. Dancing (the Twist), Hoola Hoop

10. Reiki Healing to balance chakras

11. Aromatherapy: Rosemary, Lavender, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Orange

12. Stones like Citrine, Yellow Topaz, Yellow Sapphire, Tigers Eye, Amber, Yellow Jasper, Yellow Tourmaline help heal, open, and balance this chakra. Place the stone directly on the chakra, wear jewelry made with them, or just carry them in your purse, pocket etc.

13. Saying affirmations like: “I am powerful, “I am passionate”, “I respect myself”, “I value myself”, “I am intuitive”, “I am radiant like the sun”,”I believe in myself”, “I feel motivated and energetic”, “My will and the Divine Will are one”, “I am confident” help heal your solar plexus chakra.

14. Doing the yoga poses like Warrior 1, and Warrior 2.

15. Focus and meditate on a Solar plexus chakra mandala like this one below:

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8. Breathe in Yellow light into your solar plexus chakra. This is how you do it: Close your eyes, and when you breathe in, imagine a bright and beautiful Yellow light entering your solar plexus chakra, and brightening and clearing it. Say your affirmations for this chakra along with this exercise.

9. I find visualization most effective for this purpose. Close your eyes, and imagine a Yellow disc where your Solar Plexus chakra is. You can imagine it to be of a diameter of about 5″. Focus on it for a few seconds, and then start enlarging and brightening this disc. Enlarge it to extend out of your body and around it to a diameter of about 2 feet. Say in your mind, “My Solar Plexus chakra is now balanced, opened, and healed”. However, this needs to be done for all the 7 chakras, so they are all balanced. Doing this once or twice a day for all your 7 chakras keeps your chakras balanced, opened, unblocked, and helps you be physically, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually healthy. It also improves your psychic senses.

Next Friday I will write about the Heart Chakra.

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