''Compassion is the very essence of on open heart and must be cultivated throughout our journey'' The Dalai Lama
Chakra of the Heart - Anahata
The chakra of the heart is the center of the whole of the chakra system. It connects the three inferior physical and emotional centers with the three higher intellectual and spiritual centers.
The purpose of heart chakra is to achieve a perfect union through love. In its pure and completely open state, the fourth chakra is the center of the true, unconditional love, which exists for the sake of love, and therefore can neither be acquired nor lost.
Our heart must learn to love, understand and accept our own personality, something that is a prerequisite to be able to say 'yes' to others and to life in general.
The energies of your heart can change the world around you, unite, reconcile or even cure people in your environment.
Cleansing and Activating the fourth chakra
The experience of nature
A peaceful walk in the green nature.
Each flower carries a message of love and innocent joy and helps to bloom these same qualities in your own heartbeat.
Pink flowers are especially suited for gentle revitalization and treatment of the energies of the heart chakra.
A sky with pink color and sparse clouds illuminates, is pleased and opens our heart.
Let the beauty and simplicity of the colors of this "celestial painting" wrap you and drift away.
B.K.S. Iyengar once called the edges of the thoracic diaphragm just below the outer collarbones ''the eye of the heart''.
The eyes of the heart have a mystical sensibility that involves an inner Seer that sees without looking.
The eyes of the heart are apertures leading to metaphysical or spiritual connection. In the way that the third eye within the cranium has intuitive insight, the yoga heart has an uncanny capacity to see the invisible. ''The heart is the organ with which one is able tosee what is denied to the physical eye,'' wrote Jane Gonda in The Vision of the Vedic Poets. The heart as seer or interior witness harkens back to the Upanisadic notion that there is a divine, omniscient being that dwells in everyone's heart. This being, called the purusa, resides within the heart as an all-pervading consciousness, entirely unaffected by the senses, cognition, or intellect:
The purusa, the size of a thumb, the innermost self (atma)
Always abides in the heart. One should steadfastly draw him out of the body
Like a reed from sheath of grass
One should know him as bright and immortal
One should known him as bright and immortal
Nicolai Bachman and Tias Little, Maitri Upanisad, ch.6 verse 21,2014
Opening the delicate realm of the heart, like drawing an interior stem from a grass sheath, requires tactful precision and only the slightest degree of force. In mature stages of practice within the internal arts we learn apply a ''forceless force'' or an ''effortless effort'' in orderto yoke the innermost self. The inner Seer is not something that can be conjured or deliberately called forth. The exquisite sensitivity of the heart requires the most refined attention and tender approach, one imbued with the qualities of metta (loving-kindness), patience, nongrasping.
Tias Little, Yoga of the Subtle Body, The lungs and the Lotus Heart, page 178, 2016
According to Ayurveda, the heart is the seat of prana, ojas, and the center of love and compassion. It is the place in the spiritual body where feminine and masculine energies meet. These energies come together in intimate, divine love that is pure, boundless, and unconditional
Being loving, open-hearted, and compassionate is a state of mind that you can direct towards others and towards yourself.
If feeling compassionate is a challenge for you, then is an opportunity to cultivate more for yourself.Beginning today, send yourself the message that you love every ounce of who you are. Cultivating compassion for others begins with listening honestly, forgiving freely, being generous and emanating lovingkindness. You may find that compassion for others grows naturally from having compassion for yourself.
Heart- Opening Teaspoon
Lemon balm, one of the main ingredients in this tea, is known as the ''gladdening herb'' as its pleasant fragrance can instantly lift your spirits and open heart, among many other benefits.
To make a pot of heart-opening tea, place 1 heaping tea each of lemon balm, lemon verbena, and linden flowers, 1/2 teaspoon each of hibiscus flowers and rosehips, and a few rose petals. Cover with 2 cups of boiling water and infuse for 10-15 minutes. Strain and sweeten with 1 teaspoon of honey.
Savor the warmth, aroma and sweetness, either alone or with your partner or close friend.
Margo Shapiro Bchman, Yoga Mama Yoga Baby,page 141, 2013