Aaaahh the month of love is almost upon us. Even if Valentine’s day has been hijacked by card and chocolate companies, it’s hard to escape the reminders of love all around us.
How are you feeling about giving and accepting love right now? Are you feeling open, receptive and giving–or maybe a little blocked? Whether you’ve got a lot or a little blocking you from giving and accepting love in your life, I’ve got tips to help you enliven your heart chakra, from herbal tinctures to heart chakra inspired altars!
The heart chakra, or in sanskrit anahata, is the chakra (energy center) located at the center of your sternum. The heart chakra is responsible for your ability to give and receive love. If you’ve had any heartache in your past (and let’s be honest, who hasn’t?) you may have some lingering blocks that could be making it hard for you to give and receive the love you deserve.
Are you closing yourself off?
Here’s a quick checklist to see if you’ve got any areas in your heart chakra that could use some extra love:
- Is your self talk critical and negative?
- Do you have trouble making friends?
- Are you lonely?
- Do you have a lack of trust in your relationships?
- Do you have social anxiety?
- Do you have a hard time accepting and/or giving?
Whether you resonate with all of these or just 1 or 2 of these, I’ve got something for you. Read on to learn 3 versatile tips to clear up block in your heart chakra.
Heart Chakra Altar
Make your sacred space a haven for your heart chakra by adorning your altar with colors, crystals and symbols that will help balance and restore you to love.
Color: Green! Feast your eyes on the color of your heart chakra by adorning your altar with green candles, cloths, or statues with green hues.
Crystals: Rose quartz, aventurine, emerald, green and pink tourmaline, chrysoprase, moss agate, and malachite. Aside from their green and pink hues all of these stones have energy that lend themselves to healing your heart chakra. Choose any combination of them to place on your altar. Bonus, next week I’ll be diving deep into this topic and looking at three different crystal grids for love and some of these crystals will come in handy!
Symbols: Anahata symbol, hearts, and the Wunjo Rune symbol all represent love. These symbols on your altar will act as a visual reminder of your intention to be open to giving and accepting love.
Heart Chakra Meditation
Set aside 5 minutes (or more!) of your day to some deep breaths, connect with your heart chakra on an even deeper level with a simple meditation. Chakra meditations are a personal favorite of mine, probably because I find them so effective.
Try working some of the following tips into your next meditation session balance and open your heart chakra:
Scents: If you have any rose or bergamot essential oils around, these are perfect for balancing the heart chakra. Add them to your diffuser or just take a few deep breaths before you start your meditation.
Visualize: Imagine a glowing green light around your heart chakra as you meditate. Visualize that with each inhale it grows bigger and with each exhale it comes back to center. Eventually let this growing green light consume your whole body with each inhale.
Mantras: YAM (pronounced yawm, like CD-rom) is the mantra of the heart chakra. Layer this mantra into your meditation with long yaaaaaaaaammmmm added into your exhale. If you’d like a mantra with a clearer intention feel free to repeat one of these mantras during your meditation, “I am love” or “I accept love freely.”
Herbal Love for your Heart Chakra
Did you know that heartache, grief and loss can lead to physical symptoms around your heart chakra? There’s even a name for it, it’s called “broken heart syndrome.” Yeah sure, we’ve all dealt with bad break ups, but if you’ve been dealt more than your fair share of heartache and loss it could be affecting your physical health too. Our physical bodies and energetic bodies are closely connected and intertwined. Keeping your heart in its best physical shape can help keep your heart chakra bright and shining!
Need a tune up in the heartache department? Hawthorne is your go to herb! For a quick fix you can grab some hawthorne and hibiscus (also great for your heart) tea. But, if you want some serious healing herbs here’s a recipe for a hawthorn tincture.
Hawthorne Heart Tincture
- Dried organic hawthorn berries
- 80 proof or greater vodka or brandy
- Optional: dried organic hawthorn leaves and flowers
- Glass ball jar
- Fill your ball jar ? full with your herbs, then add the alcohol until all of your herbs are covered.
- Don’t forget to label your concoction! Be sure to add the date you made it and what herbs are included.
- Let your brew sit for 4-6 weeks, preferably in the window where it can soak up good vibes from the sun and moon.
- Give your mixture a little shake up every couple of days. This is also the perfect time to infuse your tincture with some good vibes and intentions from you, so be sure to send it some happy thoughts when you shake it up!
- Once the 4-6 weeks have passed, drain your mixture through cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer.
- Pour your tincture into a glass dropper bottle and you’re all set. Let the heart healing commence!
- Enjoy 2-4 droppers full of your tincture 1-2 times a day in tea, water, or juice.
A Wearable Reminder of Love
I’ve worked some of my favorite heart chakra symbols, colors and mantras into several of our pieces. Have a wearable reminder to let the love in with a heart chakra necklace or a heart chakra ring with YAM written on the inside.
If Valentine’s Day is a hard holiday for you I hope you found some tools that’ll help you find the love around you and within you. Have a bestie that could use some heart chakra love? Be sure to share the love with her! Next week I’ll continue our love theme as I share 3 crystal grids for attracting all kinds of love.
Cassie Uhl is the founder and owner of Zenned Out, a jewelry company that handcrafts jewelry with meaning and provides a community that inspires a mindful and spiritual lifestyle. Cassie grew up with a open minded, astrology obsessed grandmother and a father that would take her and her sister star gazing in the wee hours of the night. These experiences shaped Cassie and Zenned Out into what they are today by bringing spirituality and astrology into the forefront. Cassie hopes to give spiritual souls a place to feel at home on the Zenned Out blog and offers handcrafted jewelry with meaningful symbols, powerful gemstones, and mindful quotes to enable people to wear jewelry that aligns with their souls purpose.