by Catherine Madsen
Bliss Crafter, Austin Yoga Tree
Love. It’s the reason you are excited to go home after a long day at work. It’s the reason the first thing you do when you wake up is smile. It’s the reason you laugh and it’s the reason you cry. Love is universal but no two people have the same love. To me, love is cuddles with the four-legged love of my life, the feeling after a sweaty yoga class, and Sunday brunches with the best friends a girl could ask for. What is love to you? Write it down. Reflect and remember it often.
Love is all around us; it is an integral part of our everyday lives. However, no matter how much love we are surrounded with, we could always use just a tad more. A little extra love can help us act selflessly, live courageously, and love completely. A little extra love can go a long way but unlocking that love is easier said than done.
We must dive deeply into the depths of our hearts, to the parts that we keep hidden. We must accept the fact that we may get hurt and that it won’t be easy. It will be scary but it will be worth it. We mustn’t be afraid to love, to show it, to feel it. Love until you have no love left, then love just a little bit more.
In order to open ourselves up to selfless, courageous, and complete love, we must first open our hearts.
At heart center, we find a swirling ball of energy known as our anahata chakra, or heart chakra. The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disc. In our bodies, there are 7 major chakras, or energy centers. The chakras align the spine, starting at the base of the spine and ending at the crown of the head. Each chakra is associated with certain organs, nerves, and emotions. In order to have a healthy and happy body, the chakras must be open and balanced. When there is a blockage or deficiency, energy cannot flow smoothly throughout the body. This can lead to physical, psychological or emotional problems.
Yoga philosophy states that one way to keep the chakras open and balanced is through the practice of meditation. Meditation allows us to focus on the energy centers individually so that we can give each chakra the attention that it needs.
The heart chakra is our source of love and connection. It unifies us with other beings and allows us to be compassionate, caring, generous and kind. When our anahata chakra is open, we love others and ourselves. Our love is free of judgment and restrictions; it is universal and all encompassing. Love keeps the world turning, keeps people smiling, and keeps us all connected. Love is life, and life without love is no life at all.
The following is a meditation that is catered to our anahata chakra. This meditation will help release any blockages located at our heart center and will help bring warmth and joy into our lives.
“Do everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it any other way.”
Heart chakra meditation:
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
***If you are interested in meditation, check out the link below. The website/app is like a gym membership…. for your mind!