Chakras. You may have heard of them, you may have not. There are seven main chakras in our bodies which spiritual energy flows through. Blocked energy in only one of our chakras can lead to the physical manifestation of illness. Eventually I’ll share a little bit about all the seven chakras but today, I’m going to focus on my favorite one – the Heart Chakra, also known as Anahata. It’s also the middle of the chakra where the lower chakras are associated with physical organs, and the upper chakras are associated more with energy.

The heart chakra infuses compassion, beauty, and love into our lives. Located at the center of our body, this chakra symbolizes balance and is often the focus when attempting to heal someone from the emotional scarring that comes with heartbreak, divorce, death, etc. We’ve all heard the phrase Love Heals All Wounds and most spiritual traditions do recognize love as a great healing force.

This chakra is associated with jade, aventurine, and rose quartz (one of my favorite crystals). If there’s an imbalance in your heart chakra, it may show itself through the physical condition of heart conditions, breast cancer, asthma, upper back and shoulder problems. You may also have a hard time showing love and accepting love.

One of my all-time favorite books to read when it comes to the energy centers and physical manifestation of disease is Anatomy of the Spirit, by Caroline Myss.

Let’s say you think you have an imbalance in your heart chakra. What can you do about it?

Here are some things you can try:

  • Since the heart chakra is associated with the color green try drinking green tea, eating green colored foods (such as kale or spinach) or even sitting in a room with a green light.
  • Open yourself up to others. Love yourself and allow them to love you in return.
  • Meditate and burn incense scented with jasmine, lavender, or rose.
  • Book a crystal healing session to help realign the energy that flows through, and around, you.

While some may argue the importance of one chakra above all, all of the chakras are important and all play a factor in your health. In order to continue to thrive as a person, you must take some time each week to focus on your own self-care. Even taking just a few minutes to enjoy a warm cup of tea or to close your eyes and focus on the silence will go a long way.