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THE HEART (4th) CHAKRA: COMPASSION

January 01, 2018

By Marina Likhov, Co-Founder of Modern ŌM

 

Get out of your head and get into your heart. Think less, feel more.      ~Osho

 

The 4th, or HEART Chakra is not just an ancient symbol, it plays an important role in our everyday life. In our modern world this Chakra manifests as the intention for COMPASSION - “The love you share unconditionally with the world”.

The 4th CHAKRA is the middle chakra in a system of seven and is located in the center of the chest. It carries the energy of integration and transformation – it integrates the upper and lower chakras and unifies body and spirit.

When we start living in the HEART CHAKRA, survival, sex, money and power are no longer enough. Moving beyond our ego and the separate self, we begin to focus on compassion, gratitude, and unconditional love of others and self.

Partially open in early childhood, HEART CHAKRA becomes prominent in our lives between 28 and 35. During this time, deep and lasting friendships develop, we have children and are ready to experience real and mature love.

An open HEART CHAKRA allows us to be “light-hearted”, nonjudgmental, have a sense of peace and generally live with an “easy” and “open” heart, because when balanced, the 4th CHAKRA radiates love, joy, emotional warmth and generosity.

HEART CHAKRA also helps us to feel connected to nature - many people with healthy 4th CHAKRA love to spend time outdoors, and they love animals.

When unbalanced, the 4th CHAKRA makes us needy, demanding attention and even love, while being unable to accept or give love and to forgive others. Our relationships suffer when we “love too much” or “give too much”, or becomes clingy and possessive.

When blocked, HEART CHAKRA manifests in feelings of intense loneliness and a lack of emotional fulfillment, being insensitive and “cold-hearted”. Despair, hate, condemnation, “heartlessness” and envy are all negative expressions of a dysfunctional HEART CHAKRA.

 

Our 4th CHAKRA Overview covers everything you need to know about its traditional words, symbols, sounds, and representations in nature.

Sanskrit Name    ANAHATA

English Name     HEART

Modern ŌM Intention    COMPASSION    

It Governs         On the physical level - the chest, shoulders, lungs, heart. On the emotional, it relates to healing, self-acceptance, relationships and love.

Location    The Center of the Chest at Heart Level

Color           GREEN

Green is the color of growth and life, a color of grass and trees. The 4th CHAKRA helps us to feel connected to nature.

Element       AIR

Sound          YAM

By chanting YAM when you feel heart-broken, depressed or lonely, you create a vibration that resonates with this Chakra and puts it in balance and alignment with the whole body.

Gemstones   Amazonite, Moss Agate, Emerald, Rose Quartz   

Crystals have well-established frequencies and vibrate in support of one or several Chakras. They are age-old tools for intention setting.

Animal      ANTELOPE

Chakras are often associated with animals that are attributed specific chakra qualities. The 4th CHAKRA is symbolically represented by gentle Antelope because it inspires tenderness and vulnerability as it gracefully leaps over obstacles.

Scent        Rose, Bergamot, Jasmine

 

 

Some of the most beneficial activities to keep your HEART CHAKRA healthy is spending time outdoors and visiting places “sacred to you”. Perform “random acts of kindness”, and express gratitude before going to sleep. It is helpful eating green foods, such as leafy greens, green apples and avocados, drinking green tea.

When you are working on the HEART CHAKRA, it is helpful to ask yourself questions to better understand how yours is doing:

    • How often do I spend time in nature?
    • How easy is it for me to forgive?
    • Do I have compassion for myself and others?
    • Am I lonely?

    To heal and balance Chakras, it helps to use affirmations, or mantras. You might want to use them during meditation, or just repeat throughout your day.

    By understanding your energy body, of which Chakras are a major part, you can find out a lot about yourself, and successfully navigate your life understanding others as well. Happy learning!

    Thanks for reading!

    Write us here if you have a question about the 4th CHAKRA.

     

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    How does the intention of COMPASSION affect your daily life, and in what way? Write us in the comments below and we respond with answers. Looking forward to hearing from you!

     

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      Marina Likhov

      Marina is Modern ŌM's lead designer, and is a recovering CEO of a consumer products trading firm. She is a devoted student of spirituality in its many forms, which inspires her approach to developing Modern OM's line of products. Marina's goal is to connect people with beauty and spirit by offering elegantly designed, lasting, functional staples for everyday living.

       

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        REMINDERS OF THE  4th CHAKRA

             

      The content on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

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      Comments on this post (1)

      • Jun 04, 2018

        Amazing info! Loved it. Is there a specific amount of time in which a mantra should be recited to balance a chakra? Thank you so much!

        — Astrid

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