On this earth most of us have felt the deep ache of loss, the numbing burden of sorrow, and the pain of our heart breaking. Nobody wants to experience loss, but it is inevitable. As the Buddha taught, we are each given ten thousand joys and ten thousand sorrows. The challenge lies in not getting mired in either the joy or the emotional pain, keeping our hearts open and soft instead of closed and constricted.
We have seven chakras, or energy centers, located along the axis of our spines. Each of the seven chakras is associated with a sound vibration and a color. In this exercise, we will focus on opening our heart or Anahata chakra, located in the center of the chest. This is the chakra of love, compassion, peace, and acceptance. The sound vibration associated with the heart chakra is "yum" and the color is a vibrant emerald green.
Begin by closing your eyes and focusing on your heart. Visualize a beautiful green light that nurtures and bathes your heart in pure love. Take a deep breath, and on the exhalation, say "yuummmmm" aloud in one long syllable.
Feel the sound vibration in your body and notice the energy flowing effortlessly from the base of your spine through your heart chakra. Continue breathing deeply and repeat the sound yum on each exhalation until you feel infused with a feeling of peace and safety.
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“The love you pray for is trying to reach you at every moment. Your longing, your deep fantasies about being loved are mere shadows of the melting sweetness that makes spirit want to love you.”
~ Deepak Chopra
Experience Emotional Release
As the ancient seers observed, while pain is unavoidable, suffering, which is the pain that we hold onto, is optional. The following process will help you release every kind of emotion by connecting directly to the sensations in your body:
Take a few deep breaths, sit quietly, and feel the sensations in your body. You might feel tightness in your chest, stiffness in your neck, or some other manifestation of the upsetting emotion.
Feel the sensation without judging it. Just sit with the sensation.
Allow any feelings, thoughts or energies that arise. You may hear the voices of anxiety, anger, fear, or regret. Let the voices say what they want to say, and listen with compassion.
Feel the energy of the emotion dispersing, without demanding a total release. Your body will let go of as much stored energy as it can at this time.
In a few hours or the next day, repeat the process. You will begin to feel a sense of lightness and wellbeing as you release and free your heart.
Matsyasana: Fish Pose
Matsyasana, or Fish Pose, opens the chest area and nourishes the heart chakra. Begin by lying on your back with hands under your buttocks, palms facing down. Gently arch your back and place the crown of your head on the floor. Close your eyes and breathe deeply in the pose as you feel your chest opening up. Release after five deep breaths.
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