The 4th Chakra, also referred to as Anahata, is where the physical and spiritual come together. Associated with a vibrant green hue and located at the exact center of the chest, it corresponds not only to the heart but your lungs, thymus gland, and your cardiac plexus.
Living from your heart center is a joyous and engaging place. When the heart is opened, you will naturally feel love and compassion for others, radiating respect and peacefulness regardless of what is happening around.
Whereas a deficient or closed heart chakra will manifest by being withdrawn, avoiding social interactions, fear of intimacy, being over critical of oneself and others, inability to forgive or lacking empathy, an overactive 4th energy centre will lead to being overly demanding of others, especially close family or friends, jealousy or tendency to feel like a victim, losing sense of personal boundaries in a way that is detrimental to own well-being, trying to please at all costs.
At the physical level heart chakra imbalances can manifest as circulatory and heart-related issues, respiratory ailments, such as lung infection, bronchitis, asthma/allergies or upper back and shoulder problems.
How to balance the heart chakra?
One of the most powerful technique is to observe the breath and work with it to balance your energy, by trying out several breathing exercises.
Also, practice self-care, self love and cultivate self-compassion and acceptance, especially with regard to your body and emotions.
Express your gratitude for everything in your life, from having a roof on top of your head to people who are supportive of you in any way.
Focus on giving if you are most of the time a receiver and on receiving if you have an inclination to be a giver. Practice forgiveness.
Meditate by visualising a vibrant green colour in the middle of your chest while playing with the breathing exercises.
Appreciate beauty in your life, whether it’s in people, art or nature.
Keep in mind that love is the most powerful healing energy in the Universe and any inner state of unconditional love will benefit you immensely.