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Toni Greene, Owner
Heart Health
Happy Hour Yoga Center
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Heart Health

How to heal the heart? Love will heal the heart. The heart is the fourth energy center of the human body. The human body has at least eight energy centers known as chakras. Chakras are said to be a map for the journey through life. The journey of life has many aspects. A chakra is a spinning vortex of activity created by the presence of consciousness within the physical body; the chakra energy carries urges, emotions, habits, and the imprints of all that happens to us. The chakras are a gateway between the body and mind. Classically, there are seven main chakras that correspond to our seven central nerve ganglia (bundles) branching out from our spinal column. The chakras in the computer world can be thought of as a CD that can be installed into our hardware (brain), which influences the flow of life force (prana). The programs from the CD (chakras) tell us when to do things like eat, sleep, and how to relate to others. Well sometimes, like a computer system, we get bugs, viruses that affect the program. The bugs that get into our systems can be a deficiency or an excess in the chakras.
The heart is the fourth energy center and it is also the fourth chakra. Life sometimes gives us trouble and we try to find ways to cope. There are two main ways in coping with the problems or the troubles in life, they are to increase or decrease your energy center in order to deal with with the difficulty. Increasing energy would include creating a fever to combat bacteria, getting your friends together to help you fight, or staying up all night to study for an exam. Decreasing your energy is a way of trying to get away from a threat, like disassociating to make the pain go away.
Excessive or an increased amount of energy in the heart center can cause codependency, focusing too much on others, poor boundaries, jealousy, being a pleaser, or being a martyr. Decreased or a deficiency in the heart chakra can cause you to be withdrawn, critical, intolerant, lonely, have a lack of sympathy, and fear of intimacy.
Ups and downs, highs and lows, these are all aspects that need to be balanced. When you are stressed and do not release or express it, you can become excessive, it can then manifest into blockages. Blockages can lead to common ailments such as hypertension, heart disease, circulatory problems, difficulty breathing, aching in the chest or upper back, a weak immune system and frequent bronchitis or lung infections.
The heart chakras can be balanced, healed and transformed by acknowledging that a blockage does exist in this center. Love is the ultimate healer of the heart. An open heart feels compassion and empathy for both yourself and others. It is important to find balance in relationships, mind, body and self. Try working on your breathing. Breathing is a powerful way to cleanse the body and purify the mind. Breathing gives life force energy or, prana. Falling in love with life gives the heart passion and opens you up to spirit and all of its perfected manifestations. Take the steps needed to balance and heal the heart. Listening to music is good for the heart and head. Learn to sit quietly and meditate. There are different ways to meditate, find the one that is comfortable for you. Let go, stop trying to control everything, let it be, forgive. It is okay to say you are sorry. It is okay to be wrong sometimes, and it is okay not to have the last word.
Sat Nam.

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