How to Open Your Heart (Heart Chakra)

Updated: Mar 8

When our hearts are open we tend to have more optimism, compassion, deeper relationships, and less cynicism. As we become more empathetic, our emotional intelligence grows with an open heart. Unfortunately, a lot of us armoured our hearts when we were younger because of heartbreak and hurt. It was painful to feel so we built up walls around our hearts and distanced ourselves from our emotions. To open your heart and start to release some of these barriers, a great way to do this is through opening the heart chakra. You maybe wondering, "what is a chakra?"

The chakras were first discovered in India thousands of years ago. The word chakra in Sanskrit essentially means “spinning disc”. Chakras are energy wheels within your body. There are seven main chakras: root chakra, sacral chakra, solar plexus charka, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye chakra, and the crown chakra. They are separate yet connected to the physical and energetic body. These spinning discs support and process energy that flow through you.

Each chakra is associated with different aspects of your life and self, they keep us in balance and aligned. When a chakra is blocked and there are many reasons why a chakra can be blocked, these discs are no long spinning at a healthy capacity. Below gives you a better understanding of the heart chakra, what it looks like when it is blocked and how to open it and connect with your heart.

Heart Chakra (Anahata)