Heart-mandala-by-Bill

Dancing your heart chakra: The key to unconditional love

Heart Chakra Mandala
Heart Mandala by Bill Broard at Visual Alchemy

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”  Dalai Lama

We are human, and we love.  Love creates so much joy, and yet it seems to inspire so much pain in our lives. How can we learn to love and to make wise choices about our relationships? How can we learn to fully express love and choose wonderful, caring partners?

The health of our relationships is determined by the health of our heart chakra. Relationship problems, our insecurities and needs are all regulated by the heart chakra. If we wish to enjoy satisfying and enriching relationships with people who open their heart to us in return, we can do this by balancing and enhancing the health of our heart chakra.

The heart chakra’s true purpose is to help us fully and safely experience love. The Sanskrit name for the heart chakra, Anahata translates to unhurt, a beautiful reference to the place from which we can love without fear or pain, without attachment. When we balance our heart chakra, we simultaneously release past relationship wounds and attachments which may be hurting us in the present, and which could also compromise our future. The key to attaining the state of being ‘unhurt’ is to find love, forgiveness and compassion – for others, and also for ourselves.

When we begin to heal the heart chakra, we create a softening of the heart. This softening stirs the energy of love and compassion and through awareness we can begin to dissolve the hurt we so often bury in our hearts. As our heart awakens to its own loving potential we begin to experience genuine connection with others, and our relationships grow healthy and radiate love.

When the heart chakra is balanced and open we can begin to move towards that wonderful state of being Buddhists describe as ‘loving kindness’. In this state one is non-judgmental of others and oneself, lives a life full of generosity and sees the inherent goodness in all.

Evaluating your heart chakra
Simply answer YES or NO to each of the statements below. If you score more than four Nos it may indicate that your heart chakra is imbalanced. If you score four or more YES answers, wonderful! You are balanced in the heart centre.

∆         I am a generous person.

∆         I have open, honest relationships.

∆         I have compassion for myself.

∆         I forgive easily.

∆         I accept others as they are.

∆         I breathe deeply and effortlessly.

∆         I accept myself just as I am.

Balancing your heart chakra with Chakradance: The dance of love
Blending free-flowing movements with particular frequencies of sound, Chakradance is a dynamic dance journey through the seven chakras. To dance the heart chakra is to move with lightness, joy and compassion, as reflected in dances from ancient Spain, Egypt and China. Many of these dances used exaggerated arm movements to gently whirl into deep states of joyful harmony. Other dances of China symbolised balance, where mimetic movements expressed the union of heaven and earth. We’ve draw inspiration from these dances, and move the arms to feel uplifted, light and free. Inspired by the whirling of the ancient ones, we dance a soaring journey of love, compassion and joy.

Healing rose meditation
As a free gift to you, we would like to offer a dancing meditation for the heart chakra, with music by the amazing Dale Nougher. You’ll find it under “Latest news” on the Home page of our website, www.chakradance.com.

Give yourself the gift of a little time, and a relaxing space in which to dance, and it will help soothe and heal your heart, leaving you feeling lighter, more joyful. Enjoy with our blessings, and feel free to share the link with any friends or loved ones who you think might like it or benefit from it too!

For more information on Chakradance classes and music specifically to dance the heart chakra, go to www.chakradance.com.

Natalie Southgate

Natalie Southgate

Natalie Southgate is passionate about how dance, music and the chakras can help people to a deeper connection to their true selves, and happier, more balanced lives. She founded Chakradance in 1998 while working and studying in London. She qualified as a healer with National Federation of Spiritual Healers (UK) and with the College of Psychic Studies (UK) in 1999. She also gained a Diploma in Analytical Psychology and Healing with Distinction in 2000 with The Society for Psychology and Healing (UK).

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