The heart chakra is the fourth spiritual centre within all of us. Physically located at the chest area, we can feel into this space by placing our hands over the chest and sitting quietly. By consciously breathing with a focus at the heart space, we awaken the heart centre.
The heart centre is known as the centre of compassion. A neutral space of love without agenda. From a neutral space we have the ability to make decisions that are free of expectation and fear. When our heart is open, we open up to possibilities, opportunities and act in synch with the universe.
Try this simple heart breath meditation to connect to the heart. This is a great one to use when you need to make a decision and you’re not sure what to do. Practising this meditation regularly helps develop the ability to listen to our heart. The heart connects us to the path that is right for us.
Hands on heart meditation:
- Begin by holding your arms straight out to your sides, parallel to the floor, palms down. Long deep breathing or breath of fire for 1-4 min. Focus on building energy between your palms and the earth. This will prepare you for the next part of the meditation.
- Place your hands on your heart, left on top of right. Feel into your hands and your heart space – the front and back of the chest. Look down toward the nose with eyes just slightly open.
- Sit and be with yourself.
- Practise being present.
- Time: 3-11 mins or longer.
With regular practice this meditation will develop heart centre sensitivity. You can communicate with your heart. When you are settled into this meditation, ask a question, ask your heart to indicate a positive or negative response so that you can begin to get answers from your heart, not your head. You can also place your right hand on the heart and the left hand on the pubic bone or second chakra. This connects the heart with the feelings, child and instinctual self and helps bypass the mind and the will.
This meditation is a simple yet very powerful tool to develop awareness, a neutral mind and compassion and was taken from Gururattan Kaur Khalsa’s book “Your Life is in Your Chakras, with the Kundalini Yoga Sets & Meditations of Yogi Bhajan”