Opening the Heart Chakra

The heart chakra, located in the center of the chest, is the energy point that embodies love, warmth, compassion and joy. Teaching our children how to maintain an open heart is a priceless skill that provides emotional balance that will follow them throughout their lives.

However, this isn’t always so easy. Children, like adults, can suffer from guilt, grief, fear and betrayal…all emotions that can lead to a closing of the heart chakra. This closing is often a natural response to hurt and a means to protecting oneself; however, holding hurt feelings cuts one off from others and severs our human connections.

By opening the heart chakra, one is able to let go of pain and form deep bonds with others. The heart chakra is a healing center because love embodies it. In fact, the Sandkrit word, Anahata, means “unhurt”. Beneath where past hurts lie is a pure and spiritual place where love is housed.

How do we teach our children to maintain an open heart? Here a few tips:

*Encourage openness of emotions. *Teach kids to place their hands on their chest, visualizing a beautiful flower blooming beneath them as they let go of hurt feelings. *Incorporate the primary heart chakra color of green and the secondary color of pink. *Flowers and Essential oils can open the heart chakra. These include rose, rosewood, jasmine, holly, pine and eucalyptus. *Eat leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, celery and squash. *Drink green and herbal teas. *Add a little spice, such as sage, cilantro, basil, thyme and parsley to your everyday diet. *Incorporate the “other natural medicine” – music! Tibetan Singing Bowl music is a wonderful way to become in tune with the vibrations of the heart.

All of these strategies can be implemented in isolation or within your Touch Medicine massage routine! Integrate with meditation and deep breathing as you support your child in his or her journey, learning to tap into the heart chakra, the wellspring of love and joy.