As you know, your heart chakra is the energy center connected with your capacity to give and receive love. If you’ve been wounded emotionally in your life (and so many of us have), how you managed your heart energy had – and may still have – an impact on your experience of love today.

But even if you’ve made it into adulthood unscathed by the slings and arrows of love, energizing the heart chakra to expand your capacity to give and receive love – to and from all of life – is a healing gift to all of us. So here’s a few things for you to experiment with in order to build your physical heart and super-charge your energetic one.

1. Do a few Push-ups

I know, I know, some of you are thinking, “You’re not serious, are you?” Well, Push-ups aren’t my favorite either, but I’m not talking about boot-camp. Just two or three push-ups done with a focus on your heart center’s movement toward the earth and back again helps build your heart-felt connection with the heart of our planet. Just straighten your body from knees to head, with your weight on straightened arms – palms flat on the ground. Take in a deep breath. Exhale. And on the next inhalation, bend your elbows and lower yourself as far as it feels comfortable. You don’t have to go very far. The important thing here is to keep your focus on your heart area while imagining a ray of green light coming up from the earth and into your heart chakra.

2. Hug Yourself

This let’s you physically demonstrate your love and appreciation for yourself, which activates your heart chakra. You can add affirmative statements like “I love you,” or “I really love and appreciate myself,” or “even though I’ve sometimes blocked my heart, I deeply love and appreciate myself.”

3. Lift your Heart to the Heavens

I love this one and do it a few times every day. Simply stretch your arms out wide and imagine your heart literally lifting toward the sky. Breath in deep and say to yourself or out loud: “I open my heart to the love of the Divine” (or God or whatever word has most meaning to you.) You can also do this when you feel too much ego-mind; or you can do this to surrender your heart to your higher self, your angels or guides. The most important thing is that is has meaning to you and that you allow the love to come through.

4. Breath from your Heart

I’ve been practicing this method of conscious breathing for almost two years now and it’s noticeably deepened my awareness of what my heart chakra is up to throughout my day. Whenever I go into meditation, I roll my eyes up and back toward the back of my head. From there I imagine that energy going downward into my heart. Once I feel it there, I inhale and draw the breath from that heart space, as I visualize energy pouring from the heavens into my heart. Sometimes I visualize the color green – especially if my meditation will be followed by a distant Reiki session. Sometimes it’s pure white light or golden light. But with each breath, I see the light pouring in to my heart chakra as I inhale, then spreading out through my entire being as I exhale.

5. The Heart Chant

I love this chant and sing it any time I’m starting to feel overwhelmed by too much thinking. It goes like this: “I open my Heart in Sweet Surrender to the Luminous Lovelight of the One!” I just sing it over and over again until I start to let go the mind and return to loving energy of my heart. (Let me know if you want me to record this for you as a future post).

Check out a brilliant article on heart chakra healing by Carol Tuttle on her blog;

http://www.chakrahealing.com/blog/heart-chakra-healing/

Your Turn!

What do you do to connect with your heart energy? If you’ve got a particular exercise, movement, mantra or chant that works for you, please leave me a comment and let me know!

Dawn DelVecchio is the author of our sister blog, The Healers Way. The mission of the Healer’s Way is to be a resource for healers and all others. This healing community of over 25,000 healers engage in dialogues to explore the latest information on alternative healing, energy healing, and the healing of humanity.
This article was originally posted on The Healers Way, at this link.
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Dawn DelVecchio

Dawn DelVecchio

Dawn DelVecchio is a writer, traveler, speaker and coach. She's been living a life devoted to spirit and purpose for more than 28 years. As the author and host of DawnDelVecchio.com, and a guest contributor to a number of personal growth blogs, Dawn shares insights, tips and practical tools for you to live a life of greater purpose, happiness and abundance. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Unlocking your Prosperity: 7 Keys to Healing your Money Mindset & Fully Stepping into your Calling.

23 Comments

  • kochunarayan says:

    good

  • Guest says:

    LOVE is the answer!

  • Antoine Lammam says:

    I want to thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and your energy here on line.

    I also like to share with you some of my energy that comes in poetry. I am a published poet, and this poem I am going to share with you comes from my book,"Confessions from Rain", 2 ND Edition. Enjoy.

    Face to Face

    When you embrace the morning

    with your silence,

    and write your crazy poems

    In my notebook.

    When you build your house of passion

    inside of my ribs,

    and declare our memories

    to the trees and to the birds.

    It is then when I decide

    if I am still afraid to love you,

    or just to become a man of fire,

    or a man of sand

    in the face of your wind.

    Antoine Lammam

  • Antoine Lammam says:

    I want to thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and your energy here on line.
    I also like to share with you some of my energy that comes in poetry. I am a published poet, and this poem I am going to share with you comes from my book,”Confessions from Rain”, 2 ND Edition. Enjoy.

    Face to Face

    When you embrace the morning

    with your silence,

    and write your crazy poems

    In my notebook.

    When you build your house of passion

    inside of my ribs,

    and declare our memories

    to the trees and to the birds.

    It is then when I decide

    if I am still afraid to love you,

    or just to become a man of fire,

    or a man of sand

    in the face of your wind.

    Antoine Lammam

  • Donna says:

    The heart chakra…my favorite to read about. I love this useful post. It is sooooo important, especially when healing from trauma and past hurts to pay attention to the heart chakra and love yourself. Michael Singer, who wrote, "The Untethered Soul", wrote a great passage about removing emotional thorns. Everyone gets rubbed by thorns. Everyone. Some thorns are bigger and cut deeper than others. The question is, would we rather walk around in life avoiding everything, so as not to rub the thorn? Or would it be better for us in the long run to locate the pain take it out thorn for good? If we don't take it out, every time the thorn gets rubbed our hearts close just a little more. If we take it out, we are free. Our hearts are open. Love the exercises above!
    My recent post Healing with the Masters Series FREE

  • Donna says:

    The heart chakra…my favorite to read about. I love this useful post. It is sooooo important, especially when healing from trauma and past hurts to pay attention to the heart chakra and love yourself. Michael Singer, who wrote, “The Untethered Soul”, wrote a great passage about removing emotional thorns. Everyone gets rubbed by thorns. Everyone. Some thorns are bigger and cut deeper than others. The question is, would we rather walk around in life avoiding everything, so as not to rub the thorn? Or would it be better for us in the long run to locate the pain take it out thorn for good? If we don't take it out, every time the thorn gets rubbed our hearts close just a little more. If we take it out, we are free. Our hearts are open. Love the exercises above!
    My recent post Healing with the Masters Series FREE

  • Caitlyn says:

    I really love the heart chakra exercise I heard in a webinar about the Chakra 7 Program. Basically you imagine a green light in the distance and bring it closer with thought and feeling. When it it close and bright, it transmutes to a crystal white light with a closed pink rose in the middle. You focus on opening the rose slowly, and when it completely open it releases a sparkling golden light. I would suggest to add some personal variations, but this basic meditation it really moving.

  • Staying connected to the light no matter what this world tries to pull you to for themselves is the best thing you can do to survive all the negative thoughts and illusions of this world. These techniques are valuable in my opinion and praying is great. In my personal experience calling upon the divine can shew every dark force there ever was away for good….We have purpose and we can change the world it says so all over the bible we had a choice the whole time.Thank you

  • John says:

    My mantra: L-O-V-E.

  • Anieta V. says:

    To change over to love myself I listen that little inner voice that can become so big and cunning without even realizing it until I feel myself sitting in fear and looking for comfort. Just by listening to it and acknowledging to it, I can then let it go and give myself a love-invoking and positive statement in return. It does require a moment of stopping and listening but the results are great. When I feel great, I can be a lot more gentle, forgiving and kind, not only to myself but to others as well. It is a conscious effort to create this love for myself every day.
    My recent post The Spiritual Side of Hormone Balance

  • Anieta V. says:

    To change over to love myself I listen that little inner voice that can become so big and cunning without even realizing it until I feel myself sitting in fear and looking for comfort. Just by listening to it and acknowledging to it, I can then let it go and give myself a love-invoking and positive statement in return. It does require a moment of stopping and listening but the results are great. When I feel great, I can be a lot more gentle, forgiving and kind, not only to myself but to others as well. It is a conscious effort to create this love for myself every day.
    My recent post The Spiritual Side of Hormone Balance

  • raghu says:

    LOVE is everything to me…

  • Pamela says:

    Push ups- who knew? Another good excuse to exercise. Really interesting fun exercises for the heart chakra. Perfect for people who can use some healing of the heart.
    My recent post Business Intuition- How to Use Your Intuition in Business

  • Pamela says:

    Push ups- who knew? Another good excuse to exercise. Really interesting fun exercises for the heart chakra. Perfect for people who can use some healing of the heart.
    My recent post Business Intuition- How to Use Your Intuition in Business

  • Cyn says:

    It would be wonderful to have the chant available

  • TREV says:

    I Love Myself and I Accept Myself, even though I don't understand myself.

    I Love You and I Accept You, even though I don't understand you.

    I'll try repeating these lines while I hug myself.

    Peace and Love to ALL!

  • TREV says:

    I Love Myself and I Accept Myself, even though I don't understand myself.

    I Love You and I Accept You, even though I don't understand you.

    I'll try repeating these lines while I hug myself.

    Peace and Love to ALL!

  • Ninette Aoun says:

    Hello,
    Thank you for sharing your lovely experiences..
    Of course, Love is the answer for the Heart Chakra Energyzing or Healing. Love is an unlimited state covering all the aspects of our being. I would love to call it, the Perfect-Being state.
    The most powerful healing tool for every Chakra and every disturbances in Life is Love. whether the disturbance is on the physical, the mental, the emotional or the spiritual level. The healing energy is an energy of Love that is there to do its wonderful changes in silence.
    Personnaly, after giving all my respect to all of the spiritual and religious points of view, and also after being totaly convinced that we all can reach it with each one's way, but my way is The Rosary, Mother Mary is my Angel my guide. She transforms my heart into a loving heart, I can experience wonderful changes on myself , arround me and on my patients as a therapist.
    With All My Respect.

  • Ninette Aoun says:

    Hello,
    Thank you for sharing your lovely experiences..
    Of course, Love is the answer for the Heart Chakra Energyzing or Healing. Love is an unlimited state covering all the aspects of our being. I would love to call it, the Perfect-Being state.
    The most powerful healing tool for every Chakra and every disturbances in Life is Love. whether the disturbance is on the physical, the mental, the emotional or the spiritual level. The healing energy is an energy of Love that is there to do its wonderful changes in silence.
    Personnaly, after giving all my respect to all of the spiritual and religious points of view, and also after being totaly convinced that we all can reach it with each one's way, but my way is The Rosary, Mother Mary is my Angel my guide. She transforms my heart into a loving heart, I can experience wonderful changes on myself , arround me and on my patients as a therapist.
    With All My Respect.

  • joan says:

    as i was reading this i rememered that i have always felt God had a purpose for me never really understanding what it was but, i need this teaching very bad i see for it makes me feel loved when i hug myself is when a part of me feels purpose.when i talk to myself a port of something says i'm knocking at your door let me in i am that part of you who is trying so desperately to tell you i love you than you for that joan

  • In the process of our intuitive development, we learn to
    listen more deeply and follow the guidance that comes from within. Because
    conscious awareness is building during that time, whenever we choose not to
    listen and go against our intuition, the lessons learned seem twice as powerful
    and painful than if we had listened.

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