Fourth chakra meditation builds a bridge between your physical and spiritual dimensions by activating and opening your heart or love chakra.
The Sanskrit name for the chakra is Anahata or 'un-struck' - some scholars call it the place of the unstruck sound because 'the heart sings without having to be played.'
Located in the middle of the chakra system, it leads to a step-change from the 'grounded,' three lower chakras to the 'lofty,' three higher chakras.
Even the element of the Fourth chakra, Air, is 'subtle' and invisible compared to its 'grosser' companions Earth, Water and Fire from the lower chakras. Prana or the vital life-force resides in the heart chakra.
The color of nature, Green, is the color of the chakra, and a twelve petalled lotus in the centre of the chest guards the chakra's beej mantra, Yam.
Anahata chakra controls heart and lungs as well as shoulders, arms and chest. An unbalanced chakra could lead to coronary conditions, bronchitis, asthma, shoulder and upper back pain and even lung and breast cancer.
All love and compassion is experienced from your anahata or heart chakra.
A blockage here could result in withdrawal from people and from real connection. It makes you judgmental and shy away from intimacy. It bars the connection between your body and your mind and may even arrest your spiritual connection with God or the higher power.
On the other hand, an overactive heart chakra may find you stuck in a one-sided, dysfunctional relationship where you have lost all your sense of individuality and independence.
The following fourth chakra meditations will help you unplug your heart chakra and get a 'change of air' to bring your life back into balance.
Awaken the Anahata Chakra
The beej sound or mantra of the Air element is YAM (pronounced as yum). Chanting this mantra helps activate the chakra.
Vaayu or Air Meditation
Fourth chakra meditation on the anahata chakra opens your heart and prepares you for metta or 'loving kindness' meditation - one of the most important Buddhist meditation practices.
Following external instructions, as provided in heart chakra guided meditation, can be an easier way of doing fourth chakra meditation.
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