Well, here we are on this lovely Tuesday, and today we’re talking up the Heart Chakra! According to Chakra Healing, the Heart Chakra is “your center for love, including self-love. If your heart chakra is blocked, you have trouble giving and receiving love; you don’t feel much compassion for others; you hold grudges, you’re needy and clingy, and often have anger issues.” It’s no wonder I feel like I want to clear mine so often!
Everybody always says “you have to love yourself before you can love someone else,” but I’m not sure that’s at all true. I think a lot of us love and treat other people (sometimes even random strangers!) much better than we love and treat ourselves. I often have ridiculously high expectations for myself, and then I fall into the depths of despair and self-loathing when I don’t fulfill them. That’s not very loving. I’m not saying that we should all settle for less than our best and move through life half-heartedly. But, you know what? Sometimes my best will not be good enough, and sometimes someone else’s best will be better. And that’s ok.
This is a quick meditation exercise I like to use whenever I’m feeling particularly un-loving. I like to imagine opening up my heart like a window (on the sunny canal in the little French village of Annecy, but it’s not like I get specific….), and letting the light shine into all the dark parts that I maybe haven’t looked at in quite a while. Sadness, anger, guilt, and grudges hide in the tiniest of places, so, as the Fifth Dimension would say: Let the sunshine in!!