When I say ‘I followed my heart to India’, I literally mean, I followed my heart to India. In this post I will talk about my personal experience with chakras, specifically the heart chakra.
Think about someone you love dearly, can you feel a warm expansion in the center of your chest? Now, remember a time when you have been completely heartbroken (divorce, death of a loved one etc.), you may have felt an emptiness or pain in the same place. Eastern philosophy would say your heart chakra was responsible.
Chakras (a Sanskrit word for wheel) are energy centers in the body associated with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. According to spiritual texts, we have seven of these energy centers and energy imbalance or blockage within the chakras can cause us problems. Meditation and yoga are practices which keep not only our mind and body healthy, but also open and align your chakras. Each of the seven charkas are represented by a different coloured lotus flower.
I was introduced to chakras several years ago, after attending a yoga class at college. I loved the beautiful lotus flowers, colours and symbology associated with the theory. After that brief flirtation, chakras didn’t cross my mind again until I met my husband online. Our first conversation online made my heart beat faster and I felt so much love, but our hug on our first physical meeting, when my husband came to meet me in London, was something absolutely extraordinary.
My heart was full of pure bliss and this exploded to fill my whole body, I could see pink light surround us and the world disappeared. I cried with happiness, it was like visiting heaven, never in my life had I felt such love, a love that went beyond time and the material world. It was completely overwhelming and like nothing I had experienced before.
After this hug, husband and I had to part ways, he board his flight to Mumbai. I cried and cried on my journey back home, I was inconsolable. I couldn’t get that hug out of my mind. I started to research my out of this world experience and found that others had experienced something similar. They usually described it as their heart chakra opening, most achieving this through yoga or meditation.
The heart (anahata) chakra is located in the center of the chest and represented by a twelve petaled lotus with a shatkola in the middle. A shatkola has two triangles, one representing Shiva (masculine energy of God) and the other Shakti (feminine energy of God), linked together with unconditional love forming a star. To connect with your heart chakra you should smell roses, practice yoga, show compassion and forgive those who have wronged you.
That physical feeling of love in my heart showed me that this man was the man for me and this was the right path for me. My heart compass guided me to my happiness, not logic or calculating risk.
I later learnt the heart chakra is associated with green (healing) and pink (love and compassion), I instantly remembered seeing pink light surrounding us when I hugged my husband goodbye in London. I know that many people will think this is baloney, but this is my experience. An unforgettable experience
Have you ever felt love in your heart chakra?