The next chakra is the heart chakra – the place of unconditional love and emotional power. It controls the love energy in the body, influencing your capacity to love and let go, as well as compassion, affection, the ability to remain tranquil and have inner peace regardless of the external.
Yes, what is going on in the world and your country does affect your life, but only on a macro scale. You still have the power of your choice. You can choose to listen to the negative things that make you feel bad, or you can shut out those voices in favor of the ones that uplift you. You can decide to remove yourself from the overarching politics and battles that are going on, and rather position yourself to live in a place of unconditional love; to give and receive unconditional love. What you get from an experience is partly what you bring to it first. Bring your best, most loving self to every interaction and you will bring that out in other people you interact with too.
Through unity and openness we can build the society we want to see, regardless of the current situation in our country or world. Bring the best version of you to every person, every situation and interaction – through your manner, you will automatically uplift those around you.
To stay in the light, and feel hope and joy when the world around you seems to be falling apart, can be a challenge. Just like we give to our bodies when we are ill, we need to give to our being when our hearts are heavy. Find practices that allow you to feel good; do things that bring you joy. Make it a daily practice to do at least one thing that feeds your soul, such as listening to uplifting audios, reading things that inspire you, or doing a daily practice for yourself. Remove from your awareness anything that makes your heart heavy. If you don’t like what is going on in your country right now, stop watching the news. Focus on your world and focus on spreading love and light to all those you encounter.
Perhaps you have found people you thought you knew well who have shown you a different side to them; a side brought to light through the external turmoil going on in your world. This may have made you want to reject their friendship. First practise constructive communication – a conversation without ego or the need to make them see your point of view. Be open to hear what they are saying and why. Then ask for the same in return. New points of view may allow you to better understand them. Through constructive communication we can learn from one another, develop stronger relationships and grow as a society.
An exercise you can do right now to open your heart chakra:
Give and receive love – a love visualization: Sit comfortably in a quiet space. Take a few deep breaths. Set the intention to receive and give love. Now tune into your inner being, and allow feelings of love to surface. It may help to begin by thinking of things you love and allow that deep emotional love to surface. Hold onto this feeling of love. Start by directing this love energy to your physical body and your emotional body, letting it wash away the unwanted and reveling in the feeling of perfection of self. Now expand this. Send love energy to someone who comes to mind, with a mantra that feels right, such as “I radiate love, light and well-being to you”. Use the affirmation: “I easily give love to all beings. I open my heart to receive love.”
We can stay in the light, love and their resonance if we choose to allow ourselves this gift. The world is a much brighter place from here.
How can you constructively communicate with yourself and others this week?