Attract more love: Open your heart chakra
Updated: Mar 17
Do you want to attract more love in your life?
Maybe you are feeling lonely…even though you are in a relationship.
Perhaps you are single and feel a bit disconnected and alone.
Or you simply desire to have more depth in your friendships and relationships
Essentially, all of these needs and wants boil down to the simple desire for more LOVE in your life. We all want to have loving, healthy relationships. And in all forms, not just romantic love. This is a completely natural, human desire.
How To Open Your Heart Chakra To Attract More Love In Your Life
For me, it means to intentionally take the time to focus on restoring physical, emotional, and spiritual energy, both for yourself and your relationships.
Think of it like a car – you definitely could not get to your destination if your car has no gas in the tank and the oil hasn’t been changed in months, right? You have to fill up your gas tank regularly in order for the car to even turn on. And then once you have it turned on, in order for it to run smoothly and efficiently, you need to get regular oil changes, maintenance and repair.
It is the same idea when we talk about creating and maintaining healthy, loving relationships. We need to take the time to “fill up the tank.” We need to take time to really extend some love to ourselves as well as to those close to us. We need to nurture these relationships and honor the connection and support that they bring us. We have to intentionally put in the time and energy to create meaningful, lasting relationships that provide us the love that we crave.
Sounds beautiful, right?
Now – how do we get there?
To start, we have to open our hearts up and be ready to receive love in the first place.
I recommend beginning a regular practice that will help you open your Heart Chakra, which then allows you to attract and maintain the love that you want in your life.
What is a Chakra?
Mind-body-spirit living, is a blend of modern day depth psychology and ancient yoga wisdom. So when we look at different areas of health and wellness, recommendations will provide you with techniques from both modern and ancient worlds.
The chakra system originated in India thousands of years ago in ancient texts called the Vedas, which are the earliest Sanskrit texts and one of the first forms of Hinduism. Check out this simple definition of the chakra system from the Chopra Center: There are 7 chakras, and one of the chakras “correspond to specific organs as well as physical, emotional, psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being and influence all areas of your life. Within these chakras is ‘prana,’ or the ultimate pure healing energy, that’s all around us and within us, to keep us healthy, happy and vibrant.”
Essentially, when we are engaging in practices that open and align the 7 chakras, our energy (prana) is free-flowing and we are healthy in mind, body, and spirit.
Many of us are walking around with closed hearts and don’t even realize it – we are carrying hurts and traumas from past relationships or experiences and as a result we are afraid of opening up to other people, even those closest to us in our lives. It is important to pay attention to how you are engaging with the world – is it from a place of fear or a place of openness? Are you willing to be vulnerable or do you hide your true self? Remember that others can sense our energy, and if we are too closed off, they may not want to approach or engage with us in the way that we need or want them to. In order to receive love, we have to be open to it in the first place. By focusing on the Heart Chakra, you can begin to feel the warmth, compassion, and joy that is within you and will help you to feel more open to giving love and receiving love from others.
Understanding The Heart Chakra
Your Heart Chakra (or Anahata in Sanskrit) is located in the center of your chest area and is the 4th chakra counting from the bottom of the spine in the chakra system (there are 7 chakras total). It represents where the physical and spiritual meet. The color representing the Heart Chakra is Green and the symbol is two intersecting triangles forming a 6-pointed star in a circle with 12 petals. The earth element associated with this Chakra is Air.
When this Chakra is blocked, we can experience emotions like anger, grief, and jealousy and hatred towards both ourselves and other people. We tend to harbor negative feelings and will be closed off from love. This is definitely not a good energetic space to be in, so opening the Heart Chakra is important for attracting more love in your life.
7 Ways To Open The Heart Chakra
1. Create affirmations about love
A great way to open the heart chakra is to create affirmations specifically about love. They are a powerful method for creating the energy that you desire in your life, whatever that may be. For specifically attracting more love in your life, reciting affirmations consistently will help you channel positive energy towards your heart and opens you up to giving and receiving love.
Here are some sample affirmations:
“I am attracting love into my life.”
“I love myself and I naturally attract loving relationships into my life.”
“I am safe in all of my relationships and I give and receive lots of love.”
“I am worthy of love.”
“My heart is full of love for who I am.”
These affirmations tap into a place of openness. A place of self-love. I recommend posting these somewhere you see them daily. Take time to recite them with intention and purpose every day. Make sure they are part of your routine.
2. Practice Forgiveness
One of the most powerful ways to open the heart chakra is through forgiveness. Holding onto grudges and resentments can create a blockage in this energy center, preventing us from fully experiencing love and compassion. By practicing forgiveness, we release these negative emotions and make space for love to flow in. This could involve forgiving ourselves for past mistakes, as well as forgiving others who may have hurt us.
3. Practice Gratitude
Gratitude is another powerful way to open the heart chakra. When we focus on the good things in our lives and express gratitude for them, we cultivate a sense of abundance and attract more positivity into our lives. This could involve keeping a gratitude journal, taking time each day to reflect on what we are grateful for, or expressing gratitude to others through acts of kindness or simply telling them how much we appreciate them.
4. Practice Self-Care
Taking care of ourselves is essential for opening the heart chakra. When we neglect our own needs, we may feel depleted and unable to give to others. This could involve engaging in activities that bring us joy and relaxation, such as taking a bath, going for a walk in nature, or practicing yoga or meditation.
4 Yoga Poses To Open Your Heart Chakra
1. Cobra pose (Bhujangasana)
Cobra pose is a gentle backbend that stretches the chest and opens the heart chakra. To practice this pose, lie face down on your mat with your hands under your shoulders. As you inhale, press into your hands and lift your chest off the mat, keeping your shoulders relaxed and your elbows close to your body. Hold the pose for a few breaths, then release back down to the mat. How to do cobra pose.
2. Camel pose (Ustrasana)
Camel pose is a deeper backbend that can help to release tension and emotion from the heart chakra. To practice this pose, kneel on your mat with your knees hip-width apart. Place your hands on your lower back and gently lean back, bringing your hands to your heels if possible. Keep your chest lifted and your shoulders relaxed, and hold the pose for a few breaths before releasing. How to do camel pose.
3. Fish pose (Matsyasana)
Fish pose is a gentle chest opener that can help to balance and open the heart chakra. To practice this pose, lie on your back with your legs extended and your arms at your sides. As you inhale, lift your chest and head off the mat, arching your back and resting the top of your head on the mat. Keep your legs and arms relaxed, and hold the pose for a few breaths before releasing. How to do fish pose.
4. Puppy pose (Uttana Shishosana)
Puppy pose is a gentle pose that stretches the spine and opens the chest. To practice this pose, come onto your hands and knees with your wrists under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Walk your hands forward and lower your chest and forehead towards the mat, keeping your hips lifted. Hold the pose for a few breaths before releasing. How to do puppy pose.
5. Practice Compassion
Compassion is a key aspect of the heart chakra. When we practice compassion, we cultivate empathy for others and seek to alleviate their suffering. This could involve volunteering, donating to charity, or simply being kind and compassionate to those around us.
6. Practice Vulnerability
Opening the heart chakra requires a certain degree of vulnerability. When we are willing to be open and vulnerable with others, we create deeper connections and allow love to flow more freely. This could involve sharing our thoughts and feelings with others, being honest about our fears and insecurities, or simply allowing ourselves to be seen and heard.
To conclude, opening the heart chakra is a powerful way to attract more love into our lives. By creating affirmations, practicing forgiveness, gratitude, self-care, compassion, and vulnerability, we can create a more open and loving energy center that allows us to connect with others on a deeper level. So if you're looking to improve your relationships and cultivate more love in your life, start by focusing on your heart chakra and taking steps to open it up.
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