Heart Chakra and its Function
Heart Chakra is located at the height just below the point where ribs meet at the center, along the spine. The Chakra is the middle one (4th) among the seven major chakras in our body and thus plays as a bridge between the lower chakras and the higher chakras. This also acts as a bridge/ balance between the physical and spiritual aspects. The adequate energy flow at this chakra, enables the person to experience calmness, acceptance, serenity and happiness. This can be achieved by regular mediation or healing of this Chakra.
The chakra is signified by the resplendent green lotus with twelve petals. The chant for meditating on this Chakra is “yam” (“y” while inhaling and “m” while exhaling). The mudra (finger posture) for meditating on the Heart Chakra is as shown in the video.
Meditation on the Heart Chakra
Meditation at this Chakra is done after meditation at the Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra and Solar Plexus Chakra (in that order). Or, direct meditation at this Chakra can also be done if a person is dealing with any issue pertaining to this specific Chakra.
To meditate on the Heart Chakra, first the person needs to be seated on a mat on the floor, cross-legged (or on a chair normally), spine straight, head over shoulders. Be relaxed, gently close eyes, bring your focus on your breath and try to let go tension in the muscles of various body parts.
Once you feel that you are in a relaxed state and have settled your focus on your breath, witness your breath rate gradually slowing down – dont force it, just let it happen. In this state, now gradually shift your attention to the Heart Chakra. Visualize the green colored twelve-petal lotus and mentally chant “y” while inhaling, and chant “m” while exhaling. With each inhalation, visualize the lotus booming and with each exhalation, visualize it shrinking a bit.
If you are shifting your meditation from the Solar Plexus Chakra to the Heart Chakra, just gently shift the position of your mudra from the earlier one to the mudra for this Chakra and shift the mental chant from ram to yam.
Subtle Changes you can experience as a result of this meditation
After few weeks of regular practice, you will start feeling building up energy flow at the Heart Chakra, even you might experience a strong feeling of ecstasy, which might last the entire day. You would also experience significant improvement in your ability to cope up with stressful situations in life, with much higher equanimity. These all are indications that your practice is going in the right direction. Keep practicing every day!