Dharma Talk

The website “Yoga In Daily Life” offers this comment on Anahata:

The Anahata Chakra is situated in the centre of the chest, close to the heart. Its Mantra is YAM. The corresponding element is Air. Air represents freedom and expansion. This means that in this Chakra our consciousness can expand into infinity.

The Anahata Chakra is the seat of the Divine Self (Atma). In the symbolic picture of Anahata Chakra there is a Lotus with twelve petals. These represent the Divine qualities of the heart, such as bliss, peace, harmony, love, understanding, empathy, clarity, purity, unity, compassion, kindness and forgiveness. However, the Heart Centre is also the centre of emotions and feelings. In its symbolic image are two star-shaped, superimposed triangles. The tip of one triangle points upward, the tip of the other points down. When the energy of the Anahata Chakra flows up towards spiritual consciousness, our feelings are expressed as Bhakti, pure, Divine love and devotion. However, if our consciousness sinks down to the spheres of worldly passion, our emotions become confused and unbalanced. It is then that desire, jealousy, sadness and despair overwhelm us.

Anahata is the seat of Poetry.  Concentration on this Chakra can develop one’s talent as an author or poet. Another power arising from Anahata Chakra is Sankalpa Shakti, the power to fulfil desires. When you wish for a desire to be fulfilled concentrate on it in your heart. The purer your Anahata Chakra, the more swiftly the wish will be fulfilled.

The animal designated to represent Anahata Chakra is the Antelope, which reminds us of attentiveness and alertness. The Divinities of this Chakra are Shiva and Parvati, representative of Consciousness and Nature. Both should unite in harmony in this Chakra.

The element linked to Anahata is Air. It’s color is green. The Pranayama practice is Nadi Shodana. Some of the asanas believed to open and balance the heart chakra are Cobra, Camel, Cat/Cow, Bridge and Warrior 2. Anahata‘ s seed sound or mantra is Lam (pronounced lum). The musical note for Anahata is “F”. The anatomical areas relating to the heart chakra are the physical heart, lungs, breasts and skin.

So, during June we will focus on love, compassion, forgiveness, tenderness, Bhakti, inclusion, acceptance.....all areas of our consciousness that are informed by a healthy, open and vibrant Anahata Chakra. Lennon and McCartney summed it up nicely: All You Need Is Love....

Scotti and I extend our love and gratitude to all of you. Thank you for continuing to practice with us. You are why Lotus In The Pines is here and we will be here as long as folks want to bounce their way out here and unroll their yoga mats. Namaste. Om Namah Shivaya. Richard and Scotti.

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