Saturday

CHJS - Anahata/Heart Chakra

This is my most favorite chakra right now.  I am in love.  Literally.  All forms of it...mushy, sappy, romantic, parental, lover, friendship, platonic, crush....all of it! The Heart Chakra forms the center of our humanity and feeling for others.  In Sanskrit, Anahata means, "whole" or "unbroken".  The love of the spiritual heart is a kind of awareness in which the language is "we" not "me".  This chakra is commonly associated with birds of all kinds, and doves in particular, which is considered the symbol of peace in Eastern and Western cultures.  The Heart Chakra is most active during the phases of the new moon and the full moon.

Tools to balance the Anahata:

Color: Emerald Green - try and wear more green, dark green.  It will draw out this chakra.
Mantra: Yam - you can repeat this throughout the day.
Yoga asanas - Spinal Twist, Cobra, and Head of Cow
Element: Air - I would suggest doing alternate nostril breathing to balance equally.
Symbol: Hexagon
Planet: Jupiter
Sensory Function: Touch
Associated Body Parts: heart, lungs, diaphragm, chest, circulatory system, shoulders, arms, and hands.
Basic Issue: love, compassion, kindness, relationships, self-acceptance, forgiveness, hope, sympathy, and empathy.
Gemstones/Crystals: Emerald, Rose Quartz, Ruby
Essential Oils: Marjoram, Neroli, Rose, Jasmine
Food: Green vegetables (dark green leafy veggies)
Art Prompt:  Use the one of the following affirmations to guide your piece of art:

  I am able to give and receive love
I am trusting, open, and grateful
I am open to receiving happiness in my life
I am the light within my soul

 When I first started my canvas inspiration hit and I went with it.  I really have no pictures of the process and for that I apologize.  I will try to be as detailed as possible.

In the beginning I just saw a mandala.  I've been on a mandala kick and just drawing pretty much the same one in various shapes.  I used my watercolor crayons and drew the mandala.  I filled it in with the crayons and watercolor pencils as well. I then added water and blended the colors. I used my fabric spray ink in green to add some spritzes to the outer edges of the mandala. 

 I then went in and added some rub on stickers and various stamp designs.  I used words and flowers to create a border around the entire piece.  The last thing I added was the word "LOVE" done in graffiti lettering.

 I hope you are inspired to expand in your Anahata Chakra!

xoxoxoxo

18 comments:

  1. very cool post! i have never heard of Chakra's before, gracias for the intro! I'm going to see if I can find a book

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    1. I'm so glad to have introduced you to the energy centers that are in our subtle body. If you ever want to chat, I'm here. I can be a book ;)

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  2. Wow, the end result is so beautiful! The different shades of green speckled with splashes of gold are really pleasing to look at. Great work.

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  3. The vibes of love show in this- calming yet energetic. Keep sharing of yourself, it's very well done. BB2U

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    1. Thank you BB!! and thank you for encouraging me, it is appreciated :D

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  4. Love seeing the way develops. The pictorial on the sidebar is gorgeous too!
    Marissa

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    1. Thank you. I enjoy capturing all the levels but sometimes I get so into the piece I forget.

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  5. Love this! And I would love to learn more about it!

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    1. This is fantastic to hear! I would love to do a series to teach whatever I know. Thank you for inspiring this idea!

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  6. Great job!! It looks very peaceful and natural!!

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  7. This is my first time visiting the blog and it's great. I really like all the affirmations. What does the mantra mean, though?

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    1. The mantra is the sound that is associated with the heart Chakra. That sound wave connects to your heart to heal. Here's a more thorough explanation ---> http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5930/The-Transformative-Powers-of-Bija-Mantra-Meditation.html

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  8. Chakra is new to me. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and fabulous work of art!

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  9. New to me too, and another reason why I love LLBLOG, it has introduced me to so many new and wonderful things. I really loved the affirmation and wonder if it will help me in other aspects of life. It seems like recently all I have is bad luck.

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    1. Yes, all affirmations serve to balance out any and all areas of one's life, however necessary.

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