April 16, 2014
By: Nancy Levenson, PYT 1000
We know that the heart chakra, Anahata, is the balance point of the lower and upper chakras, but have we contemplated its true placement in the emotional body? When we consider that the heart chakra resides between the Manipura (3rd) chakra and the Vishuddha (5th) chakra we discover the power of the heart to act as a filter. Consider that an imbalance in our Manipura chakra may result in violent outbursts, or the need to be right and have the final word and we can witness that natural jump for Manipura to Vishuddha. We have a gut reaction and for some of us the instinct is to react and allow the vocal chords of the throat chakra to respond. What would happen, if we realized the power of the heart as a filter? Just as a cup of tea or coffee moves from compression of beans, through a slow filter, to ensure that the result is a smooth and tasteful beverage, we too can employ the filter of the heart to deliver a smooth result from a gut reaction. If we use the heart as a filter, we are given an opportunity to gain connection with the self inside, to ruminate on our gut instinct and invite in the time necessary to offer a loving response that supports our optimal health and the health of others.
We can magnify this experience with one of the many mudras offered through Mudras for Healing and Transformation by Joseph and Lilian Le Page. I suggest, Purna Hridaya Mudra, the Gesture of the Open Heart. Consider the next time you feel an instinct to go from gut to voice, to stop at the filter of the Heart. Draw the hands into the gesture, take 3-5 breaths and then allow the Vishuddha chakra to respond, and notice the change in the communication.