Open Your Heart Chakra

On Valentine’s Day I gave several suggestions for balancing your Heart Chakra. This fourth Chakra energy vortex is associated with the chest, shoulders and upper back regions of the body. If you are feeling unloved or depressed, your Heart Chakra could be closed. Color, gemstone, and aromatherapies are a few additional ways to unblock and activate this chakra.

Color Therapy

Use the colors green and pink to stimulate your Heart Chakra. This can be as easy as a walk through a natural area such as a park, garden, or on a wooded trail when it can surround you with green in the warmer weather. Spend some time with your green leafy houseplants. Caring for them can be therapeutic in many ways. Wear green clothing or focus on a green wall, fabric, or painting while meditating.

Gemstone Therapy

Gemstones are believed to vibrate with powerful energies. Rose quartz, a lovely pale shade of pink, is my usual choice for the Heart Chakra. You could also choose green gemstones such as emerald, malachite, peridot, or green shades of adventurine, jasper, and tourmaline. Wear these gemstones as jewelry that touches the skin in the form of a necklace or bracelet. Hold loose crystals in the palm of your hand during a meditation and tuck a gemstone under your pillow when you sleep.

Be sure to cleanse your gemstones when they are new to you and often thereafter. One way is to place them in the light of the full or waning moon overnight. You could put your stones in a cup of dry rice for several hours or simply run them under cool tap water to wash off the negative energies and the energy from anyone who has touched the stone in its journey to you.

Aromatherapy

Essential oils can enhance your Heart Chakra therapy. Add a drop of rose or lavender oil to a diffuser or into candle wax to scent the room. Rub a drop onto your chest or, for a weaker mixture, add a drop into a small amount of jojoba or almond oil before rubbing onto your skin. Purchase quality essential oils at your favorite natural health store or from an online vendor that your trust.

Take care of your Heart Chakra to enhance your positive loving emotions. Keep it in balance to improve your relationships and feel more compassion and joy. Isn’t that something we all want for ourselves and for our significant others?

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Sunday Dinner… or Breakfast: Creamed Chipped Beef

Often referred to as “Sh** on a Shingle”, creamed chipped beef has been a favorite weekend breakfast in my family forever. My mom made it. I made it. And now my sons make it. It’s easy and can even be made gluten free (for us sensitive folks) with rice flour. Essentially a basic white sauce with meat, Creamed Chipped Beef can be served over toast, baked potatoes, home fries, noodles (rice noodles), or even waffles. Serve it for breakfast, like we do, or serve it for dinner with a side of vegetables.

The recipe below makes two very hearty servings. My instructions differ slightly from most. I choose to make it like my mother does. I saute the beef pieces in butter before adding the flour and milk.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. chipped dried beef, chopped
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 4 Tablespoons flour (rice flour works well)
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Melt the butter. Add the chopped dried beef. Saute until the ends of the beef curl.
  • Add flour and stir until absorbed into the butter. Stir in milk. Heat the mixture to a boil and then simmer until thickened.
  • Taste and season with salt and/or pepper
  • Spoon over toast or potatoes (baked potato, home fries, etc.)

If your creamed chipped beef becomes too thick, add a bit more milk. If it’s too thin, put 1 T. flour into a small bowl and whisk in 2 T. cold milk until smooth. Then stir it slowly into the hot mixture.

Leftover Creamed Chipped Beef  can be heated in the microwave.

Not Feeling the Love?

Valentine’s Day is a day for love and romance… but what if you aren’t feeling the love? Try balancing your Heart Chakra.

The Heart Chakra is the fourth chakra energy center and is located in the chest, shoulders, and upper back region of the body. If you find your shoulders slumped, chin down, and arms falling forward, you probably also feel withdrawn, lonely, and unloved. Although you yearn for harmonious, loving relationships, you keep your distance for fear of being hurt. These can be symptoms of a closed or dysfunctional Heart Chakra.

So what is the cure for a Heart Chakra that is out of balance?

Therapy comes in many forms, from music to color, gemstones, essential oils, meditations, and yoga postures. Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your road to recovery.

Soothing classical or New Age music can bring you to a relaxed and open-heart state. I found this Heart Chakra Activation music selection on YouTube. There are others. Search for one that resonates with you.

While listening, move into a few basic yoga postures or breathing techniques. Backbends are also heart openers, so find one that works for your body.

Breathing can exhilarate or relax. Place your right hand on your stomach and breath in deeply through your nose. Feel the lungs fill and the stomach rise. Pause. Breathe out slowly through the mouth feeling the lungs empty and the diaphragm contract. Search the web for additional breathing techniques or pranayama. 

Follow for more on repairing the Heart Chakra. My next Friday post will cover color therapy, gemstones, and aromatic oils.