How Open-Hearted Are You?

Dec 27, 2012 | Sensory Goodness

How Open-Hearted Are You?

(Kathy Klein flower mandalas)

Running down the center of your body, from above the top of your head through to the bottom of your tailbone- are 7 main “energy centers” that correlate with your emotional, physical and even material wellness.

I recently stumbled upon some writing about these energy centers – otherwise known as chakras-  that made me realize- much to my surprise- that opening my heart was my first priority right now!

What I read were a list of physical symptoms of a “heart charkra” blockage and, given the fact that I lost a family member to a heart problem not too long ago, my eyes grew wide and I kept digging and asking questions.

How do you know if your heart might not be “open” enough energetically? And… what do you do about it?!

damala_03Let’s start with the seemingly simple notion that any area of your body’s energy can either be balanced or can be over or under-active.  If you heart is under-active (closed) you are thought to be hard to connect to, a bit isolated and find it hard to connect to others emotionally.  Over-active heart energy describes the love addict, the co-dependent and the wildly dramatic emotional maelstrom of toxic love.

If your heart energy (located in the center of your chest) is out of whack you might have problems with allergies (set off my alarm bells!), frequent colds, high blood pressure or lung issues.  My allergies have never, ever been as bad as after me heart was broken.  In fact, I never had allergies before that.  (the “ah-ah! moments” kept rolling!!!)

Also, a clear sign that your heart energy is out of whack is the state of your relationships.  Either people are a burden and a nuisance to be avoided or, on the flip side, relationships can consume you in a vitriolic and unhealthy way. Both imbalances run counter to our survival and ability to thrive.

So… how do you fix a “closed” heart?  I collected a spectrum of ideas that are all sorts of fun.


1. Surround yourself with more emerald green (its the color of the year 2013!!!) or wear more green.


2. Wear emeralds or other green gemstones like green kyanite. 

3.  Burn rose incense or use rose or chamomile essential oils both on the center of your chest and on the soles of your feet at night.


4. Start keeping a journal!

5. Do some yoga poses that open up your heart chakra like back bends and bridge pose…or just do yoga in general to get all your energy balanced and flowing! 



6.  Green smoothies- emphasis on “green”- are balancing to your heart energy and full body!

7. Forgiving people (!) is another way to really launch into real life “making things right” with your heart!

All things in the service of creating a life that feels great and shares that greatness with the world are utterly epic.



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  1. Tammy

    Can you explain how wearing more green would fix a closed heart? 🙂

    • danaclaudat

      Lets start by saying nothing is an absolute “fix because we all have different issues at hand. But colors that resonate with this area of your body energy(color therapy is an actual “thing”, as is the study of these “chakras” or energy centers) can help to fill your life with a stronger vibration of openness as well as reinforce your intention visually. I am a believer that we need to use the physical world to support our intentions. Wear all black for a few days, then a ton of red and tell me how you feel & if you feel a difference. Its funny, sometimes we don’t realize things until we experience them. One thing I know for sure- it can not hurt 🙂

      • Tammy

        Hi Dana,
        No argument here! I was wondering what it was called… and you answered! “chakras”, the study of. I’ve always been aware of the power of colors, but I never looked into it. That’s just based on what I feel. I do wear red a lot actual, on purpose…when I want to stand out. I like to wear black, but usually it’s overwhelming because my hair is black and I leave it down and it’s too much. However I do feel put together when I wear black as well.

  2. Marcy

    Charkas are energy. And they correspond to colors on the spectrum and actually go in the order of the spectrum. ROY G BIV. Heart chakra being the G, green, in the center. Green tends to represent love in general and a secondary color associated with the heart chakra is pink, for self love. So if loving yourself is an issue, rose quartz can really help as well.

    I have had some heart balance issues before, swinging both ends from too open to a little closed off. One symptom I had for an overly active heart chakra, was just letting everyone in, too much. Too much sympathy and over empathizing, taking on the problems of others, etc. I actually worked on my heart for awhile with Reiki, meditation, etc to help myself calm down, and it really helped create more peace and balance.

    If you are working with chakras consciously, one thing I often forget is to focus on the back as well. That is often where we hold emotional wounding from the past. So open the front and the back and balance them.

    Thanks Dana!

    • danaclaudat

      i always love what you say! The “back” chakra point you made really blew my mind!

  3. Dana

    Thank you for reposting this reminder. Ahhhh…



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