10 Tips on How to Open Your Heart Chakra

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There are seven energy centers in our body – called the 7 Chakras. These centers are connected and exchange energies with each other. Like in a cycle. In the middle lays the heart chakra. It sits right in the middle of your body and connects the upper three chakras with the lower three. Therefore, it’s also known as the 4th chakra.

In most people, the heart chakra shows a blockage of energy from time to time. Sometimes such a blockage even goes on for years.

This may happen for several reasons. Even things that are long in the past can still lead to an unbalanced heart chakra today. For example, a divorce ten years ago can still make it difficult for you today to love or trust other people unconditionally.

In this article, we’ll explain what the heart chakra is when it’s blocked and what you have to do in order to open it. Finally, we have 10 tips for you with instructions on how to (re)open your heart chakra.

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What Is the Heart Chakra?

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“The heart chakra, also called Anahata, is the center of the 7 chakras. It has the color green and stands for life energy and transformation. It connects the physical part of the body with the spiritual part. When it is balanced, you feel love, compassion, and forgiveness.”

Through the definition of the heart chakra, you can understand its actual importance. As the center of all chakras, it plays a key role in the energy cycle of your body.

With the right measures, you can balance the heart chakra and take advantage of all the benefits it brings.

To find out how to unblock and balance your heart chakra exactly, you first need to know if it’s blocked or not. Learn how it in the next chapter.

Blockade of the Heart Chakra

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A blockade or imbalance of the Anahata energy can manifest itself in different ways. Not only mental symptoms but also physical symptoms, such as cramps, pain or poor blood pressure can occur. On a spiritual level, a blocked 4th chakra leads to a lack of empathy, distrust, lovelessness, and withdrawal.

Simply put, if you’re often angry or sad, feel insecure about yourself, or are commonly jealous, it’s most likely because of your fourth chakra.

Here’s an overview of questions you can ask yourself in order to find out if your heart chakra is blocked or not.

10 Symptoms of a Blocked Heart Chakra

  • You’re afraid of falling in love
  • You act very anxiously in many situations
  • You’re often jealous
  • You’re very self-critical
  • You live in seclusion and avoid contact with people
  • You’re loveless
  • You have a hard time understanding the feeling of others
  • You feel mere hatred
  • You carry bad thoughts around with you for a long time
  • You don’t feel close to people with whom you have a close relationship

Your Anahata is in imbalance as soon as one of these ten symptoms applies to you. The severity of the energy block depends on many factors. How many and how long you carry negative emotions like anger, hate and jealousy around with you are just a few examples.

With a pure heart, you’ll feel love, compassion, selflessness, and respect for others. Keep in mind that people in your surrounding will quickly notice whether your Anahata is impure or not.

10 Tips for Opening and Healing Your Blocked Heart Chakra

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Here are ten practical tips to balance, heal, purify and strengthen your heart chakra.

1. Heart Chakra Meditation

Meditation has many advantages. Most importantly, it trains your mindfulness. A strong awareness of your feelings will help you to bring an unbalanced heart chakra back into balance.

To get started, take ten minutes today. Find a quiet place, sit or lie down, reduce all noises around you, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing.

You can also try Metta Meditation which is also known as the meditation of “Loving-Kindness”.

For beginners, we recommend a guided meditation or relaxing meditation music that you can run in the background. Try meditating in combination with this video. After only ten minutes you’ll definitely feel the difference.

2. Heart Chakra Affirmations

Positive affirmations help you to reprogram your subconscious. It’s perfect to open yourself to love and relieve the symptoms of a blocked chakra. Here are a few examples of affirmations that’ll help you open your heart chakra:

  • My heart chakra is open and I want to receive and send warmth
  • I am ready to love
  • I forgive people for their mistakes. Also to myself
  • I am loved and desired
  • I don’t feel hate for small issues
  • I take my time to see the beauty in everything
  • I deserve compliments and gladly accept them
  • I create loving, supportive relationships that are good for me
  • I embrace and send love

3. The Color Green

The color green is associated with the heart chakra. If this color is more present in your everyday life, it can be your way to a balanced 4th chakra.

Read more about how you can use chakra colors and their meanings in our article here.

4. Forgive

This one is very important for healing your heart chakra. Blocked heart chakras are often caused by things that have happened in the past. A common example: you’ve been extremely hurt in your previous relationship and are now afraid to fall in love again. Free yourself from the things that have passed and let go. Stop grieving and forgive yourself or the person who hurt you.

When you end something, you will create space for something new. Forgiveness is a new beginning.

5. Open Your Feelings

Show your feelings to the outside world. Don’t hold them back. Say what bothers you, cry when you feel like it, compliment and tell your fellows that you value and love them.

If you have a problem with that, because you may be introverted or suchlike, you can keep a diary instead. Write down your feelings and put them into words. This can help you process them.

6. See the Beautiful Things

You’ll find that you can feel more love when you see the beautiful things in life. Beauty and joy are often hidden in little things like sunshine, your beloved food, a clean apartment or your favorite song.

One way is to slow down your lifestyle. Remove unnecessary appointments from your schedule, spend more time with your loved ones, and go about your life at a pace that suits you personally.

The best thing is to set yourself the goal of seeing or experiencing something beautiful every day. In this way, you’ll not only sharpen your general attentiveness, but you’ll also be happier.

7. Healing Through Music

As already described in the first tip, there is music that is especially suitable for healing heart chakras.

Do you mainly listen to sad music? If so, stop it. To gain a positive attitude toward life, we recommend that you consciously listen to cheerful music. You can create your own playlist with your favorite happy music on Spotify for example (or simply search for the keyword “happy” inside the Spotify search).

8. Hugs

Humans are social beings. We need physical contact to stay healthy. When hugging, oxytocin is released, which calms your body and serves as a natural antidepressant. In other words, you can’t hug your family or partner often enough.

9. Use Mantras

Mantras are sounds and vibrations that we can use to enter a deep state of meditation. The heart chakra mantra is “YAM”. As you meditate, you can introduce these mantras by saying them out loud over and over again.

By the way, this is also a good tip for the throat chakra.

10. Allow Love

Often we don’t let the love of others let through to us. We play it down or worse: we block it. Accept affection and compliments consciously, be thankful and return the compliment. When it comes to honest compliments, don’t feel awkward. Just enjoy the feeling of getting loved or a nice compliment and let it work for you.

Those were our 10 tips and ways to heal a blocked heart chakra.


For a permanently balanced heart chakra, it takes more than short-term techniques. Your heart chakra won’t automatically find its way to balance just because you meditated once. It’s rather a permanent change in your perspective that is necessary to achieve long-lasting success.

Be aware that an energy blockade can happen to almost anyone at some point. Love, jealousy, and hate are feelings that will accompany us for a lifetime.

We hope that we were able to explain the heart chakra to you in an understandable way and that you’ll find help in our tips.

More tips and tricks about the other chakras can be found here.

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