I couldn’t let heart healthy month go by without bringing to light some of the health issues associated with the heart and how you can prevent heart problems. February is heart healthy month; a time of physical and emotional healing. Your heart is one of the most vital organs in the body. It is paramount to the health and well being of the entire body that we maintain proper care of our heart. We are all aware of the important role the heart plays. Our physical life would not be able to sustain itself without a functional heart.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.
The chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control factors that put people at greater risk. Medical doctors recommend steps such as proper diet and exercise to care for the heart. Following up with your primary physician for yearly physicals is vitally important.
These somber statistics are not meant to scare you but to seize the opportunity to take advantage of this heart healthy month! This is the month to pay particular attention to cleansing and energizing your heart. While our doctors are attending to our care and needs, there is something else you can do for yourself. Relaxation techniques for even five minutes per day are beneficial. This is an action that takes mindfulness and practice. The more time you can put into relaxation, the more you get back as a healthy return. Yet, this action, especially combined with diet and exercise, will increase the health and functionality of your heart, mind and body immensely.
Why cleanse your heart chakra?
In energy medicine, speaking on the metaphysical level, we recognize each area in our body has a correlating vortex of energy known as the chakra system. You do not need to see it, but imagine this beautiful wheel of energy spinning healthy energy to and around your physical heart. A healthy heart and an energized heart chakra will help you achieve the balance you need between relationships as well as maintain emotional and physical well being. Our heart is literally the core of our existence. Cleansing our chakras is a perfect way to take control of our physical body by using our mind and our breath. Each chakra relates to a particular part of the body and has an emotional connection to the organ structures. While it is always healthy and invigorating to take a journey through all the chakras, this month is the time to pay special attention to your heart chakra.
How to cleanse your heart chakra?
For a quick connection into the heart chakra take 3 deep centering yoga breaths through your nose and then slowly exhale out through your mouth. Close your eyes and just imagine the beautiful color emerald green circulating right around your heart center. Let this beautiful color flow in and all around the heart chakra bringing in fresh revitalizing energy on each inhalation and letting go of old used up energy that no longer serves the body on every exhalation. Utilizing this simple, yet powerful technique quiets the mind and the body, allowing the heart to benefit from this relaxation time.
In addition to this brief meditative time, there are a few other quick ways to exercise the heart chakra. Remembering to express appreciation to all of our loved ones is another way to heal the heart. Forgiveness is also a powerful way to release and clear blocks in the heart chakra. This does not mean you necessarily forgive the person, you are just letting go of the unenlightened action that caused the pain to begin with. Why should you carry it around and keep it alive causing you further discomfort. When we hold our heart and forgive, the forgiveness is directed at ourselves and for having been in the undesirable situation to begin with. You do not focus any of your energy on the one who may have caused you pain. As a child my wise mother would tell me, “if you carry around pain or hatred in the heart it only spoils the container”, meaning of course, yourself. Remember to start the healing and love from within yourself.