Research proves that fear, along with anger and sadness, depresses our immune systems, while love, appreciation, gratitude and joy enhance the functioning of this system. It has also been said that love and fear cannot coexist. The heart chakra is said to be the seat of love, the connection between ourselves and others.
These exercises will help you cultivate this bridging and nourishing heart energy.
1. Breathing into Your Heart
Fear contracts the heart, closing it down. Breathing into the heart expands it, making space for new feelings and experiences. Before you begin, connect with your heart and notice its size and how it feels. Take about two minutes to consciously breathe into your heart, feeling it expand with each breath. Now check in again with your heart. How has your experience of your heart changed?
2. Reaching Out and Drawing in Love, Joy, Compassion, Spirit, and God
Our conscious intentions, choices, and actions have great power. By consciously choosing to draw certain energies to you, you become like a magnet for your own good. Drawing in love, joy, compassion, spirit, and God can counteract fear, anxiety, or depression.
This exercise should be done slowly. It can be practiced while standing, sitting, or lying down. Reach out in front of (or above) you, extending your arms, hands, and fingers and imagine you are reaching out for love – God’s love, the universe’s love, and so forth. Slowly draw that love energy in toward your heart until your hands come to rest on your chest. You can add words to this exercise, such as “I open myself to love (or joy, compassion, spirit, God). Love, come rest in my heart.”
Adapted from Healing Without Fear by Laurel Ann Reinhardt, PhD (Inner Traditions, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Laurel Ann Reinhardt. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Healing Without Fear by Laurel Ann Reinhardt, PhD (Inner Traditions, 2002).