“Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.”
Where does true gratitude manifest?
Some tend to think back to childhood when our parental figures taught us the fundamentals of good manners. Polite responses such as “thank you” were drilled into our consciousness as to what is a socially expected comeback to verbalize our appreciation. It became a learned behavior. A rhetorical habit.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward
How to Manifest Gratitude
Words are merely vehicles of description unless they are accompanied by genuine emotions. The actual feelings of gratitude originate in the heart, more specifically, an open heart, the doorway to the soul. The heartfelt sense of gratitude cleanses our aura and raises our vibration. When we allow the essence of this deep emotion to radiate through every fiber of our being, we evolve. Our corresponding level of awareness expands outward through our actions.
“When you focus on gratitude, positive things flow in more readily, making you even more grateful.”
This is when the acknowledgment of our own gratitude transmits to others, which enables a bond for connectedness. By using meaningful words and demonstrating an aura of appreciation, we increase our vibration, and our transcendence is felt by other human beings and the universe.
“Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.”
The response is mirrored and matched. That which we cast out comes back magnified. Development of this concept progresses through the opening of your heart chakra. Clear the pathways and create space within your channels. Allow thankfulness to touch your soul and find a permanent resting place.
“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies, but the thankful heart will find in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”
~Henry Ward Beecher
Living in Gratitude Transforms You
Your life will take on a different meaning. You will view circumstances and experiences from a changed vantage point. Every cell in your being will become involved in this metamorphosis. Your mind, body and spirit will collectively participate in the transformation.
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
Each day you will be observant and keenly aware of new and exciting reasons to express gratefulness. Living in mindful gratitude gives meaning to our breath, appreciation for physical movement, increased awareness of our senses, joy from mother nature, a heartfelt connectedness to all of creation and an abundance of the most pure and nourishing feeling imaginable—love. Infinite unconditional love for ourselves and each other.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
How to Open, Balance and Heal Your Heart Chakra
1) Think Green
Envision a soft green light glowing warmly in the center of your chest. Picture this light growing brighter until it surrounds your entire body.
2) Give and Receive Hugs
Hug yourself, hug a puppy, hug your mom, hug your friend, hug a stranger (ask permission first!). Give and receive as many hugs as possible. Hold on tight and count slowly to five before releasing.
Repeat the following phrases to yourself: “I am love. I am loved. I am loving. I give love and receive love with each word and action I create. I forgive those people who have hurt me and I forgive myself for hurting others in the past. I release any negativity or bitterness I am holding in my heart and I offer only love for all beings in return because I love myself first.”
4) Connect with Nature
Take a mindful stroll through the grass with no shoes or try a nature walk through a lush green forest. Just generally being outside and breathing fresh is a great way to heal the heart chakra. If you are adventurous, you may enjoy zip lining through the treetops.
5) Eat Green Foods
Consume more heart-healthy green leafy vegetables like Kale, Spinach, Mustard Greens, Lettuce and Collards. You could also try avocado, cilantro, basil, lime, Brussels sprouts, green pepper, peas, asparagus, green beans, edamame, seaweed, kiwi and green grapes. Drink green tea three times per day.
Snuggle up with some crystals that correspond to the heart chakra. They include Green Fluorite, Malachite, Jade, Emerald, Green Quartz, Green Aventurine, Rose Quartz and our personal favorite, Moss Agate.
7) Essential Oils
Experience aromatherapy with the following oils:
Ylang ylang, Jasmine, Bergamot, Rose, Sandalwood
8) Sound Therapy
Try chanting the mantra “Om mani padme hum,” which means, ‘the jewel is in the lotus of the heart’ or ‘wisdom lies within the heart.’
9) Burn Baby Burn
Burn green candles. Visualize the flame within your own heart, radiating warmer and brighter.
10) Chakra Healing Meditation
Experience a guided meditation specifically directed toward balancing the heart chakra.