Opening your Heart to Compassion and Understanding

In this unusual time, our hearts are heavy with grief and pain. We see how much work we still have left to do in the world to relieve human suffering.

What suffering of the heart have you experienced recently? Have you felt the loss of a loved one or isolation from those you love?

Have you felt the pain of our country with the recent protests against police brutality and racism?

​Are you able to open your heart to compassion, love, and understanding – for yourself and for others?

Opening the Heart Chakra

Chanting a mantra that relates to a Hindu deity associated with the heart chakra can help you to bring awareness to this chakra, healing your hurt and pain and opening your heart to love, compassion, and understanding.

The fourth chakra, the heart chakra, is located at the center of the chest.  It’s the bridge between the lower chakras of matter and the upper chakras of spirit. It’s related to the element of air.  We can use our breath and movement, within the air, to feel deeply connected with all that is around us, harmoniously exchanging energy with it.

When this chakra is open and balanced, you flow with love, empathy, and compassion.

You accept others and yourself. You forgive easily.

You have unconditional compassion for yourself and others.

Your heart is free from past hurts. You are open to love.

​I love the old tradition in Japan that is called Kintsugi, the mending of broken pottery with gold. It reminds me of how our pain and suffering can be transformed.

A lovely piece of pottery glimmers with cracks that are filled with gold. Giving the piece an appearance that is unique to itself.  Unlike any other piece of pottery.

The artist, instead of hiding or disguising the past, has transformed the piece’s damage and history into something beautiful.

The original piece now becomes even more stunning and unique than before it was broken.  Creating a glorious, new life.

In this art form, I’m reminded of how we don’t have to hide the pain in our hearts, but we can transform it into something new that serves the world.

​To help transform the pain of your heart, we can call upon the god, Krishna, the Hindu god that radiates love and compassion. His playful nature also reminds us to remain good-natured through the challenges that come our way in our life’s journey.

You can find the Healing Krishna Mantra in my Free Healing Library and chant along with me as you sit in a relaxed, yet upright position.

Before you begin, speak this prayer to the Divine Spirit:

“Divine Spirit, infinite source of life and love, I ask that you support me in bringing balance to my heart chakra. I release and dissolve any negative energies or experiences within this energy center so that I can open my heart to love, compassion, and understanding while I grow into the Light of the Divine to become my highest self. “

Then, begin the Krishna mantra chant.   Remember to end with a moment of silence and inward reflection.

May you transform the pain within your heart, filling it with gold, so that you may open to love, compassion, and understanding to serve the world!

Interested in learning more mantras to support you in accessing your inner strength in this unusual time? Check out my guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras.