A large part of balancing Anahata is accepting responsibility for your emotions. Our emotions are a reaction to the actions of others. Others can not make us feel, rather their actions illicit our emotional response. When someone makes a statement to us we interpret their words and infer a meaning, as if we are looking through a pair of tinted glasses. When Anahata is out of balance, the tint of those glasses is influenced by our past experiences, traumas and pain. With a balanced Heart Chakra we analyze their comment without judgment and with a compassionate tint.
Eleanor Roosevelt is quotes as saying “nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” I would take that a step further and state nobody can make you feel without your consent.
The power to give consent is in your hands. You can decide what to let in and how you will feel about it. I’m not suggestion we should control our emotions. We may not have control over that initial emotional reaction but we do have control over what we do with it and how we allow it to influence our response. Do we get angry? Do we allow that energy to act upon us and create an imbalance? Or do we recognize that there is something in ourselves that is causing a disruption in energy flow. We may need to release a past hurt that is causing an emotional response that does not resonate with us.
When you have negative feelings related to an event or conversation look for the lesson in those feelings. What actions will you forgive to bring balance to your Heart Chakra?
Forgiveness, that’s another post for another day.