Superfoods: Green Foods For Anahata
Welcome back to another edition of Superfoods. Before we get into it, we’d like to start by briefly explaining what chakras are for those of you who are unsure.
Above is a chart that lists the names of our 7 major chakras and where they sit in our bodies.
”Chakra” is a Sanskrit word that translates to wheel. These spinning wheels of energy throughout our bodies align the spine from the base up to the crown of our heads. Each chakra governs major organs and nerves, as well as emotional, psychological, and spiritual attributes related to the specific area of the body. Many people strive to keep their chakras open and aligned, for if there is a blockage, energy cannot move and we can become stagnant in those areas.
Anahata - Heart Chakra
The first three chakras, Muladhara-Manipura, are more physical. Where as the 5th-7th chakras, Vishuddha-Sahasrara are more spiritual. In the centre, we find Anahata, the fourth chakra - a bridge between spirit and matter.
The heart chakra sits at the centre of our chest stimulating the heart, lungs, breasts, cardiac plexus and lymphatic system. Our heart chakra is one of our most powerful energy centres, which can never actually be damaged.
In Sanskrit, “Anahata” literally means “unhurt”. We can experience pain, grief and heart aches from past involvements, however, beneath those beliefs is a pure and innocent state where no hurt actually exists. Many of us have been walking around with closed or blocked heart chakras. Somewhere, a painful situation occurred which lead us to believe that we should be guarded and weary for the next time something like this could happen. It is highly unlikely that we can avoid all hurtful instances, but we have the ability to choose what we do with the hurt.
A person with a closed heart chakra will experience:
fear of betrayal
hatred toward self and others
being hurtful towards self and others
holding onto grudges
stressed, anxious and dwelling on the past
A person with an open heart chakra will experience:
flowing love energy
acceptance of self and others
giving and receiving
authenticity - knowing their purpose and finding their passion
expressing themself, fearlessly
Living with an open heart chakra can benefit not only you but others too. You can heal yourself when you come from a place of Anahata, once you remove the walls of fear created by traumatic experiences. Extending your loving vibration to others by being helpful, giving time, acknowledging, forgiving, hugging, etc. is a great way to know that your heart is open. However, we can over extend our acts of kindness, where we give too much and do not receive. In this circumstance there could be a belief system where we feel we are “undeserving” or that our needs are not as important as others’ - this creates a blockage on Anahata, which could result in exhaustion, feeling like nothing you do is good enough and stress in the upper back and shoulders. In chakra healing we learn that it is important for each energy centre to be healthy, open and balanced.
Healing the heart with FOOD!
We are lucky enough to have our food naturally colour-coded for us and man, has Mother Earth provided us a wealth of GREEN foods for Anahata!
Green symbolizes the heart chakra and tells us what our bodies need in order to maintain a healthy heart. Gravitating towards all green fruits and vegetables is a great way to work on healing and opening your heart.
Here is a short list of some foods that will help you achieve Anahata:
Spinach, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, arugula, sprouts, swiss chard, and herbs like parsley, basil, sage, mint, thyme and cilantro. These leafy greens are full of micronutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals that regulate air circulation in our bloodstream, keep up optimum energy levels, ward off disease and fight inflammation in our arteries.
Avocados are rich in healthy fats, vitamins C, E, K, B5, B6, folic acid, and antioxidants which are essential to heart health.
Introducing limes to your diet is a great way to work on your heart chakra. Limes contain a compound called limonins that can reduce cholesterol levels and are high in potassium which lower blood pressure. Adding lime to your water is a fast and effective way to lower the risks of strokes, heart attacks and heart disease.
Fucoidan is a natural blood thinner that can be found in darker seaweeds - this can be helpful for people who suffer from blood clots as it serves as an anti-coagulant. Just like the foods listed above, seaweed, too has loads of antioxidants and is full of potassium.
There are many green foods to choose from, and as we learned from above, most green foods have a lot of nutrients in common.
The foods listed are among some of our favourites here at On The Sides Records and we feel strongly to share the importance of not only our physical heart health but our spiritual well being too! Eating green foods is one technique that will open your heart chakra and if you stick around we will be sure to share the many other healing modalities that can balance our energy centres. Eg: crystals, colour therapy.
We encourage you to add some green goodness to your diet and experience an abundance of llloovvveeeee!
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