The fourth chakra, Anahata, is located in the heart/chest and stretches out through the arms (Think about an embracing hug). The fourth chakra is centered around your right to love and be loved. It’s foundations are built during your early childhood and revolve around you forming friendships and familial relationships.
When Anahata is out of balance you might see:
Fear of intimacy/relationships
Lack of empathy
The fourth chakra can be particularly hard to balance when going through infertility. The demon of the Anahata chakra is grief, and the trauma of loss can compound any issues surrounding love for others and love for oneself.
So how can we cultivate self-love while still shielding our heart from past, current, and future losses? Check back next week on some practices to help you stay balanced through the choppy waters of infertility.
Judith, Anodea. Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self. Second ed., Random House, 2004.