10 Ways to Clear and Balance Your Heart Chakra

If you feel you’d benefit from clearing your heart chakra, there are many practical, every-day things that you can do. Here are ten ideas:

  1. Get out in nature. Take a hike or meditate outdoors. Be deeply aware of the birds.
  2. Spend time with small children or your animal companions. Get down on their level. Follow their lead. (As a dog lover, I think that most dogs have a lot to teach us about unconditional love and can be great models for opening our heart chakra.)
  3. Do your best to forgive someone. Just let it go. Then make a list of everyone you can think of who loves you or has loved you—living or dead. Love is always current, always present, even when a relationship has “ended” or a person has died. Let the love sink in. Try to keep the awareness of being loved in the forefront of your heart all day, like a warm glow.
  4. Perform an anonymous “random act of kindness” every day for a week. Notice how it makes you feel.
  5. Declare a “gratitude day.” Spend the whole day noticing everything that you have to be grateful for. If you find yourself slipping into any attitude or frame of mind that isn’t gratitude, gently guide yourself back. In your journal, write down your “gratitudes.” Express thanks and appreciation to as many people as you can. Go to sleep grateful.
  6. Reconnect with an old, dear friend. Let them know what they’ve meant to you.
  7. Volunteer at a food bank or homeless shelter. Withhold judgment; try to learn something from and see the divine spark within everyone you seek to help.
  8. Use the heart chakra essential oils of rose, geranium, neroli, melissa, sandalwood, chamomile, ylang ylang or jasmine.
  9. Wear or decorate a room in a shade of green or pink that feels pleasing and healing to you.

Loyalty was not something Taim thought of often. He followed al’Thor partly because he had no choice, partly out of duty, and partly because the Black Tower was the first thing since his brief and unfortunate time as a false Dragon to give him a sense of purpose. Loyalty — to the Lord Dragon, or to Rand al’Thor the person — simply didn’t come into it.

Until… it did.

Of course he had always known there were other options, that saying he had no choice was simply an excuse to not have to make the choice. Because if he was honest with himself, did he not want more? Did he not want to be more than just the leader of the Black Tower? Quite aside from the fact that calling himself a leader was being generous when al’Thor treated him as but a steward. If a better offer was made, could he justify declining it?

It came down to loyalty.

Taim barely knew the meaning of the word.

You don’t even know how happy I am for every Swiftie who got the chance to hear 1989 now and to meet Taylor at her house. My chest is just full of happines and I’m writing this with happy tears in my eyes ‘cause I’m so happy that Taylor gave you that chance and you made your dreams come true. She is sucha perfect idol/rolemodel/person and I love her to the moon and back. Many Swifties are afraid if they don’t ever meet her and they’re worrying and stressing about why Taylor is not following them but I can honestly say that I’m not. My time will come someday and I’ll meet her. And if Taylor don’t follow me ever on Tumblr/Twitter/whatever I will not die. I’m following her with my heart and soul and that’s what matters. To me more important is to meet her, to hug her and tell my story to her ‘cause that’s the only way how I can explain how freaking much I love her even when the words are not enough. She saved my tiny little life few years ago and I’m lucky to still be here, have a family who supports me with my music taste and dreams. I’m lucky to get all these albums I need. I’m lucky to have Taylor on my side all the time and those fans who met Taylor last night are so lucky to have a once in a life time chance! taylorswift we love you so much don’t ever forget that. ♥

anonymous said:

no no but let's talk about Beth coming back on the wedding day. It's just a small thing. Art had texted her the time and the place. He'd been chill about her coming back (something in kidnap, locked away in russia, made him sympathetic). So she turned up. Let's talk about Beth planning on staying at the back by the door. Watching from afar. Let's talk about when she gets there, it goes out the window. She finds herself in the little room angie's getting ready in. Let's talk about how angie +

thinks it’s Sarah again. Let’s talk about the slap. Let’s talk about the kiss. Let’s talk about Beth telling angie that she doesn’t expect anything, she doesn’t want angie to stop being happy. Let’s talk about Beth telling her to go walk like aisle and marry that girl. Let’s talk about Beth saying angie looks beautiful but not as beautiful as first thing in the morning in a baggy sweater and tired eyes. Let’s talk about Angie not knowing what to do. Let’s talk about Beth patting her on the and telling her there’s no choice. To walk to her soon to be wife. Let’s talk about Beth leaving the room. Let’s talk about Angie deciding. :~)

"sarah? what are you doing here?" angie asked confused as the brunette woman turned around and faced her. "how did you even-"

"angie," the woman said, almost sighing her name. she looked at her with teary eyes, smiling softly.

something wasn’t right.

beth. her mind screamed at her. it’s beth.

"no," angie whispered, shaking her head. "it’s not-"

"angie," the woman said again, stepping closer. angie took a step back, mumbling "no" and "it can’t be", her eyes running wild over the woman’s body thin body, her tired face.

and then everything stopped. her heart stopped beating, her lungs stopped working, her mind shut down.

"you were-"

"i’m not."

"but i saw the-"

"i’m not."

beth was standing right in front of her, smiling. “i’m not.”

SLAP.

beth clutched her cheek, staring at the fuming woman before her. angie’s dark eyes staring right back, hurt and confused and oh so angry.

"angie-"

"don’t, just-"

the older woman turned around, rubbing her face in frustration. they stayed in silence, none moving, none saying a word.

"look at me," beth asked after a while, her cheek still stinging. her heart still stinging.

"i can’t," angie said, whimpering. "i can’t." beth walked around her, standing in front the now crying woman.

"look at me angie," she asked again, whispering.

so angie did.

she looked at beth, and without much thinking crashed her lips against hers, earning to have that lost feeling she had searched for so long.

angie cupped her face, pulling beth impossibly closer and closer; beth’s arms wrapped around her waist, feeling the synthetic fabric of the woman’s wedding dress.

a wedding dress.

beth broke the kiss and rested her own hands on angie’s, slowly pulling them down.

"angie," she whispered, looking at angie’s eyes. she brought one of her hands to angie’s cheek, stroking it slowly with the back of her hand.

angie closed her eyes, letting herself drown in the feeling of beth so close to her, touching her. it’s been too long, too fucking long.

"are you happy?"

angie opened her eyes and stared at beth.

"what?"

"you’re getting married," beth said and twirled a lock of the woman’s hair between her fingers. "i thought i could have you again, but it’s not possible anymore," a single tear slid down her still red cheek. "and it’s okay, because i don’t expect you to throw it all away and come running to me, it’s not fair."

angie said nothing.

"you met someone new and you clearly love her because i know how much you’re scared of this kind of commitment."

still nothing.

"so i think you are happy, and that’s all i asked myself for this entire time. is she happy? is she okay? and you are." beth stroked her cheek again.

"i wanted to see you and thank god i did because just look at you, you’re so beautiful." beth chuckled lightly and looked down at angie’s white dress. "not as beautiful as when you’re wearing that horrible baggy sweater of yours in the mornings but…" she smiled softly. "you still are so very beautiful."

angie mirrored beth’s smile and bit her lip, shaking her head.

"how can i do this now?"

"with your head held high and that cocky smile on your lips."

angie laughed and nudged beth’s shoulder playfully.

"you’re a little shit."

"i know."

they looked at each other, their smiles dropping.

"go down the aisle and marry that woman," beth said and wiped angie’s tears away. "she seems great and you need great."

beth smiled and kissed angie’s cheek, lingering for a long moment.

"mazel tov," she said grinning and left the room. angie stood there alone for a while, touching her own cheek. it wasn’t a dream, beth was really there.

what would she do now?

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duality

lying awake at night and thinking about the characters in frozen and all the facets of their personality has become my favorite pastime.

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It’s Valentine’s Day so lets open our hearts with some great yoga back bends!

These poses have some pretty amazing physical and psychological benefits including toning the spine, increasing the space for the lungs to move, which will improve your breathing, and opening your Anahata (heart chakra), growing in compassion and connection to others. Back bends also increase blood circulation and stimulate thyroid, pineal and pituitary glands. They also decrease isolation and depression.

The following is a list of excellent heart opening asanas with links to how to get into the postures. If you are practicing at home, make sure to warm up with a few sun salutations before moving into the asanas.

Natarajasana (Dancer)

Bhujangasana  (Cobra)

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog)

Dhanurasana (Bow)

Purvottanasana (Upward Plank Pose)

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge)

Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Bow)

Ustrasana (Camel)

Bitilasana (Cow)

Camatkarasana (Wild Thing)

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (Upward Facing Two Foot Staff)

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