As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to get two posts out to you this week (possibly next week, too). Today I would like to focus on the Heart Chakra, which seems apropos since I’m finding it hard to let my own heartlight shine.
The Heart Chakra, or Anahata (a-nA-ha-ta) is located in the center of your chest and the associated color is green. The usual emotional associations are trust, wellness, hope, peace, and of course, love. In the Eastern teachings, the animal is the antelope. Deer are able to adapt to just about every sort of habitat, finding ways to thrive even under extreme circumstances.
The Deer is the animal that I see most clearly for this Chakra. When I think of a Deer, I think of peace and patience. I also think of protection. This might seem a little strange since the Deer is prey to so many creatures, but with its speed and agility, many times the Deer is unharmed. The fawns are hidden in plain sight and are unnoticed by most predators. It is protected by its own stillness. At the same time, the Deer is fierce in it’s battles with each other or with a predator.
In Native American teachings, the Deer represents gentleness and innocence, a gentle luring to a new adventure. The antlers are symbols of a connection to the higher forms of attunement which can be a signal to really pay attention to your intuition and your thoughts since they are most likely accurate. Deer also reminds us to be gentle with ourselves and to others.
(Yes, I have been using the same format for the next part, mainly because I want to keep these simple and easy to follow and incorporate into a daily meditation.)
Read this next part over and use some of these suggestions during your daily meditation for a week and see what happens. I would love to hear what your results are. (I won’t tell you the best way to meditate because I know that it’s different for everyone. I am still learning what my best method is.)
Set up your meditative space the way that is best for you. I prefer a light shawl over my shoulders, sitting cross-legged on my bed, with a pillow between me and the wall. I sometimes light incense, but more often I do not. I usually have my headphones in and am playing a variety of tracks (I’ll get into that later). Most of the time I meditate while my daughter is busy doing her own thing.
Once you set up your space and are ready to begin, take a deep, cleansing breath, holding for a moment then slowly let it out. To help myself stay focused on breathing, I will count to four on the inhale and eight on the exhale. Continue breathing in this manner, letting your body relax with each breath. Place your hands over your midsection and feel the warmth from your hands seeping into your belly. Imagine a bright, yellow glow flowing from your hands to your core. When you reach a state of relaxation, ask whatever guide you have (Spirit, Universe, God, or just your own Self) that you be introduced to Deer. Visualize the quiet gentleness that is usually associated with the Deer as they graze in a meadow. Think about the safety the fawn feels as it sleeps in the dappled sunlight. Allow whatever thoughts that might come your way to float up to the surface so that you can see them more clearly. This will give you the chance to increase the energy in your meditation.
When you begin to lose focus on the meditation, whether it’s five minutes or fifty, thank the energy of the Deer for coming to you that day. Take another deep breathe and stretch your limbs as if you were a Deer reaching up to the lower branches of a tree for the tenderest of leaves. If you did not feel a connection to Deer during this meditation, do not be discouraged. Try again tomorrow at a different time of the day.
Thank you for sharing this with me. May your day be blessed.