2 Ways to Connect with Your Heart Chakra

Like many millennials today, I am a soon-to-be graduate in the process of finding my place in the world. Lately I have been seeking a spiritual approach to connecting with my purpose in life. How am I doing this? Through consciously building and maintaining a deep connection with my heart chakra.

 

What tools do I use to tend to my heart chakra?

1. Meditation 

To me, meditation is a mindfulness-awareness practice in which I let myself relax into the present moment and attend to energy, including energy located within my body, chakras, feelings, and thoughts. Meditation helps me cultivate self-compassion and my ability to love. It is a powerful tool that supports me in my spiritual, mental, and emotional development. While I am in sitting meditation, it is relieving to simply let myself see, hear, and feel the energy of both the internal and external world–the energy within my body and the energy of the larger environment that I am situated in–right at that moment rather than dwelling on my day-to-day anxieties. Treating myself with this type of gentleness and care, I have been able to deepen my relationship with trust–trust in my heart, myself, and the whole. Every time I do meditation, I continuously uncover more of my true self and thus open up to the world more and more. It is a liberating process. Today I can say with dignity that meditation has brought about my abilities to tune in to my heart’s intent and share these musings of the heart with others.

2. Buddha Teas’ Heart Chakra Tea 

Photo Feb 27, 12 24 17 PM (1)This organic tea is a lovely blend of hawthorn berries, jasmine flowers, hyssop, hawthorn leaves, and lavender that has been infused with the essence of rose quartz. LivingFoodLove_BuddhaTeasHeartChakra_ChelseyMcCawBuddha Teas put together a wonderful combination of ingredients that tend to one’s entire being–heart, mind, body, and spirit. I like drinking Heart Chakra Tea because its taste, smell, and essence brightens my day and opens my heart. It has a subtle, flowery taste that becomes more rich as it steeps. No matter how long you steep Heart Chakra Tea, it still keeps its fresh, light, elegant taste. The taste sensation accompanied by the warmth circulates throughout my body and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The feeling I get when I drink Heart Chakra Tea is reminiscent of a warm, spring morning, which is delightful on a cold winter’s day. This friendly warmth that Heart Chakra Tea provides me with puts me in a good mood as well as attunes me with the heart frequency. When I am in this state, I can more easily tend to my heart by giving more kindness and compassion to myself and others. Thanks, Buddha Teas, for making such an excellent aid for working with the heart chakra!

How does connecting with my heart chakra help me to understand my purpose in life?

The heart chakra is an energy center within the body that holds great power. According to Cyndi Dale, the heart’s “electromagnetic field (EMF) is five thousand femtoteslas (a measure of EMF) in contrast to the ten emitted by the brain,” and the heart helps “regulate the health of nearly every cell and organ in the body, generation information both psychically and physiologically” (58). When our heart chakra is healthy and in balance, we are connected to our true self and our true purpose in life. This chakra is a vessel that can receive the type of support we longed for as a child, including the encouragement to be ourselves freely, to express our who we truly are, and the unconditional love and support of the universe (Dale 162). When our heart chakra is in balance, it “receives love without judgment, and functions as an access point that is pure and simple” (Dale 162). When I directly address and work with my heart chakra, I am consciously working to cultivate pure love for myself and others, which allows me to be open and receptive to my true purpose.


Dale, Cyndi. The Complete Book of Chakra Healing: Activate the Transformative Power of Your Energy Centers. Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications, 2011. Print.

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Berry Red Smoothie (Raw vegan, sugar free, made of 100% fruit)

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1 cup strawberries, frozen
1 cup blackberries, frozen
1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
1 cup pineapple, frozen
1 banana
1 cup Sambazon acai juice
1/2 cup coconut flakes

Put all ingredients except coconut flakes in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into glasses, and top with coconut flakes. Makes 2 servings.

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Persimmon Peach Smoothie (Raw vegan, sugar free, seasonal)

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4 persimmons
2 frozen peaches, sliced
1 banana
8 ice cubes
Pomegranate seeds (to garnish)

Add persimmons, banana, ice cubes, and peach slices to a blender and mix until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

To all of the living beings who took a part in consciously creating this meal – the sun, wind, water, soil, microorganisms, insects, persimmons, bananas, pomegranate, and peaches – thank you. I am grateful for all of you and the energy you have put into co-creating this meal that nourishes my mind, body, and spirit. 

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Green Smoothie with Spirulina, Kiwis, Persimmons, and Bananas (Raw vegan)

Livening up this snowy morning here in Colorado with a vibrant Green Smoothie!

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4 kiwis
2 persimmons
1 ½ bananas, frozen
1 ½ tbsp spirulina powder
2 tbsp coconut sugar
8 ice cubes
Coconut flakes (to garnish)
Mix all ingredients together in a blender and serve. Makes 2 servings. Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Chia Pudding (Raw Vegan)

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3 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup water
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp coconut sugar
Optional: raisins, coconut flakes, and/or apple slices to garnish

Mix all ingredients together evenly in a mason jar, cover jar, and let sit overnight. Grab in the morning for a delicious and nutritious breakfast on the go! Garnish with apple slices, raisins, coconut flakes, or any toppings that you desire.


Mix all ingredients together evenly in a mason jar and let sit overnight. Grab in the morning for a delicious and nutritious breakfast on the go

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Rose Hip Pudding (Raw Vegan, Local, Wild Food)

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1 cup of Rose hips, halved and seeds given back to the Earth
3/4 cup Irish moss, soaked for 24-48 hours then puréed
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Coconut sugar (optional)

Add rose hips to food processor or blender, and blend until smooth. Then, add the irish moss purée and lemon juice. Depending on the ripeness of the rose hips, you may need to add some sugar. The rose hips I picked were fairly ripe, so they naturally sweeten the pudding themselves. I only needed to add 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar to the pudding. However, depending on the bioregion, climate, and time of year, you may find rose hips that are more dry or less ripe. If you are using rose hips that are in these states, then add 1-2 tbsp of coconut sugar. Chill in refrigerator for several hours, then serve!

What does rose hip pudding taste like?
It has a very similar taste to strawberry pudding.

What is Irish moss?
Irish moss is a type of seaweed found on the Atlantic coasts of North America and Europe that has many health benefits. It contains antioxidants that fight free radicals, has a softening effect on the tissues, treats respiratory problems such as bronchitis and pneumonia, soothes the mucous membranes, and contains a large amount of ionic minerals that supports healthy thyroid function. Irish moss is useful in the kitchen as a thickener. It creates a gelatin-like texture that makes it great for puddings, pies, and mousse.

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Every Human is Like a Flower

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Every human is like a flower. The wind blows this way and that way, but the wind does not control how the flower grows. How that flower grows and the flower it becomes is determined from the seed and the environment along the way. However, ultimately it is the flower itself that radiates its own essence and energy. We’re blown by the same and different breezes, but ultimately we just grow in the field as we will, as we are. I think true companionship is letting each other be as we are, contributing to the environment that helps us to blossom.

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Raspberry Peach Banana Smoothies

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1 cup raspberries
3 bananas, frozen
1 1/2 cups peaches, frozen
3/4 cup coconut milk

Blend all ingredients together and serve with a few raspberries on top. Makes 2 servings. Enjoy!

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Jackfruit Peach Banana Smoothie

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1 cup fresh jackfruit
2 bananas, frozen
1 1/2 cups peaches, frozen

Blend all ingredients together in a Vitamix and serve with several slices of jackfruit on top as a garnish. Makes 2-3 servings.

I’m so happy to show you my first Vitamix creation! My parents generously gifted this to me for my birthday. I’m so grateful for this gift because now I’m going to be making smoothies, ice cream, soups, and gluten free goodies all the time woohoo!

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Foraging Wild Chamomile High Up in the Rocky Mountains

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Foraged some wild chamomile up in Winter Park, Colorado. I am amazed that it grows everywhere here! On the sides of the street, in yards, and all along trails. It’s so heavenly 👼 Chamomile is a gentle herb that has many health benefits, such as:
• Edible flowers and leaves
• Digestive aid
• It’s safe for babies and children, and can be used to calm them down when they get cranky
• Clears toxins
• Anti-inflammatory
• Helps you sleep
• Moisturizing
• Eases stress and anxiety by relaxing the nerves
• Used to treat E. coli, menstrual cramps, indigestion, headache, heartburn, arthritis pain, fever, migraines, morning sickness, hives, itchy skin, and gout
• Pregnant women may find this herb useful for its ability to calm morning sickness
• Soothes skin inflammation

Thank you chamomile for bringing peace and tranquility to our lives 🙏 We appreciate your essence and beauty.

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