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Heart Chakra

Anahata (Fourth Chakra) in Pullman's Sunnyside Park

Sunnyside Park is a place for family connection — people walk, picnic, or visit with the local duck family.

The Sanskrit Anahata means "unstruck" or "unhurt." To open the heart is to treat others as well as things with honor and respect and refrain from causing unnecessary harm. In her book Chakra Balancing, Anodea Judith writes, "The development of empathy is a crucial quality of the heart chakra. Empathy does not mean you have to ‘fix’ something for another, but that you spontaneously and naturally feel a deep compassion for another's reality. In order to do this we have to rise above our ego and develop compassion or the ability to feel with another sentient being."

As the central gateway to higher consciousness, the Heart Chakra needs to be nourished if we are to remain physically strong, capable of giving and receiving love and able to develop spiritually, according to Patricia Mercier. In her book The Chakra Bible, Mercier goes on to say, "Our

heart love is expressed through our hands: it is natural to pick up a child who is hurt and cradle him or her near your heart. It is natural to touch another person in compassion if they are sad. It is natural to hold hands with your lover, and to express your love for them with your hands."

Standing Yoga Seal can also help harmonize the connection between the heart and the mind.

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