Thursday, June 15, 2017

What Everyone Needs to Know About the Heart Chakra

Green is the color of the heart chakra/anahata. It's located at the center of the chest and is a powerful resource for lovingkindness. Anahata is the fourth of the seven basic chakras in the body. Thought of as an integrative energy center that blends the physical and spiritual within the body, this chakra influences the cardiovascular system, including the lungs. On a non-physical level, it impacts your relationships, lifestyle choices, mission or calling, values, and ethics.

Anahata is associated with the color green, and green is a great source of universal energy, supply, and health. It’s the ray that enriches the personality and raises vibrations for abundance and success.

According to Deepak Chopra, “the heart center represents the unifying energy of love and compassion. The heart chakra is dedicated to overcoming separation and division. When the heart center is blocked, there is a sense of alienation from others. When the heart center is open and flowing, you feel connected at a deep level to all beings in your life.” For more read What-Everyone-Needs-to-Know-About-Their-Chakras.

Green Tourmaline, Rose Quartz, Emerald, Jade, Green Calcite, and Selenite are minerals that support the heart chakra. See more from Rodika Tchi at Green-Tourmaline-Stones-and Their Properties and 8-Most-Popular-Feng-shui-Crystals.

When you place living plants and flowers in your home or office, it helps open the heart chakra as well as purify the air. Want to know which ones are easy to maintain, refresh the air, and comfort you?  Ways-Colorful-Flowers-Boost-Our-Happiness from an earlier blog post and Houseplants-that-Clean-the-Air from Maria Janowiak at Greatist.

Do you wish your heart felt better than it does now? Perhaps you're holding on to sadness or grief, and can't seem to let go of it. Maybe you've had respiratory issues including shortness of breath. Listen to Healing the Heart (opening your heart chakra) Guided Meditation on YouTube by davidji to help you release blocked energy, soothe body, mind, and soul, and overcome feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and heartache. 

Listen to and chant the sound of the heart chakra and allow sound and green color vibrations to fill you up. YouTube Video and Audio with the heart Chakra Chant from Meditative Mind offers Meditation Music.

When you're open to the healing, unifying, and warming energy of the heart chakra you realize, for this moment, all is exactly as it needs to be in your heart, family, community, and world. Let the vibrations of green and the heart chakra color your world with love.

 Do you use color imagery and visualization, meditation, or prayer to empower yourself? What happens when you place your hand in the middle of your chest next to your heart and chant YAM? Do you feel the vibrations? 

Please hold your hand there another moment and affirm:

"I am a loving person who recognizes and treasures my own self-worth." 

"I love myself wholeheartedly and joy in my being spreads to all that I see or think about today."

Please take a moment to comment in the space provided below (don't forget to click publish when you're though commenting). Do you sense or think green and the heart chakra can help you in some way? Please explain. If the chakras are new to you, that's exciting. Comment about that too. I welcome questions so feel free to ask them. For info about the first chakra read How-to-Create-Balance-Energy-and-Strength-Through-The Root-Chakra.

Updated 6/20/19

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

How to Create Flavorful, Filling, User Friendly Vegan Salads

Updated 11/15/2020

Leafy Green Salads are loaded with vibrant plant energy, flavor, crunch, and plant-based protein. Greens, when served raw, are alive with chlorophyll, the building block of cells. It's the substance that your body converts to energy for that great "get up and go feeling." 

Most greens are rich in calcium, iron, potassium, and B vitamins too. Prepare a chilled, refreshing tossed green salad with all the trimmings. Elevate your health as well as savor a simple to prepare, delicious one dish meal.

The color green helps you focus on self-improvement, weed out old messages, and sprout new growth. Visualize green to give you motivation to turn over a new green leaf. 

Are there facets of your eating plan that require attention? If you want to increase your health quotient, pay attention to what you eat. Notice how quickly health improves, when you eat more fruits and veggies. 

Green energy stimulates health, facilitates new beginnings, and is the symbol of freedom and wealth. To feel better emotionally, spiritually, physically, and intellectually put more green into your life. 

Did you know that lettuce has an average glycemic index of 15? Because it has only one calorie per cup, its glycemic load is considered zero. Foods with low glycemic indexes are great for anyone watching their blood sugar. Eating salad with low fat or fat-free dressing is a great way to manage weight. 

Romaine, guacamole, pinto beans, and colorful veggies

Leafy greens are often available in markets or farm stands in an organic state (organic varieties are more nutritious and don’t contain toxic pesticides like conventional ones). Look for the prewashed, packaged salad blends for convenience. Buy individual heads of lettuce, that usually stay fresh longer and are less expensive than the prepackaged kind. 

Salad add-ins like tomatoes, red cabbage, red pepper, and spinach, are chock-full of antioxidants. Scoop on leftover beans, peas, or lentils, and make a simple meal that's hearty, as well as increase daily protein and fiber count. 

Whole food plant-based entrĂ©e salads are an excellent way to satisfy hunger, fuel your body so it can work at peak efficiency, aid digestion and elimination, and is a delicious meal that’s cholesterol free. 

Brightly colored green veggies like celery, cucumbers, watercress, and zucchini squash are fun to use in salads. Add other colors too like carrots, radishes, beets, red onion, and cauliflower. 

Fruit Salads that include strawberries, apples, blueberries, and melon are tasty additions to your weekly meal plan. Check out this  Delicious Arugula Salad with Watermelon and Tofu Feta from Diane at Plant-based Cooking.

Watermelon Tofu Feta Salad

 Mix or Match These Healthy Add-ins Instead of Using Junk Food Toppings

Cooked Whole Grain Pasta or Brown Rice 

Canned Black Beans or Kidney Beans

Raw Brazil Nuts or Sesame Seeds

Fresh fennel, celery root, jicama, radicchio, endive, escarole

Fresh papaya, mango, pineapple, Napa cabbage

Cooked artichokes, asparagus, Brussel sprouts

Olives, capers, onions, sundried tomatoes, roasted garlic

Note: It often follows that the more vibrant the color of the plant-based food, the more eye appeal and nutrients within.

Organic Greens, Tomato, Wheat Berries, Whole Grain Toast, and Vinaigrette

Dr. Michael Greger, author of How Not to Die and founder of, advises people to eat cruciferous vegetables every day. 

One simple way to include this type of food is to put broccoli, cabbage, collards, or kale into salads.  He says, “I recommend at least one serving a day (typically a half cup cooked cruciferous veggies) and at least two additional servings of greens a day (one cup raw veggies equals a portion)." 

Dr. Greger’s favorite greens are arugula, beet greens, collard greens, kale (black, green, and red), mesclun mix (assorted young salad greens), mustard greens, sorrel, spinach, Swiss chard, and turnip greens. 

See 6 Foods I Recommend Eating Every Day for a Long Life: A Doctor Explains. 

Here's a wonderful recipe from Hadia at Hadia's Lebanese It's a mouth-watering recipe for Potato-Green-Bean-and-Avocado-Salad that's colorful and filling.

Discover how simple, satisfying, and nutritious it is to chop up and put together a main course salad. 

Note: Your Salad Dressing Choices Matter. All the good work you do eating plant-based salads is for naught, if you smother your salads with fatty dressings. Here’s a terrific low-fat Tahini Salad Dressing. Recipe is from Diane at

Tahini Dressing

Have fun and take it easy this summer, especially when the weather gets hot. 

To add to your enjoyment, click on this link to hear Norah Jones singing "Summertime."

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