The heart is not primarily about “falling in love” in the traditional sense. It radiates a fully encompassing kind of love; sentimental in the way we internally celebrate the feel of soft rain on our skin or the smell of a flower. The Heart Chakra, referred to as Anahata in Sanskrit, is often represented with 12 pedals signifying different human characteristics that can be challenging to open up to. These include indecision, arrogance, discrimination and so on. Located in between the Solar Plexus and the Throat, the Heart is the fourth primary chakra. As the center of our auric body it acts as the “gateway” to higher consciousness. The hexagram or six pointed star incorporated into the coloring page, brings attention to this sanctified midpoint. The 2 intersecting triangles (one pointing up and one pointing down) symbolize the power of spirit and the power of matter coming together, the feminine and masculine in harmony. The “seed syllable,” referred to as “Yam,” is shown in the center of the mandala and carries the meaning of the wind. This sound or “mantra” is connected to the control over the breath. Being so close to the lungs and responsible the circulatory and lymphatic system it makes sense that the heart corresponds with the element of air. Our heart pumps oxygen rich blood from the lungs to all parts of the body and plays a key role in our immune system. The health of the physical heart improves when we release traumas and emotional pain. Sexual issues that enter the heart can often be very confusing as this can get mixed up with feelings of unconditional love. The lotus on the bottom half of the coloring page represents a release/blossoming in the lower chakras, which can be healed in conjunction with opening the heart. Encompassing great compassion and unconditional love (depicted as figures 8’s emanating from the mandala center) an open-heart will undoubtedly attract others to your shining auric field. People can feel your warmth and acceptance and be at peace around you because there is no judgment. They may flutter near you like a hummingbird delighted by the nectar of your blossoming heart! The linked circle around the heart represents unbreakable bonds and the ability to love continuously despite challenges and unavoidable change. The strong heart is sometimes referred to as “the purging fire of the creators love,” the sacred fire of devotion and spiritual inspiration. The fire that transforms our personal identity, our ego and our little lives into the realization that we are an interconnected part of something larger, fueled by the love of creation. It’s no wonder why so much art stems from this type of devotional love. In fact, in Chinese practice, the meridians associates with the heart run from the heart, down the arms and into the hands. The hands hold healing points and are where we hold our coloring tools. Feel into your green emanating heart and your deep ability to love as you color this page!