Keys to keeping an open heart

Keeping an open heart is one of the foundational pieces of living a happy life.

It’s not always easy to manage though.

In this “information in an instant and always on” age we now live in, we are bombarded daily with the negative messages such as fear, anger, lack, etc. so it’s easy to understand how our subconscious mind can say, “Enough! This hurts too much, time close things down to protect this beautiful heart.”

It seems like a good plan and it does bring some relief.

But it’s flawed.

It’s flawed because once your heart is closed off, it may be true that hurt doesn’t get in BUT neither does any positive emotion. And as human beings, we NEED positive emotions. We especially need LOVE – it’s impossible to thrive without it.

Fundamental Truth: The more you can keep your heart open, the more you can feel love, joy, and peace.


Here are some things you can do to coax your heart into opening a little wider:

Visualization Exercises:

  • Sit quietly for a few moments throughout the day and visualize your heart surrounded by a soft glow of pink light. Then imagine that each breath you take is pulling right into your heart, expanding it a little more with each in breath until you feel your heart “breathing.”
  • Find a spot out in nature where you feel inspired or grounded. Imagine that love is a breeze and allow yourself to feel it gently blowing all over you. Imagine that every pore on your body is a receptor for this love breeze and feel them pulling it in and delivering it right up to your heart as you breathe.

Rose Quartz:

  • Rose quartz crystal is a harmonizing stone whose energy is associated with love, healing, and the heart chakra. Whether or not you understand or believe in the energy of crystal, it still looks like love and it’s a good reminder of what you want to focus on. Personally, I wear a necklace with a heart shaped rose quartz pendant that sits right over my heart. It’s one of my favorite, treasured pieces.
  • Place a clean rose quartz in your water glass or water bottle and drink the crystal charged water. I like charging my water by placing a rose quartz crystal in a gallon pitcher, or jar of clean water and placing it in the fridge. I’ll then drink from that for the day.


  • Long associated with love, roses are the perfect “medicine” for opening a heart. Smell fresh roses still growing on their bush. Get yourself some roses to brighten your space. Note: Cut flowers commercially grown and sold often don’t have the treasured fragrance that appeals to our olfactory system to create the nervous system / emotional response we’re seeking but they are still a beautiful symbol of love.
  • Use Young Living’s Rose Essential Oil (ask me how to get it at the best price). You can diffuse it if you’d like – and it’s heavenly – but it’s pricey. It takes 22 pounds of rose petals to make a 5-ml bottle of rose essential oil so it should be pricey, or you aren’t getting the purity you want. The good news is that a little goes a long way and the scent is intoxicatingly divine! I didn’t use to like rose scented stuff – it smelled all grandma-ly to me. That all changed when I smelled the pure stuff rather than the synthetic crap I’d grown up with. Real rose is unmatched by and incomparable to anything else in the world!
  • Make a rose essential oil spritzer by putting 3 drops of rose essential oil in a 2-oz glass spray bottle filled with distilled water (I like a blue glass one but that’s a story for another time). I leave it on my kitchen counter and my daughter and I spritz our faces with it often (rose is also amazing for both my aging skin and her teen skin).
  • When I feel I need a super-boost, I’ll put a single drop right on my heart chakra and rub it in and then cup my hands over my nose and inhale deeply for several breaths. Try it and you’ll see why I describe it as intoxicating!
  • I recommend using any of the above pro-actively (meaning before you get to the point of feeling like you need to) to keep your heart wide open and receptive to all of the love, joy and peace that you can possibly receive.

Reach out if you’d like some additional support around opening your heart and keeping it open when it feels impossible to do so. I’d love to help you!

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