November 8, 2013

Love is My Religion: A Happy (Not Sappy) Heart Chakra Playlist.

Life is beautiful and brimming over with bliss and love. (Sometimes.)

Other times, we may just want to shut down and escape from the happy, sappy, “spiritual” messages streaming through our endless news feeds. Gratitude, schmatitude.

Yes, we are perfect just as we are, and everything we have is already within us. Still, stress, sickness and difficult emotions often arise. The basic teaching of mindfulness is to be open to our experience. Don’t run away and hide. Don’t eat, smoke and drink to avoid it. Feel it, fully.

All emotions—even the shitty feeling ones—are part of life. Without the bad, the good wouldn’t be half as sweet.

Whether we’re down in the dumps or feeling pretty swell, music has a magical way of lifting our spirits. Hopefully these lovely tunes will help the gorgeous flower bloom at your heart center.

1. Ong Namo by Snatam Kaur

An opening mantra for centering and stillness.

2. Love Is My Religion by Ziggy Marley

Warm up the body to this soulful tune.

3. On The Radio by Regina Spektor

Put some pep in those sun salutations!

4. Love Me Do by The Beatles


5. Satellite of Love by Lou Reed

6. Only For You by Heartless Bastards

7. Love’s In Need Of Love Today by Stevie Wonder

Slow it down; maybe throw in a yin pose or two.

8. Just Above Love by The Flaming Lips

9. Love Song by The Cure

10. Loves Me Like A Rock by Paul Simon

11. Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley

Okay, this one’s a little sappy. Let’s fall in love with our lower backs… and ourselves.

12. Gracias A La Vida by Mercedes Sosa

Cool down and do some happy baby and/or reclining twists before savasana.

13. Love by John Lennon

Bam—Savasana time!

14. Skinny Love by Bon Iver

This song will kill you. It’s okay to cry.

Check out the other chakra playlists:

Rock Your Root Chakra

A Smooth Sacral Chakra Playlist

Powerful Solar Plexus Tunes

Plus, more love songs!

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Editor: Catherine Monkman

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margotgobetti Feb 21, 2019 8:14am

Love it , fabulous playlist, uplifting!

Ally Nov 11, 2013 7:37pm

I would definitely go to a yoga class with this playlist, and wish someone had though tot it before — thanks!

imagineannie Nov 8, 2013 11:16am

I was waiting, and waiting, and waiting for this month's playlist!! You never disappoint.

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Michelle Margaret is a heart-centered writer, teacher and creator of Yoga Freedom.

She has been a columnist on Elephant Journal since 2010 and has self-published inspiring books. She incorporates dharma, hatha, yin, mindfulness, chakras, chanting and pranayama into her teachings and practice. A former advertising copywriter and elementary school teacher, she is now a freelance writer and translator. Michelle learned yoga from a book at age 12 and started teaching at 22. She met the Buddha in California at 23 and has been a student of the dharma ever since. Michelle is now approaching her forties with grace and gratitude.

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