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"If you enter this world knowing you are loved, and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with."

-Michael Jackson

Now, my man M.J. has a great point, but that's not to say life can't be hard sometimes—it sure can. However, I'm a firm believer that love could solve so many of the world's problems.

Sometimes, we need a little hand with finding the love, either within ourselves or for others around us.


They can be used in any number of ways. You could place them around your house to promote energy flow, meditate with them, sleep with them under your pillow, load down your pockets until they're bursting at the seams—anything, really—and they'll help.

When our heart chakra (Anahata) is blocked, or simply out of alignment with the rest of our spiritual bodies, that's when we tend to experience the greatest difficulties surrounding love or our emotions. So, without further ado, here are five crystals for healing the Heart Chakra and reveling in love and light this Valentine's Day (which also happens to be my birthday):

This one is a classic. It's known as the stone of unconditional love—in all forms. As a form of quartz, it's great for purifying negative energies, but since it's got that gorgeous pink hue, it connects with the heart chakra to open it to love!

Garnierite is one of my personal go-to crystals when my heart is feeling heavy. It radiates the same color as the Anahata and has a powerful connection to Mother Gaea. This helps us to love not only ourselves, but indeed our environments and the earth from the inside out.

HOLY PRETTY, BATMAN. Even if you don't particularly resonate with energy work or crystals, pink opal comes in such a gorgeous swirl of colors that it's bound to make you feel better just because you're looking at something pretty. It's science, man. Don't question it.

There are a ton of forms of opal, but pink opal especially is great to help draw repressed heartbreak to the surface, enabling you to work through it and open yourself back up to the love you deserve.

Amazonite is a very calming stone; it works by filtering out stress and negative energy, soothing the heart and mind from trauma. It's sometimes known as the stone of hope!

Furthermore, amazonite packs a double whammy. It generally runs teal in color—the combination of green (heart chakra) and blue (throat chakra). As such, it's a great reminder that it's time to speak your truths so you can express who you are and what you need. It also usually has amazing chatoyancy, and who doesn't love shiny stuff?

All forms of tourmaline are highly protective, but rubellite is the mamma-jamma that connects with the heart. It links all the way up to the crown chakra to draw a strong connection between the highest form of yourself and your heart. This infuses your entire spiritual body with love and compassion, and is especially impactful in times of transition, transmuting pain and grief into the spark that reignites your zeal for life again.

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