Say what you mean and mean what you say because the people that matter don’t mind and the people that mind don’t matter.
This nifty quote has been circulating ’round + ’round the Web, though it’s not quite clear who it’s quoted from. The end part is quite interesting, but let’s focus on the beginning: “Say what you mean and mean what you say.”
Sometimes, that can be really hard!
Getting your point across clearly and consciously is nearly an art form + sometimes it feels like that art is almost dead … maybe the world simply needs a little chakra lesson (hint hint).
Your fifth chakra, vishuddha, located at the base of your throat, is the center of your self-expression + all forms of creativity. You might remember that your second chakra, svadhisthana, is tied to your creativity as well, particularly the passion that fuels your creativity. Your vishuddha chakra is focused on expressing that passion in any form (professionally or recreationally).
Vishuddha is also the external gateway to your body – both via your consumption of food (you are what you eat!) + via your speech and the specific words you choose. Talking is a very raw, primal expression of every aspect of who you are + how you choose to use that expressive power is more important than ever in our modern world.
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. – Dr. Seuss
Your self-expression via vishuddha isn’t just about creativity + connecting with your muse/inspiration. Self-expression is about being YOU in every sense of the world. Defining + expressing what is YOU is all part of the journey of life and something that you’re never really “done” with – always refining, always changing. Your vishuddha chakra is a vital element in “speaking your truth” – living the blueprint that you’ve chosen for your life that is just right for YOU.
As with all of the 7 chakras, each chakra has a specific location along the back of your body, along with associated body parts, colors, natural elements, sounds, senses, asana poses, + key physical/mental symptoms to tell if that particular chakra is spinning efficiently (instead of slow or out-of-control).
Meet your Throat Chakra – Vishuddha:
Location: The base of your throat, just above your shoulders
Associated Body Parts: Neck, throat, vocal cords, shoulders, jaw, mouth, sinuses, ears
Color: Light Blue
Sense: Hearing (Sound)
Focus: Communication, self-expression, filtering messages (from the lower chakras), expression of ideas (from svadhisthana)
When Spinning Slowly, you may be: Difficulty putting ideas + feelings into words, speaking in a small/weak voice, excessive shyness, being tone deaf, fear of speaking, secretive
When Spinning Too Quickly, you may be: Talking too much, gossiping, inability to keep secrets, difficulty being silent, stuttering, excessive loudness
When Spinning Efficiently, you’ll have: Clear communication with others + yourself, speak with your full voice, have a good sense of timing + rhythm, truthful, good listener, your words match your actions + vice versa, live your life creatively
What you “consume” is just as important as what you choose to express. From food and drink to music, conversation, + everything else that assaults our senses, what you choose to invite into your body + your mind directly effects what you then express back out into the world. Eating a little healthier, drinking more water, + inviting more positively into your life will help you “pay it forward” + make the world a little better, one person, one conversation, one creation at a time.
If you experience any of the symptoms of your vishuddha chakra spinning too slow or out-of-control, there are a number of easy + delightful things you can do to help it return to spinning efficiently:
- Positive Blue: The color blue doesn’t have to be all about sadness (a natural symptom of a lack of self-expression). Light blue can help you feel more comfort, inner-confidence, + an overall sense of creativity – just one of the many reasons it’s fun to lie in the grass + stare up at the blue sky. Some other ideas: change your desktop background to an image featuring mainly light blue shades, drink water from a light blue stainless steel bottle or a glass bottle with a light blue silicone sleeve.
- Make Space: Time to attack your clutter! Whether you have too much info in your brain or too much stuff crammed into your closets, it’s very difficult to express yourself when you can’t navigate through your own thoughts or personal space. For your mind, use Evernote to write down all the random ideas and cool things you learn throughout the day. Also, try writing (online or on-paper) at the end of your day. No grammar rules, no limits – just let all of the stuff in your mind tumble on to the page (or screen). Bonus: it can help you sleep better too! For your personal space, tackle 1 room or 1 closet at a time, sorting through every single thing and creating 3 piles: keep, recycle/donate, + not sure yet. Once you’ve sorted everything, put your “recycle/donate” stuff into bags to get rid of, pack up your “keep” stuff in clean boxes or hang it up in the closet, + look back through your “not sure yet” stuff to decide if you’ll need any of the items in the next 3 months or if they have enough value to keep taking up your space.
- Helpful Asana: With the focus on your throat + shoulders, the physical practices for your vishuddha chakra involve asana that create space in both your shoulders + your neck, along with releasing tension so your creativity can flow freely. Suggestions: Simhasana (Lion), Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), Ustrasana (Camel), Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand), Halasana (Plow), Matsyasana (Fish), Bhramari pranayama (a.k.a. bee breath), + silence.
Creativity + self-expression can be very difficult subjects for most of us (myself included!), but a little vishuddha practice can go a long way. 🙂
Up next: Ajna a.k.a your Third Eye Chakra (stay tuned!)
What’s your FAVORITE way to communicate? (Written words, images, talking face-to-face, music … etc.)
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