"Before you speak, ask yourself: is it kind, is it necessary, is it true and does it improve on the silence."
~ Sai Baba
This week I’m focusing on the fifth energy center, Vishuddhi Chakra located at the throat. This is the center for communication and expression. Resonating with the color blue and the Bija mantra Ham, when this energy center is balanced our communication is truthful, kind and well measured. Sound is a potent form of energy with a profound effect on the energetic atmosphere. We can find a balance between expressing ourselves honestly and allowing for silence by choosing our words mindfully.
In meditation, we practice watching our thoughts. Whatever thoughts we feed are the ones that will grow into words and words become actions. Cultivating positive thoughts encourages positive words and vibrations. Sometimes in our honest communication we may have to have difficult conversations, if our feelings are repressed they will emerge with new strength until they burst forward in some form of unpleasantness, hurtful words or actions.
Vishuddhi Chakra is centered between the head and the heart. The Tibetan mantra Om Mani Padme Hum translates to; may wisdom and compassion be united within me. This is when our thoughts, words and actions work in harmony with both our head and heart. It is said that wisdom and compassion are the two wings needed to fly to freedom.
The throat chakra is also a regulator when we engage Jalandhara Bandha (throat lock) for Ujjayi breath. The lungs are our pump for the breath and energy and when we tighten the glottis at the back of the throat, we control the flow of prana and create the sound for our Ujjayi breath.
One homework assignment is to take a couple deep breaths before responding with words, especially if it is a situation where you feel reactive or emotional. The other practice is to watch your thoughts and stop feeding the ones you don’t want to grow into words and actions. We have thousands of random thoughts every day, the only thoughts that matter are the ones you make important.
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