“Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you.”
Last Wednesday, we continued the exploration of energy, chi, on Free Advice Night with our most recent focus being “speaking your truth” through an examination of the Throat Chakra, Visuddha.
The Blue Chakra, the voice, is at the center of our personality; our VOICE is the very embodiment of who we are. As we enjoy sharing our discussions with our readers; this week we have written a quick “self study” guide!
Moving from our “root” (the first chakra) of survival strategies, through very action oriented chakras, the throat chakra moves our attention to the more subtle, spiritual vibrations that bring deep meaning to our lives. A balanced throat chakra encourages intentional thought, providing time for stillness and clarification.
Some questions to consider when personally exploring the throat/voice/blue chakra are:
• Do you easily, regularly speak what you consider “your truth?”
• Are you a good listener?
• Can you express your thoughts succinctly so that other people understand what you mean to convey?
• Are you creative? (art, writing, coming up with innovative solutions, etc.)
• Do you feel most at ease when speaking your truth, even if it goes in the face of popular convention?
• Can you speak of your needs?
If your ‘yes’ answers far outnumber your ‘no’ answers, your Throat Chakra is healthy and in balance which is the foundation of self-expression. Voice is an aspect of personality that improves with awareness and attentiveness.
True communication involves two inextricable parts; giving and receiving. It can take a variety of forms; speaking and listening, verbal and non-verbal cues, and very often saying too little or saying too much. As with any form of balance, internal and external forces contribute equally. We should always check in with ourselves and adjust our thoughts and actions to improve communication.
In Buddhist philosophy, blue is the color of pure mind - the mind that is uncluttered by thought. In stillness, you can process and clarify your emotions before you speak.
Our true voice arises from an understanding of who we are and what we feel.
Our best voice comes from CLARITY of emotion…the CHOICE of how we will express it…to VOICE, saying our truth with care, poise and purpose.
When seeking CLARITY of your emotions; compare, reflect and settle on what your feelings truly are before you speak. The blue energy of a balanced throat chakra reflects the element water….pure, soothing, cleansing, and healing as in the rain, tears, or a babbling brook. It can also be powerful, brooding, and overwhelming, as are waterfalls, heavy rainstorms or a tumultuous ocean.
CHOICE, is HOW you decide to speak of your feelings or communicate your emotion. When it is clear with you, it will be VOICED more accurately with both meaning and intention.
Do you ever feel that you are surrounded by noise without meaning? Is chitchat your primary form of interaction with others? Do you long for real conversation?
You have the power of CHOICE to change conversation from superficial to meaningful. We offer a few suggestions and techniques:
• Set a tone of listening/speaking; relax and be present
• Put aside prejudices, fears and inadequacies
• Exercise empathy
• Focus and re-focus
• Know your distractions and put them aside
• Look and listen, what is the listener’s mouth, face and body saying
• Be authentic; respond genuinely to where the listener takes you
• Speak truthfully; “think about it” before you respond
Positive communication has a look and a sound all it’s own. Knowing your inner truth; being guided by your sense of what is correct, allows for the expression of effective, honest, and sincere communication. This approach leads to your ability to express in full integrity to what you truly think and feel.
Negative communication pollutes the throat chakra; it violates both our bodies and spirits. Unexpressed emotions constrict this energy center and frustration and disconnection result. When we lose our voice we often repress our anger or displeasure. By ignoring our feelings we can easily isolate ourselves from others. This can happen over time…whenever we want to say something but stop ourselves out of embarrassment or fear of another’s reaction, we lose our voice. Every time we speak without thought, we lose our kindness. Every time we are evasive or slightly untruthful, we lose our integrity.
People with strong blue energy hold their body upright and straight. Let blue energy guide your VOICE….stand tall, listen carefully, speak truth! The rewards of balancing this powerful energy center are more powerful communication, enhanced creativity, and an ease and flow to life. Be Sociable, Listen, and Share with Intention!
My throat is clear and open, my voice utters truthful words.
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