Welcome to the fourth entry of our series: Compassionate Sustainability! Over the next several weeks, we'll be exploring the seven chakras, the lessons we can learn from nature, and how to be more compassionate participants on this planet. If you missed our previous posts about the Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Chakra, and Heart Chakra, I encourage you to start your journey there :)
The Throat Chakra is conveniently located in your throat. It facilitates communication, especially self-expression. When flowing freely, our needs are vocalized, we listen to our inner selves more closely, and there we can achieve a nice creative flow. When it's blocked, however, it can lead to dishonesty (with yourself and others), and trouble expressing exactly what you're trying to convey.
Since communication is our way of interacting with each other on a daily basis, it's incredibly important to show some love to your Throat Chakra!
- For a quick visualization, imagine that there is a blue glow in the center of your neck. Focus on the color and your breath.
- Yoga poses that help include gentle neck-opening stretches, supported Fish Pose, or have some fun with a Shoulder Stand (but be careful!)
- Singing and chanting can be a great way to shake things up. Channel your inner car karaoke diva and let it all out!
Fun fact, whenever I'm nervous or have some pent up negative energy, I find a quiet space (usually my car), put on some music (usually Muse or Janelle Monae), and just SING as loud, as ridiculous, as care-free as I possibly can! It works every time :)
I can be guilty of not speaking up in quite a few areas of my life, we all can. It's challenging to be able to express myself fully in the moment, especially when I'm around unfamiliar people. I am making it a point to start engaging more with conflicting viewpoints in a positive and constructive manner. Truly showering the world around me with as much compassion as I can possibly muster (remember, as much as we all want to save the world, we can't do it alone, it's a team effort!).
This week I plan on singing a lot more and speaking up about issues that are important to me. Also this week, we're at the East West Holiday Pop-Up! There's a Meet the Makers event on Sunday, December 11th from 2-5, so please come by and, well, meet me! I'd love to see you!