We all have tastes and opinions, certain stylistic preferences. The fifth chakra is the energy center where these expressions make themselves know to the outside. We write a story, a poem or song. We wear something with a little flair because we want to express something different. We rant about a political issue vehemently. While we all have these opinions and preferences, not all of us express them. We’ve all had a quiet friend, or maybe we are that quiet friend. Most of us has a friend who likes to share everything they think about.
So why is there such a range in how we express ourselves or keep things to ourselves? The throat chakra, as with all the chakras, requires balance. We more often hear about a chakra being open or closed, but a more accurate way to think about a chakra is to see it as energy that is flowing too much or too little. It is over active or under active. Much like a person’s liver might be over active or under active. The body on all levels seeks balance, whether that’s physical, energetic or emotional.
If you find yourself afraid to express opinions or share your creative gifts or vision with others, your throat chakra might be under active. One way to open it is to sing or chant out loud with a group of friends or by going to a church service or meditation class that allows everyone to participate anonymously. Try singing out loud at home if you’re afraid of your voice, you’ll get use to it. You can work with baby steps until you’re ready to take the stage!
If you find yourself frequently offering opinions to others without being requested or find your voice going hoarse from frequently talking too much. It might be time to take a little break. Practice silence for a little while, perhaps an hour a day to start, it might drive you nuts or it might just bring you inward to discover something new!
For all of us it’s important to build awareness of the words we speak. Here’s a simple exercise, record yourself throughout the day and then play the words back and really listen to what you’re saying. Words create our environments and our future. What are you creating in yours?