In her workbook, Chakra Balancing, Anodea Judith writes, “The throat chakra works on a principle of resonance. When we hear a great truth, we say we resonate with it. To really speak your truth is to open that resonant field between yourself and another. Truth has a palpable resonance that allows all parts of the psyche to be in harmony.”
So how can our practice help us to speak our truth? Well, our practice first allows us to tune in to ourselves so that we can actually begin to recognize our truth. So often our truth or “authentic self” is buried under layers of conditioning, roles and expectations. We may have tucked our truth away in order to do what was expected of us in certain situations and roles. We may have subjugated our truth to the needs of someone else in order to earn approval. Maybe in school you were labeled “the student’ or “the athlete” or “the popular one” and felt you had to live up to that, even if it didn’t represent your truth.
Generally, the first action we take in our practice is to bring awareness to the breath. Often we are instructed to “listen to” the breath. Then we use the breath to explore the mind and the body. As we practice over time, we learn that the body has a language of its own. Deb Shapiro, in Your Body Speaks Your Mind says, “Just as we all have our own unique voice so each body has its own means of expression.” And so when we tune in to ourselves in our practice, we begin to listen to our own language, and we refine our interpretation skills. If, based on past experience, we are not accustomed to being listened to, this may be challenging, and we may need to be patient.
The fifth chakra represents the right to speak and be heard. When we start with allowing the body to “speak” and then listening to what it says, there is resonance. When we have resonance within ourselves, we find it easier and more comfortable to find resonance with others. Have you ever noticed that others are more likely to seem out of sync when you are really out of sync with yourself? And, more happily, when you are feeling easeful and connected, others are saying more things that resonate with you? Basically, what we feel inside we project out. So take some time to listen to yourself and clear your throat so that you can connect with those around you.
Lisa Feder is a Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer and Corporate Wellness Consultant. Read more