Vishuddha (Throat) Chakra
Updated: Jul 16, 2021
The throat chakra is all about expression, communication, truth, and authenticity. Tuning into energy centre of the throat helps us to speak our minds and express ourselves. We can also think of expression not just in a verbal way, but, as Ghandi mentions, expression of our full personality, embodied in the way we live our lives.
This also ties in with what we discussed on #mindfulmonday when we talked about Satya, or truthfulness. We can think of truth as a good-and-evil scenario, but we can also think of truth as something more subjective, what it means to discover our own truth and to be true to ourselves.
To me, Ghandi's quote is about all of these things. Ghandi wanted to be able to share his truth with the world, to be able to be freely authentic and true to himself, without having to contort to fit into society. I think Ghandi wanted that for us all.
I think our society is slowly moving towards greater tolerance and acceptance of diverse ways of being and living, giving us more freedom to explore our truths and live authentically.
When we hide parts of ourselves and avoid speaking about certain things, we are silencing our inner truth. We might feel tight in the throat, literally. We feel small and meaningless.
But when we open ourselves up to our truth, live according to our values, and confidently project our light outwards (like this lighthouse) we can do great things. It is also important to be open to other's truths as well, so as to encourage others to do the same and create a safe and diverse culture.
Do you identify with the throat chakra? What are some ways that you live authentically, and how do you communicate that to others? Let me know in the comments!
You can find a yoga nidra (guided meditation) on the throat chakra here: