Speak Your Truth
This month is all about connectivity, communication, and community. As an ode to this theme, I will use this blog post to focus on the teachings of Chakra Five : Visuddha. It's meaning is purification. You may have heard it referred to as the throat chakra. Our voice is our most direct form of communication. The tone, brevity or length, and sincerity of our words are all transferred to others via our voice. The words we choose, and maybe even more importantly the intent behind our words speaks volumes about who we are and where we are on our life paths.
Sitting across from my teacher, her with her broken right hand, me with my broken right forearm, both of us as a result of bicycle accidents. The opportunity for learning lessons was ripe at this time. I am still learning my lessons. I am sure she is still learning hers. After we took the appropriate amount of time to coo over one anothers' broken wings we dove right in. As I caught her up on the happenings of the past 3 months she reached across the space between us and took my pulse. "Keep talking" she said. As she did this I became of aware of my heart beat. After about two minutes of listening to my heart rate, she released my wrist and sat back. She listened carefully to what I was saying and then when I came up for air she said, "Do you notice this theme running through your life? There is a thread connecting these events and lessons together." She paused, "You feel as though you are not heard." I instinctively clutched at my heart and throat. The pulsation in my chest was thick. Her words rang true.
I thought back to one of our last weekends together in teacher training. As I knew our time together was coming to a close and she sensing our nervous excitement over finishing up our teacher certifications, consoled us with these words, from the great sage Yogi Bhajan: "If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it."
I knew in that moment that however scary it may be, I would have to face my fears. I would have to stand up before a group of people, maybe some strangers, maybe some friends, maybe some loved ones, and speak my truth, I would have to use my voice.
To teach and empower others to use their own voice from that same space of love and clarity. This is my purpose. My hope is that together we will invoke our individual and collective throat chakra, Visuddha, purification, with mantra, meditation, and asana. All the while, remembering that we are a community of people who come together to heal, to share, to love and be loved.
"I am you, he is she, we are all Together" - unknown author