Whether we believe in the Energy Wheels (chakras) in our body or not, we can use the related topics in your daily life. Let’s see the themes as reminders to increase our awareness regarding a certain topic. Let’s apply this Yoga wisdom to give our life a boost of positive energy. We can all use that, don’t you think? Ready? Let’s move on to ‘How to speak up?’.
Every energy wheel is said to have a specific function and an energy that can manifest itself in a positive or negative form. The energy that flows through it is called ‘physical energy’ and the energy of the fifth Chakra, the Throat Chakra , will let find your inner voice. It is about expressing yourself with radical honesty, finding your voice and/or learning how to master and listening is key here. It is also about how to speak up.
The Throat Chakra is said to be situated at the base of the neck in the throat. It has an influence on your communication, dreaming, artistic expression, good judgment, self-belief, wisdom and truthfulness [i]. The throat chakra is about expressing what is inside of you. It is about your connection with your own core and the world around you and making yourself heard and understood and expressing your talents. A balance in all energies is needed to communicate openly, passionately and compassionately.
Using your Throat Chakra well also has to do with learning how to use your voice. It is about knowing your patterns of communication and your communication skills at home, at work and with friends, family and loved ones or anywhere else. Does the way you communicate work or not? Furthermore, do you ever ask for what you need? It is wise to ask yourself from time to time: ‘What is the way I communicate?’ and ‘What effect does this have on me and others?’.
Tone of voice
When you communicate, you are always responsible for how you use your voice in order to be heard and understood. What do you say, when and where? What words do you choose and what is your tone of voice? And remember that also the things you don’t say, have a strong impact on your message. Communication happens verbally and non-verbally and your body language plays a very important part. It is even stated that 93% is non-verbal . Therefore it is worth paying attention to.
Let’s go back to the communication skills. Apart from what you say and what your body language shows, it also how things are said that makes their meaning credible. It is just like the French say: ‘C’est le ton qui fait la musique’. Meaning as much as ‘It is the tone that makes the music’. So it is not only what you say, but also how you say it. The message behind your words can be felt by the way you speak.
Non Violent Communication
In addition for getting your message across, you need to take into account good communication skills, body language and the tone of voice for example. On top of that it is also true that the other person will only hear what you have to say, when he or she himself/herself feels heard and understood by you. Non-violent communication  is a method that is perfect for uncovering all layers that often trouble honest communication and will help you communicate with respect, integrity and compassion, no matter who is in front of you.
What can you do to let the energy flow well through your Throat chakra in order to express yourself freely and with respect, integrity and compassion? Use the tips below:
Check your tips / options here on how to express yourself:
- Listen to good music.
- Rent a funny movie e.g. and laugh out loud.
- Sing, Chant, Go for walks, Watch the sky.
- Follow your breath and meditate outside.
- Listen first: ‘What do you hear inside of you and what needs to be shared with others?’.
- When you speak, soften your voice first. Listen, take a few breaths and then speak and say what’s on your mind.
- Speak with respect, integrity and compassion no matter who is in front of you.
- Remember the other one is you. We all breathe the same air and that is what unites us.
- In life we all have the same basic longings, but we only choose to express ourselves differently. Respect that.
- Use your empathy when somebody gives a response that surprises you. ‘What does the other person feel?’, ‘What is the need of the other person?’ and ‘Can you comfort the other person with your words and show him/her she does not need to be afraid of what you would like to share?’.
- Use the ‘Thank you – Sandwich’:
- ‘I am grateful that you taught me. . .Thank you for that!’
- ‘This is what I would like to share with you . . .’
- ‘Thank you for being here!’
- What needs to be apologised for or forgiven? Imagine what it will feel like once you have apologised for something or have forgiven yourself of somebody else. Know that doing so will equal healing. It doesn’t mean you approve or forget, it just means you are willing to let go of the story around it that is hurting you both.
Some more tips for expressing yourself during your meditation or your Yoga practice:
- Sit still, follow your breath and at the end of your meditation/practice you do the following: You bow to …
- your devotion!
- your inner voice!
- all your teachers!
- to the teacher inside of you!
- At the end of your practice ….
Sit still, follow your breath and at the end of your meditation/practice you could repeat the phrases:
- Bring your hands in Namaste and to your third eye: See the Truth!
- Lower them to you mouth: Say the Truth!
- Lower your hands to the heart: Feel the Truth!
- Repeat quietly: Know that everybody has his/her own Truth!
- Heal yourself, forgive, apologise, speak up and use your voice with love, respect, integrity and compassion and see what happens next.
Last, but not least: ‘The body knows!’, meaning the body can tell you what to do. That’s it why in Yoga you learn to calm the Monkey Mind, so you can actually hear that inner voice that is guiding you. You are your own best teacher and you carry all the answer in you, you only need to listen!
How to slow down? Simply take a break and do Yin Yoga.
Sit still. Stretch. Breathe. Continue.
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©This blog is inspired by a book from Margot Anand ‘Tantrische Liefde; Chakra’s openen en de weg naar extase’ (Tantric
 Source: http://www.mysticfamiliar.com/library/l_chakras.htm#second
 Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_language
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