Vishudda Chakra - Speaking Effectively with No Sorrow
I speak from the heart and let truth be my guide.
I use the power of words to make the world a better place.
Every day it becomes easier to express what I think and feel without shyness or over-efforting.
Since the most important conversation we will ever have begins in our thoughts, the words we speak begin in our innermost thinking. A positive balance is gained between our speaking and thinking when our thoughts reflect the verse in Philippians, "Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things."
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, Codirectors for the Center of Relationship Development in Seattle, "The power of the human brain is unmistakable. It does nothing less than preside over who you are." They go on to talk about the fact that the relationship we have with ourselves and others is governed by what our brain says all day long. "The secret messages you shoot repeatedly through your mind begin to cut a groove or wear a path through your cortex. These governing messages, the ones that are heard most loudly, most often, and most quickly, are the ones that define your self-talk and your relationships."
Yoga teaches us that we become aware of our thoughts and tune them in not only to the present moment, but we also guide them toward good. The negative or the prideful messages are released as not our own, and the healthy, positive thoughts are concentrated on. Many times in yoga I say to the yogis and yoginis that are in our class, "Let go of those things that do not serve you well."
Thoughts that do not serve us are unhealthy, critical, full of self-criticism, arrogant, competitive, and worse. They may be influenced by those around us, the "Madison Avenue" concept of physical worthiness, or the books, T.V., music that we allow ourselves to experience.
Any yoga poses that have to do with shoulder strengtheners/openers or the throat can help open a blocked energy in this part of our body for the Vishudda Chakra. Some of these can include the following:
Humming "Bee" breath
Join us as we practice healthy thoughts, healthy minds, healthy words, and healthy bodies. One of the quotes that I dearly love is by Maya Angelou,
"People may forget what you said, people may forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Becoming aware of our thoughts helps us to communicate with other people with kindness, truth, and compassion.