This is part 6 in my series on the chakras. The last post focused on Anahata (Heart) chakra, and how we sense, feel, and express love and compassion. This post will explore Vishuddha (Throat) chakra.
- Attunement to the subtle energies between the heart, brain, and higher consciousness.
- Communication—finding one’s voice and expressing it responsibly.
- Surrender—taking right action and releasing attachment to the outcomes.
- Distraction: Difficulty experiencing silence in meditation and contentment in daily living.
- Attachments: difficulty releasing attachment to people, things and the outcomes of our own actions
- Deficiency: experiencing ourselves as lacking and incomplete.
- Focus: Listening to our truth as it speaks to us within silence and meditation.
- Non-attachment: Viewing material things and the outcomes of our actions as signs on the path to awakening to our true being.
- Wholeness: Recognizing that we are already whole and works-in-progress at the same time.
- Lie on your mat.
- Bend your knees to bring your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart and parallel as though you are preparing for Bridge pose.
- With your arms by your sides, palms down, lift your hips and with one hand place a block on its widest side under your sacrum moving it around until you find your ‘sweet spot’ and feel stable and supported.
- Place your arms along side your body or move them into a ‘T’ formation.
- When ready, bring your knees into your chest and then slowly extend them upward.
- Adjust the block if necessary.
- Keep your legs engaged by gently flexing your feet.
- To come out of the pose, lower your feet to the floor one at a time, lift your hips, remove the block, and release your back and hips down to the mat.
- Rest with your knees drawn into your chest.
- Hold the right palm facing the chest.
- Place the palm of the left hand onto the back of the right hand.
- Interlace the thumbs and press gently.
- The hands are angled diagonally, forming wings, with the fingers held together or slightly open.
- Relax the shoulders back and down, with the elbows held slightly away from the body and the spine naturally aligned.
To be successful, we must give as good as we get.
Only then can we know what adjustments may be due.
How we listen and how we talk, requires holding space.
We know we need to practice. We also need some grace!
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