For centuries, women speaking out loud or speaking their minds have been met with not so positive outcomes. Today, in many parts of the world, even though women have the opportunity and the societal support to speak their minds, unconsciously, we carry the residual fears and consequences that have been passed down to us on an unconscious level.
Being heard is a physical, psychological, and physiological need. It fosters connection, a sense of contribution, and a sense of impact. It anchors you to the world around you.
With the unconscious ancestral silencing combined with an upbringing that may not have supported being out spoken, it may be a challenging thing to do as an adult.
Being heard is not only about the words that are spoken. Words allow us to exchange information, but they are also the medium through which we communicate what is in our hearts.
Words are the paintbrush that we use to create, for another, the picture of who we are.
Being heard requires only two things. 1) a choice to be heard and 2) ongoing exercising of speaking up. It doesn’t even matter what you say. That can come later.
Fortunately you don’t have to muster this strength yourself. You have something that can provide you support. It’s called your throat chakra.
Your throat chakra is one of seven spinning wheel-like energy centers distributed vertically throughout your body from the base of your spine to several inches above your head.
The throat chakra is, like the name implies, situated in the throat. It is in charge of self-expression, communication and even judgment. Physically, it rules the neck, shoulders, arms and hands, and the thyroid.
Your throat chakra is about the expression of yourself, your truth and purpose in life. If this chakra is blocked, you might feel frustrated, feeling that no one listens to you. A balanced throat chakra allows you to be expressive and creative. Backbends and inversions like the yoga positions “Bridge” and “Shoulder Stand” can help you release blockage in the throat and some positions such as “Plow”, can help stimulate your thyroid.
To make sure you are heard, try on this throat chakra activation to feel heard and received throughout this holiday season and throughout the new year. An ounce of being heard will go a long way for your emotional stability, happiness and feeling that you belong.
Sit on your knees, relax your body while keeping your back straight, arms to your side. Cross your fingers on the inside of your hands, while keeping your thumbs pointing up and touching at the tops. Close your eyes and bring your attention to the center of your throat. Keeping your lips softly together, softly chant the sound “HAM.” Notice the energetic vibration in your throat center. Without getting louder, allow the vibration in the center of your throat to grow like rays off the sun.
If you’re new at speaking up, practice extending these rays to your shoulders until you get comfortable with the feeling. If you have a new role at work, you want to start making a bigger impact in your work or community, or you have your heart set on speaking at your local TedX, practice extending your throat chakra rays to the tips or your fingertips and beyond.
Remember, being heard, after years of not speaking up, is a muscle. It simple needs your attention and practice.
Remember to turn on your throat chakra the next time you have something to say no matter where you are. The world needs it.
In the powerful words of singer Sara Barellies,
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