[Yoga Drawing] – Inner Digging Project (8) Throat Chakra (Visuddha)

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Throat Chakra (Visuddha)

The Throat Chakra is the fifth chakra and it is the first of the higher or spiritual chakras on the “chakra ladder”. This chakra is located in the region of neck and shoulders and its color is blue. The gift of the fifth chakra involves developing the ability to clearly communicate with ourselves and others.

* Express the Truth and set Visuddha intention – 
We might be used to being accommodating, rather than saying what we really want,and now it’s a great chance to practice out loud to ourselves. Affirmations are useful in making what we desires reality.  

Feel free to choose any of intention below, as long as the intention feels true for you it has value.The themes that relate to the throat chakra : Communicating clearly, honestly, and with compassion; releasing fear of speaking up for yourself or for others; being a good listener; learning not to overtalk or dominate conversations; refraining from gossip.Choose the themes from above or just simply use the affirmation below. As long as your intention feels true for you it has value. 

*Throat Chakra Affirmation:
“My thoughts are positive, and I always express myself truthfully and clearly.”

* Speak and Listen With Compassion –  
Speaking your highest truth doesn’t mean you’re allowed to be hurtful or critical. Listening is another aspect of the fifth chakra. The highest form of listening includes giving the other person your full attention and hear the other person completely before responding.I think a book called The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom,a Toltec Wisdom Book, which was written by don Miguel Ruiz shall be the best “guide” to manifest the gifts of throat chakra.

    “The Four Agreements”-
     1. Be impeccable with your word.
       We act on what we tell ourselves is real. So, what kind of words do we use when we        describe reality? Do you lie and say hurtful and poisonous things about yourself              and  others?Mmmm….not healthy! To be impeccable with your word is to be                    truthful and to  say things  that have a positive influence on yourself and others.
     2. Don’t take anything personally.
        Don’t take anything personally because by taking things personally you set                       yourself up to suffer for nothing. The second agreement provides us with a way of          dealing with potentially hurtful 
treatment from others. Owing to each person sees        the world in a unique way, the way that others treat us says as much about them as        it does about us. Do not take anything personally is to acknowledge the unique                character of other people. We respect their subjective realities, realizing that their        views do not  necessarily describe us accurately.
      3. Don’t make assumptions.
        We have the tendency to make assumptions about everything. The problem with             making  assumptions is that we believe they are the truth. So,can we really read             someone’s mind through words,emotions and body language? Well,obviously,                 none of  us can really read minds,as we we’ve evolved to deceive others or                         ourselves, especially if we’re invested in someone. Thus, if we try to engage in                 mind reading we will often be wrong and lead to undesirable consequences. The             antidote to mind reading is to ask for evidence before concluding what people are           thinking.
      4. Always do your best. 
        Under any circumstance, always do your best, no more and no less.Your best is                 going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are                       healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you           will avoid self- judgment, self-abuse and regret.
        (Some Q&A with don Miguel Ruiz about The Four Agreements.                                                   http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/How-to-Live-The-Four-                       Agreements-QA-with-don-Miguel-Ruiz)

*Open the Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
Chanting, singing, humming, and murmuring the affirmation inside with inner voice.The seed sound for this chakra is HUM. 
In yoga practice, we can do camel pose (Ustrasana), bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana), shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana), and plow (Halasana) to open the throat chakra. These poses will stimulate the thyroid and parathyroid glands as well as bring energy to the area of the throat.As for the Pranayama exercises, Ujjayi breath and the Lion breath can stimulate the throat chakra.

*Crystals for the Throat Chakra-
Sapphire, blue topaz, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, and turquoise. 

*My reflection on drawing the Throat Chakra-
Growing up in a conservative Taiwanese family,I learned how to say yes or being silent to please my parents/teachers/friends almost in everything. However, the “old habit”,being silent, became terrible “silent protest”through time in relationships. It not only “dressed” me in an armor,but also destroyed relationships with colleagues and intimate partners. Thus,learning to speak up for myself,speak up my own feelings become life lessons/gifts. Hopefully,this article can help people with similar issue as me.
This drawing was finished on the second day of the super moon;however, it’s “happened” to be my most emotional one so far…It’s just not so “pretty” to see ourselves..Nevertheless,all these drawings aren’t meant to be pretty as well….It’s just offering a gateway to be ,to see and integrate ourselves….again.

To see self,really really look into ourselves,is never easy. The face in the middle of blue swirl is actually myself. Looking at the face….it’s just like watching self from the mirror…… All the efforts I made,experience I had in these years…just flashed through my mind like playing movies.
The understanding ,answer and healing also came with it.  




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