(This article is 5th in Shelley’s series on the chakras)
I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit. ∼Dawna Markova
The throat chakra, or Vissudha chakra, is often a major focus in mid-life. This energetic center, located behind the throat, at the base of the neck, deals with communication, speaking and hearing truth, personal expression, manifesting creativity, Divine purpose, following one’s dream/finding one’s own voice, experiencing a sense of timing and rhythm.
Often in mid-life, there is a “crisis” that occurs when we can no longer tolerate life in its present state. We feel out of balance in relationships, work, life situations. By this time, most have survived or are currently struggling through major life challenges or transitions. Like a snake needing to shed, we feel we no longer fit into the confines of our current situation. We may feel that we have lost touch with our true selves and we suddenly feel desperate to reconnect to our inner truth and purpose for the second half of our lives. This is a natural phase of life. If you are experiencing these issues, you are not alone.
I have found in my own journey, and in assisting many others through this process (with Reiki and Yoga) that most of us don’t find easy, satisfying answers. We would like an easy to follow instruction book to fall into our hands. It would say: THIS is it. THIS will bring more joy, connection, and purpose to your life. You were created for THIS. While some know exactly what needs to change, most have clues, inklings, gut feelings. The throat deals with self-expression and listening (both inner and outer). This process involves an uncovering or re-discovery of your true self and the unique gifts that you bring to the world.
During this process, the more kind and compassionate you are to yourself and others, the more smoothly it goes. We don’t have to figure it all out at once. Start small. If a coloring book looks interesting to you-color. Take a different route on your walk or drive. Create small pockets of time throughout your day to breathe and look out the window. Better yet, go outside and feel your feet on the ground and use your senses to experience your surroundings. Praying, singing, playing an instrument, writing, gardening, or creating art are healing and balancing practices for the throat chakra. Be present during conversations. Speak from your heart, and listen with your heart.
The following is a description of a restorative yoga pose that gently opens the chest and throat. It is nourishing, calming and freeing. Enjoy!
Chest opener restorative pose: Sit on a rolled blanket or beach towel (supporting entire pelvis), and lie down with rolled blanket under your spine, supporting all the way from tailbone to head. Keep knees bent. Move arms into a comfortable savasana position (palms up, arms slightly away from your body). Rest and breathe, feeling your chest and shoulders soften. Remain there 2-5 minutes, melting into the support beneath you. Then slowly roll off of the blanket. (This should feel relaxing, “opening,” not creating a strong stretch or strain.)
Blessings, love and light,
Aug 2017 Shelley Carpenter, Physical Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master/Teacher is a practitioner at Ommani who offers group and individual therapeutic yoga sessions, individual physical therapy, and Reiki care. Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.