september spotlight on: vishuddha (throat) chakra

After a brief summer reprieve, we’re back! Our journey through the Chakras continues. Brush up on the significance of the seven main chakras here, take this quiz to find out which of your chakras are under/overactive, and take a peak at our last studies: MuladharaSvadhishthanaManipura, and Anahata chakra.

Vishuddha Chakra. Courtesy of Fit Yoga Magazine.

Vishuddha Chakra. Courtesy of Fit Yoga Magazine.

Before we delve into Vishuddha (throat) Chakra, let me take a moment to tell you about a book I just started reading: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. It basically frames the prospect of how some of the world’s greatest leaders, innovators, thinkers and  motivators are introverts, and it dispels some of the popular thinking that being an introvert means you’re shy, stupid, timid, fearful, antisocial, and that being an extrovert automatically means you’re smarter, a strong leader, courageous, powerful. As I’ve been reading, I keep coming back to that old Swedish proverb: “talk less, say more…and all good things are yours.”

So it’s been interesting to pair this book with the study of Vishuddha chakra, which is all about how we express ourselves and how we communicate with others to get what we want. The fifth chakra is located at the throat and is the seat of our truth-telling. We’re told that when we work with this chakra, and draw in the support of Anahata (heart), we’re able to communicate what is essential, loving, and full of truth. 

An under-active Vishuddha might indicate you’re shy or even a pushover, and afraid to stand up for what is right in the name of truth. But I want to distinguish something here: a timid Vishuddha does not necessarily mean that you’re an introvert, nor does being an introvert necessarily mean your Vishuddha is under-active. There’s such a negative connotation of introversion, and such a focus on turning introverts into gregarious, vocal extroverts, that we forget: one of the greatest qualities you could ask for in a leader (critical thinking) is one of the most prominent characteristics of introverts. In other words: Introverts tend to make Great Thinkers.

When your Vishuddha is overactive, you tend to talk too much, dominate in conversations and typically are unwilling to listen. Vocalizing without thinking, you might find yourself quick to act but without much consideration and thoughtfulness. And there’s also the person who expresses himself without a “compassion filter” (which is the heart chakra’s work), leading to insulting and hurting others.

At its best, Vishuddha represents truth, justice, and good communication. Its element is ether. Its color is light blue. Practicing Jalandhara Bandha (throat lock), Fish Pose (pictured above), and other heart/chest openers will help to strengthen your ability to communicate effectively and compassionately. And, I might add: have the good judgment to communicate only what is necessary.

august wisdom: a little rest…

surfnap.

surfnap.

Friends. You might have noticed a certain someone falling off the blog bandwagon lately. It’s no accident. Things got busy. Hectic. I’m tired. I’m taking a little break for the remainder of summer’s laziest, hottest, nap-worthiest month. A Ferragosto, if you will.

I’ll see you back in September for the usuals: Spotlights On. Meatlessness. Wisdoms. Our Chakra study will continue. More insights will be had. Congress will resume. Life will continue.

In the meantime, be inspired by these beautiful images from Pinterest, a collection of summer sleeping. Big love (and big naps) to y’all.

xx, S

dognap.

dognap.

italian summer love, a series by greg miller for trunk magazine.

primo amore, part of a series by greg miller for trunk magazine.

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elizabeth taylor naps on set of suddenly, last summer.

elizabeth taylor naps on set of suddenly, last summer.

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wednesday wisdom: not like the others

via awkwardfamilyphotos.com

via awkwardfamilyphotos.com

If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking.
- George S. Patton

wednesday wisdom: adventurous women

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wednesday wisdom: BFFs

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Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.
- Charles Lamb, English essayist

meatless monday: I will make this soon…

…but probably not this week as it’s early-August cray-cray busy. July has been somewhat mellow, but this month brings:

- A  girl’s weekend north of Boston. Hello, Bolt Bus!
- An increasing number of events at Lost Weekend. Jewelry launch, photo installation opening party, etc. etc. etc.
- Amping up training for the NYC Marathon. My Sunday mornings start with 10+ milers, and that number keeps creeping up. Naps, AC, and chocolate milk are essential in the afternoon.
- Amping up fundraising efforts for said marathon. LES Girls Club needs your support. Ahem, donate here if you please. :)

Pretty chop job by Jen. Image via The Scrumptious Pumpkin.

Pretty chop job by Jen. Image via The Scrumptious Pumpkin.

But I will make this. The Scrumptious Pumpkin’s Greek Tomato-Feta Quinoa marries my favorite flavors (a nutty grain! salty feta! lemony lemons! sweet little tomatoes!). But you can imagine how this simple side dish (or main dish, for the meatless set) can slide right into our summer repertoire.

Waste no more time, just head to Pumpkin’s pretty page for the recipe. Happy noshing. x

wednesday wisdom: a midsummer reminder

summer reverie. via pinterest.

summer reverie. via pinterest.

I hope your rambles have been sweet and your reveries spacious…

- Emily Dickinson