Chakra Challenge Recap: Throat Chakra

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October has been a month all about the Throat Chakra and opening up my communication channels. Speaking and listening are two sides of the same communication coin and I’ve been working on both aspects of this cultural currency. 

Communication is such a fundamental part of being human. We’re all interconnected individuals. The Throat Chakra’s role in our well being is to ensure we speak in a way that honours our true Selves. If we’re in alignment, we can speak our truths without inflicting hurt onto others. We listen, and we are heard.

Blueberry Yum Yum (photo by Erol Ahmed)

Eating Blue

Blue isn’t the easiest colour palette when it comes to cuisine. Choices are limited, but I still found some creative and tasty ways to eat in line with this month’s chakra:

Let Your Voice Be Heard (photo by Jason Edwards)

Walk and Talk

I’ve written here, here and here about my love of walking – it’s an affair that isn’t ending anytime soon. It’s also an obsession I’ve roped my partner into and I don’t think he’s upset about it. Saturdays are our “walk & talk” day. We take turns picking out a local cafe, fill our travel mugs with caffeine, and hit the sidewalk.

This is our time for connection. And no, our devices are not invited. We’ve started to set an intention or topic for each week’s walk – usually an important subject that we can’t fully delve into on a weeknight. 

We’ve been covering some 30-year-old favourites lately, like whether we should continue renting or look to purchase, if/when we’ll get married and hashing out a five-year plan. But we also have a lot of lighthearted fun critiquing the neighbourhood architecture and gawking at cute dogs.

I don’t know what it is about walking that gets the brain juice flowing but it does, and I like it. Our weekly walk & talk has become sacred in our relationship and a crucial part of our communication. Now I’m wondering how to bring these benefits into other arenas in my life. Walking meetings in Canadian winter anyone?

Walk & Talk (photo by Dylan Mullins)

This Blog

I started 2019 with the intention of regular blogging. It’s now the end of October and I’m astounded that I haven’t missed even one week’s post. 

I still, however, find writing to be a chore. Every week I procrastinate writing until the last possible minute. Long-form posts are especially challenging and I’ve been avoiding them as of late.

The thing is, I know that it’s good for me to have this outlet. It helps to open my historically closed Throat Chakra. It’s also proved that I can stay accountable to no one but myself.

Having a creative outlet is really important for the Throat Chakra. Whether that’s singing, writing or leading powerful board meetings, the need for expression is fundamental. 

I’m still figuring out how to best express myself in a way that’s both effective and enjoyable. I’ll be posting weekly until the end of the year and then it’s time to re-evaluate what’s next. 

Write it Out (photo by Annie Spratt)

Throat Chakra Takeaway

The ultimate goal for communication is to honour our trueSelves in the way we show up. Emoting authentically is like a muscle that gets strengthened with practice. And as we grow stronger, we hold space for others to do the same.

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” – Audre Lorde

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