To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ― Thich Nhat Hanh
Do you feel heard? Do you fear or doubt the intentions of others? Are you at a loss for words? Do you feel isolated or misunderstood? I know from talking to a lot of my students and clients after November 8th many are feeling this way. So what can you do?
The Bija Mantra of the week is Ham, which is the chant for the Vishuddha Chakra or Throat Chakra. Ham, is said more like om, preceded by the ha sound, versus the sandwich meat. The English translation of Vishuddha is “especially pure.” It’s said that when the Throat Chakra is imbalanced feelings and sensations surrounding creative blocks, personal expression arise and decision making becomes complicated.
A little bit of self-deceit can be good for you. But when it comes to the core challenges of adult life—career, money, sexual identity and marriage—fooling yourself can have devastating consequences. – Kat McGowan, Psychology Today
What the Throat Chakra requires of you is to take care of your needs, to speak and live within your truth. The Throat Chakra is the voice of the body and the other Chakras. It is said if this Chakra is imbalanced it affects other areas of the body. It makes sense that there is a correlation, the base of the throat is the location of the thyroid gland which produces hormones that regulate your heart, digestive function, muscle control, brain development, bone maintenance, and metabolic rate. Chakras were the beginning of endocrinology and neuroscience, and the ancients were making sense of what was going on in the body, mind and spirit with the technology, knowledge, and understanding they had at the time.
The Throat Chakra is said to govern the hypothalamus and as I have previously mentioned this portion of the brain releases endorphins. Whether or not you believe in Chakras, science supports that chanting increases activity in the hypothalamus and releases those feel good chemicals. You can call them vibes if you like.
If you are feeling blocked, distrustful, or inauthentic. Give chanting Ham for 60 seconds a day a try for a week. Sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Breathe in deeply, then exhale Ham. Let me know how it goes.