Five ways to speak your truth

Truth be told, how often do you honestly respond to the question “How are you?” For many of us, the response “fine” or “good” might simply come out of habit, without much thought to how we are really feeling. Some may face the common struggle of verbalizing thoughts and feelings.

Our ability to communicate openly and honestly is ruled by the fourth chakra, known as Vishuddha in Sanskrit. Located at the throat, this chakra is known for its quality of releasing limited beliefs. With the release, we welcome in vastness, expansiveness and subtlety. With time, we see how our thoughts, feelings, words and actions align with our true being, allowing us to communicate with ease, clarity and integrity. When the throat chakra is out of balance, one might experience repressed communication, excessive talking, inability to listen, and inappropriate speech.

If you are looking to welcome in the gifts of a balanced throat chakra, including the ability to speak your truth with greater ease and confidence, consider the following.

  • Enjoy the silence: Listening is an essential and often over-looked element of communication. Think before you speak. Other ways to appreciate silence include taking a scheduled break away from your phone and playing charades.
  • Practice using “I” statements: Communicating in this way supports positive communication.
  • Practice non-violent communication: Check out this podcast with Oren Jay Sofer, author of Say What You Mean
  • Repeat a mantra: A sound, word or phrase that is repeated over and over; mantra is a tool for protecting our minds from limiting beliefs. While there are thousands of mantras from different cultures around the world, you might start with repeating an affirmation that is personal to you. In relating to Vishudda chakra, try “Through honest communication, I clearly perceive the freedom of my true being.” or “I communicate with ease, clarity and integrity.”
  • Awaken your creativity: Whether you enjoy art, music, writing, cooking or crafting, devote time on a regular basis to honor the creative side in you and others. Communication is a creative process. The more we welcome the arts into our life, the more creative the process of communication will become.

I recommend choosing a technique or two and practicing on a regular basis for at least a month before determining if it is beneficial for you. Please feel free to email me with your experiences: mcrawfrd@illinois.edu