1. Pick a symbol that personifies the Chakra
Let me explain…the 5th Chakra is the center of creativity and expression. This past week my tongue was out of commission. My back left molar chipped causing unusual friction across my tongue from the tooth rubbing constantly on the underside. Within a couple of days the entire left side of my jaw was swollen. I couldn’t chew, speak or swallow without it hurting. Still, I had to go to work and be graceful and charming as ever.
I learned to choose my words carefully.
I learned the frustration in not being able to communicate clearly.
I learned how important one part of the body is to the health of the whole body.
I learned to appreciate my tongue like never before.
2. Color the corresponding mandala
“With the sound of my voice, with my words, I express my creativity and communicate with other human beings”
3. Research the yoga poses that correlate with keeping the Chakra balanced
Okay, so this week I attended the absolute best yoga workshop at Lotus Gallery taught by Jessica Burkett. Our practice was centered around the Chakras; more specifically opening up the Throat Chakra. After a guided meditation and some healthy snacks we each created our own mandala. The best part of all this? I had no idea the workshop was so intimately tied to my own personal study! Thank you Jess!!
4. Read the corresponding chapters of “Chakras for Beginners.”
“You must learn to speak your personal truth, as well as know it” (pg 73)
5. Choose a song that describes how you feel in relationship to the Chakra
“Wake Me Up” – Avicii
“Wish I could stay forever this young
Not afraid to close my eyes
Life’s a game made for everyone
And love is the prize….
So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost”
Also, “So Fly” by Elle Varner
I’ve got a beautiful soul
But only four people know
They’ve known me since I was ten
Beauty didn’t matter then.”
6. Free write/read
This week has been a little different when it comes to the Free Write. Instead of writing for me I’ve been writing letters to friends, family, strangers, former loves and my pen-pals. Letter writing has changed my life. There is something simple yet complex, beautiful yet messy & freeing yet committal about sending an actual handwritten, envelope addressed and stamp applied letter. This is a personal project I started back in September and hope to continue for the rest of my life. In the coming months I foresee great things coming my way as a result of this endeavor.
I invite you, dear reader, to join me.
Find a pen-pal who needs a friend
write someone close to you….
a long-lost friend
a former lover
that annoying neighbor of yours
If none of that appeals then write me 😉
P.O. BOX 115
Columbia City, IN 46725
I LOVE GETTING MAIL
Seriously, I’m like a kid at the candy store when it comes to checking that postal box.
7. Come up with an activity that connects you to the Chakra
Guess I kinda covered that above but while I have your attention let me expand on the for-mentioned troubles with my poor tongue. Long story short, I thought I was going to have to lose the tooth. Bravely I faced the dentist chair only to be told that they could file my tooth and all would heal within a couple days. And it did. Plus they didn’t charge me a thing! So if you’re in need of a dentist please check out Churubusco Family Dentistry.
And one more last tidbit I’ve learned from this grand adventure
SCRAPE YOUR TONGUE PEOPLE
IT NEEDS LOVE
JUST LIKE YOU DO
AND WELL IT’S AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOU