Today’s Sunday Sutra is all about the Throat Chakra, or Vishuddha, the center of communication and self-expression in our bodies. While the throat chakra is, funnily enough, located at the throat, the bodily sense associated with this chakra is hearing. I think this is fascinating.
Backing up a step…. the chakras were first clearly delineated in the Hevajra, a Buddhist text originating in the late 8th century. Since then they have become a central concept in yogic teachings. In my first post of this series, I explained how chakras are energy centers within our bodies, starting from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, governing various types of needs and characteristics we exhibit. I likened them to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, to which they bear uncanny similarities. (Yet we accept one as psychological canon, and the other as “New Age” nonsense. But I digress).
How interesting is it that the sense associated with the throat chakra – the source of self-expression and communication – is hearing? What does that say about the type of energy we need to keep this chakra in balance?
This also calls to mind the current state of politics here in the U.S. It seems that every day, someone says something that’s absolutely uncalled for, or just plain morally wrong. This is a sign of hyperactivity in these individuals’ throat chakras – they’re so busy speaking and espousing their own view of the world, that they’re not taking any time to really hear. Think of how many of the world’s problems could be solved (or at least lessened) if we just took the time to hear each other more. And I’m not talking about just listening – really and truly hearing, not only words, but truth from the heart. What if politicians stopped saying the first thing that comes to their minds about refugees, and actually heard their stories? Heard the struggles of a nation stricken with war, of a life defined by terror and fear, of families whose only goal is their children’s survival? Maybe then they’d realize that we’re not all that different. Every parent wants the best for their children, no matter race, nationality, religion, or belief.
If you take anything away from this post, I hope it is the knowledge of the power of hearing. Just writing this, I feel motivated to really hear others without the constant dialogue in my own mind. Really focusing on the other person, and hearing their truth from their heart. I hope this inspires you as well.
Sunday Sutra: Throat Chakra Smoothie
- 1 Cup Blueberries
- 2 Frozen Bananas
- 1 1/2 Tsp Spirulina
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Blackberries
- 2 Cups Plant Milk
- Bee Pollen
- Chia Seeds
- Add all ingredients into the blender and blend on high until smooth.
Quotes of the Day:
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
Stephen R. Covey
Rebecca @ Strength and SunshineJanuary 17, 2016 at 3:04 pm
Wow, stunning deep color! Blueberries have always been my favorite fruit for smoothies!
SarahJanuary 17, 2016 at 3:56 pm
Thanks girl! :D
Ursula @ LilVienna.comJanuary 17, 2016 at 3:15 pm
Uhhhh, impressive color! I have to try it for this reason alone ;-) Is the Spirulina very important or can I just skip it?
SarahJanuary 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm
Spirulina gives this smoothie its deep blue color! But it’s not super critical to the taste :)
Amy | Lemon and CoconutJanuary 17, 2016 at 3:22 pm
Yes it’s so so true, we all have such trouble hearing, and it is that internal dialogue that blocks us, we must try to hear each other, to recognise what is going on, or we are not living in reality at all and we are all alone.
I have always had strong sensation in my throat and hate anyone to touch it, do you think that is a throat chakra blockage? And I have a lot of ear problems. I think I do find it hard to express myself and to be heard. It’s very interesting, there is just so much to learn! Thanks Sarah. Stunning smoothie and photos too xx
SarahJanuary 17, 2016 at 4:02 pm
It’s funny you ask that because there’s a young woman in my yoga teacher training who has the exact same problem – she feels like her throat is constricted, and she has a hard time letting her voice be heard. The former may be a physical manifestation of the latter. My recommendation would be to meditate on why you find it hard to express yourself – then work to find a way to combat whatever it is that’s holding you back! :) Just remember that you have EVERY RIGHT to have your voice be heard, and that your opinion is valuable :) :)
Amy | Lemon and CoconutJanuary 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Thanks Sarah )
SarahJanuary 19, 2016 at 10:38 am
dixya @ food, pleasure, and healthJanuary 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm
the second quote is so true and im guilty of that most of the time. thank you for the reminder..and the color of this smoothie is just amazing!!!
SarahJanuary 18, 2016 at 10:02 am
Thanks Dixya! :)
Maya | Spice + SproutJanuary 18, 2016 at 11:13 am
I love reading your thoughts Sarah! This post was such a great thing to read before staring my day, thank you :) I have only ever had spirulina in capsule form, but maybe I should try out the powdered form so I can start to add it into smoothies!
SarahJanuary 19, 2016 at 10:38 am
Thank you so much for your kind note, Maya! I’m glad you liked reading it :) And yes you should definitely try spirulina, it’s so good for you! :)
Donice GillilandJanuary 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm
I really want to try this! What are the granules garnishing the top of the smoothie in your photos? And where can I get spirulina?
SarahJanuary 19, 2016 at 10:35 am
The granules are bee pollen! And you can get spirulina from Whole Foods or from Amazon!
JodiJanuary 19, 2016 at 7:42 am
hearing their truth from their heart. – This is everything, Sarah. I’m such a sucker for good quotes too and boy did this post deliver. I believe that hearing and listening are two different things, we hear so many things in a day, but rarely do we ever stop to really listen – to hear with intention. I’m loving this series so much, yoga is a big part of my winter life and lately it has become so much more than just the physical movements to me. Thank you for sharing, lovely as always x
SarahJanuary 19, 2016 at 10:40 am
Thank you so much Jodi, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post :) You’re absolutely right – hearing and listening are two completely different things. And I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been incorporating yoga into your life! It’s so wonderful and healing! Ahh I wish I could come visit so we could do yoga together, lady! :D
GenaJanuary 19, 2016 at 8:14 am
I love how you’ve been incorporating the idea of the chakras and sutras into your posts, Sarah. I’ve absolutely had clients express the throat tightness and its connection to self-expression — and what a beautiful idea to help heal and release through food!
SarahJanuary 19, 2016 at 10:41 am
Thank you Gena! And that’s really interesting how you’ve had clients with the sensation of throat tightness coupled with difficulties in self-expression… it’s funny how things we traditionally consider to be purely “mental” or “emotional” can manifest themselves in the body!