Chakras play a role in the flow of energy in the body. When one or more of the chakras become blocked/imbalanced, it’s thought to have an impact on your physical, mental, spiritual, & emotional wellbeing.
The throat chakra (our communication center) is the focus of this post & we will look at the role a healthy, or “open” throat chakra plays in your overall wellbeing, how to recognize a blocked/unbalanced throat chakra, & how to heal this energy center.
TLDR (too long, didn’t read): As the center of communication and creativity, the throat chakra allows you to express who you are but also allows you to listen deeply to others. When the throat chakra is balanced, it gives you the ability to be inspired, projects your ideas, and align your vision with reality. When the throat chakra isn’t balanced, communication is effected. Healing an imbalance with the throat chakra begins with intention. Certain practices you can take on to heal are discussed in the zen journal blog post below.
The throat chakra is the 5th of the 7 chakras & is responsible for the way we communicate, express ourselves, and how well we are able to speak our truth.
What does a healthy throat chakra look or feel like
When the throat chakra is balanced, it means you have space & freedom to expand your mind. Signs you may notice that shows your throat chakra is balanced: You’re more in tune with yourself. You listen to your intuition. You communicate from a place of truth. You speak to yourself & others with loving-kindness, & you are able to understand others deeply & effectively.
What does a blocked/unbalanced throat chakra look like
When the throat chakra is imbalanced, our communication is effected—
Signs you may notice that show your throat chakra is blocked/unbalanced: You refuse to listen to your intuition & to others. People can’t seem to understand you when you try to express yourself, leaving you feeling lonely. You speak negatively to yourself & about others. You tend to behave more aggressively.
And since this energy is connected to our literal throat, when there’s a mis-alignment, you may notice physical symptoms as well, such as: sore throats, fluctuations with your hormones, even feelings of pain or stiffness in the neck…
Healing the throat chakra
Healing the throat chakra begins with your intention, first & foremost. Having a sense of willingness to want to heal is key in being able to heal.
And it’s trusting that working on aligning yourself will maximize your chances of creating a happier life.
Healing the throat chakra isn’t as difficult as it may seem. With effort (which includes a bit of energy) & commitment to healing, the process will flow in a divine & aligned way for you.
Here are 3 powerful practices you can take on to heal your throat chakra energy center for good:
Mindfulness Meditation —
Practicing this style of meditation allows us to connect to our inner truth by becoming aware of what arises with a sense of curiosity, rather than judgement/negative self loathing.
Using the breath as a focal point to keep you grounded & present, mindfulness meditation allows for you to be with your whole experience and to see it all with clear eyes. This creates room for choice & empowerment.
Seriously, the words you speak carry a vibration, an energy. The repetition of words or affirmations plays an effect in your reality. In other words, you literally affirm your reality with the words you speak. So speak good into existence to get you more of that.
When it comes to the throat chakra, here are some powerful affirmations you can consider speaking into the world. Or if you can think of some of your own, try that too! It’s whatever works BEST for YOU.
- I communicate confidently & with ease.
- I feel comfortable speaking my mind.
- I speak from love with love
- I am balanced in speaking & listening
- I am an active listener.
- I speak my true thoughts with clarity.
- I set clear boundaries.
By repeating these, we create new thought patterns, behaviors, and actions that align more with who we’re meant to be— which is authentic & able to express ourselves fully.
Self Tracking —
This is something you can do at any point in your day, and especially during those moments when you feel difficult emotions starting to arise. And all it takes is 3 minutes.
Self tracking is tuning into your own breath, sensations, emotions, feelings, & thoughts while navigating your day and when engaging with others. It’s a powerful way to check in and notice when you feel yourself slipping so you can consciously & skillfully decide what to do next.
This is a mindfulness tool I use everyday and helps to empower & keep me attuned to what’s true and what’s now.