When you get that familiar lump in your throat during an argument, have a hard time speaking up in a meeting, or feel a tightness in your jaw and neck, you can turn to chakra healing. The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit word meaning, "wheel." There are seven chakras, or energy centers, in the human body. The fifth chakra, located at the throat, is called Vishuddha. When you are balanced in this chakra, you can speak your truth.
There are a few simple practices you can do to help create balance in this area.
Chant Ham. Each of the chakras is associated with a bija, or seed sound. The fifth chakra's bija is ham (pronounced like hum). Repeatedly chanting the bija mantras can help to activate and purify the associated chakra.
Keep a voice recording journal. I have found that expressing myself into an audio recording device such as the one on my iPhone can be a powerful tool for releasing thoughts, emotions and fears. When we don't find an avenue for expression, imbalances can occur.
Visualize the color blue. The color blue is associated with Vishuddha. Visualize a blue light gently glowing in the throat area. Images and scenes containing the beauty and range of blue can also be placed on your desk or home altar.
Use jewelry and healing crystals and stones. Lapis Lazuli is one of my favorite stones for fifth chakra healing. It opens, balances, and connects you to your ability to communicate effectively. Aquamarine can offer courage and helps promote compassion, while turquoise helps combat negativity and increase confidence.
Sing! Singing songs is one of the most widely accessible ways to create balance. Sing in the shower, sing in the car, sing while gardening, sing your children to sleep. Sing even if you don't feel like you can sing. All of our voices have power and beauty.