Throat, Thyroid and Storytelling

The throat chakra’s purpose is communication. Are you good at communicating your truth or good at communicating in general? Can you speak your ideas clearly? Do you keep it to yourself when something is bugging you or do you talk about it too much? Do you exaggerate the truth or do you lie? All of these things affect your throat chakra energy. When you stand in your truth, speak your truth and live your truth it puts you in resonance with your purpose.throat chakra picture

If you are the type of person that tends to keep quiet and keep it all to yourself when there is challenge then you are shutting down your throat chakra. A chronically deficient chakra often relates to something you are avoiding in your life. If you tend to talk about your problems all the time then this can cause the energy in your throat chakra to be excessive. A chronically excessive chakra often relates to something you are fixated on. This continues to perpetuate the issue. Both can keep you stuck in the issue and prevents you from moving forward. And both prevent you from you living your truth.

Having someone to talk to is healthy and can help you feel better. And we all have a story to tell and it is important to have the opportunity to tell it. But sometimes when we are reacting towards a person or situation we tend to want to prove our point. And once we are fixated on it we want to build a story to prove the point. This keeps us stuck in the stress based energy. So there is a time to tell our story and a time comes to let it go and not let it define us.

Silence before you talk is always beneficial. I love this quote by Sai Baba, “Before you speak, ask yourself: Is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?” Silence allows time for contemplation. Meditation allows the sediment to settle to the bottom so you can see more clearly. Then you are able to speak your truth. I think it is also important to choose wisely who you talk to. Someone who can listen without judging or even trying to fix anything for you. Sometimes the simple act of sharing your story with someone and be truly heard, can be so healing.

The thyroid gland is directly linked to the throat chakra and every time you speak you stimulate your thyroid gland. So what you say and how you say it directly affects the health of your thyroid. This gland is located just under your Adam’s apple and secretes hormones into the bloodstream to control the rate that every cell and organ turns nutrients into energy. The thyroid also controls metabolism, growth, body temperature, muscle strength, appetite, and the health of your heart, brain kidneys and reproductive system. If your thyroid doesn’t work properly then neither do you.

Hyperthyroidism is an over active state which can cause many symptoms such as nervousness, irritability, anxiety, sweating, rapid heartbeat, sudden weight loss, fatigue, muscle weakness, thinning skin and brittle hair. Hypothyroidism is an under active state which can cause symptoms such as slowed heart rate, unexplained weight gain, pain, stiffness and swelling in your joints, depression, puffy face, impaired memory and dry skin.

Mechanical manipulation of the thyroid can release the hormone Thyroxine into the bloodstream, which is why massage therapists are cautious about massaging the throat. There is also another mechanism which stimulates the thyroid which is the voice box. When you make a sound with your voice, your larynx vibrates, providing a gentle massage to the thyroid that surrounds it.

We live in a technological age where we tend to talk less and communicate via texting, e-mail and other social forums. More people are living alone now and also talk less. This under stimulates our thyroid gland. But the opposite is also true if we are over using our voice box. Excessive yelling can over-vibrate and over-stimulate the thyroid and stress is a known risk factor for hyperthyroidism. The vibration of excessive loud sounds and music, especially low frequencies, may also cause damage to the thyroid tissue. I think we live in a culture that is out of balance in both areas. Imagine the havoc that wreaks on our thyroid.

This is a great reminder for me that time for silence is essential to living a healthy life. It allows for clarity and space to get in touch with our truth. And there is also a time to speak that truth and express who you are in the world. We all have a purpose and it is our birthright to live that truth. Paraphrasing from the Bhagavad Gita, it says that it is better to live your truth and fail than to live someone else’s truth and succeed.

So spend time in silence, time in nature, repeat a mantra, sing uplifting songs in the shower, and remember before you speak ask yourself: “Is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?” And let me also leave you with this delicious quote from George Leonard.

“At the heart of each of us, whatever our imperfections, there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, a complex of waveforms and resonances, which is absolutely individual and unique and yet which connects us to everything in the universe. The act of getting in touch with this pulse can transform our personal experience and in some way alter the world around us.”

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