Your hair is standing on end. You KNEW you shouldn’t have but you did anyway. You had this feeling in your gut that something was just a little off but you brushed it aside and went ahead. Your dream last night told you to change your mind but it was just a dream … Something was fishy. Your head hurt, your legs were twitchy, you got chills, you got butterflies (not the fun kind). And then, even though you thought through it and used all of your logic and blasted forth with your plan, it ALL fell apart. Maybe you lost some money. Maybe all of your techie gadgets crashed. Or worse, maybe someone betrayed you or an accident befell you. But you KNEW if you had only listened to that tiny voice or feeling in the background that ALL of this could have been avoided …
Small talk, deep talk, chit chat, white lies, subversion, “elephants in the room,” exuberance, speaking your truth, singing, clearing your throat — when it comes to living “authentically” it’s all about your voice. And well beyond words, it’s about finding your truth and expressing it.
The 5th chakra is called the Visuddha chakra, located at the throat and basking in the color blue. In my last four blog posts I’ve been veering towards the self-help, self-reflection section of the book store rather than music business tips + news. In my other life I’m a yoga instructor and have been teaching a series on the chakras to child and family therapists at a community health center. Chakras, to those of you wondering WTF, are energy centers/wheels in our emotional/spiritual bodies and according to yogic, buddhist and new age belief, hold keys to our attitudes, imbalances, and spiritual growth. You might find it total BS, but maybe you’re into self reflection and some of the following may ring true.
“My heart is twisted, feels like it’s pounding right out of my chest. Fried up and crispy; she’s got it wrapped up in beeswax.” – MB “Beeswax” (listen above)
Oooooh, the heart. We’ve all got one. It’s in there pounding away, pumping blood to the nether regions, all the way down to our fingertips and toes. This blog has been by far the most challenging for me to write for some reason. I’ve been writing a weekly series on the seven major Chakras. Chakras are energy centers in our body, and have been cited in Hindu, Qi Gong, Buddhist and New Age practices. These energy centers or “wheels” have different emotional characteristics and correlate to physical organs, cerebral processes and spiritual aspirations. New Age-y stuff might make you cringe and all week long I’ve been saying “take it or leave it,” but if you are into self reflection (and many of you are artsy types so you probably are into delving into the depths of your fabulous soul), my hope is to send you away with a few things you can focus on this week to balance your heart.
Greetings! Welcome to week three of my exploration of the chakras from a yoga and artist perspective. Chakras are, according to yogic belief (take it or leave it), centers of energy throughout our bodies that have specific themes in our lives – physical, emotional, spiritual – and can be worked with to bring balance, awareness and personal growth. WOO HOO!
In my other life, I am a yoga instructor. It balances out the late nights, the wild times, the unpredictability of the music business. Plus, it helps to keep me sane.
In my class on Tuesday night (I teach a handful of community therapists at their workplace), a dear student asked if I would be interested in incorporating chakra teachings into my classes. I jumped at it and wove it into my class design for the night. I love requests and I love challenges – and this one seemed very pertinent. In the next series of blog posts, I’m gonna delve into some simple things you can do at home with your breath, body and music and how they relate to our chakra system.