Fifth Chakra Meditation

"One should speak the truth and speak it pleasantly; one should not speak the truth in an unpleasant manner nor should speak untruth because it is pleasing; this is the eternal law" - Manu

Fifth chakra meditation focuses on the Vishuddha or throat chakra - first of the three spiritual chakras in our body. 

Vishuddha in Sanskrit means "pure." It is the seat of our truth. Of who we are and what we say. 

Ether or space is the element associated with the fifth chakra. The pure medium through which sound travels. For Hindus, space contains the entire universe in its womb. And the primordial sound, OM, is what brought the whole existence into being (think Big Bang).   

The color of the chakra is Blue and a sixteen petalled lotus signifying Vani, goddess of speech, symbolizes the chakra.  

Vishuddha chakra controls mouth, tongue, throat, ears and neck. An unbalanced chakra could lead to laryngitis, throat problems, eating disorders, tinnitus and hearing loss.

Negative habits like gossiping , substance abuse, over-eating and obsessive behavior are usually a result of an imbalance in the throat chakra. It could also stymie your ability to communicate, thus frustrating your ability to take a stand and realize your dreams.

An overactive chakra will make you a loquacious, poor listener who ends up alienating people due to his or her incessant chatter.

The following fifth chakra meditations will help you activate and balance your throat chakra while working with 'ether' in bringing an optimal balance between speech and silence into your life.

Awaken the Vishuddha Chakra

  • Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
  • Visualize a sapphire-blue chakra spinning slowly inside your throat
  • Imagine a widening circle of blue light that fills your throat, mouth and chest 
  • Notice the silence by becoming mindful of the silence pervading inside and around you  
  • Meditate like this for at least 20 minutes

HAM Meditation

The beej sound or mantra of the Ether element is HAM (pronounced as hum). Chanting this mantra helps activate the chakra.

  • Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
  • Prop the image at the top of this page in front of you, slightly below eye level
  • With half-closed eyes, gaze at the sixteen blue petals at the outer edge of the picture in a clockwise fashion
  • After a few rotations, move to the downward pointing triangle that symbolizes lower chakra  energies moving up to the higher chakras 
  • Next, look at the circle inside the triangle representing a sacred void beyond the elements - this void is pregnant with infinite possibilities for creation
  • The seven-trunk elephant connects the earth to the heaven
  • Look up to the seed mantra, HAM, and start chanting it silently 
  • Meditate for 20 to 30 minutes

Aakash or Ether Meditation    

  • Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
  • Make Jnana Mudra by touching the tip of the index finger to the respective thumb and keeping the other three fingers straight
  • Straighten the back and relax your shoulders 
  • Keep the head evenly balanced and tuck your chin slightly inwards
  • Close your eyes
  • Visualize a clear, blue sky - better still, sit close to a window where you can have an unobstructed view of the sky outside
  • Take a few deep breaths and focus attention on every inhalation and exhalation 
  • Starting with the bottom half of your body, feel an expansion as you inhale - repeat with the top half, front and back 
  • With every inhalation, expand your boundaries and feel the ether pervading in every nook and cranny of your body  
  • Visualize a dissolution of physical boundaries and 'oneness' with the universe  
  • Continue meditating for 30 minutes

Fifth chakra meditation on the vishuddha chakra calms the body and mind, and opens the gates to liberation.

Following external instructions, as provided in throat chakra guided meditation, can be an easier way of doing fifth chakra meditation.

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