How am I doing with expressing myself clearly? Am I speaking from head or from heart?
If we speak only from one or the other, something is missing. I listen to all the voice rising up, calling out, asking to be noticed. Sometimes it is overwhelming. I wonder if our social justice movement is at an adolescent stage, which will eventually pass on to wisdom, and we will look back and know the true truth, that which speaks from both heart and head.
The heart, anahata, when supported by strong self, by creative self, by foundation, neither over-gives nor over-takes. Compassion is in balance. When we speak from that space, our words convey a sense of understanding the other, even when we disagree.
The head, ajna, is the seat of intuition. When we communicate from intuition, the sense is different from when we communicate from thinking mind. From ajna we are able to intuit, feel into, the collective. Communication from this space carries a knowing beyond thinking.
Visuddha connects head and heart. The breath, entering the nose, rises up to almost touch ajna, then descends through visuddha and into the lungs in the space of anahata. When we speak from a connection to these two, our voice, our words, carry an energy, a clarity, a presence, on par with the greatest speakers of freedom of our time. Lincoln, MLK, Nelson Mandela, Maya Anjalou, and so many more.
This country was founded on Freedom of Speech and on Democracy. Neither can be truly lived unless the head and the heart are connected.
I have so much more to say, but I will pause here. Another story for another day.
Kristen is the creator of Indieflow Yoga and Yoga For A Cause. She lives and teaches in Denver, Colorado