I mowed the lawn a couple of days ago; it was long...really long. It was the kind of long that sends sweat dripping down your face as you struggle to push through each row. It was the kind of long that gave frogs the false illusion they were safe until they heard me coming and scampered out of my way. It was the kind of long that made me empty the lawn mower bag a total of fifteen times!
I tried to remember why we hadn't mowed the previous weekend. All I could think of was that life had moved so quickly and the grass had simply kept pace with life.
I could not expect just because my life was busy that the grass would slow down its growth saying, "No problem, I will wait for you." The grass could not do that as it would be contrary to its nature, but it was so long I had to use an ice scraper to clear the blades at one point.
It kept occurring to me that had we just mowed last weekend, today's job would be so much easier. When we let things build up, they become harder to deal with. We become stressed, unbearable to be around; everyone scatters like the frog in my path.
And, when we hold stuff inside, out throat chakra becomes unbalanced.
"The latest research shows that those who bottle up their feelings are at least a third more likely to die young than people who regularly express what they are thinking...
Researchers studied 796 men and women, with an average age of 44, who signed up to a health survey in 1996. The survey was repeated 12 years later, during which time 111 subjects had died – mostly from heart disease or cancer. When researchers analyzed the emotion scores, they found that death rates were highest among those most likely to bottle up their anger rather than let people know what they were thinking."
Our throat chakra, visshuda, allows us to creative and expressive, manifesting our desires when it is balanced. When too open, we may come across as over-opinionated. When too closed, we feel misunderstood. This makes sense because we are holding "stuff" in and failing to communicate who we truly are.
“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” ― Sigmund Freud
Remember you cannot see the grass growing but there is evidence at the end of each week that it has. Likewise, you cannot see your emotions building up, but, when constricted, they do and they will resurface.