Vivadati in Sanskrit. Talk. Sing. Shout. Dispute. Litigate. Oppose. Contradict. Raise the voice. Dispute. Contest. Dissent. Talking is something that is unique to humans, yet it still remains a mystery. Noam Comsky, who is deemed to be the godfather of linguistics, was the first to suggest that our ability to talk is innate. We barely notice that we are doing it, yet it takes thousands of decision and thousands of thoughts each time we use language. Just my pushing air through of mouths, we take a thought in our heads, and make it go into others’ heads. Other animals make sounds to communicate, but speech and language distinguishes us from all other species. Children learn is so easily.....quite miraculous how the brain does it. But how we learn to talk remains an even deeper mystery.
Are we losing the fine art of speech? Of conversation? Of Talking...see above....... I’ve just returned from a vacation in Costa Rica...and to my dismay, whole families checked email, read from an e-reader, chatted online, etc. during the entire time that they were at the dinner table together. Same with the pool. Same at the beach.
Teachers tell me that iphones are allowed into classrooms. That students cannot be without them. Seriously???
What happened to talk? To looking at people? To making eye contact? To listening to people?
We are truly a changing society. What has taken us eons to evolve, is being lost.
Wikipedia - The origin of language in the human species has been the topic of scholarly discussions for several centuries. In spite of this, there is no consensus on the ultimate origin or age of human language. One problem makes the topic difficult to study: the lack of direct evidence. Consequently, scholars wishing to study the origins of language must draw inferences from other kinds of evidence such as the fossil record, archaeological evidence, contemporary language diversity, studies of language acquisition, and comparisons between human language and systems of communication existing among other animals (particularly other primates). Many argue that the origins of language probably relate closely to the origins of modern human behavior, but there is little agreement about the implications and directionality of this connection.
All this aside, this writing is not about the origin of human language, but rather on the losing of it.....at least the spoken word.
Happily, we were given a voice. Sounds which emanate from the Self are directly associated with feeling...with emotion ....with need..... Etc. With a want to ‘give voice’ to another living being .... To communicate somehow.
The throat is a particularly important area of the body as it is associatted with our respiratory system, our igestive system and importantly, is one of the higher levels of our energetic system. It’s given name is Visshuddi.
(Sanskrit:, English (‘especially pure) or Vishuddhi, or Throat chakra is the fifth primary chakra according to the Hindu tradition.
Vishuddha Chakra unleashes an unlimited feeling of happiness and freedom that allows our abilities and skills to blossom. Along with this stage of development there is a clear voice, a talent for singing and speech, as well as balanced and calm thoughts. When we give voice to our thoughts, many times the whirling in our heads which appears as ‘thoughts’, are made clear. Until this Chakra is fully developed, certain difficulties may be experienced. Blockage of Vishuddhi Chakra produces feelings of anxiety, lack ofof freedom, restriction, thyroid and throat problems. There may be physically unfounded manifestations of swallowing problems and speech impediments.
And so...the next time that you choose email or Facebook over phone, or face-to-face contact, pause.........rethink......or better still, re-feel......and choose talk!