Known as the communication center, the fifth chakra is essentially about accepting your originality and being able to express it. In order to be able to do so, authentic listening is required. Only when you are able to listen with calm attention to the world around you do you have even the remotest chance of discerning what is true for you. When you cultivate the habit of attention, you can decide and filter out your truth from the larger noise. If you cannot listen, you cannot understand and without understanding, you cannot know your true heart and voice. True listening, which is the key to this chakra, requires compassion and tenderness because who you are is so integrated in your being that it doesn’t shout off the rooftops. It’s your soul and bones and the house of you- it just stands and is still and is waiting for you to hear it.