We can be healthy, we can be happy only if we can decide what our tongue speaks and what it tastes. Silence is the ‘closed golden treasure’ of every individual. But the ‘eager for recognition’ in the community or group of people and ‘ambition for opportunity’ will make us to open this treasure very often. Once opened, everybody will peep into this ‘magic box’ and the nobleness of the mysterious golden antique is lost. This is quite frequent in some individual. Most likely the ‘nature’ of the individual prompts the person to do so. But repercussions after the break open of the silence, what everybody feels, will repeatedly occur and the individual is restless or uncontrolled. Ultimately, a chain of ‘discomforts’ is ensued and the pleasure of the mind is ruined. That is why excess talk is is not entertained in business and have golden opportunities only in reality shows!
There are two famous proverbs in Kannada (south Indian language, my mother tongue, ancient and beautiful 🙂 )
Talk is silver, Silence is gold.
It is better to be famous as dumb, being silent, than as rude / awkward by being talkative.
Even though the ‘urge of talk’ starts from the mind, ‘ever alive’ tongue takes up the next step, even before mind has made its decision, words are ejected out and casualty strikes. The cleverness is hidden in controlling the tongue.
It does not mean that we should close the mouth and avoid speaking all the time. But we should have awareness about where one should speak and where to avoid. It is like exhibiting the ‘golden antique’ in front of people who are seeking to buy it from you. Only in such cases it gives big return/ recognition/appreciation or else it becomes a common object of lesser interest.
To sum up, the tongue has the power to make the time and energy as an investment or tool to invite trouble.
How to control what you speak:
Ghee – Regular use of ghee makes your brain sharp and enables it to control tongue. Make sure to use at least a teaspoon of ghee in your diet. – Read more – Ghee benefits
Regular practice of pranayama – Pranayama gives good control to your breath, mind and tongue. Hence, practice it regularly. – Learn a simple Pranayama method
Bhramari type of pranayama is especially prescribed to control tongue and mind – Learn Bhramari (video)
Before a meeting Plan well ahead about what to talk and what not to. A conscious mind will help you to delete unnecessary chatters from the mind. Bite your tongue gently, before starting a conversation. This alerts the mind and tongue to be double-careful.
After a conversation, repeatedly analyze how you could have made it better.
Another mishap usually is caused due to hyperactive tongue is – longing for all the dishes this universe has to offer. The rule of Ayurveda is, eat only when your hungry and stop eating just before you feel you are satiated. You are suppose to include all the 6 tastes in your food – sweet, salt, sour, bitter, astringent and pungent. But no! tongue wants to continue with only one or two tastes, neglecting others.
Once again it is due to the greediness of the hyper-active mind the individual likes to have varieties of food. Ultimately, one will end up in indigestion and is exposed to all sorts of diseases – obesity, diabetes, etc.
Let’s think for a moment, about the fate of food, The fate of all the food, once it passes beyond the tongue into stomach, is one and the same. But the craving of the tongue makes our gut miserable by taking unhealthy food.
Remedy for extra craving: There is no remedy for this, just stop over-eating, avoid junk foods, aerated drinks, soda, and excess alcohol. Of course, Pranayama, strict lifestyle, a co-operating family help a lot.
Dear readers, lets control our tongue both while speaking and eating and let’s enjoy a healthy body and calm mind.
Article by Dr MS Krishnamurthy and Dr Hebbar