Hey, I am a married lady!
On January 6, 2013, after a month-long engagement, my partner Walter and I got married at Two Birds Tattoo in the Phinney/Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle.
In lieu of wedding rings, we wanted to have tattooed symbols on our left ring fingers instead. After much musing, we decided upon two chakra symbols for our “rings.”
Our friend Robyn performed our tiny ceremony at Two Birds and explained the meaning of the symbols prior to the inking. She said:
For Walter, the Sanskrit symbol for the throat chakra, Vishuddha, reminds us of the value of communication. Vishuddha resonates with our true self and conveys our creativity through any form of expression we may seek; the challenge to all of us in life is to learn to fearlessly express who we are without harming others or ourselves. Vishuddha is also connected to the sense of hearing; besides expression, we must also listen – to the world around us, to our partner, and to our inner selves.
For Courtney, the Sanskrit symbol for the third eye chakra, Ajna, reminds us of the value of our higher wisdom and intuition. Ajna is also the center for imagination and visualization. When we engage with the third eye, we learn to trust in ourselves and each other the ways in which we see the world around us and the worlds within us. The third eye reminds us to be open to new ideas, to see into and beyond what seems apparent and true, and to deepen our understanding of one another by remaining open to the dreams and insights we each hold dear.
I share this part of our ceremony with you because expression and communication (throat) and trusting in our visions and intuition (third eye) are important aspects of not only our relationships, but our lives in general.
How can we be more compassionate with ourselves as we engage in deep listening, trusting, and expressing? How can we “fearlessly express who we are without harming others or ourselves” and “trust in ourselves and each other the ways in which we see the world around us and the worlds within us”?
Sending you all loving kindness for your respective journeys in love, in finding your passions, in communicating with one another, and in living fully with an open heart.
Courtney (still) Putnam