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Meditation: Breathing Color
Posted by Administrator on 3/24/2011 to Health

Are you pulling hair out trying to figure out some way to balance everything you need to do? Are you fed up with feeling stressed enough you're prone to crying in the middle of the day? Do you feel like a balloon about to pop if one more thing is added onto your plate?

You should consider a stress-relieving form of meditation called breathing color. Taking ten or so minutes out of your busy schedule will do wonders in making your life easier to handle as you're buffeted by the day-to-day tasks all of us face. This simple technique will improve your standard of living. People negatively affected by stress often have a harder time fighting off illness. Learning how to reduce your stress will help your day go better and can improve your life expectancy.

Find a comfortable area to lie down or sit in. Once you're comfortable, close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose and out of your mouth. Find a pattern with between twelve and eighteen breaths a minute until you've got a good rhythm. Once you've found your rhythm, envision yourself surrounded with a brilliant white light from the top of your head down to your toes. Keep thinking about it for about two minutes.

Choose a color and picture yourself surrounded by an intense light of that color. If you choose a warm color, like red, yellow, or orange, picture it starting from your feet and surrounding your body. If you choose a cooler color, such as blue, indigo, or violet, picture the light as starting from your head before covering the entirety of your body as though it is coming from the atmosphere. Picture shades of green from coming in from your abdomen. Take some time to let the color envelop you.

As you breathe in, picture the color entering your mouth and going down to your lungs and heart. When you breathe out, imagine the complementary (opposite) color being pulled from the inside of your body into your lungs and then going out.

Do this for about six minutes, breathing in the color and breathing out the complementary color before switching back to a pure white light for another two minutes. Once you feel ready, slowly sit up and return to your normal activities.

Do this activity at least once a day. You can do it in the morning to invigorate yourself, or at night in the bath to relax after a stressful day. Visualize the color you think will help you best, and use them for your meditation.

If you find yourself stressed in a situation where it isn't possible to go through the whole routine, find a picture with color in it. Study the picture intently, paying attention only to the color. Once you've had your fill of one color, move on to the next. This will help you relax anywhere on the go.

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