Regularly pausing in the midst of a busy life, connects us to a new perspective, and a more peaceful outlook.
This is what retreat does for me.
To start us off, I want to share with you my favorite meditation. It's quick, and easy, and we'll be using it often here at Retreat With Me.
Think of a rainbow with all seven colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Each color represents a step in this meditation. Close your eyes and imagine red glowing at the base of your spine and traveling down to your feet and into the earth. Red connects you with the planet and gives you a strong foundation.
Next, imagine orange. Orange connects you with all people on this planet. We are all human beings, and we are never alone. See the people who are most important to you in your life and give thanks for them.
Yellow is the breath of life. Breathe deeply while expanding your belly. You should feel more and more relaxed as you do this.
Green represents your heart. If you are really still, no matter where you are, you can feel, or hear your heart beating. Try to be still enough to do this.
Blue is your voice. Think of a word you would like to focus on and speak it.
Indigo is your mind's eye. See that spoken word in your mind as if it were written on a blackboard. Really see it.
Violet is where blessings flow from us to the rest of the world. It is also where we receive the blessings of others and this is the real fun part of this meditation. Open your eyes and what do you see? Let your gaze fall on one particular thing. Whatever it is send it a blessing of thanks.
I once did this meditation while lying in my bathtub. With ears under the water my heart was a booming cannon. It was really cool. When I opened my eyes I saw a crack on the ceiling where old sheet rock tape was pulling away. I had often cursed this spot, and all the other areas of my old home that needed repair, but on that day I blessed it. I blessed the ceiling that held up the bathroom so I could soak in my tub. I blessed the man who built this room, and I thought of how proud he must have been to complete such an addition for his family. I was filled with gratitude for my whole house, and the land it sits on, and the town I live in, and it just kept going on and on. All this from looking at a crack on the ceiling.
Rainbow meditation is like that.
For the next week, practise this retreat whenever you feel inclined. I'd love to hear how it goes.