Monday Mindfulness: Color Awareness

One of the key ingredients in meditation is having a point of focus. This can take the form of touch (i.e.: mala or rosary beads), sound (i.e.: mantra or chanting) or visual (i.e. color or candle). Color can serve as an important tool to have in our meditation toolkit. Working with color is especially effective for those of us that are more visually oriented. Below is a simple practice that utilizes color as a point of focus. Ennjoy!

Step 1: Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to get centered.

Step 2: Let your breath be natural, and imagine a color that comes to mind as you continue to inhale and exhale. If a color does not come to mind, simply choose one.

Step 3: Notice if you feel the breath + color in any specific part of your body and just focus on that area. Now let it expand throughout your body. You can imagine it as a warm energy relaxing your entire body.

Step 4: When you feel ready, slowly begin to flutter your eyes open.

See if you begin to notice that color as you go about your day. As we do this we become aware of how easily we can train our attention to see what we are looking for. It’s a nice reminder to become more intentional in how we pay attention and what we pay attention to. As my teacher Sarah Mclean says, “where your focus goes, energy goes.”

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