Last time we focused on color with our eyes open, but now let’s explore seeing color with our eyes closed. Children love color and it is such an easy concept for them to grasp.
I once took a restorative yoga class in which the teacher led us in a beautiful, relaxing color meditation. She asked us to envision dust in different shades that coordinated with our chakras.
According to the Chopra Center, Chakra is a sanskrit word that refers to the wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven chakras from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. To give you a sense, purple is for the top of our head, green is for our heart, and red is for our root or the bottom of our body.
During that meditation, I became totally lost in the visuals within my mind. She asked us to sense the smell and temperature of each color. Red felt warm to me and yellow smelled like lemons.
You can get very creative with color meditation for children as they are learning about their senses.
Here are five ways to bring color into your children’s meditation time:
- Ask them to link each color to a fruit and to think about how that fruit tastes, smells, and feels.
- Have them visually paint or draw a picture in their mind using each color. You can guide them in painting a rainbow or a nature seen with a yellow sun, green tree, blue pond, etc.
- Link each color to a flower and have them imagine smelling each one. What does a red rose or a yellow sunflower smell like?
- The Rainbow Breathmeditation asks children to breathe in each color, and provides an emotion for them to feel along with each color.
- The Over the Rainbow Breathing meditation instructs children to breathe in each color and then say a positive affirmation either silently or out loud.
I encourage you to test out some of these color meditations with your children. Please let us know how it went by adding a comment below.