April 6, 2006
Treasures From Our Past
Inner Child Meditation
Deep within each of us lives the child we once were. For most of
us, our inner child lies hidden beneath the layers that we've put on in order to
become adults. In our rush to put on grown-up clothing and live adult lives, we
may have forgotten the wisdom and innocence that we possessed when we were
children. In meditation, we can connect with our inner child and reclaim what we
You can start by finding a photo of yourself as a child that you can look at for a few moments. School photos often work well to help you connect with this part of you. Sit in a relaxed position, close your eyes, and start taking deep breaths. Set the intention that you are going to connect with your inner child. Wait for an image of yourself as a child to appear in your mind's eye. See your grown-up self hugging your inner child. Listen to what your inner child has to say. Perhaps your inner child wants to give you the answer to a question that you've been mulling over. After all, you never needed to look outside yourself when you were a child to know how you felt or what was true for you. You always knew the answers. There also may be an ache from a childhood wound that you can now heal by talking to your inner child and offering them the wisdom and perspective that comes with maturity. Or maybe you've merely forgotten how to see the world with childlike wonder and hope! , and your inner child would like you to remember how. Tell your inner child that you love them and will keep them safe. Embrace your inner child and tell them that you are always there for them. Allow your inner child to always be there for you.
Connecting to your inner child in with meditation is a very useful tool, but you can also connect with your inner child even when you aren't in meditation. Treat yourself to a play date, ice cream, or a walk in the park. Let yourself laugh and play more. Give yourself permission to be as wise as your inner child so you can stop focusing on what isn't important and start living as if every moment is precious. Your life will be filled with more laughter and fun.
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April 7, 2006
Your Life's Palette
When we enter a room or see an object for the first time, our
minds register its color before any other detail. The colors our eyes can
perceive are like words that form a subtle language of mood, energy, and
insight. Color can exert a gentle effect on the mind and the body, influencing
our dispositions and our physical health. Color has the ability to trigger our
emotions, affect the way we think and act, and influence our attitudes. You
unconsciously respond to the color of the walls in your home, your car, your
clothing, and the food you eat based on your body's natural reactions to certain
colors and the psychological associations you have formed around them. The
consequences of the decision to paint a room or wear a specific article of
clothing therefore goes beyond aesthetics. What do you think?
The colors you encounter throughout your day can make you feel happy or sad, invigorate you or drain your vitality, and even affect your work habits. Throughout history, cultures spread over many different parts of the globe have attributed varying meanings to different colors. In China, blue is associated with immortality, while people in the Middle East view blue as a color of protection. There is also evidence that human beings respond to color in a very visceral way. Red excites us and inflames our passions. Too much red, however, can make us feel overstimulated and irritated. Pink tends to make people feel loved and protected but also can cause feelings of lethargy. Yellow represents joy or optimism and can energize you and help you think more clearly. Bright orange reduces depression and sadness. Blue and green are known to inspire peaceful feelings, and people are often able to concentrate better and work in rooms painted in soft blues and greens. The darker tones of! both colors can make you feel serious and introspective.
There are ways to integrate color into your life that go beyond picking the hues of your décor and your wardrobe. You can meditate with color by concentrating on the colors that make you feel peaceful or using a progression of colors to symbolize a descent into a relaxed state. Color breathing involves visualizing certain colors as you in inhale and exhale. Choose to surround yourself with the colors that you are attracted to and make you feel good, and you can create an environment that makes you feel nurtured, peaceful, and uplifted.
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What do you think?
quality in myself.
If I do not like something about someone else, what do I not like about myself? If I really like something about someone else, what do I like about myself?
We all act as mirrors to one another. If there is a quality you do not like in another person, ask yourself, "Do I possess that same quality?" or "What about that quality do I see in myself
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