5 Mindfulness Exercises to Calm your Anxiety: Breathing Colors
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The breathing colors activity also builds off of the breath awareness exercise. It uses all the same techniques, noticing your breath, how it moves in and out of your nostrils, and how it flows through your lungs and into your body. But instead of simply focusing on your breath, you are going to give it a color.
Select a color for the in-breath and a different color for the out-breath.
You can even choose a color if you are holding your breath in between (if you choose to hold).
Choose your colors before you begin the exercise. Close your eyes and imagine your in-breath color. See it clearly even though your eyes are closed. Feel the color. Imagine it enveloping your entire body. Sit with that color for a few moments. Really get to know it.
Let’s practice using your in-breath color completely on its own.
Bring your attention to your breath, not changing it in any way.
Just noticing for a few breaths. Now, as you breathe in, imagine your breath is the color you have chosen. Imagine the color entering through your nostrils (or mouth if you are more comfortable) and moving through your body. Imagine the color moving through your nose, to your throat, to your lungs, and then out to all the parts of your body, all the way out to the tips of your fingers and toes.
Imagine the color become bolder with each breath you give it.
The more life you give your body, the brighter the color becomes. As you begin to feel more confident with your breath and your color, you can start to incorporate the out-breath color.
Instead of flowing through your nostrils out into your body, your out-breath color moves backwards. It moves from the tips of your fingers and toes, back through the body, into the lungs, up through the throat, out the nostrils, and out into the world.