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On grey autumn evenings, you can still experience rainbows – with this mindful breathing exercise.
2021-10-07 09:00:00

Inhale the Rainbow
An Autumn Breathing Exercise

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Inhale the Rainbow
Inhale the Rainbow

This simple breathing exercise will help you relax and survive the monotonous autumn evenings.

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Lie comfortably on your back – on a mat, a blanket on the floor, or on a sofa. Place your arms along your torso and focus on your breathing. When you inhale, imagine the air is formed of red light flowing through your nose, throat and diaphragm right down to the lower abdomen. Hold it in for a moment and simultaneously distribute its energy throughout your body. Then exhale the now colourless air – it can be transparent or pale grey. Repeat, this time imagining the air you inhale is orange. Allow the vibration of this colour to pass through your entire body all the way to the tips of your fingers. Exhale pale grey air. Inhale all the colours of the rainbow: light yellow, green, blue, navy blue, and finally purple. Visualizing the colours of the air is good training before more advanced breathing techniques. If you charge your batteries with the entire spectrum of colours, you will pay less attention to the inevitable grey outside the window.


Translated from the Polish by Joanna Figiel

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Dominika Bok

A few years ago, she reoriented her interests towards fields and meadows; she transitioned from culture to nature. In the past, she described herself as an ethnographer, journalist, archivist and cultural animator. Today, she thinks of herself as an embroider, herbalist, certified farmer and amateur mystic. She dreads to think what the future holds.