Colour meditation requires you to focus on chakras and their colours to maintain an ideal balance, writes Aarrti Zaveri
Colours are an integral and essential part of our daily lives. Their role in our lives is at times dramatic and at others subtle. They can be used to express, impress and more. There are numerous ancient cultures around the world that believe in the healing powers of colours. Chromo therapy also known as light therapy is a popular holistic healing and meditating treatment. Psychologists and medical researchers, have for years, conducted several studies on the effect of colours on the psyche. Advertisements incorporate conscious use of colour to emanate certain feelings about products and places. For the same reason, we believe that focusing on colours during your daily meditation will prove to have a significant impact on your daily meditation.
Before we delve into this, let’s understand the relationship between colours and chakras. The sanskrit word for wheel, ‘chakra’ is known to be located in a straight line with your spine. The seven chakras in the body run down the centre, right from the top of your head to the base of your spine. Each chakra is an individual energy centre and has a unique colour representing it. Colour meditation requires you to focus on each of your chakras and their respective colours to maintain an ideal balance between body and mind. This balance will thereby promote healing and peace of mind. The chakras can be related to the elements of the Earth — air, fire, water, ether, spiritual awakening and enlightenment. The seven chakras and the colours associated with them are:
l Red: The colour represents the chakra located at the root of your spine. It is known as your life force and represents stability. While meditating focusing on the colour red will help you assuage gnawing feelings of frustration and anger. Red is the colour that stimulates your body and mind thereby increasing your stimulation.
l Orange: It represents the chakra located in the naval area, also known as the sacral chakra. Focusing on the colour orange will help you mitigate issues with sensuality, relationships, physical pressure, emotional self expression and creativity. Orange is known to kick start your nervous system and activate stimulation.
l Yellow: Just below your breastbone, is located your solar plexus chakra. Yellow focuses on your solar plexus chakra and has an impact on your optimism, happiness and thought processes. Yellow is the colour that affects your physical vitality, mental awareness and ability to think and process analytically.
l Green: The heart chakra is located in the centre of your chest. Green focuses on your heart chakra and instills emotions of peace, love and nurturing. It initiates physical healing. This is why most hospitals are painted green.
l Blue: Located at the base of your larynx is the throat chakra and blue focuses on it. While meditating, focusing on your throat chakra will help you with your confidence and self expression. Physically blue controls your thyroid gland and lymphatic system.
l Indigo: This represents the third eye chakra, i.e. located in the middle of your forehead. Focusing on the colour while meditation will help with your intuition and peace of mind.
l Violet: Located at the top of your skull the crown chakra is represented by the violet colour. Meditating on the colour will help you align with universal consciousness and make your more self aware and at peace with your self.
The writer is a visual artist