When I was young, my grandmother taught me a practice called “breathing color” as a tool for healing and settling in. She was my first spiritual teacher, from whom I learned to meditate and to attend to the spiritual side of reality as a part of daily living and color breathing became one of the tools I called on regularly in those early years. The practice had to do with imagining a particular color, say turquoise, and then breathing it into the part of the body that was having difficulty. That was the whole practice—choosing the color that resonated with whatever needed to be healed. There was also a book called “Color Healing” that I read as a young person and I notice that on Amazon there is now a book called “Colour Healing Manual: The Complete Colour Healing Therapy Programme Revised Edition, by Pauline Wills. This may be an update of the original book, although the one I read was published sometime in the 1950’s or earlier, I believe. I was reminded of “breathing color” as I read a book called “Heart Intelligence: Connecting With the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart”, by Doc Childre and Howard Martin. They represent the HeartMath Institute, which is worth exploring if you haven’t heard of it before.
One of the practices that Doc Childre describes in “Heart Intelligence” is “breathing ease”. In this practice, you breathe the essence of ease into yourself by breathing in and out through your heart. It’s not unlike the practice of Tonglen that I’ve described a number of times, only with “breathing ease” you focus solely on ease with both the in-breath and the out-breath. With Tonglen, you begin with some aspect of suffering on the in-breath, and allow the fire of love in your heart to transform the suffering into compassion, ease, peace, or some other comforting and settling quality which you then breathe out into yourself and the world.Continue Reading