This week's Body Poem mini-retreat focuses on the color Orange and the quality Embodied.

Deep Listening: a tuning fork meditation with an image of the associated color.

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Just listen, breathe, and let the sound and color tune you.

The tuning fork tones used are C - D - A

Options:

  • use long and slow tones to vocalize the word "Embodied"
  • visualize the color Orange filling your energy field

Color: my thoughts on its healing properties

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Like morning sunlight, Orange warms my heart with the sweetness of life. It’s a friendly color that seems to help me accept myself and embrace change. Filling my awareness with this bright hue also inspires feelings of contentment and security.

Word: a contemplation on the mystical energy it inspires

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To be embodied in my body is to be manifest in corporeal form. Walking through life my muscles and tissues stretch and contract. My blood flows and breath happens as I engage with the world. Feeling the air flowing against my skin reminds me that I am in relationship with a natural world. Life is here to dance and I surrender to her grace-filled motion.

Sound: a chant, tone, or simple song related to the poetic theme of the week.

Feel free to follow along with my voice or go on your own improvisational journey - harmonize, be rhythmic, play - simply take the time to be in your voice.

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Metta is a buddhist practice to nurture a sense of loving kindness and good will in your being. It's also meant to remind us that our wellbeing is not separate from others. In the traditional practice you repeat the phrases with a variety of intentions. I've simplified it for this mini-retreat so we will just work with I, You, and We as our focus.

If you want a deep dive into the practice here are some links:
https://www.lionsroar.com/how-to-practice-metta-for-a-troubled-time/

https://thebuddhistcentre.com/text/loving-kindness-meditation

https://www.wikihow.com/Practice-Loving-Kindness-Meditation-(Metta)

I definitely learned a version of this song years ago but I don't have any notes about it so I made up my own melody and chords for today. It kinda reminds me of "This Land Is Your Land".

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1 Comment

  1. Janna on April 5, 2021 at 8:21 am

    This made me smile and the sounds calmed me. Thank you for these offerings! (and yes it does remind me of “This Land is Your Land.” 🙂

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