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

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 - F - C (high octave)

Options:

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

Color: my thoughts on its healing properties

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Red

The vibrancy of this bright red makes me want to be in motion. My interest is peaked and my senses heightened. It is into red that we emerge on one end of the spectrum of color available to the human eye, which affirms for me the color's relationship to beginnings, fresh starts, and to new perspectives being formed.

Word: a contemplation on the mystical energy it inspires

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Passionate

I look to nature to understand how to live with a passionate flame in my soul. Like a blossoming rosebud, I am drawn out of my contracted inner self out into the wild world. There is an unfurling, a spinning open, that I associate with being passionate, especially in terms of creating art. Being enraptured in a fit of passionate creativity is a thrilling experience. I can't say its an everyday occurrence but the more time I commit to art making, the more the moments of passion blend together into an extended artistic flow.

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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Hu is a simple tone useful for opening the voice and clarifying the soul.

As my teacher Silvia Nakkach says in her book Free Your Voice:
"The sound Hu...is considered the original sound in most ancient traditions. Using minimal opening of the lips, this Hu sound requires no effort to produce, so it promotes perfect ease in the body." (p. 42)

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