Meditation is a phrase that describes Yogic meditation that originated in India. Yogic meditation has since been adapted by a number of other cultures. There are countless meditative methods that promote spiritual consciousness, self-improvement and comfort. The favorable effects on the body and mind are numerous – for some the deep comfort attracted through meditation is so strong that a fifteen minute session can be as beneficial as many hours of sleep.

What about the brain?

The brain is made up of two areas which control various aspects of the mind. The left side of the brain modulates language, logic, analytical skills, reasoning and other significant psychological skills. The right side of the brain modulates creative, artistic kind of skills. In the western world we tend to be left brain orientated. Meditation can help bring both of these areas of the brain into equilibrium, leading to better emotional stability, self-acceptance and discipline.

When you sleep your brain creates an alpha stage – a sort of brain wave that calms the body and replenishes physical, psychological and emotional energy. Studies have demonstrated that the brain also produces an identical wave pattern once you enter into a meditative state, however the result is greatly intensified.

Now you know a bit about the benefits of meditation I’m confident you would like to give it a go. Below is a fast, simple technique which you can practice and learn from the comfort of your own home. All it requires is a little creativity and a few minutes of your time.

The Rainbow Meditation

You can do this meditation technique either sitting, lying down or standing up. Whatever is most comfortable for you.

Begin by inhaling slowly and deeply through your nose and exhale at the exact same speed though your mouth. Repeat this breathing technique until you start to feel a wave of relaxation flow through your body. When you’ve reached this condition, gently close your eyes while keeping your breathing slow and steady.

Imagine a little rainbow in front of you, so close you could reach out and touch it. As your fingertip touches the rainbow your body gets lighter and lighter, until you feel as light as a feather. The positive power and beauty of the rainbow becomes one with your body as it disappears. Now your whole body is radiating the wondrous colours of the rainbow.

The colors gradually change until your body is radiating a pure reddish glow. From your mind, all of the way down to your feet, feel your body fill up with energy and strength. You’re now full of energy and strength.

The red gradually changes until your body is radiating a pure orange glow. From your mind, all of the way down to your feet, feel your body fill up with joy. You’re now filled with happiness and joy.

The orange slowly changes until your body is radiating a pure yellow glow. From your mind, all of the way down to your feet, feel your body fill up with intellect. You’re now full of intellect.

The yellow gradually changes until your body is radiating a pure green glow. From your mind, all of the way down to your feet, feel your body fill up with friendship and love. You’re now full of friendship and love.

The green slowly changes until your body is radiating a pure blue glow. From your mind, all of the way down to your feet, feel your body fill up with serenity and tranquillity. You’re now filled with peace and tranquillity.

The blue slowly changes until your body is radiating a pure indigo glow. From your mind, all of the way down to your feet, feel your body fill up with kindness and gentleness. You’re now filled with kindness and gentleness.

The indigo slowly changes until your body is radiating a pure purple glow. From your mind, all of the way down to your feet, feel your body fill up with beauty and self-respect. You’re now filled with beauty and self-respect.

Feel yourself getting a rainbow, filled with every color once more. Your lovely colors beaming brightly. You’re becoming bigger and bigger – so large that you’re filling up the whole room. Still you grow larger, so big that you’re covering your whole house, your whole nation and finally until you pay the whole world. As you grow bigger you’re dispersing energy, happiness, intellect, love, peace, kindness and beauty to everybody on Earth.

You continue to grow in each direction so that your colors are shining throughout the whole universe. Your colors and positive qualities shining out and touching each corner of space.

Welcom Back Home

You start to separate from the rainbow and you’re back home. All the remarkable colors of the rainbow come together to form a single beam of white pulsing light. The white pulsing light beams down to the crown chakra at the top of your head. Feel the light coursing about your body and enveloping your heart.