Colour therapy, or chromotherapy, isn’t a fad – it has been used by a variety of societies over thousands of years, including the ancient Egyptians and the Chinese.
Colour is all around us, in the form of light, and it can affect us in numerous ways. Seasonal affective disorder (known by its apt acronym, SAD), for example, is a mild form of depression suffered by some during the winter, when dark mornings, dark evenings and a resulting lack of natural daylight, start to have an effect on the psyche. Fortunately, there’s a way to treat issues such as SAD, and it all boils down to adding a little more colour to your life! More...
A homemade Buddhist ritual for Letting Go
Ritual in Buddhism is seen as an activity to build skillful means, or upaya (as translated in Sanskrit). We partake in this when we need supportive refuge or to come back to our true intention.
Rituals are a meditation in action to invoke love, peace, harmony and health, and also something we can use to say goodbye. Holding on to anger or resentment is often just our ego’s way of still wanting to be right. In the skillful means of letting go, we try to not make things right or wrong, but rather see things just as they are clearly. In fact, one of the most popular styles of Buddhist mediation is called Vipassana, which literally translates in Sanskrit to “clear seeing.” When we are able to let go of things, we can then approach our situation again with a steady view.
Here are the steps for my own Buddhist ritual for letting go:
(If you are new to rituals, set a timer for five minutes. If you are experienced, do this for as long as you wish!)
In Buddhism, we structure rituals with a beginning, a middle and an end. More...