The Rainbow Ritual

Make yourself at home!

Each day at 4:00 o'clock sit down quietly and make yourself comfortable. You can do this if you let your eyes close very lightly, then take some long slow breaths. You'll be able to feel your body get softer and softer each time you breathe out until your mind and your body are at peace.

Feel the chair that you're sitting on, the floor that your feet are touching, the clothes that you're wearing, and the touch of the air on your cheeks and your hands. Listen to the sounds in your body, the sounds in the room, and the sounds outside the room. Then imagine yourself sitting under one end of a rainbow.
Look at all of the colors of the rainbow that surround you and fall gently around you. Take a minute to breathe in your favorite colors, and pretend that when you breathe out again, you can see the colors go back to join the rainbow. Send the other end of the rainbow out through the ceiling to all those children who are living with some type of medical problem, wherever they are in the world.
Imagine that they're bathed in the light and the colors of the rainbow, and that the colors fill them with peace and hope. Pretend that they are connected by the rainbow to all other children in the world, and that the connection is a bridge of love. Send your love and blessings across the rainbow to every child who needs it. Now, take one more deep, slow breath, concentrate on how good you feel, and stretch out your arms and your legs.

This meditation was adapted for children from a ritual developed
in Australia by Petrea King with her permission.

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Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468

Last updated: November 14, 2004