"The Cat" balances your mind and emotions. It is especially good for relaxation, meditation or sleep, giving you a sense of peace.

This game energizes chakras numbered:
5. Blue, SOL/G, throat, thyroid, lungs, vocal and bronchial apparatus.
3. Yellow, ME/E, stomach, liver, gall bladder, spleen, nervous system.
2. Orange, RE/D, reproductive system.
1. Red*, D/C, spinal column, kidneys.

                 
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*Brown is a related root or base chakra color. It is included at the insistence of "Princess," my cat, who modeled for this illustration.


The Cat Warm Up

Listen to Warm Up

Sit down in a comfortable position.

Now, take one deep breath. Fill your stomach with air first, and then your chest. Hold your breath, clenching your fists and tightening your body as tight as you can. Exhale and relax completely.

Now, take another deep breath. Fill your stomach with air first, and then your chest. Hold your breath, clenching your fists and tightening your body as tight as you can. Exhale and relax completely.

Now, take one more deep breath. Fill your stomach with air first, and then your chest. Hold your breath, clenching your fists and tightening your body as tight as you can. Exhale and relax completely.

Now, stare at the illustration for a little while. Remember to breathe and allow your eyes to be like a camera lens, taking in what you see with no thoughts or judgments.

Now take a deep breath and concentrate on one color in the illustration at a time. Start with the color with the lowest number.

In this case it is the first chakra, the color is red and it is located at the base of the spine on the front of your body. It governs the spinal column and kidneys.

Stare at the red color in the illustration and breathe deeply into the first chakra by concentrating your attention at the base of your spine on the front of your body as you inhale. As you breathe in imagine it filling with red. Hold your breath. Then exhale, actually making the sound of the color red, which is DO or the musical note C as you exhale. Put your hand on the "chakra" and see if you can make the chakra actually vibrate as you "sing" to it.

Now go on to the second chakra, the color is orange and it is located three fingers below your navel. It governs the reproductive system.

Stare at the orange color in the illustration and breathe deeply into the second chakra by concentrating your attention three fingers below the navel as you inhale. As you breathe in imagine it filling with orange. Hold your breath. Then exhale, actually making the sound of the color orange, which is RE or the musical note D as you exhale. Put your hand on the "chakra" and see if you can make the chakra actually vibrate as you serenade it.

Now go on to the third chakra, the color is yellow and it is located two fingers above your navel. It governs the stomach, liver, gallbladder, spleen and nervous system.

Stare at the yellow color in the illustration and breathe deeply into the third chakra by concentrating your attention two fingers above the navel as you inhale. As you breathe in imagine it filling with yellow. Hold your breath. Then exhale, actually making the sound of the color yellow, which is ME or the musical note E as you exhale. Put your hand on the "chakra" and see if you can make the chakra actually vibrate as you "sing" to it.

Now go on to the fifth chakra, the color is blue and it is located at the throat. It governs the throat, thyroid, lungs, vocal and bronchial apparatus.

Stare at the blue color in the illustration and breathe deeply into the fifth chakra by concentrating your attention at your throat as you inhale. As you breathe in imagine it filling with blue. Hold your breath. Then exhale, actually making the sound of the color blue, which is SOL or the musical note G as you exhale. Put your hand on the "chakra" and see if you can make the chakra actually vibrate as you "sing" to it.

Now it is time for you to play "The Cat."


The Cat - The Game

Listen to the Game

Close your eyes and breathe deeply into your stomach just the way a cat or a baby does. Focus on your breathing and on the expansion and contraction of your stomach. Notice how it moves up and down. Gently place your hand on your stomach and feel it rise and fall.

Notice the space or gap between the inhalation and the exhalation of your breath. Observe how the breath arises from this space on inhalation and subsides in this space after exhalation.

Keep your mouth closed and notice how cool the air feels coming into your nostrils, and how warm it feels going out. Visualize your breath filling your stomach with fresh clean air. What color is it? What does it look like? What does it feel like? How does it taste? How does it smell?

Continue to concentrate on the air expanding and contracting your stomach. As you exhale, visualize that you are breathing out old, stale air, and as you inhale each breath fills you with fresh air, light and energy. You can do this for as little or as long a time as possible and as often as possible.