Looking with Fresh Eyes


Or the Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

I have a fun challenge for you on your next run: I want you to look for a rainbow. Actually, this also falls in line of balancing your Chakras, which just happen to have ROYGBIV for their colors.

If you’re like me, and you’ve been running a lot in your neighborhood, it can get pretty boring pretty quickly. Not all of us are blessed by great trails steps away from our front door. You may need something to take your mind off of the same scenery run after run.

The idea is to try to find objects on your run in the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, greenblue, indigo, and violet. In the US, you can get the first four just by taking photos of road signs! Cars are good. Houses, too.

The challenge, though, is to really open up your eyes and see what there is around you. Something unusual. The most challenging color for me was violet. Do not walk into someone’s yard, though, for obvious reasons.

Here’s what I found on last Thursday’s run:

This was on a car. Any ideas?

Root Chakra: Its location is the base of your spine & tailbone. Its color is red. It has to do with grounding and security.


Getting ready to pave their driveway?

Sacral Chakra: located about two inches below your navel. Its color is orange. Involves emotions and creativity.

Daffodils brighten even the cloudiest day

Solar Plexus Chakra: (that’s solar plexus, btw, if you couldn’t read it). Around your stomach. Its color is yellow. It has to do with feeling secure in your true self and your strength.

Lawn bags were good for green AND blue!

Heart Chakra: center of your chest, just above your heart. Its color is green. It deals with love — both for others and for yourself, compassion, and empathy.

But I chose the tarp for blue

Throat Chakra: Yup, its location is your throat. Its color is blue. It’s all about communicating your truth and being able to express yourself.

The stars are indigo

Third Eye Chakra: This is the space between your eyebrows. Its color is indigo. It is the area where you can tap into your intuition and a deep inner wisdom.

Violet was not easy!

Crown Chakra: Top of the head. Its color is violet (or sometimes white). Our connection to our spirituality.

Obviously you can completely ignore the whole Chakra stuff if you want, and just go looking for the rainbow instead. Challenge yourself to see what unique things you can find! Feel free to use #rainbowchallenge on social media!

What was the hardest color for you to find? 

What was the weirdest thing you found while looking for the rainbow? 

Did this scavenger hunt make your run harder or easier? 


Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.


39 thoughts on “Looking with Fresh Eyes

  1. Thanks for the idea.

    I’ve been enjoying the scavenger hunts that have been posted on IG and FB.

    I don’t run in my neighborhood as you know. I prefer to avoid cars and traffic and run on the many paths around.

    I probably could find the rainbow there too. I spend so much taking photos of nature when I run.

    Weird stuff. I saw a bra hanging off a tree on a trail off Zim Smith. A box of donuts on the Albany rail trail. Lots of stuff if you look around.

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  2. What a great challenge! This may be difficult to do in the dark, but it sounds like a great way to really pay attention to what is around us. I loved learning about the chakras too!

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  3. I’ve moved my treadmill into the “lapa” in the garden (thatched roof on poles, but open on all sides. So I get to see the garden and get some fresh air while I run. But what I’ve loved which really talks to your challenge is that even if it’s the same space, I’m seeing so many new elements in the garden that I hadn’t noticed before. I’ll actively look out for ROYGBIV on my next run.

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    1. That must be awesome having your treadmill outside (although I have to admit I do like to watch tv when I’m on the treadmill).

      I bet you’ll find plenty of ROYGBIV in your garden! I love that you can participate even though I know you can’t run around right now 😦


    1. Looking forward to what you find! You have so much blooming down there, those flowers should come in handy. The bulbs are adding a lot of color up here, too, finally! And the crabapple trees are finally beginning to bloom, which is always lovely.


  4. Thank you for the challenge and for teaching us about chakras. I am going to go on a rainbow treasure hunt the next time I run, just for something fun to do. I will have to come back to this post to remember the significance of all the chakras. Violet will be easy for me to find – violets are blooming in the woods right now and even in people’s yards! πŸ™‚

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