I hope you had a fabulous weekend! In the heart (or tail end?) of winter, the topic of color was in the front of my mind.
I’ve long been a fan of Feng shui. Feng shui is the ancient Oriental science of how we set up our personal space, be it our home, desk or office, and how the energy of arrangement has a profound effect on our life. I have personally seen incredible things happen in my life by rearranging furniture in my apt. in a certain way to support my goals. Apparently, even Donald Trump has a Feng Shui expert arrange his office- since he learned about it through business associates in Hong Kong! Colors, which are really wavelengths of energy, also play a part in Feng Shui. I also love certain stones and their energies and colors, and jewelry made of them (right not rose quartz is my favorite!).
But whether you are into Feng Shui or not, colors have an undeniable effect on our brain. During my college years at Georgetown I took a few elective Art History classes, and I remember hearing about the theories of color by the Impressionists, who used broad brush strokes, and modern painters, like Mark Rothko that made “color fields” with big spaces of color. These painters knew that colors affect our moods and help create or shape our emotional energy. Even some scientists have studied the effects of color.
Do you feel depressed lately, want to create more passion, or more relaxation in your life? One of the easiest ways to do that is to paint the walls! A can of paint is a pretty inexpensive way to boost your life, right? It sure beats having to buy more, new furniture. My second favorite way to spruce up your life is to get new sheets. When I went to a Feng Shui workshop, one of my teachers told me one of the worst things was stark white “hospital-like” sheets. They are sterile and will make your bedroom, and possibly your life, sterile and boring. Red or pink sheets, are great for passion and love respectively. At least off-white sheets are better than white sheets!
Of course, colors in foods are important, and we want to eat fresh fruits and vegetables that are all the colors of the rainbow. But in this discussion I want us to think wider, and more about our personal space and our environment.
Let’s go down the rainbow for some basic color ideas:
Red: Stimulating. Creates passion! If you want more excitement in your life why don’t you at least buy some red candles or some red tablecloths? (I already talked about the red sheets :) ). Red is the color of the root chakra. Can be useful for constipation and reducing nervousness. Maybe some red towels in the bathroom to greet you as you start your day?
Orange: Revitalizing. Associated with our second chakra. Good for stimulating appetite and deep breathing, in other words the taking in of energy.
Yellow: Energizes. Associated with our third chakra, which is how we deal with the material world. Simulates proper nerve function and assists our endocrine system and liver to function optimally.
Green: The color of love and our heart chakra (along with pink). Helps to stabilize emotions, promotes healing and overall balance. I am actually planning on painting my kitchen soon a pretty green! Of course we should bring green plants into our kitchen and living spaces, so as to promote life force and living energy.
Blue: Restful. Soothing, calm, and can help lower blood pressure and anxiety. The color of the third eye/throat chakra. If you have a stressful job, or are busy with lots of kids, it might be a great idea to paint your bathroom blue and make it your sanctuary! Take long baths.
Purple: Relaxing. Encourages sleep and a lower heart rate. If you are a chronic insomniac you might want some purple sheets! Or a comforter that has purple in it.
I hope this inspires you to look for ways to bring more color into your life! If we live a life surrounded by white, black and gray, our life might just be more white, black, white and gray. And then where is the passion, fun, life force???
How to get energy from the things around us is simple: do what feels right and always listen to that inner you.
I leave for LA tomorrow, so I’ll write more from there!