Last Sunday we had a wonderful dinner made by our son, the chef—brown rice topped with a mixture of ground buffalo meat, shiitake mushrooms, lentils, and beans with delectable spices.
The beige of the rice and the brown of the topping matched our pottery plates exactly. A dark green spinach salad from my husband’s garden finished the picture.
Sunday was such a pleasant day that we all took our plates outside. There we were met with a barrage of colour.
Pink tulips, a wave of blue woodland phlox, red iresine (gizzard plant), pink begonias, lush deep hostas, and deep burgundy coral bells.
What a feast of food and colour!
For some time, I’ve been curious about “colour therapy.” And last weekend was the time I had chosen to explore what the term means.
As a result, I was very aware of the richness of the colours and how they made me feel.
According to colour therapists, colours help with different things. For instance, pink is the colour of unconditional love, and both green and blue help lower blood pressure.
Blue also aids self-awareness and awakens the sense of taste while green creates inner harmony and promotes rest and relaxation.
Red, meanwhile, increases energy and neutralizes fatigue.
No wonder I felt so good after the experience.
In their book, “The 5-Minute Healer: Self-Healing Techniques for Busy People,” Mary Capone and Janet Rupp report that colour therapy is nothing new.
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient system of colour therapy in Egypt that included chambers of individual colours for curing specific illnesses.
And Pythagoras, in the 6th century B.C., used colour therapy in his healing practice.
“Colour penetrates our entire physical and mental well-being,” say Capone and Rupp. “Having the right colour on our walls, a rainbow of colours in our wardrobe . . . and a variety of hues in our food diet influences the quality of our lives far more than we realize.”
Nutritionists have been telling us for years that we should eat bright-coloured fruits and veggies. Now we have another reason to enjoy blueberries and deep orange squash!
The authors also recommend you dress up your table with cheery placemats and flowers for a very satisfying meal.
We instinctively know what colours do for us. Think about these statements: “She’s green with envy.” “He’s yellow.” “She has the ‘holiday blues.’” “He saw red.”
We have to choose our colours carefully. Some can motivate us into action while others invite us to relax.
When it’s cold and rainy, choose yellow, red, and orange to encourage physical activity and make you feel warmer. And in the hot summer months, choose cool green and blue.
The authors also suggest that if you feel like you’re coming down with a cold, wear a red shirt.
And when you want to feel happy all day, wear a yellow dress.
There are so many dimensions to colour that it is important to be intentional about our choices.
Especially, be aware of your emotional well-being. Life is too short to waste time being blue.
How much better it is to have a bright sunny day in a yellow dress.
Each morning ask yourself, “What colour do I feel today?” Then make a clothing or décor choice that will help you heal.
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