THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)
Having had a stress filled evening on Tuesday, I read my friend Laurie’s Blog: http://holessence.wordpress.com/
Since I was so exhausted, she suggested that I wear red yesterday (which I of course did). And what do you know? It was a truly amazing day! We had a great potluck at lunch. My favorite part was the eel sushi mmmmmm. I learned lots from my coworker Kevin.
DIRECTLY FROM LAURIE’S BLOG:
For those of you who are just joining us, welcome to the University of Life. In the last two “classes” we laid the groundwork for this course—The Color of Wellness. In each of the next seven posts, including today’s, we’ll look at the properties of a specific color. Today’s palette features the color red.
Red is associated with self-preservation, survival, and physical wellness. It enhances vitality, energy, and courage. It’s the color of blood. Think of the mouthwatering strawberries, the inside of a ripe watermelon, flaming maple trees, iron-rich soils, a juicy beefsteak tomato, fire engine red, or the brilliant red of a cardinal against a snowy backdrop. Remember the sweet, rich taste of red licorice at the movies?
The positive properties of red are expressed as energetic, assertive, powerful, exciting, passionate, strong-willed, courageous, and self-motivated.
The negative properties of red are described as aggressive, domineering, impatient, insensitive, and self-centered.
The healing properties of red are stimulating and vitalizing and address physical symptoms such as tiredness, poor circulation, colds/chills, and negative states of mind such as apathy, fear, and lack of initiative. Red boosts brain activity and increases heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure.
When you need a boost in the areas of survival and self-preservation, indulge yourself with this color. Its frequency refreshes crucial earth energy by stirring the base chakra and stimulating all of the body’s energy centers. Like the deep root system of a healthy tree, red stabilizes our foundation and can help to bring our energetic body “down to earth.” It gives us legs to stand on. When our energy wavers or we feel used up or indifferent, red helps us ground and center our energy so that we can realize our goals.
Are you drawn to a true primary red? That’s a statement color, dramatic, vibrant, and stimulating. Or maybe you enjoy more muted tones; they’re cozy and intimate with just a hint of passion and romance.
What we do with our physical environment—our personal space—speaks to our heart and helps us to flourish. Buy a piece of red clothing. Add a splash of red to your décor with flowers, pillows, a candle, or a throw. Do something bold, paint your headboard red. Or take advantage of the healing frequency of red crystals such as garnet, red jasper, or ruby.
And last night I attended a Kirtan. Hindu Chanting at Unity Church in DesPlaines. It was led by: Amy and the Ananda Bliss Tribe.
Kirtan involves the communal call and response chanting and singing. It is repetitive as the practice is to become one with the Hindu gods and goddesses. Through Kirtan an offering is made of spirit and feeling. It is a meditative prayer of devotion set to music.
The group that assembles to do this is referred to as a Satsang. It is a gathering of people who come together to remember by going within in order to find their own inner path to Oneness. While all individuals must follow their own path, in reality we are all traveling together. Kirtan is to assist each other to find the path that is right for each of us.
It was wonderfully peaceful yet rhythm-filled.
Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!