Is your life filled with colour?
Do you sometimes feel like you are simply existing? Not thriving?
Does the world seem very bland and beige sometimes? Would you like to “feel” more colour in your life?
Living a bland, beige life.
My world used to be very practical, very beige, I was only existing, not thriving. As a result, when I finally recognized the rut that I had fallen into, I wanted MORE. I wasn’t really sure what that more would look like or how I would incorporate it into my life, but I knew that I was no longer satisfied with where I was at.
A lot of us reach that point, where we begin looking around us and start wondering what we want for the rest of our lives? What do we want to change? Many women, and men, hit their 40’s and 50’s and realize that they have lost themselves in the shuffle of day to day life; if they ever really did know themselves in the first place.
I hear from many clients and friends that they don’t feel much joy or happiness in their lives, often not even really knowing what makes them smile or feel passion. They exist in a very bland world.
I used to be like that. My life was so busy, working, raising kids, active in the community, with family, friends, travel, church. I was trying to be the perfect mother, perfect employee and perfect wife and I wasn’t really doing anything all that well. I was completely overwhelmed, but couldn’t admit that to anyone because I might be seen as a failure.
Finding colour in my life.
Now my life is completely different. I know what I am passionate about. I feel joy and happiness. I love my life. It is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it is moving in that direction. I can appreciate and be grateful for not only joy and happiness but also for the less positive feelings such as irritation and anger. These emotions are beacons to pay attention to what is going on. Stop and take a look at things.
Whenever I feel anger, fear, frustration, I try, in that moment to review what is really going on. Am I being triggered by something in my past? Am I moving away from alignment or integrity? What is really behind those emotions.
This ability to be an observer in my life (see my blog post “Become an Observer in Your Life”) is something new to me. A tool that I have developed over a number of years. A tool developed when I realized that in order to find the happiness and joy that I was searching for, I had to figure out more about me.
Colours evoke emotions
Now, when I close my eyes, I see colours, most often Magenta, but depending upon what is going on in my life, I will see other colours. Each colour communicates different meanings. For example:
Red: passion, drama, love, anger, sexuality
Green: growth, health, renewal, refreshing, abundance
Yellow: optimism, youthful energy, clear thinking, quick decision making
Magenta: uplifting, universal love, compassion, kindness
I can’t tell you exactly when I realized I saw colours when I closed my eyes, but I do know that it came to be when I started to pay attention to myself, my thoughts, my emotions, my moods. Being present, in the moment, being mindful will help you slow down your body and slow down your brain so that you can “hear” what is going on inside.
How to bring colour into your life.
Natural therapies, such as the following, can bring colour into your life:
Meditation: slows down your brain waves, which in turn slows down your body. This practice can be as simple as sitting down for 10 minutes each day and listening to a guided meditation or taking a walk where you only focus on the sensations of your body – the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, how your clothes feel on your body, etc. Work your way up to twice a day or a longer meditation.
Reiki: an alternative therapy practiced world-wide that utilizes energy to help individuals balance their internal energies and release patterns then no longer need. The therapy reduces stress, allowing relaxation and healing.
Breath work: the majority of us breath very shallow, only into the upper portions of our lungs. We should be breathing like a baby, allowing our bellies to expand as we breathe in and our abdomens to contract as we exhale. Practice taking 5 – 6 full breaths, 5 or 6 times throughout the day. Eventually, you will reach the point where this breathing comes naturally to you. Your brain and your body will feel much better.
Being mindful: we spend way too much time in the past and the future. Come back to the present and find yourself again. Over the next few days, start to notice how often you think about the past. How often do you think about what may happen in the future? Don’t judge yourself. Just start to notice. With awareness you can affect change.
With greater awareness of self, becoming that observer in your life, you will start to notice more of your thoughts; how your body feels in the moment; what your emotional triggers are.
You will start to become more aware of you, your colour, what makes you feel joy, what makes you feel happy.
What is your colour?
“Your life will be colourful if you just add colours to your life! It is your own decisions that will determine to have a miserable or a marvelous life!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
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