With the rising anxiety levels around all of us, it’s hard not to get affected by the news, views and the forwards. Meditation, exercise and taking frequent breaks from social media and the News and drawing can help bring peace and clarity.
Art can be especially therapeutic in times like these. An effective way to release built up stress, alleviate depression and bring clarity and focus, a simple box of crayons and paints is a wonderful and peaceful way to release whatever it is that is bubbling inside all of us. And if you don’t have access to colour, just doodle the stress out.
Green is the color of Mother Earth and is considered to be the most restful colour for our eyes. Long symbolized by the ancient Egyptians as the color of hope and healing, green has been used extensively by ancient healers and modern day colour therapists. Studies have revealed that those who work in green environments have fewer stomach aches. And suicides dropped by 30% when the Black Friar Bridge in London was repainted green. Painting kitchens green brings feelings of freshness and vitality while cooking. Surgeons began to wear the colour green as it helped to calm their patients and heal them at subtle levels.
Green has restorative and rejuvenating qualities. It represents regrowth, abundance and peace which is what Nature gives to us. The colour green too is neutral, and can work with other colors. In chakra healing green symbolizes our heart chakra, from where we give and receive love. Green crystals like Aventurine, Jade and Emerald are said to protect, heal and soothe physical ailments. Green is ruled by the planet of Mercury that guides our communication and a great day to wear Green is on Wednesdays. Some currencies have been printed in Green to denote prosperity and wealth.
Here are a few ways to heal yourself and others with Green
Green is easy to add to any environment through the use of plants. As living things, plants add energy and harmony to any space. Natural purifiers they reduce the effects of pollution indoors. Plants like Ficus, Areca Palm, Money planet help change the energies of the room you’re in. Avoid plants in bedrooms though.
For restful sleep, green bed linen or curtains or walls help reduce anxiety.
Carry a green wallet or keep some money in a green envelope in your purse.
While meditating, focus on a green object – a plant, a painting, even a green statue. This colour harmonizes the flow of prana or universal life force, throughout the psychic centres.
There are many more ways to use the colour green in your life, not only creatively but also therapeutically.
Do you also go through a phase where you’re only drawn to a particular colour? I do. And for the past 2-3 years one of my favourite colours is Fuschia or Magenta, a deep, vibrant pink that simply uplifts me. In colour therapy as well, this colour is known as the colour of universal love. Not as romantic and passionate as red, but softer, and in colour healing , magenta is used to bring out feelings of self love and compassion. Personal love is the gateway for universal love. The more I accept and love myself as I am with my flaws and contradictions, the more I learn to love others, as they are.