Friday, January 1, 2016

Envision a Healthy, Colorful 2016

Welcome to my new blog, Colors 4 Heath, where colors and a healthy lifestyle intersect. It’s New Years' Day 2016, a fine time to launch this blog! 

I invite you to join me as we recall the steps we've taken to be more fully the person we want to be, and release those 2015 emotions or thoughts that no longer serve us well. Try to picture them flying away like butterflies. This New Year's Day we'll take a few moments to envision things we'd like to draw into our life in the coming months.

Colors can help us do this. Imagine a brown, open field that's just been freshly planted with grass seed. No sprouts of grass show above ground. With proper nurturing that includes enriching the soil and giving the seeds the right amount of water, sunlight, and time, the green grass pops its head above ground. Weeding and careful tending throughout the growing season makes the grass grow plush and flourish.

Color Imagery like what we tried with the butterflies, the field, and grass has the power to change perceptions. 

See the Color Green in Your Mind's Eye. It encourages us to focus on self-improvement, weed out old messages, and sprout new growth this year. How would you feel and act if you were able to turn over a new green leaf? Are there facets of your life that require attention? If you want to bloom profusely, pay attention to your wants, needs, values, and aspirations. Tending your own garden can help you blossom more fully emotionally, spiritually, physically, and intellectually. 

Use Green energy to help you override negative thinking. Green will be there for you as you ask yourself these questions. Do I feel good about myself just as I am or does my attitude need adjusting? Am I willing to learn new things and feel excitement about expanding my horizons? What would my day look like, if I were living my dreams? Do I need to organize or reduce clutter in my work environment, my home, or social life to create space for goodness to flow? Green energy encourages health, facilitates new beginnings, and is the symbol of freedom and wealth. 

I know from personal experience, observation, and investigation as a Health and Lifestyle Writer and Wellness Blogger, that it's possible to replace self-defeating attitudes and behaviors with effective ones. Here's why. 

I used to tell myself I wasn't good enough or poised enough to speak in public. My old insecure self thought I wasn't smart enough to write a book, and it was impossible for me to develop a loving relationship with a partner that respects and cherishes me. Another old story I believed about myself was that I didn't know how to use my ingenuity and sound reasoning to improve my health and vitality. These old ideas are outmoded and  untrue.

Do you yearn to explore new career opportunities or improve your relationship with yourself and others? Perhaps you'd like to enhance your overall well-being by establishing a fitness plan, managing finances better, or developing more of a social life. Maybe this is the year you reserve more time for fun and relaxation.

Whatever your secret longings may be, color imagery and positive wellness practices I intend to write about on the blog can help you understand yourself better and enable you to learn effective ways to enrich daily living.

Journal. Writing things down has helped me admit my concerns or fears and transform daydreams into possibilities, goals, and realities. For more on journal writing, please click on this link to my other blog to learn  4 powerful reasons why journal writing is good for the soul.

Keep whatever shade of green invigorates you in the forefront of your mind, as you journal about your aspirations for the coming year. Return to a green image that pleases and fortifies you, any time you feel self-doubt, stress, or anxiety about making changes. Set an intention to tend your garden of mind, body, and spirit and you're sure to soar this year. 

Check back here often for fresh ideas, color tips, and healthy lifestyle information that promotes abundance and joy.

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Here's what a friend from New Mexico wrote about this post:

Dear Nan,
Yesterday, January 1st I wore a hot pink shirt. Throughout the day my husband kept telling me how wonderful I looked. At night we went to a friend's house for dinner and my husband asked that I keep it on rather than put on the more sedate, elegant black and white outfit I had chosen.
Then, upon arrival I was offered a gold and black sequined popover top to wear with a giant butterfly pattern. Between the hot pink and the golden shimmer I was dancing in circles around the room. Yes, color has a huge, sometimes subliminal effect on mood.
Thank you for reminding us to be conscious of connecting to color. L.S.