Saturday, September 1, 2018

How to Use Fall Colors to Awaken Your Senses

Want to feel more centered, happy, and mindful this autumn?

This post is designed to help you understand ways to surround yourself with autumn colors that resonate with you. I use many of the ideas myself as I appreciate the beauty of this season.

Colors work at the sensory level and transcend thinking. When you glance at colors that appeal to you, you'll feel immediate satisfaction as well as be more fully present from moment to moment, as you engage in daily life.

This post has been updated 10/1/2020

An effective way to start including fall colors in your lifestyle is to wear them, while you engage in hobbies, sports, and leisure time activities you enjoy.

Envision fire maple, rust, marigold yellow, burnt orange, sage green, and autumn leaf brown in your mind's eye. What sensations, ideas, or feelings arise when you use your imagination this way?

The colors you choose for your home, the ones you pick for your wardrobe, and those in your work and play environment, have power to bypass reason and influence your emotions at the cellular level.

Try this on for size. Imagine pleasing shades of orange as “helpers." When you use this bright autumn hue, it supports you and enables you to process emotions, thoughts, and feelings with self-compassion. 

Fill a large flower pot with mums and place them at your front door or in your front yard to welcome guests.

Jump in the car for a 2019 fall foliage tour and admire autumn's earthy beauty.

Read Favorite Fall Fruit and Vegetables . Discover which fall fruits and vegetables are packed full of nutrients to help you stay healthy and feel energized this fall.

Observe Eva Cassidy sing Autumn Leaves on YouTube and sing along.


Paint an accent wall or accent piece in your home or office a beautiful fall color. Rust or burnt orange, sage green, grounding brown, amber, garnet, golden yellow, brilliant scarlet, or maroon are top fall favorites.

This autumn colored bench is in my foyer

Don a cap or tee shirt in a hue that reminds you of autumn leaves. Then read "Wear your colors to feel great about yourself." It lists specific colors and how each can enrich daily living.

Pick pumpkins in the pumpkin patch.

Get outdoors to hike or mountain climb.

Crunch through fall leaves, hug a tree, collect chestnuts, or gather pine cones.

Paint, draw, finger paint, or use chalk to make autumn leaf or autumn tree pictures.

Frolic and tumble in a pile of autumn leaves, with or without your children and pets.

Visit a nature preserve, go birdwatching, and admire the aliveness of all living creatures.

Reserve time to witness an autumn sunrise or sunset.

Visit an arboretum, plant nursery, or public garden and let the energy from vegetation and crisp fall air refresh you.

Snap Fall Photos.

Gather a bushel of farm fresh apples and munch on a juicy one.

Cozy up by the fireplace, with a good mystery, romance, or other fun reading.

Slip into your favorite flannel shirt, sweatshirt and jeans, or wear pajamas all day.

Make a pot of steaming vegan chili with beans, corn, and plenty of spices.

Plant hyacinth and daffodil bulbs.

Participate in a Color Run.

Take family or friends on a hayride.

Listen to an Audio Meditation called Eyes Closed from Dean Sluyter, author of Fear Less: Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety, Anger, and Addiction.

Dean's soothing voice helps me slow down, nurture my spirit, and connect to places in my body and mind that need care.

Give the audio mentioned above a try, and please let me know ways listening to it helps you.

Fall is a reflective period, a time to celebrate the harvest, show gratitude, and recognize endings.

If emotions including grief and loss surface, do your best to identify and name them. 

Then, imagine feelings flowing through you and going into the ground, as autumn leaves do in the fall.

In this season, you can learn to release "dying relationships, situations, or painful life experiences," to have closure and make room for something new. 

Remember not everyone deals with emotions in the same way or is attracted to the same colors. Take time for self-care this fall. There are many color visualizations online that can bring you relief from stress, and provide healing, peace, and joy.

Awaken your senses by observing yourself right now. Look inward as well as outward to feel and appreciate the wonder of fall colors and the blessings in your life.

Before you go, please take a moment to comment. 💓

What are your favorite fall colors and/or activities? 

Which fall color tips have you tried? Did they work for you? Please explain.

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