Mother’s Day Bouquets

Mother’s day is this weekend and I’m sure the flower shops are selling many bouquets for the occasion.  It is common to pick out a pretty arrangement with a variety of blooms without giving a lot of thought to the message that the flowers convey.  Every flower has a meaning associated with it and it can be great fun to consider the symbolism when picking out flowers for mom this Mother’s Day.   

I recommend getting a bunch of one type of flower.  This really highlights the beauty of the flower you’ve selected and looks very contemporary.

Pink Carnation is the flower attributed to Mother’s Day.  It says, “I’ll never forget you.”  If you like tradition, this is the right flower for you to give.  Carnations are a sign of love, admiration and respect. 

Daisies are lovely, cheerful flowers.  Ideal for a gift to mom, as they are associated with beauty, purity, innocence, loyal love, beauty, and patience. 

Orchids come in a huge variety, and are one of the most popular cut flowers.  You can certainly put a beautiful arrangement together with this flower.  The orchid symbolises love, beauty, refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm.  What a fabulous mother’s day flower choice!

Tulips are great for this special occasion.  They are messengers of spring and mean eternal life.  This flower can be given as a potted plant, which is a wonderful gift.  Pink is the best color for mom, as the pink tulip expresses warmth and affection.

If you opt to give roses to mom, yellow is a wonderful choice.  Yellow roses indicate joy and say “I care.”  Pink is another great rose color for mother’s day giving.  Pink roses symbolize happiness, gentleness, grace, and they express thanks.

Flowers are a wonderful indulgence that most moms would never spend the money to buy for themselves.  It’s such a great way to brighten her day and enliven her surroundings.  Treat the moms in your life with love and kindness this Mother’s Day.

Live each day colorfully…

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Inspiring Violet

This is the last of a series of posts that have walked through the seven major chakras and their energetic colors.  We end with the most divine of the chakra energy centers — the  Crown Chakra.  Essentially, the crown chakra is our halo.  Associated with the white color of light, this chakra also vibrates in harmony with the color Violet. 

The crown chakra connects us to all that is spiritual and universal.  When balanced and developed, it brings us great understanding and wisdom.  A wonderful spiritual connection and blissful awakening is possible through this vital energy center.

When you have an imbalance of this chakra, you are more likely to suffer from depression, feel tired and worn out, and have a lack of faith.  Inspiration starts at the crown chakra and is virtually impossible to become inspired without the energy that it supplies.

The following techniques will help to restore and maintain balance and harmony to your crown chakra.   Using several of these suggestions simultaneously will enhance the effects. 

Color Therapy:

Violet energy is in vibrational harmony with the crown chakra and acts like a tuning fork to awaken your crown.   Colors are wavelengths of light that are measurable.  The violet light ray has the highest frequency of vibrational speed with the shortest wavelength of all visible light waves.  It is a very intense color that provides a lot of energy in small doses.  It can be overwhelming to some peoples senses.  When bringing violet into your wardrobe, a top or an accessory is more than enough.  This color is associated with royalty and denotes luxury and sophistication.  This romantic and feminine color can add energy to your home with flowers, candles, accessories and artwork.  If painting a room with this color, you may want to limit yourself to one wall or a toned-down shade, as too much violet can bring out irritability and impatience.   

Aromatherapy:

Some essential oils that are balancing to the crown chakra are:  Frankincense, Neroli, Rose, and Pine.  You can place a few drops on an aroma lamp, or add to your bath water.  What could be more inviting that a warm bath filled with rose petals and a few drops of rose oil (mixed with jojoba or almond oil).  When traveling, put a few drops on a handkerchief and carry it with you.  When you are feeling overwhelmed or exhausted, just take a few deep breaths of the aroma in the handkerchief and get re-inspired to action.

Gemstones:

Diamond, Amethyst, Clear Quartz, and Tiger’s Eye are among gemstones that have a positive metaphysical connection to the crown chakra.  Amethyst and Quartz are especially great as touchstones to be held within the hand for their energy.   For a very impactful exercise, place a stone on top of your head and sit erect as you meditate and envision the energy flowing down through your body from above.    Wearing gemstone jewelry is always a very simple and effective way to bring the stones into your life.

Meditation:

Among the most essential things you can do to awaken your crown chakra is to sit in meditation, if only for a few minutes a day.  The crown chakra exists to open us to the universal energy that is beyond our minds.  Quieting the constant chatter of the mind and finding a stillness is what meditation allows us to do.  It is in this stillness that we become open to the divine.  For many people, sitting in silence is among the hardest things to do.  These individuals need the practice desperately.  If you can only sit in stillness for 60 seconds, then start there and work through the practice each day.  It will become more and more comfortable and will soon become a time of great pleasure.  Seek out materials and audio to guide you in the process and make it a part of your life.  It is an integral part of an inspired and awakened life.

Journaling:

Through journaling, we find another outlet to tap into the divine.  Writing out your thoughts, ideas, dreams, worries and fears is a way of letting go of all of that chatter that clutters the mind.  Through the process, you will often find that the most amazing answers and realizations come to light.  If you open yourself up to your inner guide through journaling, you will find that you don’t need anyone outside of yourself to give you your answers.  All of the knowledge and awareness are already within.  You need only allow yourself the space and time to let it flow through you.

Each of the seven chakras that have been explored through this series of posts play a vitally important role in a balanced and harmonious life.  Learn to detect which areas of your life need the most enhancement.  As life changes and evolves, this will change also.  Embrace every color of the rainbow and bring all of the colors into your life. 

Live each day colorfully…

Open Your Third Eye with Indigo

At the center of your forehead is where the Third Eye Chakra is located.  This is the gateway to greater insight and realization and is the focus of this post in a series about the seven major chakra centers.

Of all of the chakras, the Third Eye is likely the one most recognized by name.  Also known as the brow chakra, this 6th energy center is related to the ability to see — both physically and intuitively.  When healthy and balanced  it enables a greater spiritual understanding and can also enhance awareness and psychic abilities.

Following are some signals that your brow chakra is out of balance:

  • Difficulty using your imagination and visualizing your desires
  • Unable to determine a purpose for your life
  • Feeling disconnected from your inner self/voice
  • Experiencing headaches and/or having trouble with your eyes
  • Having trouble sleeping and/or remembering your dreams

This is a very important energy center to pay attention to.   Being able to withdrawal into your inner self allows you to obtain a peace and freedom to break through boundaries.  To assist you in opening your third eye, following are a number of practices you can integrate into your life:

Color Therapy:

Indigo is the color associated with the Third Eye.  Think of the color of a cloudless blue sky at midnight.  Rich, deep, and profound, Indigo helps to turn energy inward.  Use this color in your life to find peace and to encourage personal reflection.  Night is an ideal time to take out a few minutes for meditation.  If the sky is clear, spend some time outside simply gazing upward into depths of space.  Really focus on the quality of the indigo color above and let it sedate your mind and open your awareness.  Bring more of this color into your life, both in your home and your wardrobe. 

Aromatherapy:

Essential oils are very balancing for the brow chakra.  Some suggestions for this chakra are: Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon, Pine, Anise, or Violet.  Make sure that the oil(s) you select are appealing to your own personal senses.  You can place a few drops on an aroma lamp, add a few drops (mixed with jojoba or almond oil) into your bath, or add several drops to massage oil.

Gemstones:

Lapis, Azurite, Sodalite, Blue Sapphire, Opal, and Blue Tourmaline are all stones that are ideal for the third eye.  Look for stones with a dark blue or a violet color and go with your intuition when making a selection.  You can wear the stone on a chain or hold it in your hands throughout the day.  For a wonderful third-eye opener, lie on your back and place the stone on your forehead, between your eyes.  Meditate on the energy at your forehead and try to feel the stone’s metaphysical properties assisting your chakra center.

Dream Work:

I am amazed with the depth of insight and information that can be tapped into by analyzing the dreams that come to us as we sleep.  So quickly dismissed and forgotten by most all of us, our dreams can feel like a complete mystery and take a lot of effort to recall, write out, and reflect upon.  Taking the time to pay attention to our dreams, however, is among the most powerful ways to tap into your inner guide’s wisdom and make tremendous strides in understanding your deepest beliefs and life lessons.  An incredible array of information is available to learn about dream work.  I recommend that you get a book that not only provides a dream dictionary of symbols, but that also has information on journaling, setting goals for your dream work, and explores various types of dreams.  One of my favorite dream-related book is ‘The Mystical Magical Marvelous World of Dreams’ by Wilda B. Tanner.

Listen to Your Intuition:

If you just pay attention to the signals and insights that come to you in everyday situations, you’ll find that you naturally know more than you may think.  Next time you think about someone out of the blue, pick up the phone and call them.  You’ll very likely hear the words, “I was just thinking of you.”  If you get a flash of insight that you should not be doing something that you are about to, then listen to that feeling.  You’ll probably discover soon why you were best to avoid that situation.  If something feels good and right, then it probably is the right thing to do.  When you encounter a stranger and you sense a discomfort or shot of fear related to that person, then don’t dismiss that feeling.  By trusting our inner guide and believing that the jolts of awareness that come to us are worthy of paying attention to, you will find that you are steering yourself in a better direction and avoiding pitfalls.  You’ll also discover, over time and with practice, what the sensations are of true intuition versus random thoughts.  Paying close attention to your “gut feelings,” and trusting your insights is the key to unlocking the incredible power that comes from your Third Eye energy center.

Live each day colorfully…

The beauty of blue

The throat chakra is the next stop on this series of posts about the chakra system.  This energy center is located at the throat area and is related to communication and creativity.  The color for this chakra is blue.

Physically, the throat chakra is related to the jaw, neck, throat, voice, lungs, airways, and thyroid.

If you have a hard time expressing yourself, suffer from shyness, have any kind of speech defect, feel uninspired, talk too much, tend to lie or exaggerate, or commonly have a sore throat, there is likelihood that your throat chakra is out of harmony.

There are many ways to focus on bringing balance to the throat chakra.  Here are some suggestions to try:

Bring more blue into your life.  This is very easy to do with this beautiful color.  Of all of the colors in the spectrum, blue is the most favored of colors.  For that reason, it is all around.  It is the color of inspiration, peace and tranquility.  Blue gives off a feeling of expansiveness and will make a room seem larger than it is, so it is a great color for decorating with.  Wear blue in the wardrobe and splash touches of blue throughout your surroundings.  It’s presence will help to calm your mind and nerves and help to balance your throat chakra.

Some gemstones that relate to the throat chakra are Aquamarine, Blue Sapphire, Turquoise, Blue Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, and Topaz.  Select a gemstone that appeals to you intuitively.  Try wearing it on a chain directly against the skin.  Lapis is especially beneficial as a stone to hold in your hands for absorbing energy.  Aquamarine or Topaz are ideal for resting on your throat as you lie on your back.  Try to feel the vibrations of the stone as you use it in your energy work.

Some suggested essential oils for the throat chakra are Eucalyptus, Camphor, and Peppermint.  These are very intense oils, so be careful to use sparingly.  They are really great at opening up your airways.  Put a few drops in an aroma lamp to enjoy the stimulating fragrance.  For a chakra aromatherapy massage, mix 2-5 drops of essential oil with a base oil, such as sesame or coconut.  Pour it into your hands and massage it into your shoulders and neck until the oil has absorbed.  If you can get someone who loves you to do this for you while you simply relax into it, even better!

Expressing your creative side is essential to the throat chakra energy center.  Writing, drawing, coloring, painting, and scrapbooking are all fun and effective ways to channel your artistic side and balance this center.  Make time in your life to enjoy these activities.

There are many ways to activate your throat chakra in your daily life:

  • Keep a journal to right down your daily experiences, thoughts, and feelings. 
  • If you tend to spend a lot of time indoors, get outside during the day and LOOK UP into the blue sky above.  The blue of the sky is the perfect color for this energy center and just meditating on the beauty of the blue vastness above is so powerful.  5-10 minutes outside under the blue sky is bliss for your throat chakra. 
  • Practice deep breathing.  Especially when there is stress in your life, breathing becomes shallow.  Taking a few minutes a day to focus on rhythmic, deep breathing is a great way to minimize stress and open up your throat chakra. 
  • Make communication a focus in your life.  If you have things that you need to say to the people in your life, don’t hold them in.  Express your admiration, love, gratitude, and grievances regularly.  Be honest and forthright in your communications.  Speak up when you know you should and don’t hold back from expressing all of your love.

Just as blue is the color of the sky and the ocean, this beautiful color that represents the throat chakra is tied to the depths of our deep feelings and emotions.  Having the ability to tap into our inner knowing, and to express ourselves in the outer world is a wonderful  gift that a balanced and harmonized throat chakra can provide.

Live each day colorfully…

Open your heart to green

Continuing onward in this series of posts dedicated to the seven main chakras, we arrive today at the fourth chakra — the heart chakra.

The heart chakra is located at the center of the chest.  This center is associated with the heart and lungs and resonates with the color green.   The color of nature, green’s peaceful, tranquil energy provides refreshment and nurturing to your heart.

With an open and balanced heart chakra you are able to love deeply, feel empathy, forgive and have a sense of peace and centeredness.  Unconditional love, healing, compassion, understanding, warmth, sharing, devotion, and selflessness are all qualities related to the heart center.

Relationship problems are a clear signal that your heart chakra is out of harmony.   If you are having a hard time accepting yourself or others and feeling lonely, isolated, jealous, or lacking in compassion, energizing your heart center will help.

Wear green for the heart chakra.  Wearing the color of the chakra is an easy way to encourage balance.  Similar to the way a tuning fork harmonizes with an instrument, your chakra vibrations will start to harmonize when the proper colors are worn on your body or are in your surroundings.

Emerald, jade, and rose quartz are each wonderful gemstones for harmonizing your heart center.  Follow your own heart to choose which stones to use.  You can wear a stone on a chain to hang against your heart.  Emerald and rose quartz are ideal for holding in your hand for energy.  You can also lie on your back with a stone resting on your chest and breath in the metaphysical energy. 

Aromatherapy oils for the heart include rose, jasmine, lavender, lilac, pine, and eucalyptus.  To enjoy, you can use an essential oil lamp during the day or let a few drops soak into a cotton ball and breath in the scent.  An especially effective treatment to balance the energy of the heart chakra is a bath in rosewater.   Use eight drops of rose oil with four ounces of milk or cream.  Pour that into a warm bath just before entering.  Take it to the next level and invite your loved-one to join you.  With a few candles and rose pedals, you have a perfect romantic setting.

Nature walks are a really great way to fuel your heart center.  This is especially true of walks in lush, green environments.  Get in touch with the beauty of nature and ensure that you have some green plants around your home.

Listening to soft, peaceful music is another wonderful treatment for your heart center.  New age music is very effective for stimulating the heart center.  If you are looking to increase the romance in your life, then playing some romantic melodies over a candlelight dinner (at the table — not in front of the television!) is a sure bet.

Speaking of dinner, don’t overlook the ability to energize your chakras with food.  For the heart chakra, green foods are effective.  Some delicious examples of food that provide green energy are: green grapes, kiwis, green apples, limes, honeydew, peas, greens/lettuce, broccoli, celery, cabbage, spinach, and green herbs.

These simple methods will start to open your heart to more love and nurturing, giving you a head start to being open to changes you may need to make in how you approach your relationships.  Make conscious choices to be more caring and open with your love:

  • Volunteer your time or resources to a person or cause
  • Spend time with the people in your life
  • Give complements
  • Hug!

Live each day colorfully….

Brighten Up with YELLOW

Today’s post is the third in a series of the seven major chakras and their corresponding colors.  The 3rd chakra is the Solar Plexus chakra — sometimes called the Navel chakra.   This energy center is located in the stomach area above the naval, but below the chest.  It is where we get our “gut” feelings from. 

Physically, the 3rd chakra is associated with the pancreas, liver, stomach, spleen, gall bladder, nervous system, and lower back.   

Yellow is the color of the Solar Plexus chakra.  Just as the bright sun symbolized by the color yellow is a source of life and growth, this chakra rules inner strength and vitality.   It is through this chakra that we find our confidence, so that we may shine brightly in the world and share our gifts.

This is the energy center that fuels leadership.  When energy is flowing freely through your Solar Plexus chakra, you are more able to pursue your destiny with a sense of personal power and self-worth.    With a healthy sense of your self-identity, you will be more able to act spontaneously and enjoy your journey with ease and laughter.  These are fabulous benefits of a strong 3rd chakra. 

Some signals that it’s time to work on your Navel Chakra are:

  • feeling nervous or tired
  • lacking in self-confidence
  • having a hard time establishing goals
  • an inability to concentrate and focus
  • experiencing nightmares or insomnia
  • suffering from heartburn or ulcers
  • poor digestion

Wear the color yellow.  This is a very easy and effective way to build up your Solar Plexus chakra.  Wearing yellow will help you to feel more confident while also spreading a little sunshine around, since others will also get a pick-me-up from the color you’re wearing,

If you would like to use gemstones for balancing your 3rd chakra, some great options are Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Jasper, and Topaz.  Ideas for using gemstones were mentioned in my earlier post: https://huestoyou.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/the-powerhouse-color-red/

Citrus essential oils are ideal for energizing your Solar Plexus chakra.  Lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, and lime are all great options.  Also excellent for stimulating the third chakra are lemongrass, lemon balm, or lavender.   Some great ideas for using essential oils are at  www.aromaweb.com

I love affirmations and because of their ability to fuel our inner strength and beliefs, they are a great tool for building up the Solar Plexus Chakra.  Whatever your goal or desire is, having a powerful affirmation that you tell yourself several times daily is essential.  It’s very easy to write an affirmation that is specific to your purpose.  Just keep in mind that an affirmation is a positive statement that is in the present tense.  I think they are most beneficial when stated out loud.  Really “feel” the essence of the affirmation when you state it, since it is the belief and emotion of the affirmation that makes it work.  A couple of my favorites are:

  • “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better”
  • “I know I am worthy of living my hearts desires”
  • “All good is coming my way today!”

Eat yellow foods to activate your Solar Plexus chakra.  Corn, squash, yellow peppers, lemons, pears, grapefruits, bananas, and grains are healthy foods that energize your 3rd chakra.

Decorate with yellow in your home.  A study or office is a really fabulous area for yellow walls or accents because of yellow’s ability to focus our minds and help us concentrate.  Bear in mind that yellow is a very bright and stimulating color that can fatigue the eyes if overused in a room.  A little yellow can go a long way.

I cannot end this post without mentioning goal setting.  This is such an important way for you to claim the power of your life.  Deciding what it is that you want and then committing to work toward that achievement is powerful.  Your 3rd energy center is all about self-confidence and self-mastery.  Knowing how to set goals for yourself and then believing in your abilities to achieve those goals is 3rd chakra activity.  Put your goals in writing.  Affirm your ability to reach them.  Set action steps to move you toward their fulfillment.  Take a step each day in that direction.  This is the way to achieve greatness.  You can do it!

You are a bright shining star.  Live colorfully…

ORANGE you glad?

Today I continue a series of posts about the seven chakras and their colors.  Last week I wrote about the Root Chakra and the powerful color red.   I now move upward to the 2nd chakra — the Sacral chakra and its governing color ORANGE.

The Sacral chakra (sometimes called the Spleen Chakra) is located in the abdomen, below the navel and is associated with the reproductive organs, kidneys, spleen, lower back, and bladder.  This radiant, orange-colored chakra aids our ability to enjoy life and to make contact with our passions.  If you desire more enthusiasm, creativity, vitality and sensuality in your life, then you will want to energize this chakra.

A mantra that is related to this chakra is “I Feel.”  That simple statement is a pretty good summary of what our Sacral chakra is all about.  When this energy center is balanced, you will experience life’s sensations — both physically and emotionally — with ease.   If you are lacking in orange energy, however, you are likely to feel disconnected, inhibited and unable to relax.  An inability to enjoy natural pleasures, being emotionally distant or unfriendly, and not taking care of oneself are all signs that you need to awaken your Sacral chakra.

Wearing colored clothing is an easy way to enhance the energy of a chakra.  For the sacral chakra, consider wearing orange.  Now, I realize this may be one of the more difficult hues to wear, but you don’t have to wear a lot of the color to receive some benefit.   Simply wearing the color in your intimates is a great trick, which is why I created Color Me Balanced undies.

In my last post, regarding the root chakra, I mention gemstones and how to utilize them for balancing your chakra energies.  For the sacral chakra, use orange-toned stones.  Some great options are Coral, Moonstone, Jasper, and Citron.

Aromatherapy is very beneficial to your sacral chakra.  Enjoying a scent requires that you use your senses, and embracing your sensations is directly related to this energy center.   Just as color is energy, scents provide vibrational healing and each color has essential oils that relate to it.  Some oils that you can use for your 2nd chakra are Mandarin, Orange, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Fennel, Sandalwood, and Cardamon.  Purchase quality oils and don’t substitute with perfumes.  There are such a wide variety of ways you can use the oils (great ideas are at  www.aromaweb.com).

Enjoying a meal is a wonderfully-sensual pleasure that will awaken your sacral chakra.  If you tend to eat in front of the television, make it a point to have more meals at the table without the distraction.  Food feeds all of our senses – sight, smell, touch, and taste.  Make an attempt to really enjoy the entire experience.  Experiment with new flavors regularly and be sure to introduce plenty of orange colored items into your diet.   Some great options are carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, oranges, and cantaloupe.

Water is the element that is related to the Sacral chakra.  For that reason, I highly recommend that you linger from time to time in a wonderful, warm bath.  It is an ideal setting for creating a Sacral Chakra retreat that is hard to beat.  Candlelight, soft music, aromatherapy salts, a healing stone tossed into the water, and after 20-30 minutes, you will be completely revitalized!

For many of us, really “feeling” our lives is something that we fail to do.  It’s not hard to become numb to the sensations and experiences that we encounter.  Becoming present in the now is really essential if we are to open up to the pleasures in life.  By introducing some of the tips I’ve mentioned, you will be restoring and balancing your Sacral Chakra and opening yourself up to the pure pleasure that can exist in living.

Live each day colorfully…