Just a note to update you on what’s new and improved with the color reading professor. This month marks the second in the “color” of the month series, featuring multiple interpretations on a (randomly chosen) card of the appropriate color from the Tori Hartman deck, a concept of the month deriving from the color and a combination of assorted other relevant food for thought and fun facts. Check out the blog…. …
The color for November is …
With summer fading into the background, it is easy to dwell on the chill in the air and the approaching “darkness” of the
winter season. Instead, as we celebrate the harvest of the summer plantings and as wetake time at the end of the month to give thanks for the good things in our lives, let’s take time to appreciate our connection to the earth and reflect on the bounty we receive.
The November color of the month is brown, rich and warm.
Article: The Words of the Color Brown "Brown, the color of earth, wood, stone, wholesomeness, reliability, elegance,
security, healing, home, grounding, foundations, stability, warmth, and honesty, is a natural, neutral color that is typically associated with the seasons of fall and winter.”
You might want to take some time to reflect on each of the words in the above quote more carefully? It’s easy to gloss them over, but, if you think about it, individually and collectively, they highlight some pretty profound concepts and connections. When is the last time you thought about some of these ideas: How much stability and security and groundedness do you experience in your life? What value do you put on your connection to the earth—to experience on the one hand physical groundedness and on the other as a metaphor for emotional or financial or other forms of security? Stepping back, what in the first place do qualities about “security”, “stability”or “groundedness” means to you, and if these qualities are important to you, what can you do to experience more of them in your life?
The season of Thanksgiving serves as a reminder to think about these questions and to take time to appreciate the good things in our lives. But those good things begin with our foundation and with our sense of security and solidity, our connections to the physical earth, to the places and people around us, and yes, at an even deeper level, , to, as the quote indicates, what we value as “home”.
Brown reminds us in the first place how important it is to bring to consciousness these often taken for granted fundamentals. The starting point for our self esteem and success really does depend on the foundation we build for ourselves and the sense of stability, security and safety that follow. What people, things and places are currently most important to you, what helps you feel grounded, and what needs to happen for you to build an even stronger foundation?At the risk of sounding corny, the words of
Brown also remind us how precious the elements contributing to our foundation and feelings of security really are. As we approach the holidays, take time to reflect on and give thanks for the good things/people in your life-- not
just perfunctorily before you sit down to a good meal or not just because you feel obligated to when the calendar says it’s time -- but because in the words of Brown, the things and places of “home” have, operating even under the radar
and behind the scenes, provided an incredibly strong foundation for our lives.
What thoughts come forward to you?
What do you learn from these ideas?
What is one specific thing you could do immediately to enhance some aspect of your foundation or thankfulness?
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