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The Head and the Heart?
“The web color chartreuse is the color precisely halfway between green and yellow, so it is 50% green and 50% yellow. It is one of the tertiary colors of the HSV color wheel, also known as the RGB color wheel. Another name for this color is chartreuse green,” (Wikipedia)
What does the color chartreuse teach us about the process of making decisions?
Well, step back and think for a minute. What’s
the process you use when you have a decision to make? Do you come up with a long list of pros and cons? Look to what’s in your heart? A little of both? Does it depend on the nature of the decision? Do you use other criteria altogether?
Ok, so what does all this have to do with the coloor chartreuse?
Well, think about that too. The color chartreuse is actually a blend of yellow and green. The web color (described above), features a 50/50 mix while other shade of chartreuse lean more towards one or the other end of the spectrum.
Why does that matter?
In the lingo of the chakras—the body’s important energy centers, that’s important because the yellow (solar plexus third) chakra is, among other things, the chakra of the intellect, and the green (fourth) chakra emphasizes the heart.
Is the connection starting to make sense now?
Chartreuse—the combination of yellow and green-- serves
as a reminder to take both head and heart into account when we’re making decisions. Using only one, as we’re likely to do when we want to decide quickly, gives an incomplete picture. As with the shades of chartreuse, the proportions relevant to each decision might vary. Some decisions—what is the most efficient type of energy with which to heat your house--are probably better made from the view of the intellect. Others, such as those involving love and relationships, obviously come straight from the heart. But if you think about it, some kind of integrating of yellow and green, of head and heart, generally provides us a more consistent way to go.
In addition, from a different perspective, the boldness and easy visibility of chartreuse only adds to the lesson. With chartreuse so right out there in your face, isn’t that a model for how you want to be when you’re making decisions? Take risks? Put yourself out there? Be yourself?
So, even if it didn’t seem initially so obvious, the color chartreuse provides an important reminder to get you thinking about the process in the first place by which you are going about making decisions and then encourages you to ask the question: what’s the relation between your head and your heart?
What’s one way this week, even relative to something small,
you could use this thought to make just a little bit better of a