9.17.2010

Falling for red

 


In the past, I've shied away from the color red, feeling that it was somehow too strong, too assertive, too powerful.  But lately, it seems like everywhere I go, I'm falling all over myself for all things red.  (Case in point: I couldn't resist picking up these pretty russet-hued calla lilies from Whole Foods.)  


Upon the advice of a very wise fellow blogger, I began researching what my newfound inclination might mean.  One of the most interesting things I learned is that red is associated with the 1st chakra, which governs our sense of physical vitality and well-being.


Over the past year, I've made changes that have brought me into a greater awareness of my body and what it needs to feel healthy, so I was fascinated to learn that my craving for red might actually be related to this sense of "re-inhabiting" my body.  


The other day, I bought what I think is my first article of red clothing ever: a beautiful hand-knit scarf.  It might just be the power of suggestion at work, but I'll admit that, wearing this scarf, I felt a new sense of energy and connectedness to my physical self.


Do you ever feel inexplicably drawn toward a certain color?  Have you ever noticed your mood or feelings affected by particular colors?

4 comments:

robyn michelle-lee @ this is life. said...

this is so, so beautiful ani.

annelise said...

This is so interesting, I love the thought of what colour can do and what it means.

The only story that comes to mind for me is when I was desperate not to be at work one day because I was feeling a bit under the weather and I remembered reading that the beige can wash you out. So I skipped the under-eye concealer, wore my beige knitted top, did a bit of coughing and was promptly sent home. I was never really drawn to that top afterwards though!

Red is such a powerful colour, I love it. Gorgeous flowers too. Have a great weekend :)

Kim said...

Orange! It makes me feel alive/empowered and at the same time safe/comforted. That's why I painted my bedroom "pumpkin pleasure" and I could spend an hour every morning staring at it when I wake up. I feel like orange understands me and has my back. It's weird, but a very strong feeling.

Jenny Beattie said...

I avoided red for decades because my mother didn't wear it. She said - always overweight - that it would make her look like a London bus. But I discovered a few years ago that certain shades of it really suited me. People always told me how well I looked in it and that always made me feel good. So I wear it now and feel good about it.

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