'Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.' -Oscar Wilde
'There's no way this could possibly be accurate' thought my mind as I first started learning about this in my Ayurveda course. Weirdly enough, it was. In fact it was so accurate I freaked out. I even noticed how naturally I was drawn to colours that balanced my body type, Pitta, and the same goes for the people around me. In fact, I have a blue couch, which balanced Pitta and my mom has a red couch, which balanced her Dosha Type, Kapha. Very weird indeed.
You see, there is nothing weird about this. Coincidences don't exist.
Images have a profound effect on our physiology. Colour can help energise us or calm us. Consciously choosing which images, films and visuals we expose ourselves can help us manifest balance, love and joy in our life.
Just like a mantra can help us still our mind so can images. Sri Yantras are beautiful detailed designs that can help us focus on a single point, letting go of our awareness and thus enter a meditative state. You can also do this by looking at a candle or running water.
This is just another example how Ayurveda's centuries worth of wisdom about us had been proven to work.
Each Dosha type has colours that helps balance their physiology:
You are, without a doubt, a sensuous entity as a human. You rely on your senses to help you live as well as enjoy life's joys. According to Ayurveda, an ancient Indian mind-body healing method, the body and mind are constantly exchanging energy and information with their surroundings. As a result, the five senses are regarded as portals via which you can help yourself balance, nurture, and heal.
Given the importance of the senses, it's beneficial to become aware of the sensory impressions you're exposed to on a daily basis, prioritising impulses that promote harmony over discord. Starting with the sense of sight and the power of colour is a simple way to begin fostering well-being through the senses.
PREFERENCES IN COLOR
"What is your favourite colour?" was always a major question when we were kids. This determined which crayon you preferred, as well as the shirts and hair ties you preferred. Even something as basic as opening a new box of crayons and marvelling at the rainbow of colours elicited an emotion—usually happiness. Color was an important component of your early life's canvas. It still is, if you think about it.
Color choices may have shifted as you grew older to reflect more practical applications, or they may have become a significant element of how you express yourself. Color has stayed in the backdrop of your mind in either case, exerting subtle affects. Take a moment to notice the colours in your environment. What emotions, if any, start to surface? Do you think there's a lack of colour here? Is there a colour that stands out? This is the first step toward becoming more conscious of the types of information acquired and how it affects you through the portal of sight.
THE COLOR'S ENERGY
You can go technical and think about the visible light spectrum's wavelengths and frequencies (color). Each colour emits a distinct amount of energy that has a distinctive effect on its surroundings. Recent studies have shed further light on color's impacts, such as one study that found that red (as opposed to grey and blue) improved motor performance. Plants, too, are impacted by the energy of different colours. Researchers discovered that red and white mulch (as opposed to black and blue) increased cucumber yields.
You, too, have an inbuilt response, much like plants. Of course, you don't develop in the same way, but you do respond physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Keep in mind that you are always in dynamic interaction with your surroundings, and colour is no exception.
Have you ever observed that persons who dress in the brightest colours have a vibrant demeanour and personality? This is frequently a direct inner reflection of who they are; the colours they prefer appear to represent their personality. Simply being in the presence of such a vivid person and soaking in the brilliant colours can often serve to lift your spirits.
Bright hues, on the other hand, might sometimes elicit opposing sentiments. Each person is different, and you must respect your own wants and preferences. Begin to notice how colours affect you, as well as which colours attract or repel you.
When you start exploring the world of colour, you'll quickly notice that there are a number of traits that go along with it. You may already be aware of them—the most of this is innate. Take note of any colours that have recently attracted your attention as you read through this list.
Red represents vibrancy, courage, and self-assurance.
Orange symbolises happiness, wisdom, and resourcefulness.
Yellow represents intelligence, joy, clarity, and invention.
Balance, harmony, nature, and compassion are all associated with the colour green.
Knowledge, health, decisiveness, tranquilly, and loyalty are all represented by the colour blue.
White: Purity, innocence, optimism, illumination Purple: Serenity, faith, royalty, peace
Silence, elegance, power, and authority are all associated with the colour black.
It's possible that you have your own interpretation that isn't included in this list. Always go with what works for you. Observing the colours in your daily life and noting the impressions they give you is an interesting practise. Because you are an ever-evolving complicated person, it may vary from day to day.
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