Come raining season and everything around us looks fresh, green and vibrant. Many a times we do spot a rainbow after thunderstorms and rains, yes in metro cities too. The beautiful colourful Rainbow which has different hues of nature often made us wander about god’s miracle when we were children.
We often use colours to define our moods; for instance “I am green with envy” or if you are feeling low; it’s “I am feeling blue”. Whereas in an embarrassed situation its “I am turning pink”. We consciously or subconsciously choose our clothes with colours that match our mood and emotions.
Parents chose colours right from the time a baby is born; its blue for boys and pink for girls. Colours affect the moods of not just adults but also children. According to a survey done in California, US, a group of 60 children; 30 girls and 30 boys between the age group of 5-6 years were shown 9 different colours and the results were simply amazing. Responses also demonstrated distinct colour-emotion associations. Children had positive reactions to bright colours (e.g., pink, blue, red) and negative emotions for dark colours e.g., brown, black, gray. Children's emotional reactions to bright colours became increasingly positive with age, and girls in particular showed a preference for brighter colours and a dislike for darker colours. Boys were more likely than girls were to have positive emotional associations with dark colours. It is no wonder then that bright colours are significantly present in children’s environment (whether it is their toys, clothes, lunch box or water bottles) and convey psychological messages through them.
Do you know that the five essential elements of Mother Nature also represent colours? The five elements of nature that is Air, Fire, Earth, Water and Space are responsible for generating positive and negative energies. Colours are often used to describe the attributes of these five elements. 'Fire' is associated with red; 'Earth' positioned at the center, stands for yellow, oranges, or brown 'Air' is blue. Water and Space are shapeless and colourless
According to the practioners of colour therapy, different colours have different effects and are said to have different healing properties on our body mind and soul. Every colour in the light spectrum vibrates at a different frequency. The faster the vibration, the warmer the colour and the slower the vibration, the cooler the colour. For instance, red is a warm colour, while blue is cool.
There are times when we enter someone’s home or office and feel very comfortable and at other times we just want to rush out. Have you ever wondered why? Well colours that adorn the walls of these home or office could be the answer. It also depends on your emotional state of mind when you visit these places. Colours do impact us psychologically as they have both emotional and physical properties and thus their impact on us. Some colours make us happy, other colours make us feel low and gloomy, and while some others relax, distract or energize us. Colour is a manifestation of light and energy, a good colour can depend on your mood of the day. If you select a colour that harmonizes with your energy then you will flourish. If the colour clashes with your mood, that colour will make you irritable. Wherever we look around our environment and see, the optic nerve, send sensory signals to our body, to react to what our eyes see. So the colours of everything our eyes come in contact will influence our temperament, physical movements, language and thoughts - in short, our lives
Each colour has a meaning and effect on us; see the list to check your favourite colour and you would be in for a pleasant surprise.
Red: The colour red represents vitality, creativity, energy and power. People who adorn red are usually attention seekers. They are often quick to react and overemotional. It also excites sexual passion. If you are feeling low, depressed and lethargic, opt for that red dress in your wardrobe to make you feel sexy. People who use excess of red clothing are said to be aggressive, can easily get agitated and prone to anger outbursts.
Pink – Is the colour of cupid that is love, happiness and romance. It is also a girl’s most preferred colour. Though metrosexual men love to flaunt pink shirts.
Orange: Also known as saffron; It is an energising colour and has gentle and warm effect. Use orange colour clothes on the days you feel low in life and think that your life lacks direction. However excess use of orange like red can lead to agitation.
Peach - It is the colour representing Attraction and Love...
Brown - Brown gives us a heavy feeling, the colour can be used to create a stable, established impression and a sense of the passage of time. It symbolizes the Depth and Elegancy
Tan - Tan or coffee colour represents a new, successful beginning. Out of seeming Hopelessness, a new possibility arises..............
Yellow: If you are fond of sunny yellow, that means you are good communicator and love those endless conversations. People who prefer stronger shades of yellow tend to be arrogant or conceited. While those who are attracted to more pastel shades of yellow may be timid.
Green: Colour of nature has a balancing effect on not just mind and body but also our soul. No wonder it is used by Doctors. It is a colour of hope and harmony. People who favour the yellower tones of green are usually adventurous in nature, while those who prefer the bluer tones of green tend to be optimists. If green is your colour, remember to add a little red or orange to your surroundings to liven things up a little.
Blue: Beat the summer heat by wearing blue as it has very soothing and calming effect. It is also known to give courage and it represents truth, nobility and serenity. It also helps in elevating your self confidence and overcoming fear.
Indigo: This colour is often used to described Lord Shiva’s third eye; hence it is associated with mysticism, occult and represents courage, authority and inner calmness. People who love indigo are often drawn to higher purpose in life and look beyond the mundane things.
Violet: A symbol of creativity and those who wear this colour are said to be often shy. Such was the power of violet that Leonardo Da Vinci meditated upon it and Beethoven had violet curtains to stimulate his creativity.
Grey – we often use grey in our language to talk about grey areas. Its represents blocks or negativity, whereas for others it could be hope.
Black - On the positive side, black - or any dark colour - gives a feeling of depth, both in mood and perspective. Yet black indicates a Lack of Hope, and it may make us a feel of "Dark" low and depression. It is also associated with mysticism and magic. Remember the song; “ The black magic woman”.
White: It represents purity, innocence, divinity. Too much of white can mean that the person is brooding over some loss and leads a dull life.
INSPIRATION AND HAPPINESS THROUGH COLOURS
All the busy office goers wait impatiently for their annual vacations not just to rewind and relax but also to rejuvenate amidst Mother Nature. From the time known to mankind; nature has always had a calming and invigorating effect on us. It has a beautiful array of colours like green which calms, blue the colour of sky that soothes, red and yellow flowers that stimulate, inspire and regenerate our energy.
Colour plays a vital role in our life as it helps in balancing the energies within us and around us. The imbalance in the energy within our body and in our environment can easily lead to dis-ease, i.e when you are not at ease or comfortable. For instance too much of red can lead to excitement which in turn can cause high blood pressure, similarly too much black can made one feel very dull and gloomy. Thus both the positive and negative energy should be balanced for us to be in harmony with nature. Being in the city it is not always possible to go to mountains or seashores but by using right colours in our wardrobe we can definitely create not the same but at least a similar magical effect, to bring balance to our minds and bodies and to stimulate our energy. So what are you waiting for? Go splurge yourself with your favourite red, pink, yellow or blue and lead a colourful life.