Brown: |broun| noun. the color of dark wood or rich soil; a color produced by mixing red, yellow, and black.
I love the color brown. It is the color of the earth. When I think of the color brown, I picture a few things - chocolate, coffee beans, cinnamon and pretzels. This natural color reminds me of the fall and winter seasons - the feelings of comfort, warmth and companionship.
When I see brown I feel grounded. I love umber and golden ochre the most. The names are my favorite - camel, mahogany, redwood, sienna, walnut. This warm down-to-earth color makes me feel balanced and peaceful. What does the color brown bring up for you?
"Whatever you do, the only secret is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don't do it for anyone else." -Keith Haring
What inspires you? There are plenty of moments in our life that offer inspiration - celebrations, undertaking a new venture, witnessing friends do great things. Even the simple pleasures of our day can give us inspiration. Inspiration is everywhere.
Reading quotes from well-known artists, inventors, scientists and writers inspire me. Their words resonate feelings of courage, hope and optimism. When I come across a quote for the first time and it stays with me, I think - the right words found me just when I needed to hear them.
What I love most about quotes is you don't have to go far to find one:-) Here are a few quotes that inspire me:
"Eighty percent of success is showing up" -Woody Allen
The key to success is showing up. Oftentimes I wonder - where would I be today if I didn't show up to my first Bikram Yoga class? Life is unpredictable. We never know how one experience can affect our future or who we might meet along the way. Everything happens when we simply show up.
It starts by taking action. We make moves to make things happen. When we commit to do something, we create a consistent momentum. We set ourselves up to excel and gain insight; we make new experiences and move out of our comfort zone. We become resilient to change.
The art of showing up takes courage. It requires us to have integrity of commitment. In order to succeed we have to make a conscientious effort and keep a positive attitude. Showing up is just the beginning.
“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind - you are the one who hears it.” -Michael Singer
In his insightful book, The Untethered Soul, Michael Singer brings to our attention the voice inside our head. He encourages the reader to listen closely to the relentless chatter of the mind. When we are conscious of this mental voice, we realize - it never stops talking, it argues both sides of every conversation and it aims to control our experiences.
In the first part of his book, he tells the reader to take a step back and watch. He urges us to look at our thoughts, emotions and experiences objectively. Singer points out that we are the conscious receiver of everything that passes through us - "You are behind everything, just watching. That is your true home. Take everything else away and you're still there, aware that everything is gone. But take the center of awareness away, and there is nothing. That center is the seat of Self. From that seat, you are aware that there are thoughts, emotions, and a world coming in through your senses."
What I love most about this book is the emphasis on observing our thoughts and emotions to experience spiritual freedom. The more we listen to the voice inside our head, we see that our mind is constantly figuring out what we need to do. Singer encourages us not to give in to the mind's struggle. Instead, allow these feelings to pass through. By observing the habitual thought patterns our mind has built, we are ready for spiritual growth.
"When you move beyond your fear, you feel free." -Spencer Johnson
As I continue to practice mindfulness, I am learning to let go of my fears. Letting go opens me up to have more faith and trust the uncertainties of life. When I embrace the unknown, I become more flexible to flow with change. I slowly release my fears and stay present.
Finding peace with uncertainty frees me to slow down and fall behind my thoughts. I appreciate feelings of happiness and peacefulness as well as deep emotions of fear and sadness. I enjoy watching my thoughts and noticing how I respond to them - am I resisting my fears or clinging to the pain of my fears? By observing my thoughts, the unknown looks less intimidating.
We inevitably move forward not knowing what the future will bring. I surrender to my fears and let go of all assumptions. I have faith in what will be.
Green: |grēn| noun. the color of grass and leaves; a secondary color between blue and yellow in the spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 500 and 570 nm.
I see green every day. Green reminds me of apple banana trees, avocados, olives and papayas. After a rainy winter I love looking up at the West Maui Mountains. The hillsides are a lush dark green and filled with life.
This week I had the pleasure to go to the park. I observed my surroundings with my eyes closed. I breathed in the smell of fresh-cut grass; I felt the warm breeze circle around me; I listened to the birds and the wind. When I opened my eyes, the vividness of the green grass surprised me. I thought - was the grass really this green? I felt refreshed and energized. The vibrant green lawn calmed my mind and heightened my awareness. What does the color green bring up for you?
I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, "Ain't that the truth." -Quincy Jones
Who doesn't like a good laugh? Laughter is contagious. It spreads happiness and joy; improves our mood and increases our energy. I'm not the best joke teller but I always enjoy hearing an amusing story or a hilarious joke. Laughing makes me feel good.
Humor is infectious. A laugh or even a smile brightens my day. Having a good-humored attitude helps me stay positive. Recently, a good laugh changed my entire frame of mind. I felt the tiring moments of my day slowly melt away. I started to relax and I felt hopeful as I let the day go. My perspective shifted from feeling anxious to optimistic.
Whenever I laugh I can't help but feel happy. I let go of my doubts and I release all inhibitions. I allow my happiness to take over.
Here are some ways to bring humor and laughter into your life:
"Everyone is creative, people are born creative, the human being is a creative species."
-John Paul Caponigro
In his engaging TED talk, "You're More Creative Than You Think You Are," internationally renowned fine artist, John Paul Caponigro, encourages the viewer to celebrate spontaneity to spark creativity.
His presentation revolves around three creative expressions - drawing, writing and photography.
In his opening statement, he tells the audience that everyone holds an abundant supply of hidden resources, that when uncovered brings magic. To rediscover our resources we need permission, passion and persistence. He highlights that creativity isn't just for geniuses - "Every child is creative, and if we can only celebrate and nurture that throughout our lives, reconnect to what's childlike within ourselves, not necessarily what's childish - what's childlike, major things can happen."
What I love most about his presentation is the emphasis on reclaiming our resources and having our tools readily available to start. We don't have to compare ourselves to Michelangelo, Shakespeare or Ansel Adams to do this. He encourages us to constantly take notes, chase our ideas and play. He dares us to fail and do things for the love of doing it. Inspiration can happen at any moment - be spontaneous, inquisitive and experiment.
“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” - James Baraz
We lead busy lives filled with multiple priorities. Our schedules involve family, hobbies, relationships and work that we sometimes forget to notice the beauty around us. We are in constant movement. This week it was essential to make time for meditation, mindfulness and gratitude.
Every moment in our day is an opportunity to better ourselves. As I made time this week to meditate, I've noticed how much my mood has improved. I am more appreciative and patient. I feel calmer and optimistic. Most of all, in the face of a challenging moment, I was more mindful of my habitual response. I felt a deeper connection with myself and more accepting of others.
I've learned that no matter how busy I am, when I take time for what really matters, I am more appreciative of my surroundings and connected to the people I love. Being mindful of every moment and making time to meditate enriches our life.
Violet: |ˈvī(ə)lət| noun. a plant having purple, blue or white five-petaled flowers;
a bluish-purple color at the end of the visible spectrum opposite red, an effect of light with a wavelength between 400 and 450 nm.
I love the color purple, it's my favorite color. Purple reminds me of grape jelly on a peanut butter sandwich, my heart-shaped amethyst stone, lilac trees and orchids. I love noticing purple around me - the intricate designs on an orchid petal, an acai berry smoothie, a blossoming Jacaranda tree and taro frozen yogurt. When I see purple, I think it's uncommonly special and beautiful. The various shades of this royal color makes me feel calm, expressive and intuitive. What does the color purple bring up for you?
Hi there! I'm Jessica, painter, creator and avid list maker. I love yoga, reading, journaling and sharing my inspirations with you. I'm so glad you're here!