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Mother’s Day: Declare your OWN theme color!

Mother’s Day: Declare your OWN theme color!

Color is a form of non-verbal communication. Colors vibrate, touch our invisible sense of self, and can subliminally influence our moods. How colors feel and what they mean often varies dependent on culture, circumstances and each individual’s experience. Yet, we all seem to agree that colors influence us and make us feel something.

As Mother’s Day approaches, I am increasingly bombarded with pink messages and ask myself, “Is pink really how I feel, my personality and style?”

Researchers studying the effects of color therapy conclude the color pink reduces violent behavior, makes people feel calmer and more controlled (which is why many prison holding cells are painted this color.) The color pink evokes a feeling of submission and is described as fragile.

This Mother’s Day, I’l be celebrating my unique maternal style and character by declaring my own, individual theme color- which ain’t dainty as a cherry blossom pink.

Mother’s Day is MY day, after all, so it seems only fair that I celebrate it in whichever color makes me feel most honored and inspired. Are you unsure what your true color style should be this Mother’s Day? Looking for inspiration to best describe the personality of that mother in your life? Here is some food for thought and inspiration for you:

Yellow is often thought of as the color of the mind and the intellect. It is optimistic, cheerful and energetic.

Orange is often considered the color of social communication and optimism. From a negative color meaning it is also a sign of pessimism and superficiality.

Green is sometimes viewed as the color of nature, balance and growth. But has been thought of as representatives of possessiveness, as a negative. 

Blue is often thought of as the color of trust and peace. It can suggest loyalty and integrity or, on the downside, as frigidity. 

Purple can be considered the color of the imagination. A color often representing nobility and magicians, it can also be thought of as a color of an inspirational leader.

Magenta is often suggested as the color of universal harmony and emotional balance. It is spiritual yet practical, encouraging common sense and a balanced outlook on life.

Red is often thought of as the color of energy, passion, action, ambition and determination. Yet, fire engine red is often descriptive of anger, immaturity and danger.

In addition to the color, hue plays a role in what the color makes us feel.

A deep shade reputed to evoke a feeling of peace and permanence, ruby red is my personal favorite. Throughout history it has symbolized the sun and describes that which is inextinguishable, including the spirit flame. As a gemstone, it is the stone of nobility— considered the most magnificent of all gems, the queen of stones and the stone of kings. The Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan was said to have offered an entire city in exchange for a sizable ruby. And, I have to agree, no gem is more beautiful than the fiery ruby.

Once you’ve determined your ‘color du jour’, Mother’s Day is a good time to consider engaging in some day-spa color therapy.

No, color therapy is not a LSD induced hippie invention. Since the time of ancient Egyptians, color therapy has been an alternative therapy using the frequencies of color to heal physical and emotional problems. Also known as chromotherapy or color healing, it is the science of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies which are said to result in health and harmony.

Color medicine has been studied and used for more than 2,000 years throughout history. Similar to a lot of ancient healing treatments (hello, acupuncture!), it is an old treatment therapy that is having a resurgence lately. The metaphysical properties of color are claimed to activate the chakra. Rubies and ruby red, for example, supposedly stimulate the Base Chakra increasing vitality and chi- the life-force energy promoting a clear mind and increased concentration.

And, as a mom of a child entering the tween years, don’t I need as much of that- clear mindedness and concentration- as I can muster?

With chomotherapy mini-spas popping up all over town, why not forego the Starbucks and give the gif of a different kind of gift-certificate for ole’ mom? Or, after you get those pink roses and give thanks for the thought, put them on the shelf and give color therapy a try yourself? Midtown on 40th Street, you can check out Chillspace. Or, for something slightly more upscale, try Spa Castle in College Point, NY.

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