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"In our life there is a single color,
as on an artist`s palette, which provides the
meaning of life and art. It is the color of love."
~ Marc Chagall, Russian/French Painter and
Stained Glass Artist (1887-1985)
January 26, 2004
"Color My World"
THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
Painting with a
Full Palette of Colors
Yes You Can!...
Find Peace & Comfort
Links That Shine...
Be More Specific!
Laughing It Off...
New Cat Planning (101)
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
The Odd Couple
Our Latest Discovery...
BE the World
You Want to See!
Color therapy has long
been an accepted form of alternative healing. As with most things,
the key is possessing an awareness. With this new knowledge, you
can choose to take care of yourself naturally,
whenever you need a little soothing or revitalizing.
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
PAINTING WITH A FULL PALETTE OF COLORS (1)
way to explain the human experience is through the metaphor of color.
Imagine each of us is given at birth an artist's palette of rainbow
colors with which to paint our individual lives. Each one of us
starts out using the color preferences of the family and society
born into, repeating the conditioning. Some learn early to move
beyond the limited palettee and use unfamiliar colors to explore the
rainbow of color possibilities. Those who prefer to paint with the
same colors over and over and to limit the palette eventually find
life has a corrective measure. The void resulting from not using
certain colors draws people, situations, and lessons to build color
awareness of our blind spots. This balances us out, over time, on
the journey to becoming a master artist. Let us awaken the artist
within and use the metaphor of color to help us understand ourselves
and our lives better. Let us look at some basic color theory, look
at qualities associated with each color, and then an illustration
of how to use color as a helpful tool.
are three primary colors -
red, yellow, and blue -
from which all other colors are mixed. You might recall playing
with a set of watercolors or tempera paint as a child, as I do,
blending red and yellow to make orange, yellow and blue to make
green, and blue and red to make purple or violet. Imagine yourself
as an artist placing your colors of paint in a circle on your palette
in the same order that we find in the colors of the rainbow - red,
orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Notice half the circle
is warm (red, orange, yellow) and the other cool (blues, green,
you have color preferences? Do you like warm colors or cool colors.
You can use the colors mentioned so far or others like rose, pink,
turquoise, or apricot. Ponder a moment and ask yourself why you
choose that color? Maybe you chose blue because you have a calm,
patient, soothing personality, or red because you are enthusiastic
and emotional, or yellow because you are joyful and light. Maybe
you see several colors as part of your makeup. Allow this inner
knowing to guide you as you apply this information. You probably
have memories that you associate with some colors. When I free-associate
with the color yellow, I first think of the sun and remember enjoying
playing alone for hours as a child in our sunroom, spending lots
of time in my imagination. Yellow makes me feel light and happy
even today. Allow feelings and memories to surface in the next couple
of days to see some of your associations with color, both positive
colors: To go a little further with color theory, that by the
way translates well to real life, would be to look at complimentary
colors. They are colors opposite each other on the color wheel (the
name for our circle of colors on our palette). Opposites can be
antagonistic, causing lots of drama, or complimentary, balancing
or toning down extremes. Look at one pair of opposite colors, red
and green. If an artist wishes to tone down bright red, s/he can
add a little green. You, as the artist of your life, might sit in
nature or near green foliage to ease your anger or slow down your
pace when you need to relax.
do you figure out complimentary or opposite colors? Draw or visualize
a circle on a piece of paper, and write the three primary colors
red, yellow, and blue equidistant from each other on the circle.
Then between the red and yellow, write orange; between yellow and
blue, write green; and between the blue and red, write violet or
purple. It might even be fun to get some markers or paints out and
mix these colors. If each of these six colors is in a circle, you
will find colors opposite each other are called complimentary colors.
For example: Red and green are complimentary colors; Blue and orange
are complimentary colors; Yellow and purple-violet are complimentary
complimentary colors tone down and balance extremes. The next time
you are feeling burned out from working too much or being overly
busy do an experiment. The antidote for overdoing (too much red)
is to experience green. Spend time healing in nature with greenery,
re-pot some of your plants, and eat lots of green foods, such as
lettuce. Use your imagination to understand more about green. Green
lessons might be related to growth and expansion beyond current
boundaries and ways of thinking and doing things. Green may help
you get in touch with health issues and illness, growth and stagnation,
abundance and poverty.
When you find yourself sluggish, passive, or depressed (too much
blue), consider adding some orange to your life. You might find
orange by watching the sunset and gather some warmth to get things
moving again. Eat some orange foods, oranges, carrots, squash. Or
you could journal write, which is taking action, red, to understand
yourself, mental (yellow) activity. In the activity of journal writing
you allow frustrations and inner conflicts to surface so you can
process them for deeper healing. When you probe with your mind,
you can get to some of the causes for your depression, allowing
you to understand and grieve and integrate past traumas or disappointments,
feel your feelings, and listen to your inner guidance. (Continued
E. Harrill, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT
Author of several self-help books, including Enlightening
Your Self Day by Day, and Inner
Fitness for Creating a Better You
Free monthly self-help newsletter at: www.InnerworksPublishing.com
Yes You Can!
FIND PEACE & COMFORT
Last week we learned that when we are tense or anxious, we tend
to hold our breath. For most of us, breathing is something we never
think about, yet for the most part we are breathing shallow breathes
into our chest. This shallow breathing actually can create a stressful
condition in our minds and bodies. By slowing down your breath,
you will instantly relax your body and bring clarity into your mind.
The next time you are feeling stressed, focus on your
Try it at a business meeting, before picking the kids up
or while sitting in a doctor's waiting room. Athletes are
to improve their game, artists are using it to access
and doctors are finding it helps their patients
Power of the heart meditation...
The following technique, adapted from Momentary
a "portable stress-breaker. " You can easily
take it with
you wherever you go. By using it whenever you feel out of
you will find that you are calmer, clearer and more able
with what life has to offer. This is perfect to use if you
through turbulence, you receive a disturbing phone call,
meeting falls apart or your mind gets stuck in a worry
Take a few deep slow breathes . . .
and imagine pushing a pause button deep within your chest.
Begin to focus at the heart center.
Envision it as a bright golden sun. (20-30 seconds)
Now think of a positive quality or experiences that you
You may feel appreciation for someone special in your
or envision a beautiful scene in nature, your favorite
the locale you want to explore on your next vacation
a baby's laughter or the joy of licking an ice cream cone
on a hot
day. Let yourself really be in the experience. Give
to smile. (60 seconds).
Now, take 3 deep breathes and come back to normal waking
and open your eyes.
Appreciating where we have been is a magical tool to
joy. As we review and meditate on the happy pictures of
have been, and where we dream of going, we become imbued
for life and are inspired to dream about places we have
yet to go.
~Barbara Biziou, leading expert on rituals
and meditation, plus author of The Joys of Everyday Ritual and
The Joy of Family Rituals She
is creator and producer of "Momentary Meditations" DVD
featuring five powerful guided mediations to help you stay centered
at home and on the road.
Visit her at www.joyofritual.com and www.fourworldsentertainment.com
Bookmark the above link and visit us often!
Before Columbus discovered America, Gibraltar
was considered the ends of the earth. The Spanish town
Tarifa was named after the Arab word Taraf, indicating
the end of. Going beyond Tarifa meant that you would
fall over the edge of the earth. In ancient times, Gibraltar was
one of the two Pillars of Hercules the other was Mount Hacho,
on the opposite African coast. Although connected to the Spanish
mainland by a one-mile long, sandy isthmus, it has been a British
territory since 1704. During the nineteenth century, Gibraltar developed
into a fortress of renowned impregnability and the phrase As
safe as the Rock of Gibraltar became commonplace in the English
Information on assistance available
from an integrated team of partner
agencies and organizations that perform
Disaster Management activities.
BE MORE SPECIFIC!
How many ferrets are in a "business"...
or geese in a "gaggle"?
Laughing It Off
NEW CAT PLANNING (101)
1. Take cold chicken and stars soup straight from the
can and splash it across the carpet and the foot of the bed and
then walk in it in the dark with your socks on.
Set up a mouse trap at the foot of the bed each night so that if
you move a toe one inch while you are sleeping, you are sure to
Cover all your best suits with cat hair. Dark suits must use white
hair, and light suits must use dark hair. Also, float some hair
in your first cup of coffee in the morning.
Put everything that's "cat toy size" into a water bowl
Practice cutting your chicken into teeny tiny bites so that when
they steal, it won't be the whole breast.
Tip over a basket of clean laundry, and scatter clothing all over
Leave your underwear on the living room floor, because that's where
the cat will drag it anyway (especially when you have company).
Jump out of your chair shortly before the end of your favorite TV
program and run to the TV. shouting "No! No! Don't chew on
the electric cord!" Miss the end of the program.
Put chocolate pudding on the carpet in the corner of the living
room in the morning and don't try to clean it up until you return
from work that evening.
Gouge the surface of the dining room table several times with an
Xacto knife. It's going to get scratched anyway.
Practice searching every closet and open cabinet door before you
Knock all small items off your kitchen counter.
Chew the eraser off every pencil in the house.
Take a fork and shred the roll of toilet paper while it's still
Pull a few sheets off and scatter them around the bathroom.
Take a staple remover and punch two holes in every scrap of paper
around the house.
Buy a mixed bag of cat toys and stuff them under the refrigerator.
Practice getting up at 2AM to retrieve them.
Take a warm cuddly blanket out of the dryer and immediately wrap
it around yourself. This is the feeling you will get when your new
cat falls asleep on your lap.
now, once you've taken all of these steps,
you've passed the test, and are ready to
welcome that little furry critter into your home!
~Contributed by Jane at OnlineTheCat'sMeow.com
Untangling the Web
WHAT A SITE!
At this site you can search all the data bases of all the major
on-line bookstores. They are the biggest book database on the Internet.
You can also click on Used & Out of Print Books to search this
Copy & Paste ...
1. Select the text you wish to copy by putting your mouse cursor
at the first character you want to copy and, holding down the left
mouse button, drag the cursor to the last character you need copied.
As you drag, you'll notice everything gets highlighted (selected).
2. Right-click the selected area. Choose Copy from the menu
that pops up (CTRL-C keyboard shortcut). 3. Finally, right-
click the area in your e-mail document where you
want to insert the text. Click Paste from the menu that pops
up (CTRL-V keyboard shortcut).
Look at THAT!
THE ODD COUPLE
Photo: An Asiatic Black Bear
Maeuschen, a half-ton female bear ...
and a black domestic cat named Muschi have
been reunited. Muschi, which means "pussycat," has been
popular with Berlin Zoo visitors ever since she appeared in the
bear's enclosure three years ago. But the pair were split up last
October when the bear was locked in a cage while her living space
was enlarged. Zoo keepers took pity on the distraught cat that had
taken to roaming around the zoo and pining outside the cage. They
allowed her into the cage with Maeuschen, the shaggy Asiatic black
bear whose name means "little mouse." "The two greeted
each other and had a cuddle and now they're happy," said a
member of the zoo's management board. "They sunbathe together
and share meals of raw meat, dead mice, fruit and bread." The
enlarged enclosure will reopen in the spring of 2004. ~Reuters
Just for YOU
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
CLARITY IN FAMILY DYNAMICS (Part 1)
It is estimated that as many as 34 million
people grew up in alcoholic homes. But what about the rest of
us? What about families that had no alcoholism, but did have perfectionism,
workaholism, compulsive overeating, intimacy problems, depression,
problems in expressing feelings, plus all the other personality
traits that can produce a family system much like an alcoholic
According to James J. Messina, Ph.D., and
Constance M. Messina, Ph.D. of www.Coping.org,
in a healthy family members can talk, can feel, and they can tell
the truth. Living in an environment where one feels as if they're
constantly "walking on egg shells" and "waiting
for the other shoe to drop" causes a great deal of stress
and anxiety. This stress/anxiety is heightened when there are
rigid, inflexible rules and belief systems imposed on people trapped
in one of these families. As a result, the co-dependent develops
habitual self-defeating coping mechanisms in an attempt to survive:
such as - my fear of rejection determines what I say
or do or, I like to avoid your anger. "Codependency"
is a state of being in which a person has had to adapt to the
surroundings in order to survive as a child. Their focus is outside
of themselves and they discount who they are in an attempt to
meet everyone else's needs.
Some of the conditions that can make environments
unhealthy or dysfunctional are:
1. One or more members is addicted to alcohol,
drugs, food, gambling, sex, work or to some other form of dependent
behavior and the others protect the users;
2. One or more member is materialistic and values "things''
to the exclusion of "persons'';
3. One or more members is rigidly dogmatic, i.e. military life,
fundamentalism, perfectionism, etc.;
4. One or more member is a physical, verbal,
emotional, or sexual abuser of the others;
5. A major disaster befalls the environment:
death of a member; facility destroyed either due to act of Nature
or of man; a member is murdered, raped, or is critically injured;
a major accident result in permanent disability or death; severe
financial problems, e.g., bankruptcy, long periods of unemployment,
(Continued next week...)
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor ~
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show What Is Possible . By choosing new perspectives,
we can change ourselves from the inside out to improve our relationships,
our community and our planet."
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