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January 20, 2020


Color has the ability to trigger our emotions, affect the way we think and act, and influence our attitudes.

When we enter a room or see an object for the first time, our minds register its color before any other detail. The colors our eyes can perceive are like words that form a subtle language of mood, energy, and insight. Color can exert a gentle effect on the mind and the body, influencing our dispositions and our physical health. Color has the ability to trigger our emotions, affect the way we think and act, and influence our attitudes. You unconsciously respond to the color of the walls in your home, your car, your clothing, and the food you eat based on your body's natural reactions to certain colors and the psychological associations you have formed around them. The consequences of the decision to paint a room or wear a specific article of clothing therefore goes beyond aesthetics.

The colors you encounter throughout your day can make you feel happy or sad, invigorate you or drain your vitality, and even affect your work habits. Throughout history, cultures spread over many different parts of the globe have attributed varying meanings to different colors. In China, blue is associated with immortality, while people in the Middle East view blue as a color of protection. There is also evidence that human beings respond to color in a very visceral way. Red excites us and inflames our passions. Too much red, however, can make us feel overstimulated and irritated. Pink tends to make people feel loved and protected but also can cause feelings of lethargy. Yellow represents joy or optimism and can energize you and help you think more clearly. Bright orange reduces depression and sadness. Blue and green are known to inspire peaceful feelings, and people are often able to concentrate better and work in rooms painted in soft blues and greens. The darker tones of both colors can make you feel serious and introspective.

There are ways to integrate color into your life that go beyond picking the hues of your décor and your wardrobe. You can meditate with color by concentrating on the colors that make you feel peaceful or using a progression of colors to symbolize a descent into a relaxed state. Color breathing involves visualizing certain colors as you in inhale and exhale. Choose to surround yourself with the colors that you are attracted to and make you feel good, and you can create an environment that makes you feel nurtured, peaceful, and uplifted.


An ongoing series of informational entries

Grief

Sept 27, 2019

Grief is part of the human experience, and sharing our vulnerability helps create truly close bonds.

When we experience something that causes us to feel shock and sadness, we may feel the urge to withdraw from life. It may seem like remaining withdrawn will keep us protected from the world, but during these times it is important to reach out to those trusted and precious people who care about us the most. Even with our best information and reasoning, we never know when someone else's experience or perspective can give us additional information that we need. The universe speaks to us through many channels, and when we open ourselves up to receive its messages, we also receive nurturing care from a loving partner in life's journey.

Grief is part of the human experience, and sharing our vulnerability is what creates truly close bonds in our relationships. Opening ourselves up in this way gets to the core of our being, past all of our defenses and prejudices. When life seems to crack the outer shell of our world, we are both raw and fresh at the same time. It is then that we discover who is truly willing to walk with us through life. We also see that some of those sent to us may not be the ones we expected to see. Regardless, we learn to trust in the universe, in others, in our own strength and resilience, and in the wisdom of life itself.

Sharing grief allows us to ease our burden by letting someone else help carry it. This helps us process our own inner thoughts and feelings through the filter of a trusted and beloved someone. We may feel guilty or selfish, as if we are unloading on someone who has their own challenges. Although, if we think about it, we know we would do the same for them, and their protests would seem pointless. Remember that not sharing feelings with others denies them the opportunity to feel. We may be the messenger sent for their benefit, and it is on this mission that we have been sent. By sharing our hopes and fears, joys and pains with another person, we accept the universe's gifts of wisdom and loving care.

Dear God, may you bring to me those that need me and may those I need be brought to me. May something I do today be eternally significant.  

Why Slow Yoga

August 25, 2019

Why “Slow” Yoga ?

Slow yoga, affords practitioners a thoughtful, meditative experience to move into the body and mind gently. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, this style of guiding develops flexibility, balance, strength developing into a heightened sense of well-being. Often physicians suggest Yoga to their patients in leu of, prior to, or recovering from medical procedures. Many people come to yoga seeking freedom from stress and mental anxiety. During the session you're guided to move past trains of thought and into active movement connecting body and mind. Breath awareness is encouraged. This manner of yoga practice aides stress reduction, personal mindfulness and creates a sense of harmony and well-being. Yoga is not an exercise but a mindful, therapeutic activity cultivating harmony in body and spirit.

Yoga “poses” are not the goal. The handstand is not the goal, standing on one leg for long periods of time is not the ambition. The intent is to create a peaceful space where you may have been stuck. The aim is to release layers of protection built around the heart, targeting appreciation of your body and becoming aware of the mind and the noisy chatter it creates. The intention is to make peace with who you are and the person God created. The goal is to love yourself, so that you can love and give to others more freely. It is important to replenish yourself on a regular basis (you cannot give what you do not have). We all hear the medical benefits of yoga such as regulated blood pressure, increased blood circulation, pain management etc. When we keep our mind and body at ease, we avoid the opposite, which is “disease”. These are all health bonuses.

Soft, gentle guided Yoga is doable for all people, no matter the age or level of health. The guide will consistently remind you to be in tune and responsible for your own body ( making no move unless you have the confidence to do so ).

So come to your yoga mat to “feel,” not to accomplish. Shift your focus and allow your heart to heal and grow.

Please accept the invitation to the experience! Namaste (meaning respect and honor of one another's spirit)

Anne Lucero Korssjoen

FB Yoga Sanctuary Midland, Tx

www.YogaMidlandTexas.com

575-937-3609

Warrior Self

March 18, 2020

WARRIOR SELF

The human soul is dynamic, adapting readily to the changing conditions we encounter as time marches forward. Though we may use a single set of characteristics to define ourselves, we slip easily into contradictory roles when necessary. When we feel called to explore the way of the warrior, we may feel a strong sense of dismay because we have no wish to deny ourselves of our softer side. Yet embracing the warrior spirit is not a matter of denying gentleness or compassion--all human beings embody all traits to some degree, and coexist peacefully within us. We can exhibit strength without sacrificing tenderness precisely because both are elements of the self and both have a role to play in our very being. If you remember the wolf that showed itself from time to time in Jack London’s “Call of the Wild,” that is a great illustration of “Warrior Self.” When we need strength to remap our life or carry through tough times, we welcome Warrior Self showing up.

Balance is the key to peaceable coexistence where opposing characteristics of the self are concerned. The warrior spirit, when allowed free reign, is overpowering and all-consuming. If it is to be an affirmative force in our lives, it must be tempered with wisdom and moderation. Our inner warriors are ready to react instantly to conflict, chaos, and confusion, while nonetheless remaining committed to a path of goodwill and fairness. They lie at the root of our dedication to integrity but do not drive us to use our strength to others into adopting our values. The warrior may be nourished by raw emotions with the potential to cause us to lash out, but it channels that energy into positive and constructive action.

Your inner warrior is one source of strength you can draw upon in times of great need. When you employ your warrior spirit thoughtfully, it manifests itself as clarity, focus, determination, courage, constancy, and zest for life. The warrior views roadblocks as evolutionary opportunities and is not afraid to pursue a purpose to its climax. There is more than enough room in the existence of the warrior for softness and kindness, and the warrior's willingness to stand up for their beliefs can aid you greatly as you strive to incorporate these ideals into your life. Exploring this unique side of yourself is a means of broadening your reality so you can internalize mindfulness while meeting life's challenges with an intensity of spirit that never wavers.

Anne Lucero Korssjoen

FB Yoga Sanctuary Midland, Tx

www.YogaMidlandTexas.com

575-937-3609