“And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?”
Spring is my favorite season with its luscious spray of flowers, colors and fragrances tantalizing all of the senses. Our cells are aroused from slumber with an infusion of Qi (energy) and hope for renewal. I enjoy slow walks and qigong in the park, infusing my whole body with the light emanating from the array of gorgeous flowers.
Here are a few ways to balance your organs and emotions with 5 element color healing in nature. You can drink in the essence of the flower into your body and feel the signature of that particular color or fragrance and how it affects you. Stand in qigong stance with your body relaxed and quiet. Open your palms to face the flowers and breathe in the color into your being. Imagine this color filling your whole body. Take a few moments (or longer!) to bathe in the beauty.
If you have a particular illness, you may choose the color associated with the element that’s imbalanced, such as red for heart issues. With healing intention and breath, focus the color light into your organ or area affected. Besides the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine, there has been much research on the healing properties of color. When I need more energy, I wear red, or I bring it into my home to speak passion and vitality. I’ll breath in yellow to lift up my spirit. Blues and purples seem magical to me in flowers…there’s a deep majesty about them. White is the healing essence for the lungs and large intestine. Here’s a list of the 5 elements, and I invite you to experience each color for yourself. How do you respond? what does this color, fragrance, texture evoke? Explore and have some sensual fun!
(Pictures from my garden and Lithia Park in Ashland, Or.)
Yellow: Earth Element: spleen/pancreas/stomach
White: Metal Element: lungs and large
Blue/Purple: Water Element: Kidneys/adrenals, urinary bladder
Green: Wood element: Liver, gall
Red: Fire Element: Heart, small intestine, triple burner, pericardium meridians.