Welcome, December – the last month of our annual cycle. In the northern hemisphere, December is considered the first month of winter in the southern hemisphere – the beginning of summer. Either way – a time for beginnings and endings. Symbolic of holiday seasons, December also tends to be a month bound with stress – as the expectations of gift-giving and socializing being higher than average. Don’t fret. Let me take you on a a luxurious flow of color, scent and yummy goodness…
According to Colorstrology by Michele Bernhardt, December’s color is Pagoda Blue (a teal-like hue) that “can be used by anyone on a spiritual journey.” This color “connects information to truth and wisdom. It helps us to understand ideas that are different from our own and to believe that truth will be revealed.”
This month’s color can help you bring the love and intention from the heart chakra towards truthful expression in the throat chakra to eventually find peace through the brow chakra. What a journey!
The eyes are the gateway to the soul.” – William Shakespeare
The brow chakra, also called the “third eye” lies directly behind and between your two physical eyes. This chakra is about the act of seeing in the deepest sense.
Have you thought about what it means to really see? Have you ever felt like you are seeing something that the person next to you is not? Even with your eyes wide open, have you ever missed seeing something clearly? It is believed that the third eye is capable of seeing beyond the physical world and into subtle energies and spirits. This can be a real gift… if you allow it.
Food: Well, I’m pretty sure most of you are going to love this-one of the most powerful foods for the brow chakra is chocolate! (I know, I know, you’re gleaming right now.) The vibration from eating dark chocolate not only stimulates the third eye but it helps us focus at the task at hand and increases an all-around feel good mood. Of course, with the right kind of organic dark chocolate (consumed in moderation), there are amazing benefits to the physical body as well. It contains antioxidants called flavonoids that help open the blood vessels and may help the body relax which in turn can lower blood pressure. While you are savoring your chocolate, you can also meditate on how much you love this life and feel blessed.
Aroma:One of the best essential oils to increase spiritual awareness is frankincense. Many of you may recall that it was one of the gifts brought by the three wise men to the birth of Christ in the Bible. Actually, there are at least 50 references to frankincense in the Bible as it is believed that frankincense may help improve communication with the Highest. In addition to the spiritual aspects of frankincense, it is also considered to be antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and is an immune stimulant as well. Frankincense has a very high frequency and blends well with all oils. As always, if using it on the skin, dilute it with a carrier oil (like almond, grape seed or coconut oil) and test a patch of skin first to make sure there is no allergic reaction. If diffusing frankincense, enjoy the sweet and balsamic scent with incense like overtones which are a perfect aid in meditation.
Enjoy this season of peace, joy, love and maybe even a revealing spiritual journey!