Do you associate the color red with February because of Valentine’s Day? Although red roses are commonly given as a gesture of love, this Valentine’s Day, consider making a progressive change. Flowers with a lilac hue offers “a loving detachment and a fresh perspective on emotional issues.” So, if you have a friend who needs to detach from emotions weighing heavily on their heart, why not share the gift of lilac?
According to Michele Bernhardt of “Colorstrology”, this month’s color is Sheer Lilac. This lovely shade of lavender “can invoke the qualities of humanity and kindness.”
This month’s color is directly related to the crown chakra, the master of the seven major energy centers of the body. When balanced, this chakra can allow you to feel detached from the physical body – while also connecting to everything and everyone, energetically.
Many yogis spend their lives in search of bliss or enlightenment. The challenge is: that you can’t “plan” bliss, you’ve just got to let it happen. Most people may only get quick glimpses of bliss and not even recognize it. Using more lavender / purple color in your life *might* bring you more awareness and realization and maybe a little closer to bliss.
As you look to purple as the “highest” – or “master” color, consider that traditionally, violet shades have represented the royals:
- Both Ancient Roman Emperors Julius and Augustus Caesar were referred to as ‘The Purple’. They were the only ones allowed to wear purple Imperial robes.
- During Cleopatra’s reign, Violet was considered the royal color.
Recently, I found purple to be one of the hardest naturally colored foods for me to include in my daily diet. Now, I plan on making this recipe below submitted from a good friend and willPower instructor / Development Coach Maurita Marley. Maurita is a caring and connected woman who loves to experiment with colorful foods. I’m sure she will be sharing more recipes with us soon.
Regal Veggie Roast
PREPARE YOUR INGREDIENTS
• 1/2 lb. purple potatoes (about 3 – 5 potatoes), cut into bite size chunks
• 1/2 head red cabbage, roughly chopped into big chunks
• 1 large red onion, cut into chunks
• 1 large red bell pepper, cut into chunks
• Sea salt
• 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
• 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
• 1/8 cup olive oil
• 2 cups cooked chickpeas
• A big handful of slow-roasted tomatoes, (or 2 – 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes)
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (plus more for garnish)
• Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F., and oil a large foil lined baking sheet
2. Combine potatoes, cabbage, onions and peppers in a large bowl
3. Sprinkle with salt and add garlic, lemon juice, oregano and pepper flakes
4. Add olive oil and toss together until evenly coated, check seasoning
5. Place vegetables in a single layer on the baking sheet
6. Roast for 20 – 25 minutes, turning vegetables halfway through to get it all crispy
and golden and potatoes are cooked through
7. About 5 minutes before potatoes are done, add the chickpeas and slow-roasted
tomatoes and roast with the vegetables
8. Remove from the oven, and mix in chopped mint
9. Serve immediately with freshly ground pepper and garnished with mint
So warming and comfortable on a cold winter night…allow the beautiful purple hues to uplift and inspire…enjoy slowly, savor every bite.