“The importance and unimportance of the self cannot be exaggerated.”- Reginald Blyth
Did most of the month of December make you feel like a whirling, whipping wind not knowing when you might be able to settle down and be steady again? If so, this month’s color is exactly what you need.
“After the exuberance of December, we are met with the practical and down-to-earth month of January. The earth tones in Caramel help us feel stable and responsible” claims Michele Bernhardt, author of Colorstrology. This especially grounding color can aid when you are doing things that require engaging discipline and self-control. In fact, it’s a great color to surround yourself with when going after your goals – and seeking your truth.
“Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.”- Anais Nin
The caramel hue is the perfect mix of red, orange and yellow which are also the colors of your lower chakras. Energetically, this symbolizes the journey from survival instincts (red) to a passion for life (orange) and a determination to conquer all obstacles (yellow).
In this season of goal setting, have you considered making your biggest goal to simply stay alive in your physical body as long as possible? What if you were told you had a life-threatening disease? Would you “suit up” and become battle-ready? A disease is a body that is not at ease. Beating a disease takes a trememdous amount of courage, determination and the complete engagement of the solar plexus chakra. Recently, I have been exposed to the awesome power of human will and engagement of authentic willPower on the deepest level. Willpower isn’t just activated to turn down red velvet cake or to set lofty physical goals. Willpower in its truest form is pure mind over matter (especially when its unwanted matter or obstacles within.)
The sanskrit name for the solar plexus chakra is Manipura, which translates to “city of gem”s or “lustrous gem” (I have seen at least three different translations). This chakra is like your very own sun inside of your body. You can activate the power of the sun to energize you and fuel that fire in the belly to conquer the biggest of obstacles and steer you on your path of life. Remember, willPower is a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it gets.
Food & Aroma:
What’s great about this month’s food and aroma (fennel and cinnamon) is that either one can be used to ingest in your mouth or distill through your nose…so take your pick!
Want to make yourself battle ready against invaders like cancer, infection, degenerative neurological diseases or just plain aging? Consider using fennel seeds. Fennel is considered to be one of nine sacred herbs in the Anglo-Saxon tradition and is sought after throughout the Mediterranean for its cuisine. Fennel seeds contain numerous flavonoid anti-oxidants which help remove free radicals from the body. They also offer various tons of minerals like copper, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc and magnesium which help our bodies be at a more alkaline state therefore helping the body be more at ease. Please note, like Barry White once said, “too much of anything is not good for you baby”, as with anything that seems to be to good to be true, use fennel in moderation. Some research shows that large doses of it can cause unwanted problems.
Cinnamon is also a medicinal spice that dates all the way back to days of ancient China. According to my Reference Guide for Essential Oils, “testing has yet to find a virus, bacteria or fungus that can survive in its presence”. It’s considered to be anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-oxidant, anti-viral and an immune-stimulant to name a few healing properties. It’s also a great blood sugar stabilizer when taken internally. Cautions: avoid during pregnancy, can cause extreme skin irritation, do not put aromatic diffuser right up to the nose when using pure cinnamon essential oil.
Enjoy this month “suiting up”. #willPower #jointhebattle