According to Colorstrology by Michele Bernhardt, this month’s color is Aspen Gold, a color as radiant as the sun. This color is “energizing and activating” and can help increase “joy and optimism.”
When thinking about this month’s color, my mind came to the song “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves. Although the sun gets a bad reputation because of its damaging UV rays, it is true that the sun gives us natural energy (which is why some of us literally start dancing around when the weather gets nicer and the sun is shining brightly.) Some believe in the practice of “sun gazing”, a method which is done with bare feet touching the bare earth that provides the body with all the energy it needs in addition to water.
Wow, that practice seems very powerful. You know what else is powerful? Your solar plexus chakra, also a shade of yellow. This chakra, or energy center sits above your navel and below your chest around most of your vital organs. This chakra otherwise known as Manipura, means lustrous gem which is like the sun in your body. Just as solar panels take the energy from the sun to make equipment run, your body takes the energy from the sun and converts it to aid in metabolic function to get your body to run. Also like the sun, this chakra has the power to energize you or drain you. Many call this chakra the power chakra. In fact, Indian sage, Patanjali believed that through control of this chakra, full knowledge and mastery can be achieved.
Even though it has also gotten a bad reputation these days, corn is a hearty food choice for the solar plexus chakra. Corn is very symbolic in the U.S. as it was not only a staple of the first Thanksgiving meal the Pilgrims and Indians shared but a staple to American agriculture. In fact, America is the largest producer of corn in the world. So, what’s the problem then? Unfortunately, not all corn is created equal. According to the Department of Agriculture, 88% of corn crops have been altered with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Corn is used for tons of processed foods and used to feed livestock so chances are, you may have eaten GMO and not even realized it.
However, let’s look at the benefits to eating corn that is organic and has not been genetically modified. One cup of corn provides almost 5 grams of protein, offers 61 mcg of folic acid, has 3 grams of fiber and is only 125 calories.
Below is a corn salad recipe from Stephanie Sandherr, Teacher Trainer for The willPower Method. I love this recipe because it is low in calories, refreshing and energizing. I recommend buying organic corn to avoid GMOs and eating it out in the sunshine. Thanks for the recipe Steph!
Corn Mint Feta Salad:
- 3 TBSP. of Olive Oil
- 2-3 cup of Raw or cooked Corn (4-6 ears)
- 1 Large or 2 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into fairly small pieces
- 1 Cup of feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
- Salt and pepper
Put corn, tomatoes, and cheese in medium salad bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and toss again. Add mint leaves and toss again. Add salt and pepper to taste.