It was only after going through a series of disconnection that I realized when we live without something, without seeing or feeling it, we eventually forget about it. It’s just the way our mind frame works. When we live in a world without color, we forget what it feels like being surrounded by it.
For years, my default palette has always been black and gray. I always found myself gravitating towards the monochromatic hues especially in my fashion choices but I didnt realize how much looking at life through a gloomy lens was an effect of an underlying issue. After going through a slew of changes over the years, I’ve felt as though I’ve lost connection with myself and everything around me. What was once a passionate endeavor turned into a heavy load I couldn’t figure out how to carry.
This is a subject Jim Carrey touched in his short documentary entitled ‘I needed color’. Sometimes the darkness in this world and our own personal turmoil snaps the creative and positive spirit in all of us that we forget the only person that can save us is our self.
“You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.” – Oprah
After being constantly worn down and beleaguered by the endless avalanche of life’s inherent complications, I’ve made the conscious decision to live life with more color. To live in vivid splashes of color means you are choosing to fill the cracks with light than hiding in the shadows; you are choosing to live with intention and mindfulness; you are choosing to see the beauty despite the chaos. I understand that pain demands to be felt but by being aware of its existence aids in the healing process, allowing you to make incredible discoveries of your self.
How does one embrace a colorful life?
Bring in Color
Colors evoke that uplifting ambiance of spiritual renewal. To live in color means you surround yourself with things that make you happy like propping a vision board on your desk or photos of happy memories. Injecting bits of colors to your everyday things like coffee mugs, planners, pillows does a lot of wonder for your mood and overall mental wellness.
Create your Mental Happy Place
As a child, my grandmother always told me whenever she’s upset, she would close her eyes and picture herself in a meadow with flowers all around her and that was her happy place. Creating our mental happy place is as important as the physical counterpart. How can we tap into this mental state when our minds don’t know how to rest? The important first step is to slow down enough to become aware of your thoughts.
Close your eyes.
Take a few deep breaths.
We all need to spend more time in our happy places. No matter where you are or how much the scenarios in the outside world changes, tapping into your mental happy place allows you to shift your focus onto the positive aspects and thus changing your attitude and outlook towards any situation.
Open your Heart
Living colorfully means you are opening your heart to better things. I’ve ultimately learned the value of forgiveness not just towards other people but essentially towards myself. I used to beat myself up over something I have no control over and that didn’t yield healthy results. Opening your heart allows you to let go of the excess baggage you no longer need, creating space for things that truly matter thus bringing color into your life.
Celebrate the Little Victories
Aced a job interview? Got an A on your final paper? Don’t forget to treat yourself because no matter how small you think that accomplishment is, the amount of work you put in to achieve it, is worth celebrating.
Flex those Happy Muscles
I found that morning pages are indeed very helpful. A journal is the best place to pour all your thoughts in their raw and most unfiltered form, before the chaos of the day even consumes it. I also recommend the book 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal. The author encourages readers to take some time for themselves to sort what ultimately makes them happy and acknowledge what doesn’t.