Green is the New Black
When I say ‘let’s talk about the green stuff?’ what does your mind spring to?
- money? Show me the bunce?
- marijuana? Totally far out dude…
- sustainable living — doing your reduced carbon footprint kind-of-thang, all cool and hippy like? Or
- jealousy? The green-eyed, envy monster awaiting in each of us like Mr Hyde or our own personal Hulk.
Well, cast aside all the above notions because I want to talk about pure green.
Going for Gold
I remember an old British TV comedy series called Blackadder. One character, Lord Percy, decides to try his hand at alchemy (you know, making gold out of base metal). He manages to fashion something he called ‘pure green’. Lord Blackadder — who was broke and rather counting on Percy’s success — was utterly disappointed when, after being told by Percy that he was triumphant in his pursuit, his eyes fell on the green stone and not a nugget of gold.
My written reenactment has not done the actual comedy moment any good, I fear, but the point I’m trying to make is we do have something in our world that is better than gold. And, as Lord Percy discovered inadvertently, it is green.
The colour of nature.
Why is Green So Important?
Why do you feel more relaxed in a park? Or on top of a mountain? Or lying under a tree on a bed of green grass? Why does the sight of green rolling hills peek every poet and artists interest? Why are we drawn to green? Would it be as effective if it was red? Doubt it. Nature knows what she’s doing and here’s why:
The colour green is associated with:
It is the center colour of the spectrum (look up a rainbow and see for yourself!) — being in perfect balance even there! It is associated with abundance (lack of famine), water and everything plentiful on a primitive level.
The colour psychologically effects us all.
It is also a hue that is connected to:
- universal love (it is the colour of our heart chakra),
- rest and restoration,
- reassurance and
Say NO to the Brain Fog!
Most of us are subject to sitting behind a computer screen or desk getting very little to no time in nature. Electronic devices and the addiction to social media is clogging our airwaves (both physically and mentally).
This leads to brain fog, stress, anxiety and a host of other things.
We are being disconnecting from our very source — nature and the balance, peace and harmony it brings.
Related article: 8 Natural Stress Relievers For More Peace & Calm
There is light at the end of the tunnel though because just spending 15 minutes out in nature will make a difference to your mind, body and soul. Obviously, the more time you spend in nature the better it is.
Try it and see for yourself. If you’re feeling stressed out, go sit under a tree or take a walk in a park — or even just stare out at some treetops (best done outdoors though for the fresh air effect). Focus your gaze upon the green you see, try to put your attention on how you feel when you take it all in. Can you feel a drop in tension within your body?
The green we find in nature is meant to be our own personal therapy — go out and use it wisely whenever you see a gap!
Related article: Colour Therapy: Taking on Modern Day Stress the Creative Way
Other articles you may enjoy: