Welcome to the month of gratitude and thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday of the year. I love the idea of being aware of all our blessings and giving thanks for them.
One of my many blessings is you all. I am so grateful to have so many lovely readers of this humble newsletter. Thank you. So on this note, I’d like to focus on a few customs from Japan that touch on the notion of gratitude and Thanksgiving.
First is the concept of kintsugi (keen-TSOO-gee). This is actually a Japanese form of art that celebrates what is broken. Who among us has not felt broken in one or more areas of our lives? What a devastating feeling that is. We can feel unworthy, ashamed, depressed, hopeless when we experience something that is broken in our lives. With kintsugi, the Japanese take the broken pottery and mend it with a lacquer which is then dusted with gold powder. The result is an object that might be even more beautiful than the original! What a concept. We take our brokenness, apply the lacquer of healing and transition, and sprinkle the powder of forgiveness and thus create something even better for ourselves than that which preceded the brokenness.
The second of our three concepts is Shikata go nai (shee-kah-tah gah NIGH), or letting go. We all have things that happen to us that take us by surprise: a rude gesture from someone in traffic who chooses you to unleash his frustration upon; missing a bus; not getting a job you thought was a shoe in; a slight from a person you thought was a friend…..these things happen with surprising and annoying regularity in our rushed, everyday lives. But the concept of Shikata go nai reminds us that so many things in life are beyond our control and often don’t have anything to do with us per se. The rude driver is rude because other things in his life are out of control, not about you. The missed bus is not about you but about a schedule that may be a bit on the early side. The job is not about your lack somewhere but may not be in your highest good no matter how much you want it and you are being saved from an inconvenient fate. Reminding ourselves that setbacks like these are beyond our control can help us move on without that stop in depression-land where we go if we feel we are being picked on by fate. It helps us lighten up and move on by letting go of the setback as something that just happened, making no judgement about it. Let it go. Ah. That feels so much better.
Our third concept is Itadakimasu (ee-tah-DAH-kee-ma-soo), or being grateful. This is akin to the grace we say before a meal. This practice reminds us to be grateful to everyone who had a hand in bringing this food to you from the farmer to the guy who drove the truck to the grocery distribution center to the young person who stocks the shelves to the cook who prepared the food for you to eat. It is a pause in our busy lives where we can be grateful, where we can take stock of the abundance in our lives. (Remember that abundance is not just about riches. We can be rich in friends, family, a job we love, a neighborhood where we feel supported, and in a million other ways.) We can take a look at what was once broken and is now more beautiful than before. We can let go in this moment of gratitude and let go of those little annoyances before they build up to “ruin” our day.
So in this month of thanks, perhaps you can take something from the Japanese culture and add something good to your life. Something that will make you feel so much more whole, so much more at peace, and so much more filled with abundant thought.
Sending each of you many blessings during this month of Thanksgiving.
*Special thanks to one of my cherished readers for information regarding these concepts.*
“Every positive thought is a silent prayer which will change your life.”
There is one thing that we receive that comes to us to bless us with no effort on our part. It comes directly from the Divine, from God, and is given to us freely. It comes of its own accord, often when we most need it. It comes to bring us more alive, to bring us unconditional love, to bring us to a place of self acceptance and peace.
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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.”
Thank you for being my readers. I am very grateful for you. Namaste……
When you are designing your logo and creating your brand, the biggest decision of all will be in the color(s) you select. When considering a purchase, your customer will make their decision within 60 seconds and basing that decision 75-90% on the colors on the package or item. Does this explain how important color is to you in launching your product or business?
Colors relate to our energy body as well. There is a vibrational give and take between the color of a product and our reaction to it. However, if one has had a bad experience that is associated with a certain color, no amount of coaxing is going to change that person’s mind on whether or not to like the color or buy the product. In addition, our cultural conditioning can also affect our reaction to color. But there are colors that often transcend all that and that most people will see in the same light.
For example, green is associated with nature, eco friendly products, and “natural” or “organic” foods. Blue is a peaceful color that relaxes and is great for products that would promote relaxation or rest or quiet activities. Yellow is associated with happiness and joy so toys and playful things are often yellow.
Black is often the color of influence, power, authority, and sophistication and is found in products for leaders, executives, and higher levels of income. White is also a sophisticated color but is a bit more friendly. In days of yore only the people in high society dared wear white as their staff could deal with the laundering and stain control while the common person didn’t have the time or means to care for such a fussy color. So white also connotes a need for perfection and a stainless approach to life, with little care towards the problems of wearing white. It assumes that one has enough income to take care of it with ease, and like its opposite, Black, it implies sophistication and wealth.
So when you are selecting colors for your branding, think of what you want to convey to your customers in the blink of an eye. And which colors you want your brand to be associated with. An example of this is UPS. What color do you think of first when someone says “UPS”? Yes, Brown. Brown is a friendly color that evokes trust and reliability. When I say McDonald’s which colors come up? Red and Yellow: fun colors of celebration, happiness, fulfillment. FEDEX? Red and Blue: speediness and trust. How about Nike? White, where anything is possible. And Tiffany? There is probably not a woman in the western world who does not know what a Tiffany turquoise box looks like!
This is just the tip of the iceberg. To learn more, please see my two books on color: Simply Color (print edition is out of stock but available on Kindle) and Simply Color for Everyday Living (available only from my website or one of the 25 contributing authors).
Speaking of contributing authors, one of them, Carolynn Anctil, has been busy creating more of her whimsical art and expanding her offerings. Carolynn has a great sense of color and style and I’d love to share her work with you. She resides in Swift Current, Saskatchewan with her husband, cats, dogs and a lovely hen. Her art is enchanting…..
Carolynn Anctil started creating illustrated works of art in response to a personal need she had to surround herself with lighthearted, joyful imagery in response to the general darkness she felt in the world. After many years of creating watercolour illustrations in her home studio, Carolynn Anctil’s artwork began gaining notoriety amongst lovers of fine art.
Carolynn Anctil Design is announcing the new Essential Line Collection consisting of 10 illustrated print designs showcasing a minimalist aesthetic because Life is Busy Enough. The Essential Line Collection is launched on Monday, October 22, 2018.
For the first time, Carolynn Anctil Design has created an entire product line dedicated to the pared down, minimalist style that is in vogue now. The collection will be sold exclusively on the website, carolynnanctildesign.com, where the line of giclèe prints are expected to sell out by the end of the season.
Featured in the collection are a range of 10 graphic illustrations depicted with clean lines in a choice of five colours that capitalize on today’s trends and add an element of simple elegance to any room of the house.
Each individual print design is enhanced with French text to add a chic aspect that even the most discerning art lover will appreciate.
These illustrated prints are ideal for every gender and age group, which means gift giving just got a whole lot easier.
(The Essential Line Collection ranges in price from CDN $30.00 for a 6”x6” print to CDN $63.00 for a 10”x10” print. All prints are unframed.
Carolynn Anctil Design is excited to invite her fans to enjoy the new collection they’ve been requesting.
“The color a company uses to brand itself conveys how trustworthy they are to consumers, the quality of their products, and much more.”
Every so often when it comes time to write my newsletter, I have nothing to say. Let me rephrase that: I have a lot to say, but it is all a jumble and not at all clear how to create a cohesive piece that has meaning. There is so much going on, so many thoughts, that I just don’t know where to go with it all.
I’ve been in this phase for a few months now. In fact, I never did get anything out last month. But since school has once again gone into session, I feel compelled to keep up with those great kids and write something even if it is an essay on “What I Did This Summer”!!!!!
So, “What I Did This Summer”…….
I worked. I gardened. I swam. I entertained. I cooked fresh, healthy, locally sourced meals. I napped….almost every day. I read. I listened to books on Audible. I laughed a lot. I sat and did nothing. I watched the sun go down and the stars come out. I spent endless hours talking with my husband and sharing our thoughts and plans. I searched for the Northern Lights and have yet to see them even though I know they have been around. I met lots of new people. I reconnected with old friends. I spent a lot of time just being. I enjoyed the visits with family and friends. I spent a lot of time out in nature just absorbing its beauty, its power, its unsolvable mysteries.
All in all, nothing huge to report other than I feel so refreshed and so filled. There is something about the Great Lakes that fills me in a way that no other place can. It’s a place that I recognize and know in a deep recess of my soul. There are so many places that take my breath away, but the Great Lakes is where I am most in sync with myself. This is something I never would have recognized in myself years ago. I grew up near Lake Erie, spent all of my adult years near Lake Michigan, and most of those years I yearned to live somewhere else, not realizing I was already in my “happy spot”. And once we left the Great Lakes for “Warmer Climes”, which by the way I have really loved too, there was a part of me that still yearned for the smell of the earth here, the feel of the breezes off the big lakes on my cheeks, the sight of the deer drinking from the lakes, or the eerie sound of loons calling to each other. And the hardwoods and the wildflowers here…..all heaven to me.
I could write about this all day. I would love to share with you all my thoughts about the Great Lakes and how different they are from one another. Or the wonder of crossing the Mighty Mac from the lower peninsula of Michigan to the Upper Peninsula and seeing that huge huge huge expanse of water from Lake Michigan, through the Straits of Mackinaw and down into Lake Huron. And no skyscrapers. Just nature and a few signs of dwellings and boats. And then after driving another 4 hours or so to see the huge expanse and wildness of Lake Superior which holds 10% of the world’s fresh water. Breathtaking.
We met a kayaker this summer who was kayaking all alone from Duluth, MN. (a good 6 hour car drive from here to the West), to Grand Marais, about another 3 hour drive to the east of here. Can you imagine? Kayaking all that distance alone, camping alone at night, only to do it all again the next day? We met him when he stayed across the street at the Inn, a night of luxury, of running hot water, hot meals, much needed conversation, and a day off from the rigorous paddling along the shores. This is a guy who wanted to know this area intimately, and did it. I loved his spirit and his ability to put his love of this area into achievable action.
The summer is a good time to do this as Lake Superior’s waters can be quite calm in the summer. But come fall, November especially, the storms are wild and fierce. Most people have heard the poignant melody as Gordon Lightfoot sings the ballad of the Edmund Fitzgerald that went down with all aboard off the shores of the UP on a stormy night in November. On a beautiful, calm summer day you just can’t believe it can be so nasty, but the waves on this big expanse of water can reach 30 feet in a storm.
So what did I do this summer? I just took as much of this in as I could. It was like trying to take as deep a breath as I could so that I can keep it with me as long as possible. I love this part of the world and I so hope that you too are in a spot that speaks to your soul as deeply as this place does for me. Our house is very funky, quite small, and rather inconvenient in some ways but none of that matters to me. I am so filled here, so happy here in a very quiet, profound and deep way.
From this place, then, I send you Peace. And Wholeness; Contentment, and the Joy of napping whenever you feel like it, or the thrill of a hike or bike ride along the trails whenever you would rather be out in nature. I want each of you to have what I found this summer: a place of my own where I truly belong.
The middle of summer and all is well. As I write this article, it is raining softly, bringing much needed moisture to this area. The trees are looking happy to be getting a drink after weeks of dry hot weather. Our flower beds have been suffering from a lack of water as well, and while it is fun to enjoy the sunny days of summer, a sweet day of refreshing rain is often what we need to slow down, enjoy a good read or solve a new puzzle.
Did you know that trees actually show their history which is stored on the rings of a tree? When you look at the rings of a dissected tree, you can see times of drought, or how a tree reacted to fire, or to stress of any kind.
So it is with our own bodies. Every trauma of any kind has made its imprint on our bodies. And then it is stored there until we process it. Every skinned knee, every broken bone, every surgery, every emotionally impactive situation, every slight, every moment of shame…..it is ALL retained in our bodies until it is dealt with. Nothing is overlooked or left behind.
If we know that to be true, we need to also know that eliminating these traumas one by one will help us lead a much freer life. Letting these impactful things go will lighten our load considerably.
Think of it much like going on a hike. The hike is your life’s journey. Along the way, you pick things up and put them in your backpack that starts off empty. One by one you pile things in and soon the back pack is making your back ache. More stuff goes in, and the feet begin to hurt. More and the knees begin to quake. Soon you realize that if you don’t start to remove some stuff you will collapse altogether. This is what happens when we take on illnesses that have their root in our emotions and experiences, and indeed many of us have chronic health conditions that began years ago.
I happen to have chronic bronchitis that began at age two when I had whopping cough. My parents were on a trip and no one thought to call the doctor, so until my parents returned, I suffered alone and unattended. Once my parents returned and the doctor came and administered the appropriate medicine, I recovered, but my body never lost the remembrance of that trauma in my lungs. Now, all these years later, I still have a cough that never quite goes away and am susceptible to recurring bouts of bronchitis. Over the years it has improved a good deal since I am now aware of that long standing body and emotional trauma and have worked with it. Some healers say you only have to be ready to release the trauma and place your hands over that place in your body where the trauma resides and turn it over to God/The Universe/Spirit. And sometimes that is enough. But if the trauma or injury has been deep enough, it might take working with a trained healer or therapist or spiritual guide for a period of time.
Besides energy work, I’ve found the Akashic Record readings to be helpful in understanding deeper levels of the trauma and/or injury. And of course, color, essential oils and flower essences, which are the modalities that most resonate for me. There is sound too and so many kinds of healing and professional work out there that all work well.
I encourage you to find the things that call to you personally and employ them to strengthen your system as you cast aside all the stuff in your backpack that you no longer need. As you “lighten” up your backpack, your life will also “lighten” up and you will see things in a whole new “light”.
Enjoy this season of LIGHT!
The light in you is the unalterable truth of who you are. You can deny it and obscure it, but you cannot uncreate it.
There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?
The color of orange helps us overcome adversities and heal from traumas. It is a color that is invaluable to those on the journey of life who wish to leave the heavy pieces behind. It helps strengthen our boundaries and seals our energy field. Lighten up with ORANGE.http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.
Here we are, solstice behind us already, heading towards the back half of 2018. Although it is trite to say this, I have to add my own voice to the question: Where does the time go?!!!!!
Personally, we have been traveling most of June to various family events and finally moving into our summer home way up north about ½ mile from Lake Superior. For those of you who have never seen the Great Lakes, it is well worth your while to do so. I recommend crossing the Mackinaw Bridge on a beautiful summer day. From there you will see Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and the Straits of Mackinaw. The Grand Hotel has a gorgeous view of this juncture of two Great Lakes from its perch on Mackinaw Island. There is also a wonderful museum on Whitefish Point on Lake Superior that we call the Shipwreck Museum and although it doesn’t sound particularly interesting, it really is and we spent hours there. In addition, the view of Lake Superior here is amazing. The beaches along Lake Superior near Paradise are nearly deserted and sugar sand. The drive from Munising to Marquette is one beautiful vista after another, and going to the tip of the Keewanau Peninsula will take you to the beginning (or end!) of Route 41 that slices clear through the country north to south. Copper Harbor at the end of Route 41 has an incredible view of Lake Superior and is a most charming town.
This did not start out to be a travelog, so let’s get to the nitty gritty. Summer is a time for relaxation, family gatherings, celebrating milestones such as weddings and graduations, and for some reason, in our family, a time of birthdays. It is a time when we can take in the sun and warmth that many yearn for during the winter months. (or the opposite if you live in the southern hemisphere!) Time for outdoor activities and BBQ’s, picnics and parades, reunions and renewal.
This year my focus is on self development including much needed renewal time. What will you be focusing on this summer? Whatever you choose, choose wisely, delve deeply, and enjoy your time “in the sun”.
I came across this catchy song by Paolo Nutini recently via the Fashion Feng Shui newsletter and loved it immediately. It reminds us in a wonderful and entertaining way how to try a different approach if things aren’t working. In this charming song, he suggests putting on a new pair of shoes. I remember once someone said about a family member: “She is trying on her irresponsible shoes”, referring to a cousin who, after working very hard and getting nowhere, decided to lighten up and play more. And it worked for her. She tried on a “new pair of shoes” and her life changed dramatically. Turns out by lightening up from her very serious side, she found joy and laughter and eventually her life’s partner.
So I encourage us all to “try on a new pair of shoes” this summer and see what comes of it! If we do it in a responsible way, no telling what may come of it!
For meditation good colors to use are indigo and/or purple. And for transformation, purple is the one to use for support.
One wonderful practice I have incorporated into my daily habits is a transformational meditation I do each day with Global Joy Enterprises. I started in April, arising early enough to begin it at 5:30am. I am not a morning person so the fact that I stuck with this format for over 2 months attests to its transformative power. The format has shifted over time and we can now do it at any time of day that works for us. The format itself has shifted from having 4-5 sections into one amazing practice. If you would like to see if it is for you, please send an email to GlobalJoyEnterprises and write YES in the subject line. You can cancel at any time. There is no cost. I highly recommend you give this a try.
I understand that in some parts of the country there is still a lot of snow on the ground. “Where is the color?” you might be wondering! For others spring has sprung and color is bursting forth all over. And for some in the Southern Hemisphere, your colors may be the muted ones of fall. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, take a moment to breathe through it all. Life moves so quickly and it is hard to keep up with ourselves. Breathing is something that I employ so often to calm, to reconnect with the present moment, to just be. Often, when someone asks me something and I need time to compose my answer, a deep breath will give me that time, and my answer can be one that is more thoughtful and true rather than an off the cuff rejoinder.
There are some breathing methods that are proven to actually transform your thinking and being. If this is something that tweaks your curiosity, I highly recommend you look into it and find a class near you, or check out YouTube videos. Here is one of my favorites and one I have used for years.
Back to color. This is an exciting month for me because my first book, Simply Color, Second Edition has been out of print for a while. I have had so many people ask me for it and I am pleased to be able to now offer it to you as an ebook!!!!! YAY! Only $9.99 and it can be downloaded onto your phone or tablet or computer and then will be available to you everywhere.
I welcome reviews and referrals. Thank you to so many of you who have supported me in this project.
Next up, the ebook version of Simply Color for Everyday Living! Hopefully by Christmas! The two together make for a dynamic duo and two ways to learn about color easily while creating profound changes in your life.
Have a wonderful spring/fall depending on which hemisphere you live in. And remember that color is your friend. It is with you at all times and can be used for any challenge you have.
Sending love and best wishes to you all…….xo
“There are literally hundreds of choices [of color] available. Let YOUR intuition guide you. When you really can listen to your own inner-tuition (teacher) you will never make the wrong choice.”
Diantha Harris Simply Color, Second Edition
Spring colors might include olive/lime and green for new growth. Or if you are experiencing fall, try orange or purple. For a good all around spray, you can’t beat rainbow.
“Each area of our body relates to a certain vibration. Therefore, everything that has the same vibration will affect our body.”