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Returning to the Light
Posted By Cheryl Terrace On January 16, 2012 @ 6:27 pm In Eco Decorating, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | No Comments
I find color fascinating. The light frequencies we experience as color define our world  in wondrous ways. Visualize an azure ocean, a verdant forest or a crimson sunset — these are all examples of color environments, which positively influence our emotions and restore our health.
As an interior designer, I know the power color has  in defining a space and ‘creating a mood.’ We have all experienced that instant chill when entering
a ‘cold room,’ which has nothing to do with its temperature. Conversely, we automatically feel more relaxed and engaged in a warm-hued environment.
Think of a dining room painted a luscious burnt umber (dark red orange), such as Pantone’s color of 2012: Tangerine Tango .
I’m also mesmerized by the blue winter hues that abound right now and their accompanying reflections in snow — so dreamlike and otherworldly. This is the time of year we ‘go inside,’ both physically and figuratively. It is a wonderful time to do what the earth does: retreat deep within and cultivate inner renewal (hence, the perfect time for resolutions ).
Unfortunately, it is also during these short days when many of us experience the ‘winter blues.’ Seasonal Affective Disorder  (SAD) is now recognized as a common
disorder, affecting some people severely. But there are ways, other than jetting off to a tropical island (which I also recommend), to make these cold days
It may be hard to believe, with this being the coldest month of the year, but sunlight is growing stronger day by day. The more we connect and honor the natural rhythms of the seasons, the more we increase the light within us. Let this winter be an extraordinary time to listen to your heart-fire and tend your own sacred light.
Warm Home Blessings.
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 define our world: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/home-mojo-tips-inspiration-to-use-bold-color/
 the power color has: http://life.gaiam.com/article/how-does-color-affect-your-home-atmosphere
 Tangerine Tango: http://www.pantone.com/pages/MYP_mypantone/mypInfo.aspx?ca=75&pg=20946
 resolutions: http://life.gaiam.com/article/green-resolutions-new-year
 Seasonal Affective Disorder: http://life.gaiam.com/article/feeling-sad-doctors-top-4-remedies-winter-blues
 Light therapy: http://www.gaiam.com/product/happylite+deluxe+light+bath.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod
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 fireplaces: http://www.gaiam.com/product/all+wood+firelog+set%2C+kit+of+4+with+starter+bag.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod
 do more yoga: http://www.gaiamtv.com/category/yoga-studio-videos?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
 Sun Salutations: http://life.gaiam.com/video/sun-salutation-how-rodney-yees-yoga-beginners
 Namaste: http://life.gaiam.com/video/meaning-namaste
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