The Psychology of Color

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Playing with colour is useful and fun!

It can be as therapeutic for adults as it is for kids, and can make a real difference in the grown-up world.
It’s worth knowing about the subtle meaning of colours, and the effect they can have on us.

If we don’t like a colour, we apparently need to spend more time with it, in order to create more balance in our lives.  The Color Meanings & Symbolism Chart gives some more interesting colour connections we can work with.

This isn’t just abstract theory either. I generally dislike yellows and reds. They’re unsettling colours for me. I’m on the blue-violet end of the spectrum, where it feels more peaceful. So I try to incorporate some of those warmer colours into my life, to give that balance.

But for others yellow really is a psychologically pleasing colour symbolising wisdom, while red is all about passion. Blues and greens can be seen as being cold and untrustworthy.

We’re all so interestingly different, aren’t we :~)

What’s your favourite colour? Do you know why?…”

Dedicated to Cala, my brilliant florist.

Alpha Alchemy

If you’re into wicca or chakras, you are familiar with the effects that

COLORS

can have on the subconscious, and if you know Law of Attraction, you know that the subconscious affects the vibrations you are GIVING off and thus ATTRACTING to yourself.

Here’s a really cool graphic on the psychology of COLORS =)

Colors

Original source of Psychology of Color Infographic: http://tiny99.com/965263

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Pay Attention to Peace

Attention focuses the mind on an object, or a particular part of it. Depending on what we fix upon, this can lead to an agitated or peaceful mind.


  We can experience trains of thought that go to bleak, unwelcoming states, with thundery skies,
bringing no good results.

Or our train of thought could be taking us to a heavenly place with blue skies and sunshine; where we feel at peace with the world, among pleasant people,
going somewhere beneficial

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Like my spiritual guide, Geshe Kelsang says, “We always have choice”. We can change trains and their destinations any time we choose. 



 

ڿڰۣHappy Buddha’s Enlightenment Day! ¨*•.¸¸.

(✿◠‿◠)❤ ॐ

* Just been along to Kadampa Life’s FB page to post this, and came across Luna’s article on Buddha’s enlightenment. It includes this quote:

“With our thoughts, we create our world.
We can choose how we think. We may think our thoughts rule us, but that is only if we are not exerting control over our own mind. We can learn to think big, enlightened thoughts instead of small, selfish ones. We can ignore the inappropriate attention that leads to all our baseless, disturbing delusions; and choose to think realistic things that will liberate and enlighten us. With our thoughts, we create our world, to summarize what Buddha taught us. We are what we think…. Buddha’s Enlightenment Day is a good time to remember all this and renew our intention to follow in kind Buddha Shakyamuni’s footsteps by developing compassion and wisdom.”

What is Buddha’s enlightenment? Kadampa Life
mmmm 🙂 love synchronicity.

Like this:
We always have choice in life ~ we bring to ourselves what we focus on: Our Energy Follows Our Attention

Credits:
ASCII train by dynoguru
Tumblr Screenshots via Babydoll1976 and Dancing Dakini

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the Ascension Continues within Us

 Ascension is a state of Mind

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Ascension is a state of mind, as is everything – the weather outside, this monitor we’re looking at, even ourselves.
So just how the Ascension energies affected us will be different for everyone.
But what happens now?
Well that’s up to us. Just as the affects of the Ascension were felt internally, progression has to be on an internal level. It is our mind that’s creating this world, so for the positive change to continue, we have to cultivate and maintain a light and loving state of mind.  

Pure Mind, Pure World

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Pure Mind, Pure World TNH

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This image is dedicated to anybody who is trying to change their mind to make the world a better place, because  it does work.
How could it not?
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Our world is created by our mind.

We all know this on some level, don’t we?

So we can see that the creation of a purer world depends upon the purity of the minds of the beings who inhabit it.

ڿڰۣ(̆̃̃

“Pure Mind, Pure World”
Buddha

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We can see that if we want to make a difference in this world

– which undeniably needs to be done –

it is up to each and every one of us to be brave, and take a look at our own mind.

* Even if we think we’ve already done that…
look again.

There’s always a dark alley hidden away somewhere we can illuminate with the compassionate light of wisdom.

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Vajrasattva, Buddha of Purification

Vajrasattva, Buddha of Purification

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Our Vajrasattva retreat at Amitabha Centre finishes today.
Many other Buddhists out there are just starting or finishing their winter purification retreats.
So this goes out to all who participated, and most definitely, anybody anywhere who is trying to make the world a better place. Keep up the good work ˚͜˚

You are in very good company!

Through the blessings of all the Holy beings
The truth of actions and effects,
And the power of my pure, superior intention
May all my prayers be fulfilled.

✧.¸¸.❤

For more on Vajrasattva see Vajrasattva Empowerment.
Vajrasattva is a Buddha of purification. The practice of meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva’s mantra is a very powerful method for purifying our impure mind and actions.

Credits:

Quote from Gen Chönden adapted from his simplified version of the Bodhisattva vow, which is a Buddhist’s promise to gain enlightenment to help all others.
(Vajrasattva Empowerment, Bristol, Dec ’12)

See the Transcultural Buddhism  blog for more on purification practice.

Tich Naht Hanh calligraphy via MySoul’sOnIce
Solitary Vajrasattva image and verse (adapted) via Tharpa Publications
Quote from Geshe La

top  right contrail image
bottom right mountain image
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*full versions of adapted text given below (in comments).

a Whole Year’s Gone By ~ Expanding our Minds with Love

 

Our kind site hosts, WordPress, have given me an award for a whole year’s worth of blogging.
← That’s it 🙂

(Or ↑ depending on how you’re viewing this page.
I think it’s meant to be more symbolic than aesthetically impressive BTW ;~)
A whole year! In most ways it’s flown by. Last Autumn doesn’t seem like yesterday.

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In blogging terms? It’s got that dream-like quality of being out of time.
It feels lovely to sit here in front of my monitor and communicate with hundreds of other people.
Technically I’ve just my doggies here with me now.
Actually I feel like I’m reaching out through cyber space, sharing hugs and smiles and affectionate love.

Meditation – Expand the Mind with Love

When I meditate on this feeling, it feels like my heart is so full of love; it’s expanding out in ever increasing ripples of peace to everyone there is. 
Soon the world is covered in fluffy pink clouds of love, and every living being in this world feels just a little bit better.
I like that.*

*Even if it sounds a bit icky; when I can do it, it feels good :~)
Highly recommended.
We can even do it like a Tantric practice, expanding our heart of love so that it fills the cosmos, colouring everything with a lighter mind, and filling all worlds with pure, unconditional love.
Then our heart gradually draws back in, leaving everything in its wake pure and blissful. As our heart returns to it’s proper size and place, we can follow it there with our mind and rest here awhile, our mind absorbed in this peace and love.
 

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Our Energy Follows Our Attention

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“We always have choice.”

 This is one of the best things I’ve heard Geshe Kelsang say. 
For me, it rates up there with “The things we normally see don’t exist“, and “Our mind appears objects.” 

I love this because it frees us from the normal discomfort of life. It gives us the power to chose what happens in our life. 
And how good is that?
Some of the best advice I’ve ever been given.
And it was personal advice given to thousands of people by
 my Spiritual Guide. *

Modern Buddhism: the flu

I can totally embrace this because it’s 8.30am, and I’ve been up 5 hours already. With M.S. spasticity and early morning wakening there’s no chance of staying in bed, it just hurts too much!
But today there’s also this sore throat, aching neck and a massive headache. Yup! After being run down for days the flu finally hit home on the first day of an unusually busy week.
Didn’t choose any of that.

But what I can choose – and this is the thing – is how I perceive and react to this big dollop of cosmic poo that’s landed on me.
The aspect of this I give my attention to, is what will become my reality. It’s how my day will unfold, what i’ll be able to do, and how I’ll be when I’m with others. It’s wether I collapse in bed when the day’s over in a tangle of raw nerves, alcohol and pain-killers; or in a snuggle of lovely warm furry babies, duvet and prayers.

That’s blissful for me – but everybody’s different – what magic will you choose to make?

We bring to ourselves what we focus on.

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Happen
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* nb ‘Personal Advice’

Another Buddhist mind-bender? Just how can advice given to a temple full of Buddhists be ‘personal‘?!
My understanding is that Buddha’s advice to his countless followers over thousands of years, is personal to each n’everyone of us – including the casual observer who sees a snippet on a greetings card – because it’s pertinent to our life right now. Try it out ~ see if it fits with where you are :~)

 

Like this:
Your mind creates your life: Energy Goes Where Attention Attention Flows
 We always have choice. We can choose where we want our mind to go: Pay Attention to Peace

Images via Tumblr
 –   mindbodylove

and Facebook
– Kat Day (Starlight Soul)


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*Sorry, this works best on a bigger screen again.
(Promise the next one will be gadget friendly.
Honestly, next time….)

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