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The Rejuvenating Power of Green

May 26, 2013 by , under Moments of "ordinary" life, Tools and Practices.

Green is a wonderful, healing, and energizing color.
It is the color of spring — of new life, new beginnings, new chances.
It is the color of hope.
I am reminded of the line from the Hopkins poem, God’s Grandeur:  “There lives the dearest freshness deep down things”.
And also the line from Coleridge’s Kubla Khan:  “Enfolding sunny spots of greenery…”
I had a moment yesterday where I felt invited to simply relax into the healing and revitalizing power of green.  I had just come back home from having been out for a while, and I caught a glimpse of the sunlight shining through the green leaves by my window.  The wind was blowing gently through the chimes.
And for about ten or fifteen minutes, I simply gazed at the green leaves filled with light against my window and listened to the chimes.
I think it is important to answer these invitations to beauty and to contemplation when they occur — and they often occur naturally at times of transition during the day.
For me, this moment happened when I had just returned home, and about a half an hour before I needed to start preparing dinner.
Next time this happens for you, go with it and see what happens!