Healing colors for physical and emotional well-being

She always wears some blue clothing or jewelry. When she makes art, it usually includes blue in the images. If you ask her what her favorite color is, she will say BLUE. This color comforts her, and she likes to have it close by.healingcolors250x250

The same woman is being treated for cancer and finds that art therapy is beneficial – it calms her and helps her to discuss difficult subjects like cancer and childhood memories. The use of color is infused in most of her drawings, except for ones that are too emotional and for those she simply uses a pencil.

Do colors have healing properties? 

There are a number of studies that suggest that they do. Ayurvedic medicine (originating on the Indian subcontinent and now practiced as a form of complementary medicine) uses the energies infused in the colors of the rainbow to restore balance and wellness within an individual. Color therapy, also known as Chromatherapy, is based on the same premise. Architects choose colors for hospital settings based on research that says colors impact how people respond to time spent in a particular space like a clinic wait room or hospital room. Continue reading

Confessions of a Gun Safe Mom

A mom’s perspective on unlocking the gun accessibility conversation

I am a mother.
I am a former elementary school teacher.
I married into a family of sportsmen.
I am the parent of a child with special needs.
I am the sister of a boy shot in a school-related shooting by an emotionally disturbed classmate 27 years ago.
I am a parent who found out her child was in an unfamiliar home with an unlocked firearm.
I should know better, and I am devastated.

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