Not many people love the color orange. I personally happen to be someone who does, yet I do not utilize as much as I’d like. When living with others we must take their preferences into consideration also. So, I do.
There are SO many reasons to love orange, even if it’s sprinkled ever so lightly through out the house, or your wardrobe, it will empower you.
Orange is a colour located between red and yellow on the spectrum of light, and in the traditional colour wheel used by painters. Its name is derived from the orange fruit. In Europe and America, orange is commonly associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, fire, activity, danger, taste and aroma, the autumn season, and Protestantism. In Asia, it is an important symbolic colour of Buddhism and Hinduism.
Innovative, original, enthusiastic, happy, sociable, energetic, sporty, self-assured, and constructive. The negative associations of orange are immaturity, frustration, arrogance, impetuous, impatient, demanding, caution, hyper, and aggravated. If over used, orange is an empowering color and one to be used in harmony with other colors.
~2nd CHAKRA – SWADHISTHANA – Sacral Orange is the colour of success and relates to self respect; having the ability to give ourselves the freedom to be ourselves and helps you expand your interests and activities. Brings joy to our workday and strengthens our appetite for life! Orange is the best emotional stimulant. It connects us to our senses and helps to remove inhibitions and makes us independent and social.
Your 2nd Chakra is your mojo center, yup, I said mojo. It’s where you can find your libido if you lost it. If you are feeling “not so hot” lately you can look to your libido to learn about why and how to remedy it. It’s a fascinating energy center because it governs your genitals and also holds the memory for your inner child. Much of what happened before birth through your early years are rooted in your 1st and 2nd chakras. Any memories of instability, abuse, trauma can be stored in the 1st and 2nd chakras to reveal themselves later when vulnerability or life challenges come up.
Simply put, it’s difficult at best to feel sexy and intimate if ones roots are disheveled. If your career, finances, home life, relationship is off kilter then libido is surely amiss; or in some cases being overly used like sexual addiction, to over-compensate for a feeling of emptiness or inadequacy. Either way to stimulate ones libido is actually a matter of grounding to ones foundation, feeling rooted, strong in ones self.
Men may be able to keep erect once they are so with the help of a pill, but the same goes for men as it does women, libido easily fades when there is uncertainty in the relationship or future, a lack of trust in an important relationship, and a shaky foundation in home, love, career, finances, or any/all of them. A note to the mens: a woman’s libido is directly linked to her intuition and if she feels grounded, safe, loved, secure and she trusts her partner and her future – and – she is in love with her life, herself and her partner, her libido will flourish. This represents a paradox in that the feeling of connectedness and unity to one’s sexuality, “life force,” also fuels vitality, creativity, energy and successful outcomes, thus it is critical that partners understand, embrace and cultivate the nurturing of the root and sacral chakras – all of them of course – in order for love, intimacy to flourish.
It is important to remember to ground, to take deep breaths, get out of your head, stop the worrying, the what-ifs, the second-guessing and just BE. Maybe the chakras are new to you, or you are familiar to them but don’t pay them much attention. This is why it is a good idea to surround yourself with simple practices to keeping the chakras – any influential energy systems – tuned up and well-calibrated. The use of color, sounds, scents, vibrations can be very helpful, even inspiring. When it comes to the 2nd Chakra the color orange is an easy place to start. This post explores the power of color and other elements to keep you in sync with yourself and the world around you.
A bit of warm orange is also welcomed in the CENTER (the Heart of your home), as fire energy nourishes the earth element of this area. The vibrant and happy orange color is an excellent feng shui choice for the living room, dining/kitchen, children’s play area or anywhere in your space where you want to have a playful, lively and pulsating energy.
Being that Orange is also a sensual color and ignites the sexual chakra centers I have explored it’s use in the bedroom. Feng Shui suggest using orange sparingly in the bedroom as it can be agitating if over done. The bedroom decor of the following images use richer, earthier reddish orange, rather than light orange, which do not evoke sexual urges in the slightest – in my opinion anyway…
As a departure from the usual “red for sensual in the bedroom” orange spices up the bedroom nicely. Besides, an excellent rule of thumb when it comes to feng shui is to change with the seasons, especially in your master bedroom to keep the energy alive. Think of using orange to warm up the room in fall/winter or to brighten it up for spring.
BUT! If orange boudoirs are a little too hot for your tastes, then sprinkle orange zest through your abode with pillows, flowers
Orange food is packed with carotenoids, which give them their vibrant colour. Three of the most common carotenoids – alpha-carotene, beta carotene and beta cryptoxanthin – can be converted from foods into vitamin A in the body. Carrots, Yams, Butternut Squash, Canteloupe, Pumpkin, Sweet potato, Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines, Tangerines, Oranges. Let’s not forget Saffron and Tumeric. Orange you glad I didn’t say banana!
If orange truly doesn’t fit into your decor, yet furr-babies do, orange kitties and doogers bring playful orange energy to every room of the house.