Creating a space for quiet and contemplation. What will encourage you to pause and just sit? Making a space could created with one cushion or several, you may want cushions to be all the same color or a variety for a work-place wellness room, studio, retreat center or a home studio. Make pausing a priority.
A lot of money is spent every year figuring out what will be the popular, trending colors for the year. For example, the color choices for cars, clothing and paint.
Catspaw Studio is a boutique that loves to find unique fabric. Fabric that inspires.
What’s the best color for you? The color that inspires you to sit and pause. If you pick one of your favorite colors for a meditation cushion you may be more inclined to use it. Of course there are no guarantees – you still have to decide to sit and pause 😉
The tradition for meditation cushions, floor pillows, yoga props or a zafu, has been austere, dark, solid colors such as black and purple, or some combination that follows a particular lineage. But you may want to choose a color that is grounding and calming for you. Here is a brief list of the effect various colors. The list is from the home page of Color Psychology, which offers a detailed look at the psychological meaning and impact of color.
Yellow stimulates joy and uplifts the mind.
Orange stirs up energy and boosts confidence.
Red excites the passions and helps overcome depression.
Violet calms the emotions and deflects irritability.
Blue soothes the spirit and induces harmony.
Green balances, heals, and relaxes.
Black inspires both introspection and discipline.
Brown encourages security and stability.
One thing to remember is that determining the right color for your cushion, goes beyond matching the colors in your home. Remember, the purpose for a cushion is to support your body and to be able to sit and pause.
Sometimes you just have to stop. You may be in traffic or you are in a line or you are just stuck. You are forced to pause. But how do you learn how to pause with out being forced into it?
First, you have to believe there is value in taking a moment. Knowing it is important and that there is power in pausing.
You will not always be able to come to a supportive bridge pose with a catspaw cushion but stopping and following your breath is always available. Following your breath is the quickest way for you or your team to come to focus, get centered and grounded.
Now you are practicing the power of the pause.
As Labor Day approaches it’s a great opportunity for us to remember what’s important. Showing up, doing your best and the willingness to learn, are a few things that come to mind.
But, sometimes the hard work is seating with difficult emotions. Learning to pause is an important skill to practice.
Working hard can mean being still – what does it take for you to be still?
A simple answer is to sit, take a breath in and on the exhale put down your phone, tablet or lap top.
Take another breath in and exhale.
Repeat. You are now pausing.