A Color Tour of a Different Color
Outside my window, the maples are beginning to blush. Soon, the whole woods will be bright with scarlet, gold, russet, and burgundy. In such a dazzling display, it's easy to lose sight of the individual colors.
Life can be like that, too. With so much going on in the real and virtual worlds, not to mention our own imaginations, it's sometimes hard to narrow our focus. Yet often that's exactly what we need to do to feel calm and grounded and to nurture our creativity.
I recently came across an intriguing exercise that reminded me of the benefits of concentrating on one thing at a time. In her Writing and Wellness newsletter, author Colleen M. Story wrote about boosting creativity with color walks. You pick a color before heading out on a walk and then let that color lead you as you search for objects of that hue.
Colleen's article goes into more detail, with tips on how to get the most from the practice.
I'll let you read that on your own, because I'm eager to show you what I found on my color walk. On the summer day I chose for my walk, everything was green, so as a challenge to my powers of observation, I picked yellow. I was surprised how many yellow things I found and how paying attention to them helped me see my familiar environment in a whole new way.
I hope you'll try a color walk, too, and tell me how it goes.
9/18/2019 12:07:56 pm
I love this exercise! Can't wait to do it on my next walk, which will be when it's NOT 98 out! Sadly my observations will not be so full of nature, but it will be fun!
9/19/2019 06:11:30 am
I want to hear about what you see! But yes, do wait until it's a bit cooler.
9/18/2019 08:35:07 pm
This will be a terrific walk! What a delightful way to explore outside. Thanks for the suggestion.
9/19/2019 06:12:07 am
Looking forward to hearing about your walk, Sue.
9/19/2019 08:49:01 am
Totally doing this. I doubt my pics will be this good, though.
9/19/2019 10:28:30 am
I wanna see! And it's worth doing even if you don't take pics.
9/19/2019 12:49:05 pm
Great idea! I'm going to try this with my grand-daughter.
9/20/2019 06:11:37 am
I'll bet she'll bring a whole different perspective to the exercise.
10/2/2019 03:16:48 pm
PreK and Kdg classes do this!! Of course, they don't have your skills with the camera. I really enjoyed your walk!
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Written from the heart,
from the heart of the woods
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Nan Sanders Pokerwinski, a former journalist, writes memoir and personal essays, makes collages and likes to play outside. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, Ray.