Hi #BeautifulAndCapable. In today's blog we will discuss JOY and the power of healing through COLORS. Sounds unbelievable, but colors truly do affect you in your every day life and aid in how you experience the world around you and feel inside. I hope you find this video inspiring, helpful and that you learn how to be more intentional with colors that surround us and ultimately - how to bring more JOY into your LIFE.
I met Dr. Arlene Dijamco at first on Instagram just a few months ago, as we both have active accounts, and my colorful jewelry intrigued her and she sent me a private message. As I read that message and looked at her posts and what she stands for, I felt a jolt of knowing that we were meant to connect. Shortly after, she visited my Norcross Gallery and purchased a vibrant colors necklace that she wanted to wear for her podcasts. "I love all colors!" she happily exclaimed and we struck a lively conversation that was filled with ideas and views on the world as it is and the world as it could be, and we both thought to share some of these ideas with our customers in hopes of brightening their day.
Dr. Arlene Dijamco, aka The MultiDimensional MD, is an integrative physician, pediatrician, and cranial osteopath, who studied at Harvard, Emory, and Albert Einstein. Her therapeutic toolbox expanded tremendously after completing Dr. Andrew Weil’s two-year integrative medicine fellowship. She is known for her intuitive knack, helping people nourish and balance the body, mind, and spirit. She is the founder of the All Worlds Health family, which includes her practice near Atlanta, nonprofit serving people in need, and online school. Learn more about her via her website, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
As you know, color is what I am passionate about, and I get to express that passion through my jewelry designs. I want to bring in some experts in fields of health, spirituality and fashion, and share with you why color is so important in our lives, what it means to us and all around us, and how to use it to create a life you want.
In this webinar, I got to sit down with this amazing woman, Dr. Arlene Dijamco, who dedicated her life to healing. As her journey in a traditional medical field has unfolded, she focused this year on sharing her diverse multidimensional knowledge through podcasts, bringing experts from varies fields focused on non so traditional healing practices, and drawing direct connections how we can truly heal our bodies and minds.
And of course, we connected over colorful jewelry and decided to create this forum to share with you!
We began this conversation with talks of color and how it correlates with JOY. Joy is an intangible feeling of positive emotion that makes you smile or even make some of us dance. There are multiple elements we discuss that contribute to the feeling of JOY. I have always felt the spark of joy in my creations, just as right colors, shapes and textures meet and balance, and feel that joy transferred to the person that wears it, and it expends as people that see it on feel that joy as well.
Dr. Arlene has reminded us about one of the top watched TED Talk of Ingrid Fetell Lee: Where joy hides and how to find it. In her talk, Ingrid describes joy and it's source in a very unique way. So, why do some things seem to create such universal joy? In her captivating talk and her book Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and shows how we all can find (and create) more of it in the world around us.
In her own words: "Have you ever wondered why we stop to watch the orange glow that arrives before sunset, or why we flock to see cherry blossoms bloom in spring? Is there a reason that people -- regardless of gender, age, culture, or ethnicity -- are mesmerized by baby animals, and can't help but smile when they see a burst of confetti or a cluster of colorful balloons. We are often made to feel that the physical world has little or no impact on our inner joy. Increasingly, experts urge us to find balance and calm by looking inward -- through mindfulness or meditation -- and muting the outside world.
But what if the natural vibrancy of our surroundings is actually our most renewable and easily accessible source of joy?
In Joyful, she reveals how we can harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives. Bright, vivid, expanding colors have this whimsical feelings that tends to flood our bodies with joy. Balance and harmonization are more key elements that effects joy, deciding where certain objects go or watching an aspect of nature grow all affect this feeling. These elements give us child like emotions which brings out an essence of pure happiness which is the feeling I want everyone that enters my store to feel. I always say that when you enter my store you feel like a kid entering a candy shop."
Similarly, when it comes to jewelry that you wear around your face, you should consider selecting brighter happier combinations that feel balance and complement your complexion. I like to offer some assistance in selecting your perfect pieces based on your complexion, personal style and how these pieces light up your face with inner joy. On my website, you can search by all of these filters!
In our talk, we share some ideas you can implement easily in your own home and your everyday life. Each color has it's own feel and creates different dynamic of our physical and energetic bodies. Bright colors tend to energize, and for example, blue and green shades improve your Cortisol Levels, fueling your Adrenal Glands and allowing your body to balance and heal. If you want to energize your body - bright colors, like yellow and orange, but in the evening it is recommended to desaturate and use more muted, like brown and grey.
We asked you to do a little test. Go to your closet and examine the colors that are more dominant.
Q: Do you have mostly black clothes?
Q: Do you have more bright clothes in your closet?
You closet describes the moods you are in. What you wear is a way to express yourself to the world, but also these choices create your experience in that world. You use a yellow umbrella on your way to work, you will find yourself not only smiling, but will notice others meet your gaze and smile too. That starts off a chain of positive experiences for the rest of your day.
If your closet is more on the dull side that these are typical of a corporate desk job attire. You can still add a pop of color (jewelry or a scarf) that would stand out and possibly put you in a better mood for the work day.
If you do not know where to start, let me help. I offer in-store or virtual Zoom jewelry color/style consultations, where I get to help you start your colorful balanced jewelry wardrobe, or help you expand your style and existing selection.
I invite all my readers to step outside of their comfort zone and wear something bright. TODAY!
Growing up, I lived in a world that had limited color, and had always allowed me to be brave and experiment with color combinations only based on my own feeling of balance. I feel colors play together and can sense if that balance is filled with joy. I created my very own world of color which I believe it shows in my designs.
What color does to a young mind is truly MAGICAL!
Publicolor is an organization created by Ruth Shuman, a pioneer in using design to engage disaffected youth in their education, that implemented a project to bring color to to a school in an effort to improve the livelihood and test scores of students.
Shuman hit on the deceptively simple—yet incredibly successful—idea that one can fundamentally improve students’ attitudes and engagement by improving their learning environments. Shuman changed the prison like classrooms into something colorful and inviting that had a lasting impression on the students, this project didn't only affect the school but also the community.
When you wear color around your face, it uplifts not just you, but all who come in contact with you. "Color=Happiness" and "Happy Wife=Happy Life" are not just quotes. I believe that wearing jewelry truly uplifts a woman's spirit. My store is a safe haven where women feel comfortable to express themselves through color and style. I started a hashtag #BeautifulAndCapable because of my clients and the transformation I see in them:
"When I came to your store I felt safe, I felt loved, I felt powerful". My jewelry doesn't only look good, but it provides an aspect of healing.
Color can be a powerful factor in healing, especially right now. With quarantine and fears, I am sure some of us are going through a mix of emotions and fears, and I believe that adding the colors below will help and give you that boost of positive energy you are looking for. We are all in this together and COLOR is your best friend!
Since the day we were born, we have learned to place objects, colors, and emotions in particular categories. And although our eyes can perceive thousands of colors, the way we communicate about color – and the way we use color in our everyday lives – means we have to carve this huge variety into identifiable, meaningful categories. These categories can change during our lifetime as we are influenced by everything around us.
I invite all of my readers to go through the colors and ask themselves:
"How do they make me feel?"
Find out what each color personally means to you and if you find yourself falling in love with those colors - place more of them into you life. It could be a painting, shoes, a lamp, or jewelry, anything of that color that makes you feel positive.
- Yellow will increase your energy
- Since yellow is the most visible color, it is also the most attention-getting color.
- Yellow is a bright color that is often described as cheery and warm.
- Use it in a morning and early day.
- Blue calls to mind feelings of calmness or serenity. It is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly.
- Blue is often seen as a sign of stability and reliability.
- Blue also increases productivity, so if you need to focus on something place something blue around you
- Blue is a great color to transition from day into the evening, with focus and peace
- White represents purity or innocence.
- White is bright and can create a sense of space or add highlights.
- White can convey a sense of cleanliness, freshness, and simplicity.
- White also symbolize a new beginning or a fresh start.
- White is great to wear when meditating or surround yourself with white to feel lighter and less stressed
- Red is a bright, warm color that evokes strong emotions and energy.
- Red is associated with passion, warmth, and comfort.
- Red color helps create feelings of excitement or intensity. Definetely a power color to use!
ORANGE (my fav!)
- Orange is a combination of yellow and red, and is considered an energetic color.
- Orange calls to mind feelings of excitement, enthusiasm, and warmth.
- Color of inspiration and renewal, this is my color pick of the season!
From recent personal experience.
When COVID hit, I closed my store for 2 months. During those two months I was sharing these ideas about color and style on Facebook/Instagram live.
During this particular live, I shared how just adding a bit of color around your neck will uplift you. After the live, I received messages of women saying that they were motivated and put on my jewelry, so they could have a "pick me up" moment during this difficult time and IT WORKED!
"Wear Color, Surround Yourself with Color and Discover Your Happy New World!" Anna Balkan
below are some Helpful Resources
Interested in the book Dr. Arlene Dijamco discussed in the video, click here
Give yourself a gift of Joy with wearing bright colors and surrounding yourself with balance (nature, art, meditation, etc)
Looking to brighten up your or someones day with a pop of COLOR? How about color+jewelry+meaning? I now sell chakra gift boxes as a great way to bring some color with meaning into your life. Each box includes a necklace, earrings, bracelet, and namaste wooden handpainted sign for your desk or a shelf. I also include an information card that allows you to learn more about significance of your gift.
Looking for another great read that Dr. Arlene Dijamco recommended? Click here
Give yourself a chance to catch-up with all that has been going on around you, be gentle with yourself and learn about light and life, how they deeply interconnect.