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Benefits of fall foliage

Did you ever wonder why there is a surge of energy for a number of individuals when summer begins to transform into fall? Why is there this urge to get out and view, or walk in the landscapes that are flooded with deep reds, bright oranges, and vibrant yellows? If you have ever read about color therapy, or how your moods can be affected by colors surrounding your environment, one would know that autumn colors highlighted by the sun bring exhilarating benefits to your sense of well being. Here at OM Sanctuary in Asheville, NC, we are blessed to have the Blue Ridge Parkway offering travelers breathtaking views of these rich and restorative colors.

The color red symbolizes strength, power, passion, love and desire. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights and fire equipment are usually painted red. Different shades of red also evoke different emotional responses. Light red represents joy, passion, sensitivity and love. Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It also denotes feminine qualities and passiveness. Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, leadership, courage, longing, and wrath. Brown, which is considered a shade of red in color theory, suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities. Shades of reddish-brown are associated with the harvest and fall.

When the energy of red is combined with the happiness of yellow, orange is born, bringing with it the aspirations of joy, sunshine and the tropics. The color orange further represents fascination, creativity, determination, attraction, encouragement and stimulation. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. And what about those beautiful gold autumn leaves? Gold evokes the feeling of prestige and the meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold also often symbolizes high quality. When you find yourself putting on those hiking shoes, nature may be calling you to do so with its red-oranges that are known to correspond to desire, pleasure, and thirst for action.

Finally, yellow is the color of sunshine. Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, simulates mental activity and even generates muscle energy. Yellow is often associated with food, intellect, freshness, and joy. Bright and pure, yellow grabs attention, which is the reason taxicabs are painted this color. Perhaps this is nature’s way of getting our attention to come out in the sunshine before winter sets in.

Each of these colors is embodied in the changing leaves and the season of fall making it a joyous, stimulating, and powerful time of year. When the leaves come falling down, be sure to pick your favorite one up from the ground. ~ OM Sanctuary

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