Del Alma: Turquoise, symbol of Compassion, Escape y el Mar Bello

I have dunked my body in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Moments of personal Bliss and “All is right with the World” that I look back to when I need a boost during the gray days of winter. A picture of me, reveling in the magical waters of Cuba many years ago, captures the joy I feel when I wrap myself in bright blue waters.

So, to my delight the calming, escapist color turquoise has been named The Color of 2010 by the interesting people of Pantone.

“It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky,” said Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”

Paradise. Compassion. Faith. Water. Sky. All wrapped up in one color, a color we can expect to see a lot more of in fashion and design.

by gisela giardino on flickrMaybe this color prediction means little us on a daily basis, as we trudge through difficult and uncertain times.
But today, consider drinking in this color. Let it inspire you.

Maybe you need a momentary escape. Maybe you need to show compassion to yourself today; find new faith in the most important person — you.

Maybe turquoise — and all of its symbolism and promise — can be your talismán today.

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By Carrie on December 10, 2009 · Posted in dichos + del alma, photos

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Gisela says:

Great article on this wonderful color. I didn’t know both on the meanings of it, neither the Pantone selection for 2010. I guess I have no further doubts that I am using this Turquoise hair for the New Year’s Celebration! ;-) Let it inspire us, very true.
(Lovely your picture there in the middle of that paradise, btw)
Cheers! g

Posted on December 10th, 2009

Carrie says:

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Gisela, the woman pictured above in the turquoise wig. Click over to her site. You will love it.
Mucho gusto, Gisela! (I love Flickr!)

Posted on December 10th, 2009

Tessa says:

Thanks for sharing the meaning of turquoise. Just reading your article slowed my heart rate down a bit.

Posted on December 14th, 2009

Sra. López says:

There is something magical about that color. It’s one of my favorites.

Posted on December 22nd, 2009

Cuban Ballet, Latin Stamps and Honeysuckle says:

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Posted on January 7th, 2011