Verde viento. Verdes ramas.
El barco sobre la mar.
Y el caballo en la montaña.
(Green, how I want you green.
Green wind. Green branches.
The ship out on the sea.
And the horse on the mountain.)
-from Federico García Lorca's Romance Sonambulo
This poem is fraught with longing, an emotion that is sometimes confused with (or which can lead to) envy, which in turn can be relatively harmless or very dangerous, depending on the stability of one's mind and heart. But that's neither here nor there; I'd much rather focus on the positive, not the negative, connotations of the color green.
Its metaphoric significance in material prosperity, enabling us to indulge in some creature comforts. Ka-ching!
Its prominence in color therapy. According to crystalinks.com, "Green is the color of healing and traveling back in time. It will balance the emotions and brings about a feeling of calmness. Green is a good general healing color because it stimulates growth therefore it is good for helping heal broken bones - regrowth of tissue of all kinds." You or I may not believe in this, but who knows? It could be true. There are many fields of experience in the universe that are as yet unexplained by science.
Its role in humor. Who doesn't enjoy a good green joke? For those unfamiliar with the term, a green joke is simply one that is sexual in nature. Sex and laughter -- definitely the makings of good medicine!
Its ability to calm one's nerves, to soothe the mind. Who in his or her right mind can fail to find tranquility in the greenness of forests, the turquoises and aquamarines of lakes and oceans, the subtlety of new grass? It's one of the colors of spring, a season of hope, rebirth, and renewal.
I'm sending happy, healing green thoughts to a friend of mine who broke his leg recently -- in three places, no less! Heaven knows he could use some laughs. Get well soon, sweetie. Don't lose that smile.
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