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August 3, 2017

La Vie en Rose

by Patricia Richards

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La Vie en Rose” literally translates as “Life in Pink”. Metaphorically, it translates as “looking at life through rose-colored glasses” or it infers an optimistic outlook one has on life. The song “La Vie En Rose” was sung by the legendary French singer Edith Piaf (1915-1963). Throughout Piaf’s short life was much sadness and tragedy, yet the beauty of love was a central theme in much of her music. Her life was later immortalized in the 2007 film of the same name starring actress Marion Cotillard.

Ancient and modern symbolism for the rose representing beauty and love, are often given as gifts on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year, to symbolize ones’ affection for another.

A mind-body-spirit perspective regarding the rose is to remember to “stop and smell the roses” as we work our way up the corporate ladder. Oftentimes we are so transfixed on the destination, or so busy with the minutiae of daily life, that we are not fully present in the present. We forget that it’s the process and journey that molds us into the people we become. Certainly, the destination is worthwhile, but as soon as we achieve something, aren’t we often left wanting more? There are always new literal and figurative mountains to climb, so isn’t it important to enjoy where we are at in the here and now?

Cultivating your inner rose” is to allow the beauty of the rose to shine from within you. Yes, we have heard the cliché that “beauty is only skin deep,”  although ancients describe true beauty as “radiating from within.” It’s a presence, a light, and a way of being in the world that makes one irresistible, no matter their age, gender, or ethnicity.

To cultivate your inner rose, take a few minutes each day to stop, close your eyes, and breathe deeply in inner gratitude, peace, and love. Feel this positive energy, while placing one hand on your heart and the other hand on your solar plexus. Just sit or lay quietly someplace safe for a few minutes, breathing in slowly and deeply through your nose, and out through your mouth.

That’s it! All it takes is a few minutes. If you do this in the morning, this wonderful energy will set a positive tone for the rest of your day. Do this simple exercise for a month straight and observe the positive ripples in your life!

Even if halfway through the day something happens that causes you to feel negative or “off center” (traffic congestion, kid’s screaming, boss yelling), you can always close the door to your car, office, or bathroom cubicle if need be.

Just stop, close your eyes, and breathe deeply in inner gratitude, peace, and love for a few more minutes, someplace safe. Remember, even your overbearing boss or your irritating co-worker has something to teach you.

Once you have observed the positive ripples in your life, and you are ready to “cultivate your inner rose into an inner rose garden,” you could practice mindfully eating your lunch in the park, you could take yoga or Tai Chi classes, learn to meditate, read inspirational books, eat healthier foods,  and/or volunteer to help those less fortunate.

Then there is sharing the beauty of the rose with your family, friends, and co-workers. That’s what I am doing now. I’m sharing this beauty with all of you! Sometimes just sitting on a mountain top gives me the greatest joy. You should try it sometime.

Vive la vie en rose!

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