Pantone's 2016 Color of the Year is an Ode to You

This article originally appeared on Yoganonymous.com.

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Balance, calmness, wellness, compatibility, duality, and tranquility—these are topics that Pantone is broadcasting through it’s 2016 Color of the Year selection.

Just this week, Pantone announced that the 2016 Color of the Year is a blend of two shades: Rose Quartz and Serenity. This article that just went live on the Pantone Color Institute’s website, states that “this more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity... [There is an] increased comfort with using color as a form of expression... [and there is] less concern about being typecast or judged.”

Fashion is a form of living art—a manifestation of creativity, expression, and personal identification. With a decrease of judgemental type-casting, and an increase in interpersonal connection within our cultures around the world, it’s clear to see that we are moving into a modern day enlightenment.

The Rose Quartz selection is a profound message to connect with our hearts in 2016. It’s asking us to become serene in our heart-felt interactions, and to maybe be a little more at peace with ourselves.

Rose Quartz is the stone of heart-healing. It assists with transitions, brings in more love (from self-love to true love, and everything in-between). This stone aids in increasing self-understanding and understanding of others, and works to decrease anxiety—leaving you feeling tranquil and serene.

With all the tragedies and social movements occurring worldwide, it’s no wonder we’re bringing the focus back on love. The times were we have to show the most courage are the same times we need to be the most connected with our hearts.

Topics of mindfulness, spirituality, and soul connection are making waves in our daily culture. These topics are so much more prevalent than they were five years ago, or even two years ago. So, if you find yourself hiding within the spiritual closet, it’s time to come out. 

Take this color choice as an opportunity to look within at all your old hurts, and all of your ugly bits, and own them. Hold them, heal them, and make yourself whole. As healers, visionaries, and social shakers, you are the muse for this color selection. Your mindfulness work is being recognized around the world, and people are asking for more.

 
Diya SenGupta