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No, I use purple as my black because of Alice Walker and chromotherapy. If boysenberry walls stimulate deeper concentration in monks who spend all day meditating, it's good enough for me. Besides, I look good in it.
I hand out custom-ordered purple M&Ms in my workshops as part of a mindfulness exercise. I encourage clients to consider grape-colored items as triggers for paying attention. Would red work just as well? Possibly, but it's more glaring. Red reminds us of sirens--and blood.
Red says "gotta" while purple says "please". Red means business, but purple hints that there's a party down hall when you're finished.
Critics of pen switch say that educators should be more concerned with teaching skills and less worried about bruising feelings. They say that those traditional red pens create tension and that's what motivates students to get it right next time.
Hmm. Tension doesn't help me learn better.
I don't like paying bills, but using purple ink to write my checks makes it all a bit more festive. I'm guessing teachers would benefit from color switch as much as students.
Purple is color of mindfulness. I can't think of anything more likely to prevent mistakes than a friendly reminder to pay attention. Purple pens could turn out to be effective triggers for learning, and at very least, make those corrections more palatable.
Now, where's that party?
Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse offering specialized mindfulness training in Portland, Oregon. She is a former teacher and the mother of four teenage daughters. Her work has inspired thinkers in over 90 countries. To subscribe to her free weekly ezine, the Friday Mind Massage, visit http://mindmasseuse.com