Stark white

Stark white

White is considered a pure colour or sattvic, ie balancing to your spirit according to my school books. And it works with the minimalist aesthetic that's popular.

However, I have a different opinion. 

Similar to excess fasting, or excess meditation, or being alone for too long -  without a healthy earthiness attached (guru means "heavy"), puritanism can feel cold and stark. And Vata dosha can start to disperse energy in all sorts of directions. 

I saw Swami Maya Tiwari speak here in Melbourne a while ago and she made an interesting point about immunity - it is important to have (at least) one foot "in this world" and avoid excess puritanism in order to be able to build the white blood cells to fight back. 

Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories. - Sun Tzu