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Bring Nature Indoors for Health and Harmony

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Right now – stop, take a moment, and recall a time when you felt completely relaxed and at peace. For many of us, that experience involved being surrounded by the healing energy of nature. Whether breathing in the ocean air, daydreaming under the sun, or walking along a mountain steam, nature can have a magical way of melting away stress, uplifting mood, and soothing the soul.

Bringing nature into the living environment increases health, happiness, and productivity, according to feng shui. As a feng shui consultant, I am called into people’s homes for a variety of reasons including improving health, relationships, and prosperity or the creation of a beautiful sanctuary. It’s true that energy flow, furniture arrangement, symbolism and the contents of a home are considered when creating good feng shui; however, if you start by bringing nature indoors, you’ll be on your way to increasing positive energy in your life and space. The three main feng shui energizers to place within a dwelling are live plants and flowers, sunlight and moving water.

Whether you live in a small apartment or large home, here are creative ways to bring nature indoors:

Light – The sun gives us life. The more we are exposed to natural light, the better we feel physically, emotionally, and mentally. Open the shades and curtains to allow in ample sunlight.  Views of trees, flowers, mountains, lake, or an ocean can be revitalizing. In order to take full advantage of this light, wash your windows often. If natural light is minimal, use full-spectrum light bulbs in the rooms you frequent most often, such as your bathroom, kitchen, or office to create “indoor sunshine.” Artwork featuring a blue or a sunny day will provide a feeling of natural light.

Flowers – Fresh flowers add vibrancy, color, and life to any environment.  Their beauty and healing energy naturally lift your mood, often relieving anxiety, depression, and loneliness. You can use a feng shui color palette to choose flowers to boost your mood. Try pink roses for love, red gladiolas for motivation, yellow gerber daisies for health, blue hydrangeas for relaxation, purple orchids for spirituality, orange marigolds for inspiration, and white calla lilies for purification. The fragrance of flowers has a positive effect on the heart, brain, and nervous system; aromatic flowers include stargazers, tuberose, freesia, stock, rose, and gardenia.

Flowing Water – Incorporating a table-top or wall-mounted water fountain in your home brings beauty to your eyes, music to your ears, and harmony to your spirit. In feng shui, water is associated with abundance and the continuous flow of life. The sound of water splashing against pebbles masks unwanted noise and increases negative ions, creating a sense of well-being and ease. It’s important to keep the water clean and running continuously. Aquariums are considered a double enhancement since they combine bubbling water with sea life and colorful swimming fish.

Color – Different hues give off specific mood-enhancing vibrations. Green, suitable for any room, is healing because of its association with vibrant green plants and trees.  Blue, great for bedrooms and bathrooms, reminds us of the sky and ocean. Yellow, the cheerful color of the sun, works well in the dining room and kitchen. Earth tones and browns are grounding. Like roses, pink and peach open your heart, while red incites passion, so these colors encourage love and romance.

Nature-Inspired Artwork and Décor – Nature scenes such as seascapes, landscapes, waterfalls, flowers and wildlife are excellent choices for artwork as these types of views offer inspiration and harmony, particularly if you live in the city surrounded by cement buildings. Make sure all of your images have positive and inspiring associations. Try integrating nature motifs in kitchen tile, curtains, wall coverings, pillows, rugs, and bedding. You can even program your computer screen with nature scenes and peaceful sound effects.

Natural Elements of Wood and Stone – In feng shui, wood is considered yin (feminine) and stone is yang (masculine). Coming from the earth, both wood and stone are helpful in feeling grounded. To create balance, you can incorporate yin and yang elements in your home. For example, you can use wood for your flooring, dining table, headboard, side table, desk, and cabinetry. Stone can be incorporated in the flooring as well as in your bathroom, kitchen counter, and fireplace. In addition, you can bring in other natural elements such as sea shells, colorful crystals, and river rocks to enhance healing energy.

Soothing Sounds – When you listen to sounds of nature, your heart rate slows, your breathing becomes more expansive, and your nerves are calmed. Play music with natural sounds, such as splashing waves, birds chirping, or a gentle breeze to create serenity. Another reason for a water feature (discussed previously) is its pleasing sound.  Don’t forget the adorable sounds of your pets.

Aromatherapy – Aromatherapy as used in candles, diffusers or by adding essential oils to water in a spray bottle can be both relaxing and uplifting. Chamomile, lavender, cedarwood, marjoram, neroli, rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang are calming. Eucalyptus, juniper, lemon, orange, pine, rosemary, and spearmint are invigorating.

As you recall, hundreds of years ago, we lived outside surrounded by nature’s life force energy, which was rejuvenating and calming. Now, most of us live in concrete buildings and constantly seek out ways to energize ourselves. Bringing nature indoors is a perfect complement to doing yoga and drinking your ‘superfood’ smoothies. Without much effort, it will magically revitalize your body, mind and spirit.

 

Healing Plants in the Home 

Lush plants and blooms create an indoor haven. Plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, encouraging vitality in your body and home. They also neutralize the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields emitted from appliances and electronics. According to feng shui, the best or most energizing  types are upward-growing plants with rounded leaves. The worst types, creating energy agitation, are stiff and spiky plants. The teachings of feng shui recommend removing all dried flowers, dead plants, and potpourri from the home since they are no longer living. They actually suck energy from your environment. You can arrange plants in the corners of your rooms to encourage harmony and energy flow.

Good Feng Shui House Plants

  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Red or Pink Anthurium
  • Pothos
  • Peace lily
  • Lucky bamboo
  • Philodendron
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Cyclamen
  • Gardenia
  • Begonias
  • Lavender

 

Plants to Avoid

  • All Spiky Cacti
  • Venus Flytrap
  • Dragon Tree
  • Snake Plant
  • European Fan Palm
  • Bromeliads

jayme_barrett_feng_shui_your_lifeJayme Barrett is a feng shui expert in Los Angeles and best-selling author of “Feng Shui Your Life.” Specializing in techniques for personal fulfillment, prosperity and integrated health, her philosophy is simple and effective. When you display symbols of beauty, abundance, success and love within your environment, you create a blueprint for your destiny. Jayme consults for individuals, businesses, yoga studios, spas and hotels worldwide. www.jaymebarrett.com

 

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