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Often when we think of feng shui and health, we think of the physical aspects of our homes that may be unhealthy and/or dangerous (like exposure to high electromagnetic frequencies, toxic mold, artificial scents, etc). While these factors are very important and certainly necessary, many of us don’t stop to consider how the look and feel of our surroundings also influence our mental, physical and emotional health.
Cellular biologists and behavioral scientists are creating an ever-growing body of evidence that supports what feng shui has known for centuries; that our surroundings deeply affect the our bodies, minds, and spirits. Humans, animals and plants have specific environmental requirements in order to survive in their physical environments. When those needs are met, the species thrives and prospers. When specific environmental factors are missing or damaged, the living creatures in those spaces will experience stress, deteriorate and potentially even die.
Feng shui strives to reduce and eliminate aspects in the environment that are not contributing to emotional and physical health. The main goal of Feng Shui is to create a space that feels nurturing and comfortable. One of the most important health perks that Feng Shui assists with is reducing stress. With stress-related illnesses topping the list for health concerns today, Feng Shui can certainly go a long way to help us reduce the tension in our lives.
Our homes are places that should soothe, rejuvenate, and restore our bodies, minds, and spirits. Feng Shui provides us with an abundance of guidelines on how you can make your home a more peaceful, healthy space, here are ten great tips to get you started.
1. Invite nature and natural materials into your home. Humans have lived in nature for far, far longer than we’ve lived indoors. We’re instinctively more comfortable around items that come from nature rather than things that are synthetic. Include items made from stone and wood, and add water features and healthy plants to your space. Views of trees, natural landscapes, and artwork of nature scenes will also bring the outdoors in and make your home feel nurturing and inspiring.
2. Add fresh cut flowers or very realistic-looking silk ones. Rutgers University did a ten-month study on the effect flowers have on human beings. They found that flowers not only lower blood pressure, but they also help our bodies produce hormones that make us feel happier. Perhaps that is why we give them to people when they are ill or feeling down.
3. Minimize pointed and sharp objects in your home. When things are pointed at us our sense of security is threatened and we feel stressed and defensive. These feelings stimulate adrenalin production that over time can overtax your adrenal glands and wear down your immune system.
Arrange your seating and sleeping areas so you can have a clear view of the door. Not only will you feel less tension because you will be able to see what is going on all around you, your spine and neck will feel better from not twisting and turning to see what is behind you while you are working or relaxing.
5. Decorate with items (including artwork) that you love. If something in your home doesn’t resonate with you in a positive way, get rid of it.
6. Splurge on something for your home that brings you pleasure. Things like luxurious sheets and towels, a beautiful piece of art, a pretty table top fountain, a salt lamp, lovely naturally scented soap, a new shower curtain, comforter, a terrific coffee mug, a soft, comfortable chair, etc. can all add to feelings of pleasure and contentment.
Use aromatherapy. Aromatherapy has been in use for literally thousands of years to enhance the health
of our bodies, minds, and spirits. Be sure to only use therapeutic-grade essential oils like the ones I suggest in my newsletters. Geranium and Lavender are both very relaxing scents. Avoid ANY type of synthetic air fresheners or artificially scented candles. When you breathe the fumes from these items toxic chemicals enter your bloodstream and can adversely affect your health.
8. Let the sun shine in! Open the drapes and let sunlight into your home and try to spend at least fifteen minutes a day outside in nature. If you can’t go outside or sit near a sunny window, then use full-spectrum light bulbs (they come in energy-saving and LED varieties now). Exposure to natural sunlight and full-spectrum light increases your body’s production of hormones that contribute to positive attitudes and feelings of well-being.
Clean and space clear your home. Nothing perks up the energy of a home better than a clean house and a space clearing. This gets rid of old, stagnant energy and any negative “vibes” that may be lingering in the home. You’ll feel the difference right away!
10. The center of your home relates to health. If you have ANY plumbing in the center of your home it needs to be in tip top working order. If you suspect any plumbing issues at all…fix them immediately!! The element that energizes the center of the home is earth and metaphysically speaking amethyst is the stone associated with health and healing. If possible, add amethyst close to the center point of your home. If that’s not possible due to the configuration of your home (perhaps the center point is on a stairway, hallway, or middle of a room), then make sure it is clutter-free and everything is working properly. This is NOT a good place to store items that sit and stagnate for long periods of time, nor is it the place for clutter or dead and dying plants.
While feng shui can’t solve all our problems or cure terrible diseases, it can help us create spaces that make us feel safe, nurtured, and inspired. By reducing stress in our surroundings, and promoting an environment that is relaxing and revitalizing, you are contributing to your physical and emotional well-being, and others will feel it too. The only downside you might experience to having good feng shui is that when your friends and family come to visit they will feel so good that you may have trouble getting them to leave, but that’s a rather small price to pay for feeling happier and healthier now, isn’t it?
Copyright 2017, Cathleen McCandless, all rights reserved.