Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Feng Shui Room with a View

When I ask my students and clients what area of their home they love the most and why, their general response is a room with a lot of light and a view. Why this response? Because nature nourishes us! 

During this time of being sheltered in place to stay safe many are turning to gardens. These can be spacious, lush outside areas or small balconies with a collection of colorful plants. They nourish us with their peacefulness,  and research has shown that having fresh flowers in your home, or being able to look at flowers outside, can actually reduce levels of pain and stress.  A study performed by the American Horticulture Society found that people exposed to flowers had lower blood pressure and heart rate and lower ratings of pain and anxiety. This is why enhancing your home, patio and/or garden with healthy flowers is so beneficial during dark periods of your life.     

Having a room with a view of a calming garden scene will help you create a peaceful retreat and evoke feelings of calm. Add calming sounds, like a trickle of water from a fountain or the soft gong of a wind chime to help set a more serene scene. Design a spot for reading and relaxing by adding a comfortable bench. Welcome bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden by planting wildflowers or various pollinator plants creating beauty as well as helping the environment.

There is so much joy from being able to stroll through your garden or just enjoy it through your room with a view.

Stay centered and safe. Flowers can help!   

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Unleash Your Creative Drive Through Feng Shui

Being sheltered in place has unleashed people’s creativity and the way they navigate through life.

Did you know that by applying some easy Feng Shui principles to your home can give you the spark of motivation and creativity you need?  Your space is more than happy to help you create the life that you want; all you need to do is shift the energy and visualize. What a wonderful opportunity we have during this down time.

Use the acronym DRVN to spark the drive within you.

Here are 4 easy ways your home can help you energize you and your creativity:

1) Declutter:  Piles of old, forgotten, unused items cluttering your home will stifle your creativity. The more clutter, the less creative you could be.  Make decisions about your things and clear them out, with the intention that new energy, creative ideas and opportunities will come your way.

2) Redecorate a room or just rearrange some items in your home; this changes the perception of your space. When you look at things differently; your brain registers the new patterns in your environment and can set up new patterns in your thinking. I call this “shaking up the Ch’i.”

3) Visualize yourself in a creative endeavor. Write, state, or picture yourself succeeding in a creative pursuit as if it is already happening. For example, “I have completed my first novel”, or “I am thoroughly enjoying my flower arranging class.”

4) Get in touch with nature:  When in a creative slump seek the out of doors; go on a hike, work in your garden, enjoy a picnic, or just bring fresh flowers into your home.   By surrounding yourself with nature you relax, rejuvenate and open up channels to inspiration.

Think of the acronym – DRVN, (Driven) when you:

Declutter                                                                                                                                                    Rearrange                                                                                                                                                  Visualize                                                                                                                                                    Nature

You are DRiVeN to creativity.  Your space is being creatively used in a new way and will in turn inspire you to creativity. Embrace this renewed energy!