Thursday, January 11, 2007

May the Force be with you! Feng Shui for Vitality

BAD! Kitty Art Studio
(above) Fairy World 11 ' The Journey'
Collage and oils on a recycled wood base
By: HMBT 2006

The Chinese art of Feng Shui has been practiced for centuries and it offers some tips for improving, or maintaining your health and energy levels!

According to the experts, one of the best ways you can encourage your own state of well being is to surround yourself with life energy. Fresh flowers and plants will work wonders for your mind, body and spirit in this tradition and Feng Shui practitioners recommend that you put plenty around the house and yard (or whatever space you've got). Just be sure to keep them healthy. Dried flowers are considered bad for your energy (after all, they're dead) and may allow you to stay trapped in old energy or hold onto old patterns that are making you sick in some way (or at least not letting you blossom). Same goes for dying or wilting plants. Silk flowers, on the other hand, will do the trick, especially if you have an allergy or can't spend weekly on the fresh stuff, but the idea is to surround yourself with life force, so obviously, live plants are optimal.

If you really want to take this up another notch, Feng Shui experts recommend getting a pet. A dog, cat, or whatever other house-appropriate animal will help to stimulate your energy and re-root you. They are champions of people who will love you unconditionally, which naturally generates even more positive energy in your home and in your life. Fish are also great life force enhancers...keeping two goldfish and one black goldfish (all together in the same bowl) in your home (goldfish come in many colors) is said to increase your wealth and protect health. So, if you don't have the room or time for a furry friend, consider goldfish for your pet.

You've heard the saying green with envy, right? Well in Feng Shui tradition, that would be green with healthy, since green is the color of health!

Like many other groups, the Chinese believe that certain colors can promote health and spirituality. Green, in particular is said to soothe and replenish the soul, and they suggest that those who are ailing or simply concerned about health wear it often and place it in key areas of their homes. Likewise, they believe that wearing pink melts anger, donning yellow stimulates the mind and putting on a little something blue promotes tranquility. Note which areas you feel you're lacking (or could use a little help with) and dress accordingly. You may find yourself on the sunnier side of things when the day is done!

In Feng Shui tradition, bathrooms can drain your health and your finances. To prevent this from happening, not only is it advisable to decorate your bathrooms in earth tones ("to figuratively dam the leak" as one expert puts it), but make sure you fix any leaky faucets (inside and out) and always turn the water all the way off! Likewise, put the toilet seat down when you leave the room. You don't want to flush your money -- or your well being -- down the toilet!

Like all things, you need to pay attention to your body if you want to be healthy… and you need to send that message to the universe as well. In Feng Shui tradition, most attributes to a life well-lived have an area of the house dedicated to them. Health finds its home in the left-center section of each room and (if you have a yard) in the left-center section of your property (considered when standing at your front door). Make sure this area is tended to. The health area of your home should not be cluttered in anyway, nor should it be the place you store garbage of any sort. On the other hand, your health center shouldn't be completely empty either! Plants and other green items are highly recommended inhabitants of your health space.

So...Use the force, Luke!
I have been using Feng Shui for years in my everyday life; I also have used it's principles in every garden design (or planting done on the farm) I have ever done in the past. I even use it in my paintings and artistic creations, for the benefit of my wealth creation and the health and vitality of the art patron that will live with the work. It really does work wonders for health, wealth and personal vitality. If you are working to create a healthier lifestyle, trying to save money, or looking for that promotion, consider some of these tips for helping you along that path.
I have so much work to do today for the new Gallery show as well as my private life that my head is spinning from the load, but I have lit my good smelling candles, I am wearing energizing and confidence boosting colors and the toliet seat is down...I think I can safely take on anything today. :)
May you find the force on your side today as you make it through this world.
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Information in part for this article provided by author S.K.Smith

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