by Rene Hawthorne | September 19, 2017 2:20 pm
Learning how to create an intentional healing environment is important for maintaining good health. The use of colors, choice of lighting, the use of the 5 elements, and the very symbolic meaning of the objects and pictures, are all important.
Here are six guidelines on how best to make your surroundings the most renewing, serene and healing possible:
The 5 elements philosophy in Japanese Buddhism, is derived from Buddhist beliefs:
These 5 elements from the natural world live in our bodies and in the meridians (energetic pathways) through which Chi (vital life energy force) moves and governs the quality of your health.
Honoring this element in your home can provide a sense of protection, strength, and stability
Remove anything not contributing to the balance you are now creating
Incorporate nature: plants, clay pots, glass, stone or wood items
Create “flow” in your home by rearranging furniture
Remove excessive clutter for more visual fluidity
Add a water feature, fountain, aquarium, or floating candles
Consider a humidifier or dehumidifier to balance moisture levels in your home
Maintain natural balance in lighting – not too dark, not too dim
Maintain balance in temperature of your home
Return to your natural circadian rhythms, natural sleep cycle
This all affects the harmonizing of energy, mood, and immunity
Consider eco friendly low chemical cleaners
Add houseplants to your home
Clean the vents and filters
Consider an air purifier
Remove all unused and unwanted objects from your home
Focus on one room at a time
Clear closets first to make room for storage
Consider how each item adds harmony to your home
Our surroundings influence our well-being in powerful ways. By simply including the 5 Elements we are able to help ourselves heal. Healing is quite different from curing, which is physical recovery from disease. Healing can be thought of as restoring a person to a sense of wholeness, emotionally, mentally and, when possible, physically. We can assist our own healing process with our surroundings in several ways – by decreasing the stress response, lifting mood, boosting the immune system, reducing pain, and even changing our expectations. Try a few changes in your home environment to see what happens.
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