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Beat Holiday Blues with Feng Shui

One powerful way to remedy winter blues is to work with balancing the elements that begin to diminish during the fall and winter seasons. In working with the Feng Shui five elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood, we work with the controlling and the nurturing cycles. When we have too much of an element we control it by bringing in the element that is stronger. An example would be the element of earth which we would enhance in order to  control the element of water. When we have too little of an element we can nurture it with the element that feeds it, such as the element of wood which will strengthen and feed the element of fire.

By bringing into our homes more of the elements of fire (red), wood (green) and earth (gold) during the colder months, we overcome the abundance of the water element and bring them back into balance. Because we are deeply affected by our physical surroundings, our physical bodies come back into balance as well. As a result depression and lethargy often naturally lifts.

It was no surprise to me to discover that our ancestors had been decorating in this same fashion for centuries. As creatures of comfort we will always try to bring our environment into alignment. In so doing  they were naturally balancing these seasonal imbalances.

My favorite winter ritual is to fill my trunk with large branches from the unclaimed fir trees and berry bushes around my home. I give them their seasonal ‘haircut’ and into my trunk they go. That evening, I put on my favorite holiday music and immerse myself in the creative process of adorning my home with these bountiful earthy treasures.

Always preferring to save a Christmas tree, I create my own ‘greener’ recycled version and adorn a tall vase with pine boughs with twinkly white lights, shiny gold balls, strings of red cranberries and my collection of small unique ornaments. I cover the mantle with pungent greens, red poinsettias, strands of magical white lights and shimmering silver and gold ribbons. A cherished Angel holds the place of honor at the center  Every tabletop gets a unique variation on this theme creating a sense of interest and visual surprise everywhere the eye rests.

I encourage you to play, create, feel and experience the objects, textures, smells and magic of nature. Bring it into your homes in abundance during this time and especially emphasize the more earthy, woody and fiery aspects. It will replenish your soul and create a deep sense of joy and well being within you, making the fall and winter a magical cozy and happy time to be in your home.

Your comments are always welcome. Tell me how you bring nature into your home during the holidays.

As a special gift to my readers, please click here if you would like to receive a free color Five Elements map which will help you learn how to identify and work with the five elements in your home. Enjoy!

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at

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10:40AM PST on Nov 12, 2010

Great! Thanks!

2:03PM PST on Nov 9, 2010

thanx, I am for serene and cozy. Must be part of my inner kitty emerging. Meowwwww!!! Lol :-)

9:36AM PST on Nov 7, 2010

Expert advice, and so do'able :)
Thank You Erica for the inspiration!

3:38AM PST on Nov 7, 2010


10:50AM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

Thanks for the info...

6:39AM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

i need to get some indoor plants.

5:47AM PDT on Nov 6, 2010


10:18PM PDT on Nov 5, 2010


9:49PM PDT on Nov 5, 2010

Thanks for the article.

5:40PM PDT on Nov 5, 2010

I have tried to decorate my home using nature motifs wherever I can, pictures, lamps, docorative objects (one is the Buddha). The furniture is antique, and what's not antique is Arts & Crafts design, plus William Morris wallpaper and fabric. To top it off, I'm doing a mural on the living room walls of forests and lakes, which are abundant around here since I live on the edge of the Boundary Waters. Nature is the most inspiring of subjects and the most varied!

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