The Earth is our most precious gift. She nurtures our bodies and souls and inspires our our spirit.† We not only need to be in nature, but we need to bring nature into our homes. This is an important part of any Feng Shui practice, †which is called the Five Elements Theory. Whether you are interested in Feng Shui or not, you will always benefit from surrounding yourself with things from the natural world.
All of us have certain places that inspire us the most. For me it is Hawaii and tropical landscapes with lush vegetation, turquoise blue water and soft apricot-colored sand. Because of this I surround myself with textures, patterns, objects and colors that invoke the feeling of a tropical landscape which always invigorates and uplifts me, creating some of the feeling that I have when I am there.
Here is a nature meditation that I give my clients and students† which is designed to get them in touch with the colors, objects, shapes and textures that they personally resonate with. In identifying the specific natural settings that bring us bliss, we can create a home that is truly a sanctuary of inspiration. This meditation will assist you in choosing the colors, patterns, shapes and objects that you personally need to surround yourself with in order to feel the most inspired in your living space. (See my article on the Power of Color.)
If you live with others, you may want to have them do this meditation as well and assist them in creating their own personal sanctuary in their own rooms. If you and your partner have two very opposite kinds of places, give each person a space to create their vision fully, then bring in features from both of your meditations into your shared spaces. Opposite places might be one with a lush tropical landscape and one with the muted and silvery colors of a snowy mountain at midnight. Either way, any time we bring nature into the home we will feel a sense of joy and well-being. This meditation simply allows us to fine-tine exactly the kinds of spaces that bring us the most joy.
If you can find a picture that reflects the place (or places) you love in nature the most, it is a powerful affirmation. A good place to† hang it in the Knowledge and Self Cultivation area of your home. To find this energetic area go to my past article on Charting the Energy Centers of Your Home . This is the area that is about developing our spirituality and meditation. This brilliant photographer Carl Amoth does have smaller more affordable prints of all of these stunning images, so make sure to check out both of† his web sites listed below.
Many times we will find that we have always brought into our living spaces objects from the places in nature that we resonate with the most. Look closely at your own space and note which things already represent the place in nature you love.
I would love to hear from you dear readers….what is your place in nature that inspires you!
For more stunning nature photography by Carl Amoth and to treat yourself to a visual feast! Just viewing these images is a powerful meditation. You can view more images at his web site at http://www.carlamoth.com .† Prints available at † http://carl-amoth.artistwebsites.com† Enjoy!
Erica Sofrina is the Founder of Earth Spirit Adventure Travel, where she takes groups to powerful energy places on the planet to experience their deep earth-spirit connection. Find out more about her Elements Immersion Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii coming up in June.
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