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.)
- Go to a quiet place that you can spend time meditating without interruption. Bring your journal or something to write on along with a pen. Sit comfortably and breathe slowly in and out five times.
- Envision a place in nature that you go to for inspiration and a deep sense of well being. This may be a place you have actually been to or a place in your imagination, but make sure it is somewhere on this earth, not a heavenly or other-worldly sort of place. It may be by a lush tropical beach,or the wind-swept beaches of New England. Perhaps it is a pristine alpine meadow with an icy-cool lake.
- It may be on a snowy and silvery moon lit mountain at midnight, or by a bubbling brook in a meadow of wild flowers. Perhaps it is a southwest landscape with jagged red mountain peaks, a spring desert of wildflowers or deep in an ancient cave.
- Describe the place and write down the specific objects, colors and textures you see. Describe the temperature, the season, the time of day or night. Be specific about the colors and textures, i.e. the turquoise- blue of a tropical ocean; the silvery blue of the moon on a snowy mountain; the terracotta landscape of the southwest; the loamy rich brown and earthy bark of a tree in a deep forest; the deep green and softness of moss covering stones on a bubbling brook. Describe what the light looks like. Is it muted and soft, or bright and light as at mid-day?
- Now describe how being in this place makes you feel. You may want to use words like joyous, deeply content, blissfully happy, loved and cared for, etc.
- Spend at least 20 minutes on this meditation and journal your findings. When you are finished, open your eyes and bring yourself back to the present place and time.
- You now have a description of the specific colors, shapes, lighting, mood and atmosphere you personally can recreate in your home to bring a deep sense of well-being into your living space.
- If yours was a tropical beach, you may have described bold reds, yellows, greens, turquoise and purple as the colors along with soft peach and ivory as the color of the sand. Accessorize your home with beautiful shells and starfish. Bring in pillows that replicate the colors and textures of sand. Add a few throw pillows with tropical birds and exotic flowers.
- Add tall palms and exotic orchids, or fabrics replicating them. You may want to choose a lemony-white wall color to replicate the bright mid-day sun of the tropical landscape. Create your personal space filled with the objects, textures and patterns from your place in nature that brings you the deepest sense of joy and well-being. Make sure to keep in mind the Yin/Yang components and create a more Yin version of this for bedrooms and more restful spaces. (See my article on Yin and Yang).
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.