Recently I was reminded of how our ancestors spent the majority of their time outside under the sky. They were intimately connected with the living natural world every day of their lives. This had a profound effect on their health and well-being, this deep intimacy with Nature.
We are part of Nature but our minds create a separation so it’s easy to forget this.
Spending most of our time inside doesn’t help. Our modern lives are designed to be mostly inside but that doesn’t mean that WE are designed to be mostly inside. Spending time outside gives us what we need to truly thrive.
Summer is the perfect time to reconsider our outdoor spaces and the amount of time we spend outside.
What new outside routines can we create throughout our day? Evening walks? Going outside in the morning to welcome the new day? Eating your meals outside, even if it’s a quick snack or when you’re by yourself?
Do you work inside? Can you take 5 minutes breaks outside throughout your day? Can you bring your computer with you to do your work outside?
Our simply sit outside doing NOTHING. Just taking it all in and relaxing. I’ve been doing these things myself and finding them deeply nourishing and renewing.
Feng Shui is about creating a harmonious relationship with Nature in our living environment.
We know that by doing so we can profoundly influence the quality of our life. We bring Nature inside because Nature is so nourishing. We do this by balancing and enhancing the life-force energy ‘chi’ of the space. This will allow the inside space to nourish our health and well-being. But this doesn’t mean we should spend all our time inside!
We can also Feng Shui our outdoor spaces.
If you have an outdoor space to work with, no matter how small, create your own peaceful oasis to recharge and renew you. Get to know your outside spaces and the living elements who surround you. The plants! The sky! The wind! The trees! The earth! The sun! The birds! The bees!
There’s something magical about sitting outside under the sky, feeling the sun and the wind, listening to the birds and being in the presence of the plants. It uplifts our spirits in a big way and can transform even the worst day.
If you don’t have access to a personal outside space where you live, what new routines can you create to get yourself out of the house more often and out under the sky? Your spirit will thank you for making the effort. Begin today with the Summer Solstice, a potent doorway to reconnect with the deep rhythms of nature.
Clutter inhibits the nourishing life-force energy ‘chi’ from flowing in our living spaces.
Decluttering is the first step to good Feng Shui because clutter blocks the flow of chi. Summertime is the perfect time for decluttering our inside and outside spaces. The long energetic days of summer give us the time and energy we need to get the job done. I’m offering my Simplify to Thrive Virtual Workshop this summer to help you do that.