There is an old Chinese saying that says:
When there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person;
When there is beauty in the person, there is harmony in the home;
When there is harmony in the home, there is honor in the nation;
When there is honor in the nation, there is peace in the world.
In this month of July when we celebrate our country’s independence, we can also celebrate our personal independence. We can free ourselves from the burdens and issues that weigh us down. Freedom can be a powerful tool, in opening up our lives and bringing comfort to our souls. Our environment should bring us comfort and nourish our soul. Look around your living space and think about how you feel. Do you feel rested, honored and respected? If not, maybe, you need to free yourself from the items and the objects that are weighing you down. Our homes should be a reflection of ourselves. Our personal environment should tell the story about our lives, the way we live, the things we enjoy and the people we love. When our homes do not reflect our personal style there is a disconnection between our environment and our lives. In Feng Shui, we look for that connection between one’s environment and one’s self.
You might want to review your home and look at the items that make up your environment. Surround yourself with objects that inspire you, motivate you, and bring you happiness. If you are not surrounded by these items; you might want to think about replacing these objects, with things that do uplift your soul. Our environments are a reflection of ourselves and they should have a positive impact on our spirit. We should have a sense of freedom in our home. If we are not surrounded by items that raise our energy level, these objects that have a negative feeling, which will lower our energy level. We will not feel independent. Isn’t that what we are all striving for; a freedom from the overwhelming tasks and chores that we have? We want to live a life that is harmonious and filled with serenity. We can have a sense of freedom in our homes if we feel good while spending time in them.
We should want to spend time in our home enjoying life. If we do not feel comfortable in our environment, it will be hard for us to get the rest and relaxation that our bodies need. We all need a place where we can go, to get away from the outside world. Our homes should be a place free from the responsibilities that we have in our community. We need a personal haven where we can recharge our energy and ground ourselves. If we do not feel grounded, we have a tendency to be anxious, nervous and stressed out. The stress level just increases because we are keeping our bodies from enjoying any downtime. Just as our minds need time to rest as we sleep, our bodies need the same nurturing practice. Our environment should nurture our soul. It is important that we honor this energy within our environment in order for us to honor our own body. When we honor this energy in our environment, we are being grateful for what we have. We are respecting our surroundings and using our environment to make us feel healthier.
As we honor and celebrate our country’s independence, let us also honor and celebrate our home’s independence. Respect our environment and be grateful for the items that we have in our homes. When we do this, our environment will pay us back with good healthy energy. The vital energy that we all need to survive, will keep us calm, rested and rejuvenated. So living in respect with our own personal spaces will help us to live a more independent and balanced life!