using feng shui with plants
Bringing plants into your home will add life, clean the air and add colour to your home. Plants also improve your ability to relax, lower blood pressure and improve general well being, as plants appear to have a positive influence on our para sympathetic nervous system
Plants have been shown to reduce stress in offices and can contribute to creating a healthier atmosphere. They improve the air and add a very small amount of oxygen to a room. Some plants will add a pleasurable essence to a space.
From a feng shui perspective they bring more living energy into a living or work area. You may find that new plants in a room help you feel closer to nature and more connected to our natural environment. Flowering plants and fresh flowers can be an influence on our mood and help us feel different.
Plants are associated with ‘wood’ in the five elements or five transformations. They add more refreshing, growing chi to a space and can help us feel more up, positive and healthy according to feng shui principles. Fresh flowers or flowering plants have more fire chi.
You can be creative in how you choose to pot your plants. Find containers that will hold your interest and be something you can engage with. Interesting shapes, colours and textures will all make a room more engaging and potentially help you develop a more enjoyable experience of using the room. The principles of wabi sabi can help in this project.
Growing several different plants in the same larger pot can create an interesting micro garden in your own home. An artistic arrangement can be created using driftwood, stones, gravel or ornaments. Plants can be part of an imaginative and creative expression of yourself and carry this expression into your home.
Try planting seeds, growing your own herbs, bringing in a new plant or decorating your home with flowers.
In feng shui practice, the emotions and energetic state we bring to something is radiated into the room. So if you enjoy the process of planting, and do it with love, that is the energy you will fill the room with.
Planting two plants in the same pot or placing two flowers in the same vase can symbolically remind us of our own relationships and remind our unconscious mind that we are sharing our life with someone, or if we are looking for a new relationship help us prepare for sharing our lives with another.
Let yourself go and add a variety of interesting plants, in fascinating containers, all arranged creatively and see if the room feels a little more like spring. Be aware of how you feel in that space.
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