1. How to Ensure Relaxing Sleep Using Feng Shui

    July 9, 2013

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    by Emilie Whitmore

    Is your home a relaxed haven or a cluttered prison? Your home should be your sanctuary, the place where you go at the end of your long working day to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries. For some though, their house is a burden, a place where they feel trapped and confined, struggling under a mountain of clutter and chores – But it doesn’t have to be that way, and in this article we are going to discuss some great tips to help declutter your home and create Feng Shui to induce relaxation and encourage positive energy.

    Feng Shui improves your quality of life by encouraging positive qi, (positive energy). Feng Shui says that unused and unloved items collect bad energy and advises decluttering and arranging your possessions in a particular way which can improve your life by encouraging a more positive energy flow. Now who are we to argue! Feng Shui is based on the dynamics of Yin and Yang, these are the forces of energy around us constantly, Yin (feminine) soft, slow, relaxed and silent and Yang (masculine) aggressive, solid and fiery. You need a balance of both energies and they must exist and flow harmoniously throughout your home – but if you are struggling to relax in your home perhaps you need to encourage more of the relaxing and calming Yin and create less of the Yang.

    Relaxing sleep is the most important for your psychological health, so we are going to explore the use of Feng Shui techniques in your bedroom, an often overlooked but prime place to start your Feng Shui project as it is, or perhaps it should be, the most relaxing part of your home whereas in other parts such as in the kitchen you want a more invigorating and stimulating environment.

    Furniture positioning:

    The position of furniture is an important aspect of Feng Shui. You bed is your prime piece of furniture in your bedroom, according to these principals the ideal position of your bed is where you can see the door while laying in bed without being directly in front or in line with it. It is also always advisable to have a good supporting wall behind your head, or a strong headboard, grounding and balance across the room and no sharp angles pointing towards you. To create balance, have two bedside tables instead of 1, and reframe from pushing your bed up against the wall. These concepts make great sense as they promote a sense of safety while you rest which is conducive to relaxation and sleep; these are really instinctive safety measures, as only when you are truly safe can you feel 100% relaxed.

    Mirrors:

    Mirrors you might think are great for reflecting light and for creating the illusion of space in your home – but according to Feng Shui placing a mirror opposite the bed is a big mistake! A mirror opposite your bed drains your energy when you need it most when you are sleeping and relaxing. Mirrors reflect you – thus multiplying your energy, amplify tensions or worry. There is also the argument that a mirror opposite the bed creates the allusion of a third person in the bed and promotes infidelity!

    Doors:

    We mentioned the bedroom door but you do not want your bed in line with any of the doors in your bedroom such as en suite bathroom door, balcony door, any door! This is firstly because traditional Chinese feng shui masters say that a bed aligned with a door resembles a coffin that is always taken away feet first – Not the best image when trying to relax! But also because doors have an energy pull towards them and this is not what you want when trying to relax in bed.

    Head space:

    Whilst in bed you do not want to put anything hanging above it – again to promote the feeling of safety. Leave nothing hanging above your head. Beams, a ceiling fan or chandelier above the bed are all bad Feng Shui. Anything above the weight than a piece of soft fabric will create oppressive/heavy energy which is not ideal for inducing relaxing sleep.

    Clutter:

    According to Feng Shui, clutter can block the flow of chi leading to stagnation, disturbed sleep and generally prevent your life from moving forward – basically it’s weighing you down and holding you back – this if nothing else is bound to cause you stress and worry.

    The space under your bed shouldn’t be used for storage, it should be kept as clear as possible and wardrobes and draws should be kept clean and tidy – so the methodology of out of sight out of mind by bunging everything under the bed or in the wardrobe is really not an option. Streamline as much as possible or use some storage for excess possessions that you have no room for.

    Use your bedroom only as a bedroom; keep out any televisions, computers, and other distracting equipment that promote energy expulsion and brain power such as files and paperwork.

    Fresh air: Open windows and let in fresh air full of oxygen. If this is not always possible one of the easiest ways is to decorate your space with top air purifying plants such as the Areca Palm which is particularly easy to care for and leaves your space with a fresh feel reduced of toxins.

    Lighting: Use candles in the evening for natural soft lighting or use a dimmer switch.

    Colour palette: Decorate your bedroom with neutral/skin tone colours which are more relaxing. Use fewer Yang like, strong vibrant colours that are energy zapping and too stimulating for the bedroom environment.

    Whilst it may seem a mean feat to incorporate all these techniques into your bedroom why not try a few tactics and see if this induces the relaxing Yin energy flow into your home and encourages you to truly relax.

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  2. Top 7 Benefits of Meditation: How does it Help Your Body?

    April 19, 2013

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    There are different ways to achieve a peaceful and happy life. One of the things that you can consider is meditation. Meditation is known to be very effective in soothing person’s mind and maintaining a good psychological and physiological health. In this article, we will talk about 7 main benefits of meditation.

    Relieves stress

    One of the things that can make you healthy is the absence of stress or ability to handle stress. When you are meditating, you are slowly releasing yourself from stress. This is one thing that can help you go on with your everyday work without carrying loads of negativity caused by stress. Spending some time meditating can make you get every single piece that is causing stress out of your system. It is a very important activity that is proven to relieve you from the negative effects of stress.

    Improves the function of the brain

    Meditation can help you clear up the mind and make it function well. The activity encourages your brain to focus and disregard all types of disturbances. This can make you think clearer about your goals and helps you make better decisions. The mind is connected to the body. When the brain is healthy, you will surely have a healthy body. If the brain can relate to the world with positive attitude because of meditation, it can also bring a positive effect to your body.

    Helps heal depression

    Meditation is done in order to achieve peace of mind and focus. People who have anxiety and depression can be treated with the help of meditation. When a person is experiencing anxiety and depression, he needs sometime to understand how he can gain peace within him through meditation. Your emotions can be balanced with the help of this activity. People who have been doing meditation are found to become emotionally stable.

    Helps fight high blood pressure

    One of the advantages of meditation is its ability to eliminate stress that can cause high blood pressure. It encourages relaxation that is highly recommended for people who are experiencing high blood pressure. Few moments spent meditating will surely help you go away from stress that can cause undesirable effects to the blood pressure. The relief that it can give to you is very important. Though you need to consult your doctor for the treatment of your high blood pressure. Meditating is just something that can help maintain low blood pressure.

    Increases your immune system

    Being in a relaxed state allows the body to regenerate and build the immune system. This is effective for people who are experiencing terminal illnesses such as cancer. It is proven by studies that most cancer patients can increase their level of survival with this activity. Cancer cells can increase when the person is stressed out. With the help of meditation, you are increasing anti-cancer agents inside your body that can be very important in combating diseases.

    Helps avoid heart disease

    Heart diseases can be caused by the environmental factors such as stress and problems. With this, it is recommended that people should be avoiding stressful moments in order for them not to acquire any disease related to the heart. When it comes to avoiding heart disease, one should understand that taking a deep breath and meditating can help make the heart function well.

    Helps in the treatment of bowel problems

    If you are experiencing problems like constipation, meditation and relaxation can be a part of the treatment. This is something that researchers have found out. It also aids in problems related to bloating.

    The seven things presented above are just few of the helpful effects of meditation. If you want to be healthy, you need to consider your diets (e.g. medifast diet), and the peace inside you. Sometimes, meditation is a better cure than diet.

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