The Top 10 Benefits of Spiritual Environmental Design

Written by Bea Fields

What would your life be like if you were surrounded by "feel good" people, places, and things so that your spirit really getsrepparttar chance to soar? This top ten, taken from CoachVille's Personal Environments Community at , exploresrepparttar 110104 benefits of usingrepparttar 110105 art of environmental design inrepparttar 110106 realm of spirituality.

1. Assess and Create Sacred Space

We all have spaces that we declare as being sacred...those places and in our homes, hearts, offices, communities, network, in families, and in nature that we can call our own and that represent that which is spiritual in our lives. Whether it is a grand cathedral, an intimate corner in a shared room or a park bench byrepparttar 110107 water, sacred spaces are a vital part of our expression of our inner selves. The things we surround ourselves with are a direct reflection of our inner spiritual being. What do your surroundings reflect about your level of spirituality?

2. Increaserepparttar 110108 Energy Vibrations of Your Surroundings

The energy of your surroundings, known as "chi" can be free flowing (high energy) or it can be stagnant (low energy). Nothing affectsrepparttar 110109 chi energy of your spaces more than clutter or unfinished business. "Chi" is similar torepparttar 110110 blood ofrepparttar 110111 body. Ifrepparttar 110112 blood ofrepparttar 110113 body becomes clotted or "cluttered," major health complications can occur (heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure.) Imagine thatrepparttar 110114 piles of clutter, books, and "stuff" in your attic are cloggingrepparttar 110115 arteries orrepparttar 110116 flow of your home. Is it time to raiserepparttar 110117 energy vibrations where you live and work?

3. Work Effectively With Color

Our reactions to colors are led by a combination of biological, physiological, psychological, social and cultural factors, and yes...color has an affect onrepparttar 110118 way we operate and our ability to connect to our spiritual being. Certain color effects seem more universal, such as that of "warm" and "cool" colors. Warm colors include magenta, red, orange, yellow, and yellow-green. They speed up our perception of time and produce feelings that are warm and cozy. These colors are associated with excitement, happiness, boldness, and comfort. Cool Colors generally include violet, blue, light blue, cyan and sea green. Emotions associated with these colors include peacefulness and can also represent sadness, withdrawal and repression. Arerepparttar 110119 colors you wear and have around you working for you or against you?

4. Resonate with Harmony and Joy

When vibration is timed to be in synchronism and it is noted that less and less energy is required to then exciterepparttar 110120 system, resonance is said to occur. Pure resonance occurring in a system will allow a system when started vibrating to continue indefinitely. Resonance is a basic principle that affects everyone and everything. This same principle applies for a person in need of physical healing, and/or mental and emotional transformation. The correct frequency remindsrepparttar 110121 body's energy field of its original design, and brings it into harmony. When we are inrepparttar 110122 presence of a person who is expressing joy,repparttar 110123 energy field of their joy brings our own joy torepparttar 110124 surface, so we resonate together. There will be certain people, sounds, ways of being, music, foods, and objects that create resonance in your environment. Who or what are these? Find ways to include more of them as a way to enhance your spiritual well being.

5. Eliminate Emotional and Spiritual Blind Spots

Emotional and spiritual blind spots can create energy which is draining. For example: You are judging someone for their religious beliefs, which is actually a judgment against yourself (maybe you are struggling with what you believe.) Your cultural background tells you that a certain "belief is wrong," so you project your feelings about belief systems onto others. Education and a great deal of understanding of others can go a long way with overcoming emotional and spiritual blind spots. What are some of your blind spots and how might they be robbing you of energy, spirituality and joy?

Pets. The Wild Kind.

Written by David Leonhardt

Pets. The Wild Kind. By David Leonhardt

Just because we moved out torepparttar country a couple years back does NOT mean we want to run a farm. Tending to animals is just not how we want to spend our time. We don't want cows or sheep or chickens. We don't want hogs or ducks. We don't even want a dog or a cat to train.

OK, so my wife says that she wants a cat, but that's only because she knows I won't have anything to do with it. I suspect that if I ever said, "OK, you win. Let's get a cat", she would run screaming downrepparttar 110103 stairs pulling at her hair and just keep on running...causing damage torepparttar 110104 stairway carpet, not to mentionrepparttar 110105 window atrepparttar 110106 bottom ofrepparttar 110107 staircase.

We don't want a parrot or a rabbit or a hamster or even a mouse.

But when you live inrepparttar 110108 country, you have pets, whether you like it or not.

The first summer, we were welcomed by Muffetrepparttar 110109 skunk. Although she never responded to that name, we let her keep it. She just loved our compost heap. In fact, she had a frequent-eater pass atrepparttar 110110 all-you-can-eat compost buffet.

The second summer we were skunk-free, but this summer we were blessed with a new traveling perfume salesman. We did not name him, but we have determined that he is on a diet. He stays away fromrepparttar 110111 all-you-can-eat compost buffet.

He is also much less intelligent than Muffet. When we see him, we jump and shout and wave our hands to get his attention,. But we usually have to get his attention three or four times before something in his microbe-sized brain clicks in and says, "Wait a minute. That's notrepparttar 110112 hot dog vendor beckoning me to clean up his leftovers. Maybe I should turn around."

But he is smart enough provide a two-tier burglar deterent. First, he drives them away with his odor. "Peee-ew. Let's go robrepparttar 110113 Jensons downrepparttar 110114 road." Second he digs thousands of tiny pits all overrepparttar 110115 lawn to trip any burglar foolish enough to try to escape.

And to answer your question, no I did not personally verifyrepparttar 110116 gender of these skunks. But you are free to check if you doubt my word.

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