Do you ever have days where you feel sluggish and aren’t sure why? Does your home sometimes feel tense or stuffy instead of calm and inviting? If so, it may be time to do a cleansing ritual to free pent up energies and restore your vitality.
There are many tools and techniques that can restore the flow of positive energy. In Feng Shui, different cures are used throughout the home to ward off negativity and welcome positive, healing vibrations. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can easily improve the harmony in your home, increase your personal energy and enhance your overall sense of well-being.
Wind chimes are a simple and affordable tool used in Feng Shui to cleanse negative energies and simultaneously draw health and prosperity. Natural Bamboo chimes offer a lovely appearance and a delicate sound that will envelop your entryway, garden space or any area you choose with serene energy.
The entire home, and even your personal aura, can be cleansed with smoke. Use smudge sticks or your favorite cleansing incense. In many cultures throughout history; herbs, resins and incense have been used for purification rituals. Push the smoke into the corners of every room and say a prayer or mantra to invoke peace and remove negativity. Light incense during meditations and move through the smoke to help purify your own aura.
Open windows and doorways while burning incense and smudge to allow the smoke to carry away negative energies. Traditional incenses used for cleansing are Frankincense, Cedarwood, Nag Champa, Patchouli and Sandalwood.
Healing stones are another convenient tool you can use for personal healing or to harmonize the energies of any space. Carry your favorite stones in a small pouch around your neck, wear them as jewelry or store them in a velvet pouch to protect them and bring them out as needed.
Great stones for cleansing and protection include Amethyst, Quartz (clear or smoky), Fluorite, Obsidian, Onyx, Hematite and many others. Worry stones are specialty stones you can use to help relieve tension and anxiety, making way for creativity and positive energies to flow freely. They are flat, oval shaped stones that are easy to hold and use. You can also use chakra stones to heal and re-energize the body by placing them on the chakra points during meditations.
Tumbled stones are beautiful and make great décor items. They are very easy to customize and you can place them wherever they are needed. Every stone has different healing properties and can be used individually or combined to suit your tastes.
Music can also sooth the soul and creative positive, harmonious energy within a space. Play meditative music or soothing nature sounds to release tension in the body, mind or home and invite that energy into your space. The sound waves carry the vibrations and can promote the flow of harmonious, cleansing energies.
Light candles to create ambiance and cleanse a space. Candles with specialty oil blends are beautiful and inviting. Look into items like Reiki candles that are specifically blended with the right essential oils to promote peace, restore vitality and cleanse negativity.
Whatever your needs, there are simple, affordable techniques to help you, your home and workspace remain a place of peace and tranquility.
Recharge Your Energy
Modern lifestyles are fast paced and hectic, even for those who are in love with what they do everyday. Overall health and well-being require a delicate balance that can be hard to find in a modern world. If you find yourself feeling fatigued regularly; it may be time to look at ways to restore harmony and improve your overall vitality. Doing so will promote good overall health and longevity.
Common signs of being overtaxed include forgetfulness, feelings of frustration, sadness, hopelessness or anxiety, racing thoughts and fatigue. If you feel any of these on a regular basis it suggests the presence of excessive stress, which is hard on the body, mind and spirit. Use these simple tips and techniques to fully unwind and recharge your energy.
Cleanse your home and workspace regularly, not only physically by removing dirt and clutter, but also energetically. There are many ways to do this from smudging rituals to remove stagnant energies to placing salt lamps and greenery to purify the air and absorb toxic ions thrown off by electronic equipment. Focus on function and flow. Open windows, create walkways that are unobstructed and eliminate clutter to facilitate the constant flow of positive energy.
Introduce elements that help enhance mental clarity. Burn a candle with an energizing essential oil blend, or place oils in a nice warmer. Citrus, sage, mint and rosemary are a few examples of aromatherapy fragrances that stimulate the mind while promoting physical relaxation. Use these scents throughout the home or business to ease tension, enhance positive vibrations and promote harmony among others as well.
Take time each day to remove yourself from all electronics. Turn off your phone, TV and computers and allow the silence to come in. Mental “clutter” is created by constant over-stimulation. Quiet time allows the mind to calm down, which in turn relieves tension and stress throughout the body.
Meditation is an ideal way to take the benefits of silence even further. There are many items to enhance meditation from beautiful singing bowls and tingshas to soothing incense blends. Create a sacred space that is free from noise as much as possible and visit this place daily, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
Studies have shown that those who practice meditation or mindfulness exercises daily receive many health benefits, including improved energy. Exercise is also important for promoting and maintaining higher levels of energy. It’s often when we feel the most tired, that the body truly needs more movement. Yoga combines the benefits of exercise with those of mindfulness; easing stress and boosting overall health and vitality on all levels. Consider adding a few poses to your daily routine in the morning and evening.
In order to maintain good energy, encourage restorative sleep with a sleep ritual. This regular routine signals the body and mind that it’s time for rest. Engage in the same activity nightly, an hour or so before bedtime, to promote deeper, restorative sleep.
Here are some ideas you may want to incorporate into your sleep ritual:
Take a warm bath with relaxing oils or candles like lavender or patchouli.
- Write in a custom journal to help release any pent up emotions or excitement. Even a great day can still leave the mind racing. Use a journal as an outlet to release thoughts and emotions so that you can more fully relax.
- Drink a relaxing herbal tea like chamomile and sit quietly or read.
- Avoid blue light from TV and computer screens right before bed. They can interfere with melatonin production, the hormone your body produces that makes you relax and sleep.
A peaceful, deep restorative sleep combined with stress relief, harmonious spaces and adequate physical activity are key to developing and maintaining positive energy every day.