Sunday, December 27, 2009

Nature as Nurturer

I have mixed feelings about the holidays. While on one hand, it's great to see family and friends you haven't seen for weeks or months or in some cases longer; it also can be a challenge working all of those people into an already packed schedule that involves the stress of shopping, decorating, cooking, hosting and traveling into a relatively short time span.

Despite all of these holiday happenings, I know deep down I wouldn't want to change much if any of it. So instead I have to find a way to manage my stress better. In Feng Shui, there are many methods to help, and for me I have found the way that works best for me is to draw on nature.

I can look out my back yard and see trees sprouting from a blanket of snow that has fallen over the past couple days. The trees themselves support various hills and valleys of white that cling to their branches. This masterpiece offers a sense of stillness and peace that allows me to re-center myself.

Of course if you don't have this view outside your back window, you can still bring this gift of nature into your home. Consider pictures/posters of nature that you've seen or even have in your home. While they may be simply representations of nature, studies have shown that even pictures of nature have beneficial effects on people's stress levels and emotional well being. Now allow yourself a moment or two each day to just take it in and consider what it is you see -- nature can be awe inspiring.

Be awed, and allow yourself to be nurtured by nature.

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