Environmentally Savvy When Green Wasn't Cool
By Pat Heydlauff
Do you have your own definition of a Green Lifestyle? Are
renewable or sustainable energy, climate change and environmental
pollution on your short list? Are you considering a shift to a
greener lifestyle and making changes in your home and your thinking
to bring you into more harmony with the environment?
It is time to take action on your thoughts. Today is the best
day to begin to invest in a green lifestyle, eco-friendly products
and you? Whether you agree or disagree with everything you
hear and read about the greening of America, you can definitely
agree upon the fact that a lot of time, money and effort is being
dedicated to this endeavor.
What is a Green
Everyone has their
own definition of the greening of America and what living a green
lifestyle should look like. And, sometimes those definitions are
vastly different and at opposite ends of the spectrum.
My rather simple definition of a Green America based on an
ancient Feng Shui principle is: people who live in, support and
replenish the environment and an environment that supports people
through providing a life giving atmosphere and resources in order
that they both prosper.
The second definition of a green life could be living the
Feng Shui lifestyle. The principles of the original Form School of
Feng Shui are all about creating your home and life to be in
complete harmony with your surrounding environment. Feng Shui is
about uncluttering and using positive energy in your surroundings so
you and your environment can enjoy abundance.
If you think about it, Planet Earth some 3000 years ago when
Feng Shui got its start was in perfect balance. To keep it somewhat
uncomplicated, Earth experienced day and night, heat and cold, wet
and dry over a yearly cycle. It had oceans and land masses,
mountains and valleys, barren land and crop supporting land.
The ancient Chinese civilization learned to work with their
environment and to manage the resources so they could live in
harmony with their environment. They altered their environment only
by cultivating the land and building shelter to survive. When they
learned how to position their homes in harmony with the energy forms
provided by the environment such as trees, hills, rivers and maximum
warmth from the sun in the South they began to thrive.
Feng Shui Today:
most people would not turn the clock back 3000 years to recapture
that pristine environment, there are a number of things you can do
today to live in better harmony with the environment.
Rather than think about the environment from a global
perspective which is out of reach for most, look around your home to
find those things within your reach that you can control and do
something about today. Unclutter, recycle and use eco-friendly
products indoors and out. Care for and nurture your home and Mother
Earth as you would care for yourself and your family.
In Feng Shui, one
of the best ways to improve your personal environment is to make
sure positive energy enters your home. That means you need to
unclutter the outside too including the walkway leading up to
entrance of your home.
When landscaping and gardening, remember to use eco-friendly
products that are good for the plants, the birds and the earth.
Then, focus on preservation and replenishment care in the planning
process. If you have large healthy mature trees, find ways to
protect and care for them as they provide you protection from the
sun and heat plus help maintain the planet’s healthy atmosphere.
If plants are overgrown, prune them. If they are unhealthy,
even dead remove them immediately because they are sending negative
unhealthy energy into your home. Plants like this should always be
promptly removed and replaced to provide a healthy energy
environment surrounding your home. Both you and the environment
In a home case study, positive energy was not reaching the
front door because plantings were old and overgrown causing the
walkway to be dark. Plus the large old tree on the left was lifting
the sidewalk more than six inches in at least two places making it
unsafe and exposing the home owners and guest to injury and
Saving the tree was their number one priority. The Feng Shui
solution was to create a wide S curve walkway to accommodate the
roots of the tree and to encourage positive energy to meander into
the house and linger spreading abundance throughout. The design not
only opened up the walkway so it wasn’t so dark, it also made it
safer and more welcoming to guests and for new energy to enter the
The final step was to unclutter the area by removing decaying
old plants and properly pruning the others to encourage new growth
for the plants as well as the homeowners. A few colorful new
plantings were added to further energize the welcoming energy.
There are easily thousands of other things you can do and
products you can buy that lend themselves to a greener lifestyle.
The Feng Shui suggestions are about removing and controlling the
clutter in your personal environment which provides you better
energy. And, recycling and using more eco-friendly products provides
the environment more positive energy rather than having to deal with
By following some of these simple suggestions you’ve improved
your quality of life and that of the environment. Plus, you are
preserving and or replenishing the environment when caring for its
plants and trees – living a Green lifestyle today that was
cool 3000 years ago.
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