Over the summer I had the opportunity to travel to New Hampshire and Vermont. My “Auntie” (we are distantly related) lives half the year on Maidstone Lake, a remote yet bucolic area that is bursting with a variety of wildlife, pristine waters and lush foliage. My time at the lake was spent without cell phone or internet as there was no service available. Instead, we spent time walking in the woods, visiting with neighbors, putting our feet in the water and watching the loons on the lake and the sunsets over the mountains.

This time away from my “real” world gave me time to reflect. To consider how, in the 21st century, we are bombarded with change from every direction. It’s tough to keep up with all the new technology, the new apps, the new shortcuts our devices provide, supposedly to enable us to do things quicker and more efficiently. But, perhaps we are left with too little time to appreciate and enjoy Life. There are so many ways to receive information but many of us feel that we don’t have enough time to process it. Our rapidly changing world is creating stress in our lives. How do we cope?

Reconnecting with nature is one of the primary tenets of Feng Shui. It’s about slowing down, being in the moment, breathing. Nature, quite simply, is everything. It is the source of life. It is our foundation and our nourishment, our comfort and our treasury.

Here are a few tips I would like to share with you,

to Reconnect with Nature and bring it in to your living Environment

Open your curtains and your windows, letting in the sunlight, fresh air and Nature’s Energy.

Bring in items from the outdoors – shells, rocks, crystals, leaves, feathers, pinecones, seed pods. Rather than going to a store to buy these things, take a walk along the beach or in the woods or even through your neighborhood park. Finding these elements yourself while spending time in nature will imbue them with even greater meaning.

Place healthy potted plants and flowers in multiple areas of your space. Avoid sharp, pointy leaves or thorns as well as dried flowers, dead plants, or potpourri, as these invite Sha Chi or negative energy into the environment. Add a plant next to your computer for rejuvenation and oxygen.

The water element is a very powerful one. Install a tabletop fountain in your environment. The sounds of gentle, moving water will help you to feel relaxed and in tune with nature. Another option would be to hang photographs of moving water in areas where you spend time and want to feel more calm and at ease.

Use fruits and vegetables as interior décor for your environment and inspiration for your spirit. These items will uplift your senses visually and aromatically.

Mother Nature is Powerful Energy – invite her in as often as possible and you will feel a difference in your environment and in your life.