by Jami Lin
Is your holiday cheer distressed by money concerns? Wear green, the color of love, to enhance peace within yourself and encourage patience with others. According to ColorAlchemy, to prevent getting red-hot and bothered over shopping anxieties, decorate for the holidays with green candles, table cloths, and ornaments to support harmony with family and friends. Feature green accent pillows and other emerald accessories to help keep that peaceful feeling throughout the year.
Color influences everybody’s emotions. Madison Avenue marketing millionaires command its power, as do Hollywood film makers, interior designers, and every artist under the sun. Color affects everything you think, do, and say.
Did you ever wonder why you feel so good spending time with nature? Green is nature’s color, the color of living things. Its balance of warm and cool is easy on the eye and distinguishes it as “the color of love and compassion.”
Eliminate stress and expense anxiety by gifting loved ones with handmade, live or silk evergreen wreaths (circles are symbols of togetherness and longevity). Instead of traditional red accents, which may cause impatience, use blue (green’s partner) for more natural inspiration. Just like the color of a crisp, springtime sky, add blue silk flowers, bows, or ornaments for more tranquility.
Spend fewer greenbacks by personalizing handmade gifts with the feel-good aspects of color for everyone on your list. Make custom, colored gifts with specific loved ones in mind.
Think eco-green when creating your gifts to be responsible for the environment at the same time. Do you have any garage-sale treasures that you collected to re-color and re-new? (With a five-dollar investment, a little bronze paint, and tapered-green candles, I converted a rusty candelabra into a one-of a-kind beauty.) Have fun exploring dollar stores, bazaars, and flea markets as colored gems are eager for discovery.
All colors have special life-enhancing benefits. Consider these ideas to get started:
- Red/Excites and energizes: Fill a red container with cookies to sweeten the most seasoned sourpuss.
- Orange/Inspires play and spontaneity: Make a small, whimsical orange-flower arrangement to brighten a work-aholic’s desk.
- Yellow/commands confidence: Bead a yellow bracelet with special charms for timid children, friends, or co-workers.
- Green/lovingly nurtures: Present an IOU with the gift of quality time. Show up with a picnic basket and head off to sit beneath a wise, old tree.
- Blue/clears the mind and is thought provoking: Gift your favorite water and sky picture (that you took yourself) in a frame.
- Indigo/inspires insight: Make a gift card for an evening walk in the country to count shooting stars.
- Violet/quiets and deepens inner peace: Sew an eye pillow in luxurious purple fabric filled with dried lavender.
Need more help delivering thoughtful gifts without breaking the bank? Wear blue to have clear ideas or orange to have fun in your creative process.
Get everyone involved in a colorful, stress-less season. Have a gift-making party. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure holds the ultimate creative opportunity for holiday festivity. Ask friends and family to bring recyclable objects and their colorful ideas to share, re-create, and re-gift to each other. It is impossible to be stressed when thinking loving thoughts or being surrounded by the people you love.
You can find more free ideas about the unlimited benefits of color featured in Jami Lin’s award-winning book, ColorAlchemy, visit ColorAlchemy.com
Although Thanksgiving in Canada was about a month ago, our friends in the USA are just gearing up for the holiday, so we thought this information about applying Feng Shui principles to your get-together would be appropriate. Actually, these tips could be helpful just about any time of the year.
The following are simple tips sent to us by ChicagoHealers.com Practitioner Dr. Andie Pearson, DMD:
- Clean and Clear: No matter what the occasion, the first step in Feng Shui is clearing clutter and cleaning the area.
- Analyze: After you have cleared, cleaned and organized the area where you will be entertaining, you need to decided on themes, purpose, how many people will be invited, who will be there, and what activities and foods will you have. This should help you with the rest of your planning.
- Color It Warm: Plan the decorations with warm relaxing colors. Use goldenrod, earthy greens, tans, amber, deep rich reds or maroons etc. You want a color scheme that will be both relaxing and welcoming. Fall and Thanksgiving colors lend themselves to this very well.
- Traffic Flow – Create a good flow of traffic thru out. Ask yourself – Are you having an actual sit down event , buffet or cocktails with appetizers ?
- If you are having a formal dinner, have that room separate from the rest of the party, allowing the rest of the party area to be designated as the place for social gathering.
- For a buffet-style Thanksgiving, have an area for the food and a section for drinks. You will also need to have seating scattered about in organized fashion that doesn’t block flow of traffic.
- A Thanksgiving party that is just snacks, appetizers and cocktails has a bit of free flow. You can arrange several areas for food and drinks scattered through out the room so that people can stroll from place to place and socialize.
- Minimalist – Decorations should be pleasing to the eye, but kept to a minimum. Overly large or overwhelming items or too much clutter can create an environment of anxiety. The stimulation will be too much and will make it hard to relax into the party. Flower arrangements on the table or through out the room should be conservative and moderate to short. Anything big or tall will not allow for conversion across the table. Because people will be visiting and talking, music would be very nice, but needs to be low and soft so that it doesn’t compete with everyone there.
If you stick to the basics of Feng Shui, your party will be a success. So remember, clear and clean, plan in detail, go low and conservative on decorations, and allow for good social flow patterns through out the party area.
Three videos to give you inspiration and information about putting in a meditation garden.
A general introduction to how a garden for meditation can promote wellness, some specifics on selecting plants for your meditation garden, and advice on adding a water element. It does not have to be elaborate in order to add a water feature to a garden.
Sometimes the video player takes a few moments to load. Use this time to de-stress. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly…
The European academic environment is now acknowledging Scientific Feng Shui (also known in other countries as Traditional, Classic, Authentic and Imperial Feng Shui) as a vital part of Environmental Sustainability with a dedicated congress. One of their first steps in doing this is by inviting one of Italy’s most famous and internationally known Feng Shui Master Consultants, Simona F. Mainini, Dr. Arch., to represent her adopted home, the United States, to present a talk on “Applying Feng Shui Today”.
For the first time in Europe, Scientific Feng Shui and Environmental Sustainability will be discussed in the light of both Oriental and Western knowledge of architecture, design, and town planning over a ground-breaking, three day, academic congress in Turin, Italy. From September 19-21, 2008 Masters of Feng Shui from all over the world, architects, designers, and city planners will closely study the techniques employed for centuries in the Far East and compare them to the modern discipline of Environmental Sustainability. Their “mission” is to create an international platform for the diffusion of a culture of quality living — which would combine the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui with Western knowledge — and they hope to extend this concept to eventually involve all five continents in the process of redesigning our global future. The event has received the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Secretary of International Cultural Cooperation, and the Piedmont Region, Province and City of Turin.
Dr. Simona Mainini has been a global pioneer in combing the field of Scientific Feng Shui and Architecture for over ten years with the company she founded, Feng Shui for Architecture, in Beverly Hills, CA. Since 1997 she has gained worldwide praise and recognition for becoming one of the top names in her field as well as a highly sought-after speaker. Last November she was the first and only U.S. representative to be a keynote speaker for the International Feng Shui Convention in Singapore. She was also hired by Canon Europe to do a comprehensive report on the effects of using Scientific Feng Shui to reduce office stress and rage which is now available on-line to the public, and her consulting services for the Golden Monkey Exhibits at the Los Angeles Zoo (the first animal enclosure designed following classical Feng Shui principles), has kept Dr. Mainini in the international media spotlight since her company’s inception in 1997. For more information, please visit www.FengShuiArch.com.
The “First International Congress on Scientific Feng Shui and Built Environment” will be held at the Turin’s Polytechnic (Politecnico di Torino) in Turin, Italy. This great industrial district of Italy, rich in both culture and charm, is currently at the forefront of the world stage as the World Design Capital for 2008. The attending delegates will gain scientific knowledge of how the practice of Feng Shui is an essential instrument in the establishment of balance between environment and nature and environment and man.
Those expected to attend are Feng Shui enthusiasts, estate agents, architects, city planners, property developers, interior designers, engineers, home owners, HR managers, entrepreneurs, persons involved in Feng Shui products, members of management corporations, persons involved in property and facilities management, as well as other Feng Shui practitioners and consultants.
Dr. Mainini is available for interviews and speaking engagements. Excerpts from Dr. Mainini’s presentation are available at http://www.fengshuiarch.com/scientificFengShui.htm.
For more information about the congress or how you can attend to see Dr. Mainini in person, please visit http://www.torinofengshui2008.it/.