And just like that it’s mid-December. What a whirlwind of a year this has been!
Who knew this time last year that we would spend 2020 cocooning and focusing our energy inward?
Spending more time at home and for many of us, working from home has forced us to look more closely at our surroundings. The impact of the colours, textures and layout of our homes came sharply into focus.
Feng shui offers an energetic perspective on all of these aspects of our homes and provides a framework to layer onto the interior design which makes it deeply personal and as a result much more supportive. If you wish to delve deeper into this, I will be running our foundation level feng shui design workshop online over four Saturday mornings in January where we can delve deeply into our own personal energy and that of our homes, connecting the two so that we have a deeper sense of belonging and support in our living spaces.
Yin and Yang
Having spent a year feeling stressed on many levels, now, more than ever we need to focus on supporting our health and well being. Decorating our homes for Christmas with lots of colour and light will add plenty of Yang activating energy. However on the Yin side we really need nurture and support our energy, mothering ourselves through these days as we move toward the winter solstice.
Those of you who joined me on the December fragrant chi weekend workshop will have lots of ideas on how to support yourselves in body, mind and spirit through the use of essential oils.
Scent is our primal sense, it is the first sense to develop as babies and triggers immediate reactions from our nervous system and limbic system which informs how we feel in terms of security and sets the tone for our mood.
Beyond this essential oils are our plant allies in supporting us on every level; physically many essential oils are anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and immune supportive and emotionally essential oils can uplift, energise or relax and comfort depending on the oils chosen. The good news is that inhaling essential oils is the quickest way to benefit from their effects, so diffusing them in our homes is extremely effective. I will be running another online workshop to continue this series in the new year.
Fragrant Support at Christmas
Some oils which offer particular support and enjoyment when diffused over the holidays include:-
Orange (Citrus sinensis): which encourages joy, creativity, adaptability and optimism and promotes uninhibited communication. Eases stress and moves out stagnant chi. It is also anti-viral and a digestive aid – always useful, but especially at this time of year. sacral chakra, warming and energising
Cinnamon (cinamomum zeylanicum): which is warming and energising. It is anti-depressant, antimicrobial, antiseptic and excellent to diffuse during infectious illnesses. It is also immune supportive
Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii): which cleanses and balances all of the chakras, is deeply calming and is anti-microbial and immune supportive. It offers emotional healing, support and protection.
Diffuse up to 6 drops either singly or as a blend of your choice for half an hour at a time to fill your home with festive supportive fragrant chi.