Most people are familiar with Feng Shui: “The ancient Chinese practice of manipulating your physical environment to help achieve changes in your life”…what you might not know is that making your home eco-friendly was part of the Feng Shui remedy all along.
It is common to want to rearrange a home for comfort or to make the home’s energy flow better…the hidden “Green Benefit” is also saving energy and making your living space healthier to occupy as you make these changes!
Feng Shui Bagua, the map for positive home energy
Shawne Mitchell, is an renowned author, magazine editor, Realtor, and Feng Shui expert based in Santa Barbara, California. Below is an excerpt from her article: “The Gaia House”
“Apart from the obvious need to live in a home that is healthy for the body, is a deeper and age old desire to dwell in a home that is healthy for the mind and spirit, as well. A “Gaia” house takes this proclivity one more step, balancing the precepts of ecology health, and spirit to create a home sanctuary integrated with the natural world, and therefore, a healing space for mind, body, spirit and planet.
This vision of a Gaia home gives us a down to earth version of a future home integrated with green living and a sustainable lifestyle… You can create a Gaia house, designed for harmony and spirit, by incorporating and utilizing the following guidelines:
• Use materials and products that are produced locally and manufactured with a minimum impact on the environment.
• Use materials that are nontoxic, nonpolluting, biodegradable, reusable or easy to recycle.
• Design control systems that efficiently and intelligently regulate energy, heating, airflow, lighting, cooling, and water usage, and prevent pollution.
• Integrate your home with the local geographical ecosystem. Plant indigenous species of flowers and shrubs; compost organic materials; use
natural pesticides; collect and use rainwater;
• Design the home to blend with the surrounding environment and community.
• Incorporate the elements of feng shui, sacred space, and home sanctuary.
• Use harmonious and appropriate proportions.
• Use all-natural materials, when possible.”