Child in Flower Field
Earth Day Anthem by William Wallace:

Joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment

Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise

Now we must resolve to protect her

Show her our love throughout all time

With our gentle hand and touch

We make our home a newborn world

Earth Day is celebrated in over 192 countries to advocate world peace and environmental protection through recycling, reducing pollution, creating clean energy, planting trees, and designing sustainable communities.

One could say feng shui is the predecessor of Earth Day since it is a philosophy that teaches us how to survive and excel in harmony with nature. Based on generations of observing and understanding human potential in relationship to nature’s cycles, geologic patterns, and man-made structures, its theories guide us how to strategically select building sites and how to situate our shelters to have access to a balance of water, sun, and earth energies.

In modern times, we have created the convenience of artificial foods, lighting, and heating and cooling systems. We have become indoor creatures disconnected from nature. Deprived of natural energies, our health has degenerated and our body’s’ natural ability to develop immunities to new diseases has been compromised. Having sedentary indoor lifestyles has caused obesity issues, sleep disorders, psychological imbalances and lack of coping mechanisms or stress relievers. We must remember that human beings are originally outdoor creatures and we require closeness to natural energies to thrive.

A study at the British University of Exeter using data from 5,000 households (10,000 adults) over 17 years found that living in a greener area had significant benefits. These positive effects included less mental stress and higher life satisfaction despite changes in income, employment, marital status, physical health and housing type. An astounding 94% of the people who participated in green exercise reported good mental and physical health.

Even more astounding are the benefits for children when they are able to interact with nature.
Worldwide research and studies show that unstructured free play in nature boosts creativity, problem-solving, focus, self-discipline, cooperation, flexibility, self-awareness, stress reduction, reduced aggression, and increased happiness. Children who spend time in nature are smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier, made better choices and are happier than the children who spend most of their time indoors.

More specifically, many studies reveal the undeniable healing and teaching powers of being in nature:

  • Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) concentrate better after walking in a park.
  • Older children who spend more time outside tend to be more physically active and are less likely to be overweight.
  • Communities and schools with more green spaces accessible to children support their satisfaction, encourage physical activity and better food choices.
  • They are less likely to be vitamin D deficient which is associated to cardiovascular risk factors.
  • Spending time outdoors helps prevent myopia in 12-year olds.
  • Street trees may help prevent childhood asthma.
  • Playing in natural environments improves kindergarten children’s motor abilities.
  • Children benefit from appropriate risk-taking during outdoor play which helps hone their judgement in dealing with risky life situations.
  • Outdoor experience for teens has self-reported life-changing results.

Today’s children have limited access to the great outdoors. Their attention is dominated by smartphones, iPads and the internet, and they are losing their connection to nature. Serious repercussions in their psychological well-being, health and personal development have already taken place. Thus, even more than ever, we need to find ways in our modern lifestyle to connect with nature.

Feng shui is a language to communicate and have a relationship with our environment. Using feng shui in design allows us to remain deeply connected with nature by aligning with earth’s frequencies and encoding sacred geometry into our environment. Our homes become the instrument in which nature sings to us, like a mother’s lullaby, it lends us peace and security, healing us with its power and blessings. People who practice feng shui naturally desire to balance their indoor life by spending time outdoors. As they “get green” they will naturally receive what they need to live full and prosperous lives.

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