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Taking care of the space we occupy the most, our homes, is vital to our well-being, and spring is the absolute best season to tackle this cleansing, as it marks a natural time for renewal, manifestation, celebration, and love. Feng shui is perfect for this because it harmonizes your energy with that of your home, aligning your environment with who you are and where you want to go.

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It also completely reframes the traditional idea of ‘spring cleaning’; when you have the mindset that this is more about creating wealth, bringing balance, and opening yourself up to romantic opportunities, the feeling that this is a huge hurdle to overcome simply disappears.

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Below are some tips to help revitalize your space and, in turn, your mind. So allow yourself to be open to getting rid of everything that does not serve you anymore.

1. Kitchen – Wealth & Health

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Your kitchen should be a place that celebrates the earth’s abundance and provides life-sustaining energy. It should be a place you want to be in, radiating warmth and vibrancy, because that energy will infuse the food you prepare. The ideal kitchen is clean, light, and airy and has bright, cheerful colours that convey a sense of health, happiness, and vitality. The design should be functional and flowing to enable easy cooking with a lot of storage. Your kitchen’s presentation reflects the state of your health, so do yourself a favour and clean it thoroughly!

  • Keep all of the surfaces in your kitchen clean and free from clutter. Get rid of all items that are blocking the energy flow in your kitchen.
  • Clean out your refrigerator, cupboards, and freezer of food that are past their freshness. Donate any food that you have not used in six months or longer to a charity.
  • Purge your kitchen of junk food and harsh chemical cleaners. Instead, opt for more safe and natural cleaning solutions.
  • Take everything out of your cabinets to really survey what you have and get rid of stuff you don’t use.
  • Clean your stove, inside and outside of your fridge, pots and pans, cabinets, counters, and even light fixtures.
  • Bring in whole foods, live plants, and potted herbs.

Clearing away all this clutter and dirt and creating a fresh pathway for a strong and vibrant Chi energy to flow will nourish your energy and make your kitchen feel more alive, which will in turn will make you feel healthier.

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2. Bedroom – Calm & Sensual Energy

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Your bedroom should promote a harmonious flow of nourishing and sensual energy. The bedroom is a private space but it should be fun and pleasurable to be in. You should be able to relax in it for a quick nap, enjoy a good night’s sleep, or make passionate love with equal ease. The decor should be balanced to promote the best flow of energy for restorative sleep, as well as sexual healing. Relationships are a strong theme here so allow for that fruitful Chi energy to flow to attract a new partner, or to enhance the state of your current relationship.

  • Clear out any items under your bed, as this clutter sends out energy all night long, which doesn’t make for a peaceful sleep. Any items you use regularly should be relocated; the rest should be donated or discarded.
  • Clean out the clutter in your closet to rid it of stagnant Chi energy. Get rid of any clothes you don’t wear or items that you haven’t used in 6 months to make room for a new you. This will create a better flow and more space.
  • Remove any electrical devices like a TV or computer; these destroy any good feng shui energy. Aside from their harmful affects to our health, they bring the energy of work and stress into your place of rest, and are a big distraction for a good relationship with yourself or a loved one.
  • The best colours for your bedroom are considered “skin-colours,” which can vary from a pale white to a rich chocolate brown. Choose whichever colour speaks most to you. Warm, sensual colours on your bed can promote both rest and a healthy sex life.
  • The art in your bedroom should be of images that you want to see reflected in your life and which promote positive and beautiful energy. The best images for the bedroom relate to love, happy relationships, body healing, intimacy, etc. So avoid any sad or ‘lonely’ images.
  • Your bed should be easily approachable from both sides and have two bedside tables to reflect equality and balance; avoid having the bed directly in line with the door, though you should be able to see the door from your bed.

If you desire a new love relationship in your life you must make actual physical space for this new person to be in your home. Your home is a reflection of your life so you literally have to create an open flow of energy in your home to be able to attract and manifest more of what you are looking for.

3. Bathroom – Self Care & Purification

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A bathroom should be clean, minimal, relaxing, and all about purification. Bathrooms represent self-care and are a symbol of vitality so when yours is fresh and clean, you’ll find more time for the people and things that give you joy. A heavy theme with feng shui in the home is letting go of everything that no longer serves you, so carry that same principle into the bathroom.

  • Remove any unneeded objects, like half-empty bottles, or hide them away in a shower caddy or other device to remove any clutter around the tub or shower.
  • Add purifying plants like succulents, because they hardly need any water and work hard to clean the air. Live plants purify the air and bring vitality and freshness, while images of nature suggest rejuvenation.
  • Remove any photographs of yourself, friends, or family members from your bathroom. Use appropriate images as a metaphor for purification and renewal — like trees, flowers, meadows, the sea, and rivers. Having images relating to your career, personal projects, or passions in the bathroom is bad feng shui because it invokes the idea of ‘flushing them down the drain.’
  • Beautiful and healthy colours like greens and blues are particularly beneficial bathroom colours since blue represents water, which cleanses and purifies, while green represents life, new growth, and beginnings. White is also a wonderful symbol of purity and cleanliness,
  • Clean it with orange-infused vinegar and use a tea tree oil candle because it purifies and detoxifies the air. The orange-infused vinegar is non-toxic and can remove anything that can create stagnant energy — like grimy counters and moldy showers.
  • Keep your bathroom well ventilated to allow air and energy to flow; it should also be well lit.

If you really want to revamp the space, splurge on new towels, bath mats, and shower curtains.

4. Plants – Fresh Energy & New Beginnings

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Because plants are alive they bring a beautiful “buzz” into your home. Be aware of the quality of the indoor air and do your best to improve it. By bringing three new pots with vibrant green plants into your home, you can refresh the energy of your space and create the energy for new beginnings. Plants also remind you to bring attention back to your space and surroundings because you have to physically care for a living thing.

If you do not have a green thumb, you can opt for a Rubber Plant or two, which need very little attention and scrub the air free of chemicals and toxins. Bamboo is also low maintenance and beautiful. Place it by your door in a vase to welcome good energy, and if you are looking to attract a partner, use two pieces of bamboo.

Below are plants that are great for purifying the air:

  • Areca Palm
  • Lady Palm bamboo palm
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  • English Ivy
  • Dwarf Date Palm
  • Ficus Alii
  • Boston Fern
  • Peace Lily

Your front entrance is strongly connected to your health as well as your kitchen. If you plan to place plants in the kitchen, go for lush and aromatic herbs, such as basil, rosemary, or mint. By bringing more plants into your space and placing them in interesting ways, you can create a fun and lively experience.

5. Sage – Ending An Old Cycle

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Burning sage announces that an old cycle is ending and a new one is about to begin, based on feng shui principles. By burning sage you neutralize any negative energy remaining, which is a perfect way to cap off your spring cleaning; it also smells really good.

Burn one end of a sage bundle (pictures above) and hold the other end. You can use your hand or a feather to waft the smoke in a figure 8 pattern, being sure to move it into all corners of your home to cleanse the negative spaces of stagnant energy. Hold a ceramic dish underneath to catch any falling ash. If you feel you have covered every inch of your home and the sage is still burning, just let it sit in the ceramic dish until it burns out.

Finally, once you’ve completed the smudging, open up your windows AND doors.

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This helps the bad, stuck energy flow out of your living space and allows fresh air to enter. An open window and door create a pathway for the good stuff to come in and the bad stuff to exit for good!

 

Surround yourself and your space with beauty and items with meaning; really break it down to things you truly love. Everything has energy, even inanimate objects, so be careful about what you consider bringing into your home. A fun tip is to bring a favourite item of yours into a prominent spot in the room so that when you walk in it will be the first thing you see; this will bring you joy, and in turn bring joy into the space.

How you arrange your room and maintain your space allows you to decide how you want to guide that energy to flow freely through your home. Let this spring cleaning session clarify and purify you so that it can renew your home and your body. A feng shui cleaning can do wonders for your personal energy. Allow yourself to step into a new way of being, and fill it with a happy and healthy energy of excitement.

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http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/what-feng-shui/feng-shui-bedroom-0

http://www.feng-shui-and-beyond.com/feng-shui-kitchen.html

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http://fengshui.about.com/od/usesoffengshui/qt/springclean.htm

http://www.tarot.com/feng-shui/spring-cleaning

http://www.bustle.com/articles/71272-9-feng-shui-tips-for-spring-cleaning-your-apartment-because-we-could-all-use-a-little

http://fengshui.about.com/od/fengshuicures/ss/Top-10-Feng-Shui-Air-Purifying-Plants.htm

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Lebanese Hospital Becomes The World’s First To Go 100 Percent Vegan (Food)

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    A hospital in Lebanon has become the first in the world to adopt a completely vegan menu.

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    Are people aware of the physical and emotional torture the majority animals we eat go through? Are people aware that a diet free of animal products can be very beneficial for human health. Are people aware that animal agriculture is destroying Earth?

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At the beginning of March, Hayek Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon became the first hospital in the world to serve 100 percent vegan only meals. Prior to this change, patients had a choice between animal based meals and vegan meals, and included with that was information about the health benefits of choosing plant-based foods versus the dangers of consuming animal products. The hospital made the announcement via their Instagram page, stating that “Our patients will no longer wake up from surgery to be greeted with ham, cheese, milk, and eggs…the very food(s) that may have contributed to their health problems in the first place.”

When the World Health Organization classifies processed meat as a group 1A carcinogenic (causes cancer) same group as tobacco and red meat as group 2A carcinogenic, then serving meat in the hospital is like serving cigarettes in a hospital. When the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) declare that 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious disease comes from animals. When adopting a plant based exclusive diet has been successfully proven not only to stop the evolution of certain diseases but it can also reverse them. We then, have the moral responsibility to act upon and align our beliefs with our actions. Taking the courage to look at the elephant in in the eye.

Their various statements also point to the role that animal agriculture plays in spawning infectious diseases, citing the Centers for Disease Control’s estimate that 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious diseases come from animals. “We believe it’s well about time to tackle the root cause of diseases and pandemics, not just treat symptoms,” they note.

This was a great statement. The modern day medical industry only seems to be focused on medications, and only medications that can turn a hefty profit, to treat and cure disease instead of addressing root causes. It’s good to see things changing, but a big problem remains. If a plant that grows in abundance, for example, has the potential to cure a disease, will we ever hear about it? Will the medical industry be interested in it? Probably not, but when a drug is made and patented from that plant in a specific way, that’s when we will. This is not to say that modern day medicine is useless, but today now more than ever a big problem exists, and this problem may be killing more people than it’s helping.

Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), a Harvard professor of medicine and also a former Editor-in-Chief of NEMJ, was frustrated that “the medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” (source)

According to Forks Over Knives,

While Hayek is the first hospital to completely purge animal products from its menu, a number of hospitals have begun offering more plant-based options in recent years. Both New York and California have enacted laws requiring hospitals to offer a plant-based option with every meal. In 2018 NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue launched the Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program to help patients transition to a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle.

The American Medical Association passed a resolution in 2017 calling on U.S. hospitals to provide healthful plant-based meals to promote better health in patients, staff, and visitors. The American College of Cardiology has issued similar recommendations.

In my opinion, “veganism is a very fine form of nutrition” (Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, heart surgeon), and as mentioned above, there is plenty of science to back up that statement.  I’ve written about it many times before from a health perspective.

Here’s an article that goes into more detail and science if you’re interested, it also addresses history, and how our teeth and guts are designed and more. Here’s another one regarding a study that found a strong association between eating animal protein and a premature death from all causes, including multiple cancers and type 2 diabetes.

The studies cited in that article note that meat eating is strongly associated with up to a 75 percent increased chance of early mortality, and that protein from animals may cause harm, while protein from plants may help reverse disease and have a protective effect.

There are hundreds of these studies, and the ones I cite are just a few examples.

This is obviously a very controversial topic in the eyes of many, and it’s not hard at all to find conflicting information on the subject. I am no doubt bias in my beliefs and opinions here.

One thing is for certain, the way we treat animals on this planet is extremely heartbreaking and unnecessary. Animals are separated from their families, raised for slaughter and are kept in torturous conditions on a daily basis. It’s truly unbelievable and horrific. It’s the biggest genocide and example of both physical and emotional torture the world has ever seen. I don’t think anybody can witness what really goes on in most slaughterhouses can come out not being impacted.

On top of this, animal agriculture is one of, if not the greatest contributer to environmental degradation and pollution on our planet. Animal agriculture is actually the leading cause of deforestation. Every single day, close to 100 plant/animal/insect species are lost because of this practice.

Final Thoughts: At the end of the day it seems that, from a health perspective, processed meats, and other meats are no doubt harmful to human health. People can make the argument that other animal products may not be and that we are meant to consume them. People can also make the complete opposite argument. One thing that can’t be argued is, again, the torture, physical and emotional abuse that comprise the source of where animal products come from for the majority of people who eat them.

There is a big split, as with many other topics, amongst people on this issue. There are even vegan influencers who are creating splits within the ‘vegan community’ itself, which is unfortunate. I personally believe that, from a health perspective, animal products are not at all required for anybody and are again, overall, harmful to human health.

The more pressing issue, again, is the treatment of our animal brothers and sisters, and how we are constantly using and abusing them. It’s indicative of world that lacks empathy, compassion, understanding and love, as well as our inability to see ourselves in another. This can be seen in many aspects of the current human experience, be it war, human trafficking and more. That being said, it’s great to see human consciousness shifting towards a more compassionate, empathetic type of awareness. This is evident by the “vegan” movement alone, as it’s become quite large over the past few years and will continue to grow. Some of the biggest animal food producers have already gone out of business, and it’s great to see more people in the health community as well recognize that it’s a win for health, a win for environment, and most importantly, a win for the very emotional, intelligent, animals, who are similar to us in so many ways. We have so much to learn from them.

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Caloric Restriction vs. Fasting: Why One Can Result In Weight Gain While The Other Helps Burn Fat

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    In the video below, Dr. Jason Fung explains the difference between caloric restriction and sending the body into "starvation" mode compared to fasting.

  • Reflect On:

    Fasting has been used as a health intervention for thousands of years, and is being used today by doctors who are educated on the topic. Why is it completely ignored by mainstream medicine? Is it because "big pharma" can't make any money off of it?

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Some would say that the best solution to weight gain is eating right and exercising. I couldn’t agree more. Obesity is one of the deadliest problems humanity faces today, and just as important as diet and exercise is for addressing this issue, even more important are the emotional and personal reasons as to why so many people damage themselves and make themselves more prone to serious disease.

Apart from diet and exercise, initiating a proper fasting regimen can have tremendous health outcomes, especially for overweight people. It wasn’t but a decade ago when fasting to lose weight was considered unhealthy and dangerous. Today, we have a tremendous amount of science that’s been published clearly showing that fasting can be an effective health intervention for people of all body types, especially for people who are overweight and suffer from certain diseases. It’s an excellent way to help your body burn fat. Fasting has been used and is currently being used as an intervention for type two diabetes, cancer and more. Fasting has been shown to trigger stem cell regeneration, autophagy, which in turn can help clear out toxins and damaged cells, repair DNA, improve metabolism, lower blood sugar, boost brain function, reduce the risk of age related disease, lessen inflammation which improves a wide range of health issues from arthritic pain to asthma and more. It’s no wonder why so many ancient cultures from different parts of the world used fasting as medicine and as a health intervention.

As shown in the science, fasting is generally safe for everybody. This many not be true if you already have underlying health conditions or are taking certain medications. This is why it’s important to consult a health professional about it, but the issue is, the majority of health professionals are not well educated in fasting interventions. Those who have educated themselves have been treating their patients with fasting and are drawn to it due to its ability to provide so many benefits.

One of these doctors is Dr. Jason Fung, who on his blog and his YouTube channel, as well as the books he’s written provides a wealth of information and science regarding fasting. I often refer people to the work of Fung, or others like Dr. Valter Longo if they want to begin their own research about fasting. Again, there is a wealth of science and “scholarly” articles available on the subject for anybody who wants to search for it as well. It’s not heard to find.

In the video below, Fung explains why fasting is much different from caloric restriction or having your body go into “starvation mode.”  You can also check out his article, “The difference between calorie restriction and fasting” for some great information as well.

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Study Suggests Risk of Death From Loneliness May Be Greater Than Obesity

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    According to a study at Brigham Young University, heightened risk for mortality from a lack of social relationships is greater than that from obesity.

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    At the deeper levels, is "loneliness" the problem or is it our mindstate? Is it our perception of loneliness that's a problem? Some thrive with a lack of social interaction, that being said, most of us are indeed social beings who desire connection.

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Current evidence indicates that heightened risk for mortality from a lack of social relationships is greater than that from obesity.

Loneliness can reliably be linked to a significant increase in the risk of early mortality, according to a study at Brigham Young University. Head author, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, notes that “substantial evidence now indicates that individuals lacking social connections (both objective and subjective social isolation) are at risk for premature mortality.”

Holt-Lunstad believes the risks associated with loneliness are already greater than such established dangers as obesity:

Several decades ago scientists who observed widespread dietary and behavior changes raised warnings about obesity and related health problems. The present obesity epidemic had been predicted. Obesity now receives constant coverage in the media and in public health policy. The current status of research on the risks of loneliness and social isolation is similar to that of research on obesity 3 decades ago… Current evidence indicates that heightened risk for mortality from a lack of social relationships is greater than that from obesity.

Furthermore, she warns that “researchers have predicted that loneliness will reach epidemic proportions by 2030 unless action is taken.”

Why Are We So Isolated From Each Other?

From the long view, it can be said that Western civilization as a whole has fostered a gradual disintegration of our physical and social ties. With an emphasis on individual goals and an almost fanatical regard for personal achievement, the traditional institutions of family and community and their capacity to provide their members with a sense of belonging and shared purpose have become significantly fragmented.

The family unit has gone from large generations-linked mutual support systems to small and immediate units, sometimes involving single parents whose necessities make it very difficult to create a stable home environment for their children. Add to that the fact that more and more people are not even building families, and our society has more people living alone than at any other time in history. This includes the elderly, who are less likely to find a ‘fit’ living within their children’s families than ever before.

The decline of the ‘community’ is perhaps as significant as the disintegration of the family unit. In Western-style communities, people work as a collection of individual units interacting by specific functions rather than as an interrelated whole with a significant shared identity. Naturally, attempts are made today to join or build ‘communities’ all the time, but like the Meetup model, they are founded on the gathering of select people with similar interests and purposes, rather than a shared embrace of all people within a certain geographical area.

The Rise of Social Media

I believe the rise in prominence of social media has in part been fuelled by the sense of alienation we have long felt within our modern society. I don’t believe social media is the root cause of our loneliness, as some speculate, but rather a symptom of this much longer-standing social problem. Connecting via chats and web pages is just something that we have gotten into the habit of reaching for since it is so immediately accessible. But like any quick fix, it does not end up fulfilling our deeper needs, either individually or as a society.

If we see that our society has been slowly disintegrating over hundreds of years, then it becomes incumbent upon us as a society (if we can still even identify ourselves with our ‘society’) to take measures to remedy this situation. What those measures might be, though, given how things seem to be trending, is a matter of great conjecture.

On Being Alone  

One approach is to first acknowledge that Western society’s emphasis on the individual is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I believe that the development of personal integrity, creativity, and autonomy is a critical step in the evolution of human consciousness. Learning how to be alone with oneself is a part of that process. In his work entitled Pensées, French philosopher Blaise Pascal observed that “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

As evidenced by Eastern gurus and mystics, one can be perfectly content in isolation. This can be greatly facilitated by the practice of meditation and other such methods that give us a direct perception of our energetic connectedness not only with other people, but with all things. In this higher state, the damaging emotional impact of loneliness and social isolation are not experienced.

Our Next Step

Still, the life of the yogi remains for the few. The rest of us, it seems, have come to this planet to interact, share, and love. And we have not incarnated into this dense physical world to get better at virtual relationships. At this stage, we have perhaps gotten a bit too accustomed to social isolation for our own good.

Holt-Lunstad notes that “although living alone can offer conveniences and advantages for an individual, this meta-analysis indicates that physical health is not among them.” She also cites another study that “has demonstrated higher survival rates for those who are more socially connected.” And then there is the seminal 75-Year Harvard University study, where “it was universally clear that without loving and supportive relationships, men in the study were not happy.” The message is becoming clear: we need to come together.

We are perhaps at a larger turning point in our development than most of us realize. It seems that we have reached the extreme edge of the exploration of individualism, and we are readying to move into greater balance with a collective identity. This is not a return to traditional ways, but rather a synthesis of our growth as individuals with the shared experience we are now hungering for. This synthesis signifies the next stage of our evolution.

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