Bringing in Green
Updated: May 7
Today we're talking about the color Green. When I was a kid I used to love lying in the grass and looking up at the trees. Or sitting outside and admiring trees, bushes, and grass, and seeing all the many shades of green. If you think about it, green is everywhere. Not only is it an important color, but it is also an important element and energy in our environment. It goes with everything — just look at beautiful flowers on the ground or in a bouquet, there is always green — and is fundamental to the air we breathe and the food we eat. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica: "Photosynthesis, [is] the process by which green plants and certain other organisms transform light energy into chemical energy. During photosynthesis in green plants, light energy is captured and used to convert water, carbon dioxide, and minerals into oxygen and energy-rich organic compounds.
"Photosynthesis is critical for the existence of the vast majority of life on Earth. It is the way in which virtually all energy in the biosphere becomes available to living things. As primary producers, photosynthetic organisms form the base of Earth's food webs and are consumed directly or indirectly by all higher life-forms. Additionally, almost all the oxygen in the atmosphere is due to the process of photosynthesis. If photosynthesis ceased, there would soon be little food or other organic matter on Earth, most organisms would disappear, and Earth's atmosphere would eventually become nearly devoid of gaseous oxygen."
In Feng Shui, we use green plants to bring the energy of nature into our homes, creating a sense of peace, calm and well-being, and increasing our health and purifying the air we breathe. You can place a healthy green plant in the far left corner of your office, family, dining, or living room to energize wealth and abundance.
If you don't have enough light in your space for plants, you can use a window box. Or you can use a painting or color photo of a green plant in that area.
Green is also the color of springtime, new beginnings, renewal, and family. This is the perfect time to re-energize your home as we start to transition from being homebound to being back in the world.
In understanding how essential green plants are to our health and well-being both in nature and in the world, it is vital that we are always mindful about how we take care of and use our trees, plants, and green environment. Always.
I would love to hear about how you use plants and green in your home and environment, and I invite you to share your experience! #EverydayFengShui. It's all right here.
With love and blessings, Kate
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PS - Check out a fun podcast I did with Miriam Schulman of The Inspiration Place, "Feng Shui Your Art Studio with Kate MacKinnon"
As an epilogue, Miriam reported back: "During [our] interview, which was conducted over a video conference call, [Kate] actually gave me suggestions on how to arrange my space. The next day I rearranged my own space and I can't believe how simple, practical suggestions really made all the difference. I now sit in the position of power in the back corner of my office with my back to the wall. Feng Shui is not all about voodoo and woo woo - it really contains practical time tested strategies for creating more empowering spaces in your home or office."
PSS - If you would like to learn more or work with me, pop onto my calendar.