Posts Tagged ‘environment’


Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Health Environnentof Trees, Plants and the Environment.

Years ago I visited the rose garden in a north Indian state in the peak of summer; goes without saying given the extreme heat in this region; I was sadly disappointed. What I saw was rather scary. The rose bushes looked like a mangle of thorns. It gave an extremely sad feeling; more so because I expected to see it otherwise. It sure was not negligence on part of maintenance but simply a natural cycle of season.

This led me to think; the flora and fauna of a home should be chosen carefully and be kept in good maintenance; selection of plants that bloom all year round and trees that sustain on ground water is important. This so explains that we must stop felling trees immediately; treating them as our treasure. Allowing natural vegetation to co-exist with us is for our benefit. Spending time with Nature is grounding and calming.

Wood products should be maintained and sparingly used and wood by products like paper should be recycled.

Avoiding plastic packing and conserving paper leaves us the option of going back in time and think of the good old cloth bags.

Conservation of Nature is the only way of life. It is mutually productive and directly related to our lives.

A Green Planet is our way to nurture our Abode.

A thought about some things we can contribute


  • Plant as many trees as you can
  • Support groups opposing felling of trees
  • Animal life and bird sanctuaries need our care and attention
  • Believe in recycling goods made of natural materials
  • Create awareness in children about Nature Conservation
  • Encourage children to go on treks and Geographical Tours
  • Show compassion towards stray animals
  • Include Program’s to support natural conservation in all community activities
  • Domestic kitchen waste can be successfully recycled in your own garden
  • Create your own ‘Best from Waste’ goods
  • Take long walks in natural environment, soak in as much as you can

The Extra Zest to Life

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

The Family Environment/ the extra zest and zing to life

When we refer to the word environment we associate it instantly with living conditions within and outside The extra zest to lifethe home. On deeper level environment constitutes the entire process of changes we experience while we grow, of conditions, physical mental and emotional, people, neighborhood, natural geographical conditions and to an extent the social and economic environment too. Our cultural fabric and its evolution through times affect our lives.

Socio-economic conditions to a large extent determine our lifestyle, the amount of time we spend with family, there is no such thing as quality time if we have very little of it to begin with. If we are not present at the right needed time no other can compensate it. Taking your family on a holiday does not make up for your absence in the growing years of your children; for that you have to make space at that time. Our chase to accumulate enough to keep ourselves in comfort zone leaves little or no time for family. It is absolutely necessary to squeeze in those precious moments as and when we can to bond with our flock. We all need a comfortable life; what better if we can add some zest and zing to it. Since charity begins at home here are some pointers. Even if you can use a few you sure will experience the change around

  • Having breakfast together
  • Attending school functions
  • Maintaining a diary of family events, birthdays, anniversaries etc.
  • Taking time out to sit with your parents
  • Involve elders and parents in decision making; it’s very important to use their value of experience and it also makes them feel worthwhile
  • Visiting relatives if you happen to visit their hometown; even if it is for a few minutes
  • Playing or swimming with family
  • Playing indoor games on holidays
  • Making plans together
  • Taking suggestions from children when planning holidays
  • Taking note if any family member is quiet or self absorbed (it can avert something likely to cause a lot of harm in future)
  • Organize Karaoke with family or at family functions; its fun
  • Cooking together and involving your children in the process
  • A hug, a pat on the back or a smile at bed time can go a long way in creating bonds whose strength will amaze you
  • Avoid relating your own experiences if someone is excitedly telling you something
  • Do not jump to conclusion with insufficient data available; it makes you judge other people
  • Never scold or punish children if they make a mistake; point out the consequences to them they will never repeat them
  • Allow your children to make small mistakes; generally it’s only in matters pertaining to using cosmetics, a shade of clothing, eating or not eating food, over sleeping or may be the study time spent watching television; remember they can learn only by experience. The consequences of these mistakes will be smaller than when they falter as adults.
  • Believe in setting an example; for it is easier to change one self than others
  • Act and stop reacting
  • Be proactive in making plans for the family
  • Appreciate verbally what you like all things are not just understood
  • Talk out problems; solutions are round the corner normally
  • If talking is difficult or impossible about problems write and communicate
  • Never run down your children before others; it hurts their self-respect; talk to them in private instead; it makes them feel secure
  • Avoid sibling enmity by checking yourself of praising one too much; it demeans the other by default; celebrate instead the achievement of one so that the other feels proud too


Monday, June 1st, 2009

MeadowsLife in the city is paced much too faster than we intended it to be. The need to get away is constant and the search for alternatives for peace and calm is never ending. A weekend get away is generally spent in catching up with sleep or perhaps shopping.

Feng Shui speaks of aligning yourself with Nature to balance and offset this divide from your natural instinctive needs. Have you ever experienced standing under a huge healthy tree in a blazing summer afternoon? Well if you have; then you will understand what we are getting at; if not then you must try it out; for you will find out how refreshing and soothing it can be.

The gentle breeze feels like a lullaby. You could actually fall asleep.

Meadows around a home have a constant soothing effect on your living space especially if you can have a good view of it.

Trees, birds, greenery in any form, even indoor plants create life force energy and uplift the environment of a house, which otherwise would have felt in complete.

The color green essentially symbolizes growth, has a sooth and healing effect on us. Indoor plants with thick rounded leaves can generate moisture which is excellent for skin. Watching a stretch of grass land can sooth the eyes. Walking bare feet on grass helps balance the Earth element in you, connects you with Nature and is excellent for grounding yourself.

For people who change their minds often or find it hard to take decisions; Grounding is very beneficial.

The remedies in a house for introducing an element of Earth and Growth are; to use features with Nature reflected in its glory. You could use the color green in your décor. Using terracotta features and clay crockery is also a good idea. Making clay objects, gardening, playing with clay are some interesting hobbies to ground oneself. However it has to be constantly renewed and moved to keep the freshness going. Posters and paintings generally energize the environment for a while and go unnoticed; in such instance the initial effect is lost. If you yourself clean and maintain these objects they get the attention and energy from you to generate further positive vibrations for your benefit.



Garden Feng Shui

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Garden Feng ShuiThe Principles of Feng Shui aim at placing things to encourage the beneficial flow of Chi (Life Force Energy) you can create harmony in your environment to bring about positive change to enhance health, wealth and relationships.A Feng Shui garden should follow natural pattern and balance. Gardens bring in the positive elements of Nature in to your home

Garden paths should be curved and meandering. Straight paths leading towards your doors or windows bring in undesirable energy. Slowly curving paths allow the energy to circulate longer.

Trees or large shrubs should ornament the back walls to provide privacy and protection
Various species of healthy plants and herbs should be suitably placed and nurtured to create harmony and balance one another.

Water features such as pools, ponds and fountains are beautiful and encourage beneficial chi and symbolize prosperity and create yin energy.

Keep the garden sufficiently lit to balance the ponds and pool. Lights generate warmth and yang energy.

Make provision for family and friends to sit around and enjoy sunlight, evenings and night sky.

Place birdbaths to attract birds they are considered lucky. Fruit bearing trees attract birds too.
Avoid clutter in the garden. Dead leaves twigs and broken objects lying around cause harm
Maintain your garden well, the height or cluster of trees in your garden should not block your house completely
Plants bearing spiky leaves should be placed away from sitting areas
Respect local sentiments if you have to fell any tree
Use the Cycle of Five Elements to choose the color of flowers planted in specific positions e.g. Red in the South, Earth Feature in the South-West etc.
You can use beautiful statues, rocks, stones, and crystals to enhance and energize the environment
Use gardens as screen to protect your house from a busy street or walkway