Self-Coach Sunday 15: Feng Shui Your Home and Office

Does your home and office support you? You may have never asked yourself that question, but you should. Your home and office should support you energetically. Are the colors on the walls conducive to productivity? Is the entrance clutter-free and welcoming? Does it reflect you and your energy?

Create a balanced atmosphere. Benefits: allows you to stay focused, productive and in-control of your time. A productive, success-oriented home and office contains a balanced amount of both worlds. Integrating some basic feng shui principles and personal design preferences with your high-tech requirements will create an office that is less stressful and more productive, which yields more profitability and personal satisfaction.

Before you can energize your office for success, it is imperative you unclutter it first. If you energize certain areas of your office and there is clutter in the way, you will energize the clutter first and create even more clutter. Organize it, file it or get rid of it. Then you are ready to move on.

fend shui living space

Here are several feng shui principles you can apply today to create a balanced home and office:

Energize the entrance by eliminating any clutter, having it well-lit, removing wastebaskets from the area and making sure the door can swing open. This is not only the entrance to your productivity, but also the entrance to new clients, new business and profitability. The front entrance and its welcoming statement affect the success of your entire business. If your office is in your home, make sure the entrance to your home is also welcoming. You can do this by making sure plants are pruned and there are colorful flowers to greet clients. Do this even if clients never come to your home. Positive energy needs to enter in order to provide your business with growth and prosperity.
Paint office walls colors that provide supportive energy for the work being done. For example: Medical, or dental office walls should be light shades of blue or green because these are very calming colors. Since patients may be uncomfortable and nervous upon arrival, the best energy for them is calming energy. Sales, marketing and professional offices should be a soft terra cotta or earth tone colors, which is conducive to building good relationships with clients. Avoid the hard, stress-oriented energy created by white walls – the stress created by the hard, white energy can easily pass on to clients resulting in no sales or unsatisfied customers. High-tech electronic multi-tasking offices can be balanced with soft green on the walls and wood furniture. Avoid white here as well. Deadline-oriented offices such as press rooms, delivery organizations and media productions need to keep things calm. They should use cool blue hues in their decor. If you are in a home office and cannot seem to get motivated, paint the walls white and surround yourself with less wood and more metal objects. Focus is often a problem in a home office – the white will give you that energetic tension needed for focus and productivity.
Use art and wall décor to further enhance the purpose of the office – those that encourage focus, productivity and generate income. Use motivational art and posters that energize! Art that shows success, teamwork and a winning attitude are great. Frame them in silver or gold and hang them on west and northwest walls. Family pictures in an office can be very distracting, so limit them to either a small grouping or a collage in one frame – place them in the southwest area of your desk or office to energize relationships, both work and personal. In the east and southeast area of your office, energize both new business and wealth generation by adding plants that reach upward like bamboo. If you do not have a green thumb use great-looking silk plants or trees. You can also hang pictures of magnificent redwood trees or sequoias to give added energy to income generation. Adding artwork with water in it on the north wall will energize your career while providing a gentle flowing movement throughout. Be sure the water in the picture has movement to it like a flowing river rather than tumultuous waves crashing on the shore or stagnant water with no movement. A small tabletop water fountain with a gentle bubbling sound also works well. Make sure if you use the fountain to run it every day and keep it filled with fresh water.
For meetings with clients, staff members and in boardrooms, use a round or an oval table. The complete energy of the oval or round table is conducive to negotiating, sales, problem-solving and conducting productive meetings. If you need to be “in charge” when sitting at this table, be sure to sit in the power position, which is opposite the door.
By balancing your office for supportive energy and aligning your personal design tastes with the type of work you do, you have the formula for improved focus, productivity and more success. Creating balance eliminates many of the energy drainers in your workplace and reduces stress.
Ideally, an office should support you, your goals and objectives as well as what you need to accomplish on a given day. A balanced and properly energized office or business leads to a calmer, in-control, more successful you.

 

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Wellness Coaching Pointer: Feng Shui Your Home and Office

Does your home and office support you? You may have never asked yourself that question, but you should. Your home and office should support you energetically. Are the colors on the walls conducive to productivity? Is the entrance clutter-free and welcoming? Does it reflect you and your energy?

Create a balanced atmosphere. Benefits: allows you to stay focused, productive and in-control of your time. A productive, success-oriented home and office contains a balanced amount of both worlds. Integrating some basic feng shui principles and personal design preferences with your high-tech requirements will create an office that is less stressful and more productive, which yields more profitability and personal satisfaction.

Before you can energize your office for success, it is imperative you unclutter it first. If you energize certain areas of your office and there is clutter in the way, you will energize the clutter first and create even more clutter. Organize it, file it or get rid of it. Then you are ready to move on.

fend shui living space

Here are several feng shui principles you can apply today to create a balanced home and office:

Energize the entrance by eliminating any clutter, having it well-lit, removing wastebaskets from the area and making sure the door can swing open. This is not only the entrance to your productivity, but also the entrance to new clients, new business and profitability. The front entrance and its welcoming statement affect the success of your entire business. If your office is in your home, make sure the entrance to your home is also welcoming. You can do this by making sure plants are pruned and there are colorful flowers to greet clients. Do this even if clients never come to your home. Positive energy needs to enter in order to provide your business with growth and prosperity.
Paint office walls colors that provide supportive energy for the work being done. For example: Medical, or dental office walls should be light shades of blue or green because these are very calming colors. Since patients may be uncomfortable and nervous upon arrival, the best energy for them is calming energy. Sales, marketing and professional offices should be a soft terra cotta or earth tone colors, which is conducive to building good relationships with clients. Avoid the hard, stress-oriented energy created by white walls – the stress created by the hard, white energy can easily pass on to clients resulting in no sales or unsatisfied customers. High-tech electronic multi-tasking offices can be balanced with soft green on the walls and wood furniture. Avoid white here as well. Deadline-oriented offices such as press rooms, delivery organizations and media productions need to keep things calm. They should use cool blue hues in their decor. If you are in a home office and cannot seem to get motivated, paint the walls white and surround yourself with less wood and more metal objects. Focus is often a problem in a home office – the white will give you that energetic tension needed for focus and productivity.
Use art and wall décor to further enhance the purpose of the office – those that encourage focus, productivity and generate income. Use motivational art and posters that energize! Art that shows success, teamwork and a winning attitude are great. Frame them in silver or gold and hang them on west and northwest walls. Family pictures in an office can be very distracting, so limit them to either a small grouping or a collage in one frame – place them in the southwest area of your desk or office to energize relationships, both work and personal. In the east and southeast area of your office, energize both new business and wealth generation by adding plants that reach upward like bamboo. If you do not have a green thumb use great-looking silk plants or trees. You can also hang pictures of magnificent redwood trees or sequoias to give added energy to income generation. Adding artwork with water in it on the north wall will energize your career while providing a gentle flowing movement throughout. Be sure the water in the picture has movement to it like a flowing river rather than tumultuous waves crashing on the shore or stagnant water with no movement. A small tabletop water fountain with a gentle bubbling sound also works well. Make sure if you use the fountain to run it every day and keep it filled with fresh water.
For meetings with clients, staff members and in boardrooms, use a round or an oval table. The complete energy of the oval or round table is conducive to negotiating, sales, problem-solving and conducting productive meetings. If you need to be “in charge” when sitting at this table, be sure to sit in the power position, which is opposite the door.
By balancing your office for supportive energy and aligning your personal design tastes with the type of work you do, you have the formula for improved focus, productivity and more success. Creating balance eliminates many of the energy drainers in your workplace and reduces stress.
Ideally, an office should support you, your goals and objectives as well as what you need to accomplish on a given day. A balanced and properly energized office or business leads to a calmer, in-control, more successful you.

 

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Mantra Chanting: Exploring the Traditional and Scientific Health and Wellness Uses

Mantra Chanting:
Exploring the Traditional and Scientific Health and Wellness Uses
Pamela G. Stevens
Maryland University of Integrative Health

Abstract
This paper explores the traditional and scientific uses of mantra chanting and the studies that explain its role in health and wellness. The goal of mantra chanting is to create peace, calm, and healing in the body by reducing the stress that leads to illness. There is ongoing study within this area of healing, and only a sampling of the research and results is presented here. This paper also examines the beginnings of mantra chanting in ancient Indian texts, the traditional and cultural uses of mantra chanting, the modern scientific methods of mantra chanting used by clinicians, and the modern practice of mantra chanting for maintaining wellness.

Mantra Chanting:
Exploring the Traditional and Scientific Health and Wellness Uses

The world is full of stressors that can affect health and well-being. Every moment of the day, people encounter challenges and obstructions that can diminish the way their bodies are designed to function. Over the years, ancient and modern methods have been studied and used to help reduce the stress placed on the body and return it to a level of optimal function. One method of achieving this is through the use of chanting.
While mantra chanting is over 5,000 years old, its health and wellness benefits are still being assessed. For purposes of this paper, “mantra chanting” refers to a type of meditation induced by chanting or repeating a sound, word, or sentence that can be spoken, sung, or internally thought. Mantra chanting is performed in a quiet, relaxed environment for any length of time. Its goal is to calm and focus the mind and body without intense effort and produce a steady cadence of breath.
The basic premise of mantra changing is found in the ancient Indian scriptures, in which the chanting of “OM” or another mantra is used in healing and wellness. OM is regarded as the most basic, pure sound that is associated with God or One (Kumar, Negendra, Manjunath, Naveen, & Telles, 2010).

Traditional Health and Wellness Uses
Traditional mantra chanting has rich and deep-rooted connections to culture and rituals, health and wellness, and religion and spirit. These three areas represent the mind, the body, and the spirit interconnections that mantra chanting promotes in health and wellness. Its uses are found in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine as well as in modern Western medical practices. The universal premise is that mantra chanting is a device that slows respiration, improves concentration, and induces calm (Bernardi, et al., 2001).
Traditional Health Uses
Traditional Indian medicine is based on a large body of Vedic Sanskrit text, which is the oldest Hindu literature. According to these texts, there are four Vedas: (a) hymns to be recited, (b) texts to be recited, (c) formulas to be sung, and (d) collections of spells, incantations and charms. The individual verses are called mantras. Rare scholarly documents of the Vedic physicians indicate that mantras were used during the rites of delivery and birth, in rejuvenation cures, in therapy for poisonous stings and bites, and for treating mental disorders attributed to demonic possession (Rosu, 1988).
Mantra chanting was also used in traditional Chinese medicine by acupuncturists, massage therapists, moxibuxtionists (who use a therapy with dried mugwort), and herbal practitioners (Burns & Burns, 1999). Healing ceremonies used mantra chanting to free the sick from demons, to scare or confuse invading entities in the body, and to improve the effectiveness of healing interventions and medicines.
Mantras are cited in contemporary Hindu prayers, religious functions, and special occasions. To further explore the healing uses of mantra chanting we must consider the influences that European healing has had on Indian healing. European healing brought a three-fold procedure comprised of the surgeon’s knife, medicinal plants, and incantations. These are used today to treat chronic and incurable diseases, and are supported by Vedic mantras. Real physiological and pathological benefits from using mantras have been shown to heal humans and animals (Rosu, 1988). Mantra chanting enhances the effects of medication given to cure or stabilize chronic diseases. Mantras are also administered to healthy and sick plants; in some cases a mantra is spoken or written on paper and then buried beneath plants to help protect the plant from natural dangers (Rosu, 1988). Mantras are also used during the gathering or harvesting of medicinal plants. The belief is that the rhythmic recitation and musical vibrations of the chant help the plants grow and provide them with enhanced medicinal benefits; in turn, the mantra-filled plants hold enhanced magical healing properties that help heal diseased patients and animals (Karnick, 1982).
Traditional Wellness Uses
Unlike the Indians, the Chinese believe that the air is infected with evil spirits (Burns & Burns, 1999). They use mantra chants in wellness ceremonies to prevent sickness and infectious evil spirits from entering and penetrating homes and inhabitants (Burns & Burns, 1999). Their approach to wellness is external, whereby preventative measures are used to guard against illnesses from the outside.
Other wellness measures, practiced by people in all cultures are internal, and focus on psychological areas. For example, OM mantra chanting on a daily basis is a measure for reducing personal psychological stress. The repetition of the mantra creates mental clarity and calmness, which in turn brings a sense of consciousness and peaceful thoughts. Time-frequency analysis has shown that steadiness in the mind is achieved by chanting “OM,” indicating that the subject’s mind is calm and peaceful (Gurjar & Ladhake, 2008), and therefore leading to a well body.
To explore the effects of OM as a mantra, we must break down its specific sonic components. The articulation is interpreted as “AUM,” where the sound “ah” stimulates perception and concentration; “oh” stimulates emotions, feelings and dreams; and “mm” stimulates extreme focus and ecstasy. When combined, the resulting sound is considered to be the basis of life and oneness. The sound is followed by a brief silence in order to produce a slower, quieted state. The state of quiet promotes wellness in body, mind, and spirit. This particular aspect has withstood the test of time and is still sought by modern chanters (Riehl, 2010).
The modern yogic tradition has ten culturally accepted reasons for reciting mantras: (a) reducing anxiety and depression, (b) releasing neuroses, (c) soothing the senses (d) engendering compassion, (e) boosting immunity, (f) ease or use, (g) free access, (h) opening intuition, (i) increasing radiance, and (j) mantras are empowering. These ten powerful benefits have been the subject of many modern scientific studies that support the positive results of mantra chanting in health and wellness (Bhajan).
Modern Scientific Health and Wellness Uses
Modern research on the scientific benefits of mantra chanting has continued to expand on the basic principles established from its traditional uses. These studies aim to show that three factors are significantly associated with the use of chanting in health and wellness: (a) stimulated quality of life, (b) enhanced mood, and (c) general well-being. They have shown that mantra chanting has measurable and positive physiological and psychological outcomes that support health and wellness.
Modern Health Uses
The practice of mantra chanting has positive physiologic effects on the human body, including decreased heart rate, slower respiration, and increased skin conductivity. Decreasing heart rate can improve blood pressure and cardiac function. A study conducted using the OM mantra as a mental chant—thought internally rather than vocalized— revealed a measurable decrease in heart rate during the internal chanting. This suggests a strong correlation to psychophysiological relaxation (Telles, Nagarathna, & Nagendra, 1995). Telles obtained these results by conducting two sessions. Both sessions showed significant reduction in heart rate during the meditation when compared to the control period (Telles, Nagarathna, & Nagendra, 1995).
Studies also indicate that reciting mantras can slow respiration to six breaths per minute. This is the same timing as the circulatory system rhythms. It is important for cardiovascular health because it produces a synchronized rhythm essential for maintaining good blood pressure and heart rate. Other positive effects of a slower respiratory rhythm include increases in sinus arrhythmia, oxygenation of the blood, and exercise tolerance (Bernardi, et al., 2001). These are major factors to consider when treating any heart, circulatory, and psychological disease.
Skin conductance, also known as Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), is another significant finding in mantra chanting studies. GSR is a method of measuring response when skin is exposed to moisture-inducing conditions. The sympathetic system, or the skin’s ability to sweat, is a visibly direct way to measure emotion and sympathetic responses. Studies have indicated that GSR significantly decreases during mantra chanting, reflecting a sympathetic stimulation that can contribute to mental alertness (Shobitha & Agarwal, 2013).
By examining psychological uses of mantra chanting in health, several structural and functional benefits are shown. Looking at the structure of the brain network system highlights these functional benefits. Tomasino et al. and Kalyani et al. used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine brain activation centers during mantra chanting. The findings for both studies were similar: mantra chanting triggers activation in the inferior frontal gyrus, prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulated cortex, limbic and superior parietal areas, middle cortex, and precentral cortex (Tomasino, Fregona, Skrap, & Fabbro, 2013). One study showed deactivations in bilateral orbitofrontal, anterior cingulate, parahippocampal gyri, thalami, and hippocampi (Kalyani, et al., 2011). Apparently, certain parts of the brain activate and create an alert state, while other parts deactivate and create calm and peace. The activation produces connectivity in the brain between white matter and gray matter. The connectivity of the brain regions between the white and gray matter sharpens intellect and promotes improvement in stroke patients. Specifically, mantras can activate areas of the brain that help with language skills during memory loss (Khalsa, Amen, Hands, Money, & Newberg, 2009).
Activation and deactivation of the brain is important in modern clinical approaches for treating mental health disorders and diseases. Mental health issues include depression, anxiety, alcoholism, posttraumatic stress disorder, and lack of ability to show empathy for others. MRI studies indicate that the vagal nerve is stimulated during mantra chanting. Clinicians have used chanting to treat depression and epilepsy because it triggers brain regions into relaxation. Mantra chanting also causes deactivation of limbic brain regions. Reducing blood flow to certain areas of the brain can yield positive health outcomes. Patients suffering with mental disease can feel the effects of their symptoms lessen and thus become calmer (Kalyani, et al., 2011).
In another study, mantra chanting was practiced at sunrise and sunset during a six-week period of alcohol abstinence as a method for treating alcoholism. The results indicated that mantra chanting helped to suppress the delta and alpha waves of the brain, resulting in a state of mental tranquility. The treatment helped to curb the subjects’ urge for alcohol, and lasted for a minimum of two weeks. This method is socioculturally accepted as well as inexpensive, and is therefore more readily recommended (Golechha, Sethi, Deshpande, & Rani, 1991).

Modern Wellness Uses
Modern mantra chanting is used as a means of maintaining daily wellness throughout life, and is supported by health and wellness practitioners. The main areas of benefit stem from some of the original concepts passed on from traditional and cultural practices. Chanting is believed to drive away all worldly thought, remove distractions, and bring a new vigor and wellness to the body (Gurjar & Ladhake, 2008). Gurjar and Ladhake suggest that use of mantras in wellness brings on a state of relaxation and an altered state of consciousness, and provides a device for personal growth and a positive attitude. Speech often triggers negative responses due to the way something is said or the vocal inflections used. This can, in turn, affect temper, physical state, and vocal pragmatics. Mantra chanting can help clear unwanted internal discourse or “chatter,” heighten the senses, and create a sharper mind. Reciting mantras also helps to purify speech by keeping a constant spiritual connection and mindfulness, thus allowing energy to focus on maintaining body wellness (Gurjar & Ladhake, 2008).
Many believe that wellness is a direct result of how well stress is managed on an ongoing basis. Stress is a product of dissatisfaction and frustration, and may lead to many of the abovementioned disorders. This imbalance can be the result of neurotransmitter levels, emotion, or vital energy. In a study of the effects of mantra chanting on stress management, positive outcomes included stress relief, a feeling of well-being, relaxation, inner peace, and positive thinking. Psychological outcomes included sharpened intellect, better concentration, emotional steadiness, and caring or empathy for others (Bhatt & Gupta, 2013). The influence of mantra chanting on intellect is also noted in a study that measured digit-letter substation task (DLST) during chanting. The results showed significant improvement of DLST scores, and indicate that the activation of certain brain regions can play a role in improving attention potential (Pradhan & Derle, 2012).
Wellness in the body involves mental and physical aspects. One study indicates that brief daily meditation performed by caregivers of dementia patients can lead to improved mental functioning and better immune cell functioning (Lavretsky, et al., 2011). Not only does the study support the calming and mental wellness properties of mantra chanting, but also indicates an increase in telomerase activity, which suggests improvement in stress-induced cellular aging. The caregiver subjects showed not only improved mental and cognitive function, but also a decrease in depressive symptoms, thus improving their immunity to illness.
Conclusion
When we think of modern wellness and the uses of mantra chanting, we think of a process to slow down that reduces daily stress. Chanting provides a means of achieving this through a simple focused activity that slows respiration, improves concentration, and induces calm (Bernardi, et al., 2001). This 5000-year-old practice seeks to provide health and wellness in the lives of the chanter by reducing mental and physical stress. Absence of mental pressure leaves the subject in a state of consciousness where the mind is peaceful and steady. Steadiness contributes to a healthy physiological state by improving how well the breath, glands, and nervous system function in a relaxed state (Bhajan). The result is less vulnerability to disease and a sense of well-being. The research substantiates that peace, calm, and healing in the body is achieved. Further study will expand and reveal evidence supporting the benefits of mantra chanting in healing and wellness.

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Holiday Healing

Tis the season…for getting sick.  You’ve fought it off all through the fall and winter; then, the holidays arrive, you get some time off, and you come down with a cold, flu or worse. I recently read a couple of articles that inspired me to share the details of why we get sick and how to keep healthy all the time, even through the stress of holidays.

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First, we need to understand why we get sick. There are really 4 main reasons why we become sick:

1. Stress – this can be from physical or emotional in nature. Perhaps your work is pressured, your daily routines are too over-scheduled, you are a worrier, you are holding anger and not confronting it, you hold yourself to too high of a standard, or perhaps you have some heavier challenges that are weighing you down whether physical or mental or health-wise.

2. Focus – by focus, I mean either a positive or negative view of you and your life. The very thought you have when you first awake can set a chain reaction in you body and your day.  It has been shown that negative thoughts really do hamper your body’s health and diminish the body’s ability to fight of infection and disease.  Chose to be positive, even when you may feel otherwise.

3. Mental distress and distraction – you may have something that is pervading your thoughts all day.  Address it and don’t let it fester. Not being aware of your present moment puts a great deal of stress on the mind and as a result the body. Constant distraction is a sign that your health is headed for a bad turn.  Stay in the moment.

4. Body environment – if you are consumed with the three previous reasons we become sick, then your body weakens and it become the perfect host for any virus or bacteria that comes along.

Here are ways you can counteract the things that bring on sickness:

1. Visualization – imagine releasing toxins, pulling in healing energy.  Really create a vision by closing your eyes and imagining what this looks like.

2. Take on a positive attitude about everything. If you have pain when you awake, just be happy that there is light when you open your eyes in the morning, that your sheets are warm and cozy. Erase the first sign of a negative thought by immediately going to the positive.

3. Take time.  Breathe, rest, read, do nothing, walk slow, be late for something if rushing puts you in harm. Sleep in, go to bed early, play with your pet, hug your kids. Do whatever it is that slows you down and makes you feel indulgent.

4. Believe the body can heal.  You deserve to heal, and can heal. The mind is where it all starts.  Set that right and the healing WILL take place.

5. Make good choices. This means in all areas: food, exercise, friendship, words, actions, interactions, and doing every daily thing you do.

6. Give yourself permission to heal. This may be a bit redundant to #4, but it is worth listing again.

So, what do you do if you do get sick?  Here are the answers:

1. Positive thoughts. This is your prescription. Absolutely no negative thoughts no matter what sensations your body is feeling.

2. Distract yourself from the pain of disease. Do whatever you require to divert yourself from the negative – rent a movie, listen to music, read a book, take a bath, have a friend over…whatever it is that changes the focus of your current thought.

3. Do things that comfort you. Warm pajamas, hot tea, bath, fuzzy socks, a blanket, heating pad, pillows, a snuggly pet.

4. Rest, rest, rest.

5. Hydrate the heck out of yourself. You should be flooding yourself with nothing but good water.  It flushes the toxins out of your body and keeps you from creating a bad ecological system within.  Keep it clean with water!

6. Eat nutrient rich food. Juicing is great!  Stick to fruits and vegetables.  Avoid: sugar, dairy, meat, fried foods, processed foods, and acid foods. Eat alkaline foods.

7. Sit in the sunlight. Try to get up to 20 minutes a day.  Expose as much skin as you can for this period of time.  The sun has vitamin D and all kinds of great healing agents.  You might want to avoid times in the sun between 10am and 3pm when light is at its strongest.

8. Gargle with sea salt water a few times a day.

9. Sip water that has been boiled in an iron pot.  Store this ionized water in a stainless steel container and drink throughout the day.

10. Do not go back to the things you were doing prior to sickness.  Evaluate and change your life to remove the things that lead to sickness.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  I hope these practices lead you to health and happiness all year long.

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