As I succumb to winter, it occurred to me that acceptance and appreciation go hand in hand with respect.
Accepting the change in seasons and learning to appreciate the beauty each one has to offer is a way of honoring nature and trusting in the natural rhythm of life.
In a state of surrender, I was recently clearing my deck and bringing in plants to protect them from the cold. I was alarmed by one's broken branch, but my concern soon turned to intrigue as it allowed me to notice the beautiful intricacy of the leaves.
It got me thinking about how Mother Earth is constantly nourishing us and tending to our senses. She paints a beautiful landscape through flowers, plants, shrubs and trees. She feeds us with fresh fruits and vegetables. She heals our bodies through herbs and essential oils.
She offers aromatherapy that soothes us and awakens our olfactory effects. She lets us walk all over her as our feet get massaged in ocean sand or fresh cut lawns.
We can learn a lot from her unconditional love. Why would not we reciprocate by being loving and respectful in return? Learning to respect nature and all things inherently teachers us how to respect ourselves and others.
Feng Shui is about connecting with and imitating nature to maintain a balanced flow of chi (energy.) Taoism is based on the desire to live in harmony with the natural world. Combining the two led to the discovery that having comfortable and harmonious environments helps inhabits to survive and thrive.
We know that it is detrimental to stay in relationships that do not support us. Similarly, when we consider that everything is comprised of energy, we can understand that surrounding ourselves with clutter or objects that are broken, unused or neglected creates an unhealthy environment.
When we increase our awareness and take care of the objects in our space, we are demonstrating respect and gratitude, which brings in positive energy. When we choose to clean, paint or rearrange furniture / furnishings, we bring in new energy, which sets the stage for making desired changes in our lives.
A key aspect of Feng Shui is the 'tao' or way of being in tune to nature. Just as Mother Earth nourishes us, we can learn to show respect for all things – animate and inanimate – and create spaces that support us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Just think about the positive effects this could have on a global level. I like this quote by John Muir: ” When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.