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Making your house a HOME (Healthy Organic Mindful Environment) depends a lot upon your personal needs, wants, desires, interests, hobbies, etc.  However, all of us essentially need the same basic things:  love, energy, relaxation, and the 5 Elements (wind, fire, water, earth, void/ether ); all which bring us balance.  ***Void or either: meaning “sky” or “Heaven“, represents those things beyond our everyday experience, particularly those things composed of pure energy. Bodily, kū represents spirit, thought, and creative energy. It represents our ability to think and to communicate, as well as our creativity.

So how can we best create this environment in our own homes?  KISS yourself (Keep It Simple Sweetheart).  We don’t need more “stuff” to have this HOME.  In fact, taking stuff out may be your solution.  The more “stuff” you have the more energy it requires.  Stuff accumulates dust, and dust is negative energy.   Keep the 5 elements around your living environment, inside your home and garden.  Place a water fountain in a room where the sound of the trickling water can be heard in many rooms.  A bird bath acts as a water element outside, if you prefer that to an outdoor fountain.  Wind element can be found in a ceiling fan, wind chimes, or flags.  Place candles and string lights in and around your favorite spaces for your Fire Element.  Ether can be translated as “sky” or “heaven”; pure energy.  Use rocks or bricks inside and out for the Earth element. When you stand, feel all four corners of your feet connect with the floor inside and the ground outside as you literally draw energy from the earth.

It may also help to keep a journal of your positive thoughts, for yourself and others.  Perhaps you might utilize this journal as your “prayer list” as well.   We as humans, tend to be visual beings so seeing our positive thoughts in print can help bring them to life.  Your intentions shape your destiny.

Lastly, once or twice a week try to take an oil bath at home (recipe below). Begin slowly to create your oasis at HOME so it isn’t a rush to create, but instead evolves into your Healthy Organic Mindful Environment; and will last until you feel the need to change it.  Make your HOME and garden your safe and healthy haven!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR OIL BATH

An oil bath is soothing and relaxing.  It relieves soreness, achiness, tightness, arthritis, hot flashes, sleeplessness, anxiety, excess heat in the body, and indigestion.  Don’t do a “deep” massage, just apply the oil to the skin.  Once weekly, or as often as needed, apply oil on entire body starting at the head; in an empty bathtub or dry shower.

Types of oils to be used:  sesame oil, coconut oil, castor oil, Ayurvedic massage oil, and almond oil.

Heat the oil by running hot water over it, or set the bottle in a bowl of hot water.  Or place the oil in a small bowl set into a larger bowl of hot water.  Don’t use the microwave.

  1. Begin your bath at the top of the head.  (Using your fingers, measure 8 finger widths from your third eye to the top of the head.  That should be the spot where the cranial bones join at the top of the head.  The spot will feel “soft”.)  Pour a small amount of warm oil there and massage it into the scalp.  More oil can be applied to the occipital bones at the base of the skull.  Massage the whole head and work the oil into your hair.  Massage the ear lobes, outer ear, and as much of the ear canal opening as possible using only the tip of your middle finger.  Leave oil on head for 5 minutes to begin, eventually leaving oil on your head for up to 2 hours (May take up to 6 months to get to this point).
  2. Having completed your allotted time for oil on the head, generously apply oil to the whole body. Take time to rub and massage face, neck, shoulder joints, chest, arms, elbow, hands, and fingernails, spine (as much as you can reach), sides, abdomen (clockwise direction), sides, hips, buttocks, groin, thighs, legs, knees, and feet. And into any areas that are chronically sore.  Taking an additional 5 to10 minutes.
  3. Take a very hot shower and continue to rub the oily skin.  The shower may last 5-15 minutes.

Apply soap and shampoo, but don’t wash all the oil off.  Leave some on to soften the skin.  Then wash out your shower/tub as it may be very slippery.  Pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain to keep it open.

  1. Rest over the next few hours.

At night before sleeping, massage your feet with oil or lotion.

                                                            Ayurvedic Foot Massage Ayurvedic Massage typically uses warm sesame oil, or a blend of oils and herbs specifically to balance your particular dosha. A foot massage can be a self-massage, or you can indulge your partner. The Ayurvedic massage technique doesn’t involve deep muscle massage, the goal is to stimulate the subtle energies of the marma points and nadis (similar to acupressure points) in the body. Start with the right foot, then repeat the same steps on the left. -Start with the point located in the middle of the arch of the foot. Massage this area with your thumb, it is good for the heart. -Using the thumb, massage the point located in the middle of the underside of the big toe. This area regulates hormonal activity. -Starting with the big toe, massage the underside of the base of each toe. Then massage each toe all around by gently pulling upward from the base to the top. Each toe corresponds to a major organ: brain, lungs, intestines, kidney, heart. -Now work on the top of the foot. Using both thumbs, massage the groove between the base of the big toe and the second toe. Massage up toward the ankle until you feel the bone. -Now hold the foot with both hands and massage upward from the toes to the ankle.

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