The cheapest and most artistic way to infuse your home environment with optimism and natural energy is decorating with fresh flowers. You don’t need an expensive florist for an arrangement as most supermarkets and farmer’s markets sell fresh flowers, cut or still growing in their pots. Flowers have a secret language of their own. While many flowers have ancient histories and traditional symbols attached to them, like dreams we have our own interpretations and associated memories.
Select the colors and shapes your eyes are drawn to, inhale the fragrance and feel the texture. Fresh flowers will activate your senses, transmitting subtle cues of nature’s restorative rhythms. We are all accustomed to communicating our feelings and improving the mood of others by giving them flowers; it’s time to give yourself this gift. Call it a “well-being tool.”
* In the kitchen a bud vase with just a single fresh flower centered on the table will remind you to dine and savor your food as opposed to eating mindlessly. It will serve as a cue to engage in a little banter at the table rather than criticizing, to focus on the positive and inspirational. You might even lose weight in the process because a fresh flower can encourage you to eat more naturally, to value quality over quantity both in meal preparation and presentation.
* In the bathroom white flowers positioned in a glass or white vase on the sink counter or a ledge near the tub will transform your environment into a spa retreat signaling a relaxation response. White flowers have traditionally symbolized modesty and purity – a quiet, simple elegance. If your bathroom is challenged for space, consider suspending a little glass vase on the wall.
* In the bedroom wildflowers, sunflowers or hydrangea will help you to remove your public mask and explore the infinite possibilities within. Consider blue hydrangea for promoting serenity and inner peace, sunflowers for power and health or a rainbow array of wildflowers to express your innate great range. Novelty is encouraged along with jarring juxtapositions to reinvent the self. You might be inspired to dream big.
* In the living room change your fresh floral arrangements periodically to bring in the seasons; they need not correspond to the four seasons in nature’s calendar. For example, if you are mourning any kind of loss, bring in the spring with tulips, crocuses, or daffodils to remind you of new beginnings. Yellow is the color of a smile; orange serves a dose of cheerfulness and green promotes healing.
Life need not be drab or monotonous. Live and dream in technicolor.
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