Ancient folks didn't need scientists from Harvard or Yale or graduated doctors of psychology to tell them when something was good for you. They relied on their senses. I'll admit it. Personally, I feel that mine have been a bit dulled.
So, to bring some spark back into my sensory experience at home, I turned to Vatsu - the ancient Indian wisdom of space design. The goal is to create a space that encourages positive energy, and combats negative - or worse neutral - energy. (For the skeptic: Check out this article discussing patient welfare at hospitals that have reevaluated the design of their patient rooms. Positive, warm, energy-enhancing design statistically supports patient well-being.)
One primary component of Vatsu is the incorporation of nature in the home. Being a person that likes to break things into baby steps, this is where I started. I brought into my home a few new house plants, including an aloe plant with a punkish "hair-do." These little guys have personality and have brought renewed energy to our apartment. Even my boyfriend, and housemate, Tim has begun saying, "Hello!" to our new additions.
To all my friends battling through the Chicago winter like me, I suggest you buy a houseplant and see how quickly your new green friend will turn your frown upside down.
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