In feng shui, trees represent the wood element and are a part of a balanced environment based on the Five Elements. Besides the great energy, shade, and beauty that trees provide they also can make a home or property more valuable.
Take a look at the National Tree Benefit Calculator to help you asses the value of a street side tree. It’s zip code specific and you can use it for either a commercial building or a residential building. It calculates the total value of the tree per year with a breakdown of the tree’s value according to the energy it saves, the storm water it absorbs and the property value it adds.
If you work in community or urban planning you also might find i-Tree software developed by the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. It’s free to download and online support materials are available as well.
No matter which section of the bagua your kitchen is in, it plays a critical role in supporting your mental and physical health. The kitchen is where you make decisions about your diet that have a direct impact on your health. Below are tips for both your home and business to help strengthen vibrant health at home and at work.
What are you keeping in your kitchen? I recommend minimizing gadgets. They are the junk food of kitchen utensils. If you are not using something at least monthly (or consistently when you have company) check to see if you have something else that already serves its purpose. Knife sets are notoriously over-complicated. Keep the 4 or 5 that you actually use, put them in a drawer and then you can eliminate the chunky knife holder taking up an entire square foot of your counter space.
The kitchen at your office can promote creativity and rejuvenation. Resist the temptation to store office supplies in the same cabinet as the coffee filters. You want people to feel like they are actually taking a break. It’s not a break when you move from your active office to another active space with physical reminders of other unfinished business.
Keep counter tops clean and clear. The kitchen is a creative space. When you start with a clean and clear counter, you will be able to support your health much more enjoyably. A messy kitchen counter with no room for food preparation can often lead me straight to a high calorie snack vs. a healthy lunch. Ice cream, cookies or chips seem like great alternatives to spending time cleaning up.
At the office, a clean and clear counter gives people the space to prepare healthier meals for themselves.
Add a symbol of Health. Our subconscious responds to the thoughts and feelings we have about the items in our space. Images can have an especially powerful impact. For example, images of chubby chefs are often incorporated into kitchen decor. If you are trying to lose weight, you might want to have images that remind you of health and not eating or over-indulging.
Businesses can incorporate images or symbols of the health of their business, their clients or their community.
Enjoy looking at your kitchen with an eye to improving your health.