How to Create an Inspiring and Uplifting Environment
Your home and your place of work are generally your two main environments. In each, you are surrounded by people and things that either raise your vibration or lower it. Do your environments inspire and uplift you or do they frustrate and depress you? Are your environments working for or against you?
There are many things you can do to improve the environments where you spend a lot of time. Although, it is generally easier to adjust your home environment than a public, work environment, it is still possible.
Pictures, quotes and personal mantras that inspire love, gratitude and peace will all increase your vibration which will increase all that surrounds you. (Your vibrational or energy field extends three to eight feet from your physical body, depending on whose work you read. That means it extends to the people near you, for better or for worse, and visa versa.) Family photos, pictures of people who inspire you, nature and anything else that elevates your spirit can be hung, tacked, taped or stuck with a magnet to any surface.
I have a picture of the Dalai Lama I cut out of a magazine hanging on my wall. He is smiling and holding his hands up to his face in prayer pose. His smiling eyes crinkle behind his glasses. Every time I see this picture I smile and am inspired to stop whatever I am doing, mimic his posture and pray: May all the people ofTibet be free. May all sentient beings be free.
There was a time when I was working in a school and I was too aware of the negativity coming from my colleagues. I decided to hang inspirational quotes outside my office as an attempt to lift their spirits, which in turn would enhance mine. People started making purposeful visits to my office just to see the quote of the day. Pretty good, huh?
Live plants, fresh flowers, chimes, and water fountains are all used in Feng Shui to engage the elements (earth, air and water, respectively) to improve energy flow.
You can investigate Feng Shui if you feel that the energy in any of your environments is really low or negative. This involves rearranging furniture and adding energy-enhancing objects like those mentioned above, and strategically placing mirrors either to reflect nature or to bounce negative energy away. You can also try smudging, a Native American tradition of burning herbs like sage, sweet grass and cedar and using the smoke to move the energy around while dispelling negative energies.
Aromatherapy is another wonderful way to improve any atmosphere. I am particularly sensitive to odors, so I have always employed the use of scented candles, essential oils and incense to uplift my surroundings. When I was working in a school setting, burning candles for an oil burner and incense were not advisable, so I purchased an electric aroma fan that worked as a diffuser. Another safe option would be ceramic ring diffusers. They sit on top of exposed light bulbs and the heat warms the oils.
Essential oils all have properties that can be categorized as stimulating, uplifting, warming, balancing, soothing, and purifying. They can be used individually or blended together. So you can choose day to day what you may need.
I used the electric aroma fan in my classroom because I worked with children with behavioral issues and ADHD. I generally selected a calming or soothing blend of oils for the sake of the children (and my sanity). For me, any pleasant odor had a claming affect as I would breathe deeply of the scent, which would bring me into the moment as I was focused on my breathing.
The point of this is to surround yourself with pictures, objects and people (when possible) that enhance your vibration and inspire you to think in healthy, more productive ways: to be grateful, to send blessings to others, to be peaceful, and to be loving. By doing so, your motivation will improve and so will the quality of your efforts. Know that you are always in control of your vibrational level and when you raise your vibration, you will impact those around you as well. Win-Win!
May you perceive and receive all your blessings.
With Much Love,
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I want to let you know that while trying to figure out which post to work on today, I found the above mentioned and featured picture on the floor. It has been fun-tacked to the wall for about six years and ‘chose’ today to come unstuck. I took this as a message to work on this article and use his picture.
Doesn’t he make you smile?