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Plants that help us breathe...
Hā - 2. nvi. To breathe, exhale; to breathe upon, as kava after praying and before prognosticating; breath, life. (Wehewehe.com)
So today on my IG post I shared about how sacred the act is of placing our intention on breath is and how I came to writing this article was due to my sister pointing out to me that the Aloe Vera plant she placed on her bed side table is found to be beneficial to have near us at night due to it’s ability to enhance the air quality of it’s environment it lives in. Therefore, enhancing the quality of our breathing while we sleep! I thought, what a perfect subject to highlight right now, with many of us concerned about the quality of our air due to our recent volcanic eruptions🌋. Along with some of the great info on plants I have included some DYI projects you could do to make some pretty cool planters yourself AND some local artist who's craft is making some AHHHMAZING planters.
Aloe Vera has a LONG list of health benefits, but the fact that it emits oxygen at night, making for a more peaceful nights sleep. Like the mother n law plant it also diffuses toxins in our home environment making this one of NASA's top ranking plants to have near our beds at night.
Mother-In- Law's Tongue
An inexpensive "bedroom plant" Mother-In-Law's Tongue is another amazing choice for your bedroom decor! Like Aloe Vera "this plant emits oxygen at night time whilst simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide – something we naturally produce when breathing. All this leads to a purer quality of air and a better night’s sleep." - It also acts as a diffuser to these nasty chemicals formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene that can be found in items such as certain rugs, furniture, mattresses and on and on. Do your homework before you buy home furnishings... go green when you can!
The Sleep Judge speaks to the benefits of the Gardenia plant and has this to say in relationship to it helping as a sleep aid, "Gardenia is particularly useful due to its antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also commonly used for its natural sedative-purposes, which will help you fall asleep faster." Another source noted that it might be as effective as taking Valium!
Although Kava did not make NASA's list, it definitely makes my list! Having Kava as a means to relax my mind, body and spirit I speak from my personal experience with it aiding in the calming of my nervous system. Depending on the type of Kava and where it is grown it can honestly give me both an alertness coupled with openness of mind acting somewhat as a stimulant to ideas and conversations. OR it has really allowed me to sink down into the seat of my being, and just be ok with the nothingness, yet the vastness of each passing moment, therefore assisting me to slow down. All I know is, I usually have the best sleep and sometimes the most amazing dreams after a night of enjoying Kava with my 'Ohana & friends.
FYI: Plants love fashion too!!!
This amazing artist, who I feel like I have admired for years now is just killing it! I love her style, I love her ethics, I love her design sense... she rocks the plant fashion world! - Jessica Onetti, owner & designer of Plantsax has taken her joy of reuse and passion for textiles and paired it with her plant infatuation. It's a no brainer to #supportlocal and buy yourself some plant LOVE for your hale!
DIY Planters that are easy to do!
How cute is this? AND...Hello!?... How easy is this? Perfect size for a nightstand! Get to planting people!
So these DIY blogs are chalk full of how to's and inspiration! No reason to wait any longer on adding these simple touches to your home and change the mana in your space!
If you would like to book a consultation with me on how to create these looks and more for your home, book your appointment today! It is a life changing decision! Become more clear, more creative, have more peace and harmony throughout your home all by using your space and belongings in a way that brings long lasting Visual Peace to your home!
Here's a link to some of the affiliate links to the DIY ideas I mentioned above that you can get started on right now! xoxo k
Last week we talked about just simply taking mental inventory of what is in your home. I invited you to sit with areas that you look at on a daily basis and rather than think about what you need to do to "fix" it, I wanted you to just observe how items or spaces made you feel. Checking in with your na'au and asking whether or not the situation serves your highest good anymore really helps you start the process of bringing pono back into your life from a spiritual basis, rather than always from a logical mindset. Recognizing how certain areas, items, placement of furniture, etc. can make you feel will ultimately help to motivate you to clear mana, vs. feeling overwhelmed with a room. Perhaps that item needs to just be dusted off and placed in a new corner, or maybe the picture that you purchased with your last partner needs to be donated to a new home. It can be a refreshing experience when you can recongnize why you have made certain attachments to the way things are set up in your home. Remember the goal is mental clarity within your environment so that you can make space for more creativity, which in my belief leads to spiritual growth!
Clouds the mind. Affects your mood. Adds to mental stress.
Goal for the week:
Start by writing down YOUR COMMITMENT to MENTAL CLARITY within your home. Do this by simply sending a text to your partner, your best friend or writing an actual physical note with a pen to paper and pin it on your bulletin board or fridge to serve as your mantra for the month.
Secondly, I invite you to make advancements in bringing about MENTAL CLARITY within your home by starting with a smaller area. This week/month choose only one room, or even something as "small" as a daunting daily chore like the making sure the dishes are done and put away at the start of every day to bring visual peace into your world. This way you are building your "clearing/cleaning" muscles at a gradual pace just as you would with a health or exercise regime so as to not exhaust the mind and body all at once! I was just telling my girlfriend this week, that my life is busy, busy, busy, and there are days where I have to choose between the dishes while the baby naps, or finishing work projects that have imminent deadlines, all of which adds to my mental clutter and brings underlying stress into my environment.
(TIP:) So one of my tricks is, I set out a goal for the day, week, and or month and COMMIT to just one chore that I know will make me happy. Last month I decided that I would start by clearing, organizing, and re-designing the space within my son's room (which also doubles as my office). I put away his clothes, moved furniture around, used a different bedspread, and organized his toys. I was elated with the zen outcome of the room when I was finished! I chose this room, not only because I had been neglecting it for months, but also because I knew that this is an area that would be much easier for me to keep VISUALLY PEACEFUL. I also knew that when it's not as tidy and the clean clothes are piled on the bed and need to be put away, I can close the door until I can schedule some time to get to it. Although, when it is clean but the rest of the house is littered with toys, dishes, laundry and a to-do list that wont stop playing over and over in my head, I just open the door to my son's room, look in and let go of any tension, breathe and say aaaaaahhh. Believe it or not, all it takes for me is a small moment of VISUAL PEACE that can bring me MENTAL CLARITY and PEACE OF MIND, which ultimately allows me the chance to ho'omana and elevates my spirit. Feeling recharged, I am able to close the door again (so it stays that way lol), and move through my day to enjoy the laughter of my son, work on a project, or just enjoy the process of life unfolding as it should without judgment.
*Mana - life energy (Chi) *Pono - balance/alignment *Na'au - gut/intuition *Ho'omana - recharge/energize
I am happy to announce that I will be featuring new posts every week that feature tips on bringing pono into your hale! From cleaning tips, to design tricks I will keep the mana'o flowing on how to focus on the positive mana throughout your home. Below I share our Mantra that I created from the start of Noho Designs back in 2011, which speaks to what we are all about. I believe that if we change our visual environment, our minds can relax just a little further into the present moment instead of being bombarded by over stimulation. I was taught and often preachthat everything has it's own mana. Whether it be the mana that we assign a certain object because of the way it makes us think or feel, or if it carries it's own mana because of thelife force that is at it's unique core, each object in our visual path can either help to stimulate, or relax our senses. Each scenario will always be of benefit within our lives, but it is up to us to choose which scenario best serves our highest good at that specific place and time in our lives.
So my first "to-do" is just to take mental and emotional inventory of how certain spaces, pictures, plants, pieces of furniture, toys, linens, etc, etc make you feel. That's it for now.. just a mental note is all that is needed to start our journey of bringing pono back into our homes. (From my Hawaiian perspective anyway) :) May 2017 bring the clarity we search for in order to bring about the creativity our soul needs to evolve!
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