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4 Ways To Design An Environmentally Friendly Home

4 Ways To Design An Environmentally Friendly Home

Fresh air, clean water, and perfect weather are what all of us living on planet earth crave. We look forward to summer, to stepping on beaches with crystal clear blue waters, and we love the feeling of warm wind. The ability to enjoy nature, clean and pure, constitutes the vision of paradise that most of us have.

However, this won’t be possible if the planet continues toward global warming and our bodies of water continuously fill with plastic and waste products due to our ignorance and neglect. We need to form a global community of people who care about the environment. To care for the environment begins at home. Here are four ways we can all be more aware of Mother Nature and help make the world a better place right from the comfort of our own homes.

1. Choose products that encompass style and integrity.

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    Style is an important factor in our lives. So is being socially conscious. It’s why Kylie Jenner’s lipsticks are vegan. We need to carry along this stream of consciousness when it comes to decorating our homes.

    Our home is a place where we experience a full range of emotions and what life has to offer. It’s where one’s day begins and ends. That’s why most people want their home to suit their personal style. Many products on the market these days encompass style but lack integrity and care for the environment. This is where taking the time to research environmentally friendly products can make all the difference in the world.

    You don’t necessarily have to be as environmentally thoughtful as one man in Thailand who built his home using natural materials, but we all need to start somewhere. Of course, the commitment to respecting Mother Nature also has to be evident in the corporate world if we as global citizens are to make any significant progress.

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    2. Incorporate pleasure and functionality.

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      After a long week, all you want to do is to have a small gathering with a group of friends. Drinking beers, sipping wine, and dancing the night away with great music is always a great time. However, the era of socializing with no boundaries has long gone, we now live in the era of modern consideration. One of these considerations is noise.

      These days, soundproofing allows people to have fun while at the same time encouraging the avoidance of noise pollution. Echo panels have become one of the great ways to reduce noise pollution. Some companies even produce these panels by recycling plastic bottles. There really is no better way to own being socially and environmentally responsible than recycling harmful plastic materials into something that’ll keep the neighbors from shutting down the good times.

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      3. Make DIY your best friend.

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        Creativity has now made a comeback. Many individuals are now looking forward to following their passions and using their talents to create change in the world. In architecture, you learn many ways to produce eco-friendly malleable creations. However, you don’t need to be an architect to DIY your home decor whilst being eco-friendly.

        A community that practices zero waste has recently emerged, and many of us are astonished by the concept. People who commit to zero waste production also commit to the DIY way of getting things done. From creating curtains out of nylon waste to making pottery out of glass bottles, you can find everything you need on YouTube and the Zero Waste community forum. Using a DIY approach, you will not only save the planet but also have a unique style for your unique personality .

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        4. Opt for a zen environment.

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          A healthy mind equates to a healthy body and soul. Nowadays, what’s trendy in home decor is a more natural, monotone, and calm environment that offsets the busyness and the hustle of the city. An environment where nature becomes the priority and balanced elements become the key materials used to enhance the beauty of the home are key.

          Some societies believe that bamboo wood is crucial to the Feng Shui of a home. Bamboo is one of nature’s wonders. It offers longevity and strength that other natural materials don’t. If you’ve watched many Jet Lee or Jackie Chan movies, you know that bamboo often becomes a weapon during battle. It has a level of toughness mixed with natural beauty that makes it a great fit for the home.

          Change the way you design your home and do it yourself using the four tips above. It’s the best way to guarantee a beautiful sense of home decor with a mindfulness of what’s important to our planet. These are just a handful of ideas from a mountain of possibilities to help conserve and create a safe and enduring environment for future generations to enjoy.

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          Last Updated on September 10, 2019

          7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

          7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

          Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

          Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

          This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

          One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

          Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

          Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

          1. Gratitude

          Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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          The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

          Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

          So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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            2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

            This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

            For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

            What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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            Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

            3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

            This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

            Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

            An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

            Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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              4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

              According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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              There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

              5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

              Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

              Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

              6. Rise Earlier

              The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

              For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

              So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

              Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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              7. Listen to Uplifting Music

              Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

              Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

              It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

              Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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              Reference

              [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
              [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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