Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Spaces That Heal



"Spaces That Heal"," The feeling is completely in contrast to how he feels in the city where he currently lives and works.
 Let us continue and understand why the house and every space we occupy is a man's third body and what is the 'spaces and happiness' connection.
 Our ancestors knew them as the soul, physical body and the home.
 Do the spaces talk to us? How we feel in these spaces is probably our body's way of talking to us or giving us hidden signals.
 The amount of space in the universe, in a city or around our plot of land is always definite.
 They can only be defined.
 These five elements (""panch-mahabhoot"") - air, water, fire, earth and ether/space, when balanced in a human body result in a healthy mind, body and 'soul'.
 These five elements also make our house and they need balancing for the peace, success and prosperity of the dwellers.
 Only working on the physical body and forgetting the subtle spaces around us cannot bring amazing results.
 All of us have to come to realise the fact that 'Health is Happiness'.
 In our modern fast-paced lives our health and well-being is key to our happiness.
 Even David Cameron after taking over as Prime Minister launched a well-being inquiry to find out what makes the nation content.
 We too can learn and ease our journey to discover our own ""happy space"", from a 'house' to a 'home'!

What is the secret?

Ancient experts knew this integral architectural concept as 'Vaastu'.
 Vaastu works hand in hand with Ayurveda, the Indian system of natural healing and hence also described as the Yoga of Architecture.
 He is portrayed as a person called 'Vaastu-purush' lying flat on his belly - symmetric along a mirror axis and all fitting together nicely in a square grid.
 It travelled with Buddhism to China around 3000BC, was customized and became the modern version 'Feng Shui'.


How can Vaastu help you?

Vaastu is the science of many forces and its main aim is to help you to find your own harmonious space within a space.
 Prana is the dynamic energy of the Sun and the cosmos from the east.
 These energies are contained and altered when they are restricted in a building resulting in an increase in intensity, or a disturbance which nullifies their positivity.
 It is this diagonal or the 'life axis' which forms the basis of evaluation for a 'Vaastu' consultant.
 It helps to heal faster.
 Simply playing right music/vibrations or using sandalwood oil in a fragrance lamp can energize the whole house if placed in a ""defective"" (unbalanced energies) corner.
 A few steps of balancing the qualities of the five elements - earth, water, fire, air and ether/space and their integration with time, light and sound can change our perception of any space.
 There have been proven benefits which have touched the daily lives of all.
 A few changes and even an entire workforce of an organisation had the desire to go to work every morning and productivity increased two-fold.
 Sternberg talks about them in her book ""HEALING SPACES: The Science of Place and Well-Being"".
 How we perceive the world around us, its features of light and dark, sound and smell, temperature and touch, feed into the brain through all our senses and trigger the brain's emotional centers, which make us react.
 In turn, through this communication, our awareness of space and place changes when we are ill, and changes yet again when we begin to heal.
 And the most enduring fact is that the simple rules of Bio-energetics combined with careful planning, designing and decorating help achieve balance in one's personal and professional life.
 just give it a chance!



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