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An excerpt from Feng Shui Mommy by Bailey Gaddis
Before she was a beloved pregnancy blogger, certified birthing doula, and childbirth preparation educator, author Bailey Gaddis met her own pregnancy by buying a bunch of books — which, for the most part, made her even more confused, insecure, and scared.
Her new book Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood (New World Library, May 14, 2017) is her way of giving pregnant women and new moms a better option. Adopting the principles and philosophy of feng shui, the Chinese system of a connected inner and outer harmony, this book guides women to their balanced center and supports them in tapping into the primal energies brought forth in the birthing experience. We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the book.
If you tune in to your emotions when you enter a space, you’ll become aware of a shift in your energy. If the space has stagnant feng shui (a.k.a. “a stagnant flow of energy”), you’ll experience a negative shift in energy. If the space has flowing feng shui, you’ll experience a positive shift in energy.
You don’t have control over many of the spaces you inhabit throughout your day, but you can enliven the energy in the spaces in your home. Because your home will be the main haven you and your energy-sensitive baby will reside in, you’ll want it to be a positive-energy palace. Cultivating vibrant feng shui in your home will both soothe your baby and serve as your Cosmic Chill Pill. We concoct this chill pill by removing clutter and introducing air-purifying plants, fresh air, soothing lighting, and optimal colors into your home.
You don’t need to be a compass-slinging wizard to receive the benefits of feng shui. Unifying the following ideas with your home and committing to daily “resetting” practices will organically begin the process of awakening your Goddess-Mama-Chi.
Nature dances with consciousness, which is why plants are feng shui masters; they exude positive energy without even trying. If you’re starved for nature, or if you just like plants, incorporating houseplants (that you love) into your home will infuse it with grounding, cleansing, and nourishing energy. Plants also awaken the earth element, unifying you with whole-being nourishment, inner balance, and stability.
Because NASA is all about bringing people back to Earth, they conducted a study on the top air-purifying houseplants. Here are some plants you might find on the International Space Station, or in every room of my house.
- Peace lily (my go-to gal because she’s pretty, and not too needy)
- Spider plant
- Bamboo palm
- Red-edged dracaena
- Florist’s chrysanthemum
- English ivy
These plants remove toxic agents such as trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene from the air — toxins that create symptoms like dizziness; nausea; drowsiness and headache; an irritated mouth, nose, and throat; itchy eyes; elevated heart rate; heart issues; and liver and kidney damage. Yuck!
All these yummy chemicals are found in common household items like inks, varnishes, paper bags, wax paper, and more. And don’t some of those symptoms sound like they were pulled from a “How to Know When You’re Knocked Up” article? I wonder what pregnancy symptoms were like for women before the Industrial Revolution, when many people spent most of their days outdoors?
Because babies sometimes (always) enjoy putting everything in their mouths, ensure that the plants you’re inviting in are displayed out of the reach of tiny hands, and the paws and teeth of the domesticated animal that may be following them.
Breathe in Fresh Energy
Tune in to your mind’s nose and envision walking into a room filled with the lingering scent of stale cigarette smoke, mixed with a hint of dirty carpet and a whiff of forgotten garbage. How does that make you feel?
Now, clear your mind’s nose and imagine walking into a space filled with fresh air, emanating with the aroma of freshly cut grass, a hint of jasmine, and an undertone of clean energy (whatever clean energy might smell like). When you breathe in this air, it feels crisp and invigorating, as if it’s replenishing your body’s reserve of fuel. Does that feel better?
The air you breathe translates into the energy you breathe. This energetic oxygen is absorbed by your baby, affecting how his developmental building blocks are pieced together. Gift yourself and your babe with clean air by opening windows when the weather is nice (placing a window guard in the window when your baby becomes mobile and curious) or utilizing one or many of the air-purifying plants previously listed. Small fountains are also pros at humidifying and refreshing air.
Make a ritual of opening the windows or caring for your plants. As you open the window, close your eyes and inhale deeply, imagining the fresh air resetting your system and connecting you to the present moment. Then, imagine it flowing into your baby and your home, clearing out negative energy and blessing everything (and everyone) it touches. When you open your eyes everything will look brighter and crisper.
If you’re relying on vegetation to cleanse your air, say a blessing of gratitude to each plant as you feed it water or prune dead leaves. Plants have been found to positively respond to sound, so speak sweet somethings to them, or play them your favorite music while envisioning the good vibrations absorbing into their roots.
Bailey Gaddis is the author of Feng Shui Mommy. As a Childbirth Preparation Educator, Birth Doula, and Hypnotherapist who works with pregnant women and their gorgeous offspring everyday, Bailey is fairly certain that “new baby smell” is the most enticing aroma on Earth. Visit her online at http://www.baileygaddis.com.
Excerpted from the book Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood. Copyright ©2017 by Bailey Gaddis. Printed with permission from New World Library — http://www.newworldlibrary.com.