19 Nov Live close to the nature
Living close to nature is all about living in your home, amongst the elements of Nature in its base form. Our understanding of living amidst nature comes closest when we say we are sitting under a tree, or walking on the beach, or listening to water stream, or immersing in the melody of chirping birds; amongst others.
Inside our Homes, we have learned to live amidst the humming and the vibrations of various gadgets including fan, air conditioner, oven, vacuum cleaner etc. We say we have learned, as listening to these sounds does not come naturally to us, and there are some who face difficulties adjusting to these sounds no matter how much they try or train themselves.
These noises are the sensory intruders we have learned to adjust including Light, Air, and Aroma as well. Then there is this silent attack on our natural elements; it’s an attack from synthetics and petrochemicals and substances like rubber, polyester, Polythene and more.
In our house living with nature means staying away from synthetic materials, non-sustainable stuff as our brain recognises them, but our mind and body treat them as intruders. For eg., A Rubber Floor Mat may protect your kids while they are playing, but for the rest of time sitting in their room, it’s doing a lot of damage by emitting toxic fumes. Why not bring in wool, cotton or a jute Mat or go for a Cork flooring instead. With these materials, your Kids are subliminally learning to be closer to Nature.
We define ourselves as a beach person; we define ourselves as a mountain person we go to the nature trail, visit wildlife sanctuaries deep inside the forest. We even want to have a secluded private Home, a Farmhouse, a Ranch, a private Island and what not, all close to Nature.
So here I am sharing seven simple ways to come closer to the nature of your Home, not a Holiday home but a Home within the City Limits.
The best way forward, GO Natural:
- Natural Air – Proper Airflow and ventilation is essential to keep your place real fresh. If you are already living in the house where the ventilation and air flow is compromised, you must make special concentrated efforts to blow the air out using Fans, Air Conditioners after opening Windows and Doors, using Washroom Exhausts on parallel.
- Day Light – Ensure you get maximum Sunlight round the clock in your home. The rays of rising Sun are especially important. In Vedic traditions, the significance of rising Sun can be read across from Yoga to Meditation to Ayurveda and special occasions. So ensure your large windows open up every morning to soak the energy of a rising Sun.
- Night Light – LED lights is bringing a catastrophe of sorts with it, white light which dominates and is most common of all LED lights, its intensity, and brightness, lack of which is greater than the pack. Unlike incandescent lights, LED is pure artificial lights and is not a result of heat generation. Also, low energy bills mean excessive consumption on a lot of fronts, this pollutes your environment and surroundings, for instance, brighter white light is now gleaming thru your windows more than ever. A lot of new research is showing that blue LED light can do irreparable damage to your eye beyond other health issues.
- Flooring – Go for Natural Stones, Granites, Red Brick, Wooden and even reclaimed Wood, Cork, and Bamboo. Flooring that connects you to earth and helps in Grounding is always a much better option. For anything to cover or decorate choose Jute, Wool or Cotton Carpets. Avoid Vitrified Tiles, Rubber & Vinyl floorings amongst other synthetic materials as they will only keep you away from Nature.
- Walls– by now most of us are aware that we are inhaling much of pollution indoors, at times more than what we inhale outdoors. Bad Air quality is not the only reason; your interiors could also be contributing significantly to your indoor air. What is the most significant contributor amongst other pollutants like Lead and Mercury we need to be cautious of VOC’s which is a result of Paints which is used indoors? Non-VOC is almost new standard; choose from the original all Natural Colour made from 100% natural, human, Pet and Eco-friendly.
- Furniture and Upholstery – We know thru our gut that the materials which are Natural are suitable for us, we also need to be cautious of how it can be maintained for a sustained use in our Homes, hence while choosing Upholstery, Bed Linens, Covers, Curtains and Mattresses etc. we must be cautious of its material. Mattresses, Carpets, and Curtains are more critical for their size and reasons as we sleep on a Mattress & Pillow, Curtains are exposed to direct Sunlight, and Mattresses get amongst maximum friction. Our Materials of choice – Silk, Cotton, and Jute. Also check for the toxicity of not only Toys but also the beautiful stuff in your home, mainly they are in hand of your Kids most often.
- Gadgets – Put the devices in hibernation mode gadgets like microwave which can easily replace with an oven and a vacuum cleaner which you can easily replace with a lot of other mops. At night ensure your Wi-Fi Router is switched off and Phones are kept at a distance of at least 3-6 ft.
- Utensils – Trash those plastic bottles, microwave utensils aluminium Pans and even non-stick cookware. Go for brass, high grade cast iron and steel. (Trash you microwave, before it trashes your health silently)
- Cleaning Agents & Personal Care Products – They are amongst the highest indoor pollutants, and most of us do not know how to handle this. The simplest advice, pick up all-natural or organic products, also avoid scented products, as most of its chemicals are not tested.
- Food – How can we live closest to nature if our kitchen is full of processed food in different forms? You know it already, go natural and buy fresh fruits, vegetables, grocery, dairy, and cereals. Prefer your neighbourhood farmers market over the supermarket. We will soon discuss the significance of Sattvic food.