While we cannot control the natural world, we have the ability to influence how we interact with its energies, both positive and negative. Our use of fuel, power, lighting, food, and what businesses we choose to purchase goods from, all stem from a growing public awareness of corporate social responsibility to not be greedy users and abusers of the environment.
It's easy for us to point the finger at big oil companies or overseas sweatshops, but have you ever taken a good look at your own day-to-day consumption? Do you recycle? Compost? Take public transport if it's available? Plant trees? The fact is that everyone's contribution has an impact on the earth — no matter the size.
Ch'i, after all, is based on the natural elements of wind and water, two key ways that energy is generated throughout the world. When we think of yin and yang, we think of balance — energy in, energy out — a cosmic scale that reflects energy given and taken. When we look at the resources we consume, would we say there is a balance in how we take and give back to the earth? We take food, water, and energy from the land, but do we balance the scales and give what we can back? This, too, is feng shui.
Below is a list of small but powerful ways you can incorporate green initiatives into your daily lifestyle as an environmentally conscious earth resident. Ready, set, go!