What Are You Drinking? Is your Drinking Water Safe?

Is Your Drinking Water Safe?

Our drinking water contains invisible elements.

Feng Shui and the Environment

Last month I taught 2 day long seminars on Feng Shui for architects and interior designers in Dallas & Houston, for Design Arts Seminars. Teaching was great fun (I even hauled out my cowboy boots for the occasion) and I was thrilled the material was so well received . One of the requirements of the course (to receive the Continuing Education Credits these professionals require for maintaining their license), was to include a portion of the day on sustainability. Creating healthy environments is the aim of Feng Shui. The words themselves (meaning Wind & Water) define what’s needed for the very existence of life on our planet. Nothing can survive without clean air and water.

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I discussed the properties of each of the 5 Elements (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal) and how to use them effectively for Feng Shui adjustments, with any design scheme. Then on a less sexy note, we turned our attention to the toxins present our environment and the healthy, sustainable choices we can make. This is the first of 5 newsletters I will dedicate to our personal & planetary health.

We start with WATER Simple Water Conservation We Can All Practice:

  • Turn off the water while brushing our teeth to save 25 gallons of water a month per person.
  • If building or renovating install low flush toilets.
  • Recycle gray water – dish, shower, sink & laundry water comprise 50-80% of residential ‘waste’ water.
  • While grey water may look “dirty,” it is a safe, beneficial source of irrigation in a yard. However, remember that it is essential to use “plant friendly” products, those without salts, boron, or chlorine bleach.

7 Toxins in Most of Our Drinking Water: An adult human body is 55-60% water – the brain is 70% & the lungs are 90% water.

  • Fluoride – Research has shown that fluoride actually damages tooth enamel, suppresses immune and thyroid function & increases cancer.
  • Chlorine – Chlorine has been identified as a leading cause of bladder cancer.  It has been associated with rectal and breast cancers, asthma, birth defects and premature aging of skin
  • Radioactive Contaminants – Since Fukushima, radioactive fallout from Japan has been detected in drinking water supplies throughout the US.
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs – Anything from antibiotics and birth control pills to painkillers, antidepressants and other psychiatric medications are in our drinking water.
  • Hexavalent Chromium – Made famous by the movie, Erin Brockovich, this chemical poisoned thousands of people.  There are still no regulations for it in drinking water.
  • Lead, Aluminum & Heavy Metals – Corrosion of pipes in our plumbing systems leads to lead consumption. This is linked to severe developmental delays and learning disorders in children.
  • Aluminum and other heavy metals are linked to nerve, brain and kidney damage.
  • Arsenic is a poisonous element known to be extremely carcinogenic. Some 56 million Americans drink water that contain unsafe levels of arsenic.

What Can We Do? For the best filtering, there must be a filter at the point of entry but even one attached to your sink will make a difference. Do your own research!

  • Carbon/Activated Carbon: Activated carbon chemically bonds with and removes some contaminants in water filtered through it. Carbon filters vary greatly in effectiveness: some just remove chlorine and improve taste and odor. Others remove a wide range of contaminants including asbestos, lead, mercury and Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs.
  • Reverse Osmosis: This process relies on a semipermeable membrane that retains particles larger than water molecules. Reverse osmosis can remove many contaminants not removed by carbon, including arsenic, fluoride, hexavalent chromium.

I hope this Spring inspires each of us to live in more sustainable and healthy ways (that is sexy!).
Next month I’ll write about Wood & specifically the surfaces we walk on.
À votre santé – to Your Health!
Judith Wendell / Sacred Currents

 

 

 

 

FENG SHUI Design + ART: Judith Wendell at Tedds Art Works, Florida

Tedds ART Works Presents

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FEW SEATS REMAIN

The Lecture Series with Guest Speaker Judith Wendell,
Master Feng Shui Consultant

Sunday January 10, 2016
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Tedds ART Works 2422 North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors Florida, 33305 0- 703-269-8244

Enjoy this discussion with guest Q&A.
FREE EVENT and limited to 20 guests.
Guests must register in advance by emailing tedd@tedddavisevents.com
Complimentary Adult Beverages & Snacks

Discover how Color, Shape + Images are used for  Potent Feng Shui Adjustments to Improve Your Life.
Five Element Theory is basic to the understanding of Feng Shui. The qualities of the Five Elements (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth + Metal) and their interactions with one another can enhance your finances, relationships, health and more.

Using the art in the gallery for illustration, Judith will discuss the individual qualities for each element and how they relate to us both personally (inner chi) and to the environment (outer chi.)

Feng Shui Design and Art is for you.

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judith-wendell-feng-shui-lecturerSince 1996, Judith Wendell, Master Feng Shui consultant and Integrative Interior Designer, has been explaining to her clients how their environments affect their life situations and then helping to improve them. She is the founder of SACRED CURRENTS; a company dedicated to creating vital and thriving environments.

ON EXHIBIT & A MUST SEEREBEL ART Rebellious Art by 3 Extradinory Artists
featuring the work of Fabrizio Cruz, Gianna DiBartolomeo & Susan David
Get Inspired in the New Year as you view these masterpieces of Textural Art, 3-D Mixed Media and Sculpture
GALLERY HOURS
TUES – SAT
11:00-5:00
By Appointment 703-269-8244

Additional Works On Exhibit and for sale In the Gallery Lounge by
Michael Jude Russo, Jim Cooper, Jim Hill and Tedd Davis

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTISTS

exhibit runs thru 2/1/16
 
 
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Tedds ART Works 2422 North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors Florida, 33305 0- 703-269-8244

Sacred Currents Newsletter February 2015: Chinese New Year 4712

For those of us less familiar with the Chinese Zodiac, it is made up of 12 animal signs and Five Elements, comprising a 60 year cycle. This is the year of the Wood Ram – also known as the Sheep or Goat. Ancient lore says, Buddha invited all of the animals in the world to join him for the New Year celebrations, but only 12 animals bothered to turn up. As a great reward, Buddha named a year after each one of them and they run in the order that the animals arrived to celebrate with Buddha, starting with the Rat and ending with the last guest, the Pig.

View PDF: http://sacredcurrents.com/pdf/e-news-February-2015.pdf

The Five Elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.

Feng Shui Newsleter February, 2015Although this year has Wood and Earth as it stem and branch (elements that are oppositional), because of their positioning we can look forward to more stability in the economy and government. There is also hope that the environment will be given greater consideration during this Chinese New Year. As the Ram is a Good Samaritan, highly creative, and intelligent, this year should bring more peace to the world. In fact, the Chinese word for ‘ram’ has links to the word ‘luck. So the very sound of ‘ram’ implies auspiciousness.

It is always fun to name a few famous Rams. These include: Jane Austen, Anne Bancroft, George Burns, Catherine Deneuve, Robert De Niro, John Denver, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Sir Laurence Olivier, John Wayne, Bruce Willis.

Unfortunately President Obama is an Ox which is the sign most opposed to the Ram, so he will not have an easier time this year.

Prior to the Lunar New Year, it is a good idea for all of us to ‘clear house’ both physically and metaphorically. In other words clean up outstanding debts, issues and generally complete things before the lunar New Year. All signs will do well to perform the ‘Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell’ ritual, along with ‘Welcoming in the Wealth God’ and ‘Changing the Chi of the Environment.’

Flying Star Feng Shui

According to Flying Star Feng Shui, for every environment the North is where wealth (the 8 star) is residing in 2015. This area will be enhanced with activity, a water element or something moving like a kinetic sculpture. The Southwest, the West and Northeast are sources of negativity, so try to stay away from renovations in these sectors. In addition, a ‘Salt Cure’ will help to mitigate any ill effects from the 5 Yellow Star in the West, which can be the cause of instability and illness there.

Each zodiac animal has its own qualities that are consistent year to year, yet every sign will be influenced by the Ram’s energy this year.

Please note that fortunes can be mitigated or enhanced with Feng Shui, rituals, meditations and transcendental adjustments and that each person has their own karma to consider. A personal, in depth reading will reveal more specifics for each month.

Remember that even the luckiest signs (the Rabbit, Horse, Pig and Tiger this year), have their cautions and the unluckiest (the Rat and Ox) have their bright spots.

A 3-dimensional Horse, Rabbit and Pig (the luck animals for the year depending on your year of birth – see here) can be acquired through Sacred Currents.

What Does Wind and Water Have to Do with It

Wind and Water

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October 14, 2006 Workshop 1pm ~ 4pm
Inspire Body, Mind, Spirit – Dobbs Ferry, NY
‘What Does Wind and Water Have to Do with It’

Learn How to Use and Apply the Feng Shui Map (BAGUA) to Analyze you Home or Office & make improvements in your finances, relationships, kid’s behavior & health.