Introduce calm in your home or office space and nurture a simple and serene life by offering creative solutions. --Body & Brain Magazine
A terrific starting point for a monthly study group...Almost every chapter has plenty of information for intensive discussion. --Anna Jedrziewski, Spirit Connection New York, New York, N.Y. for New Age Retailer
Have you ever entered an indoor or outdoor space (like a beautiful park) and suddenly felt peace and joy? You were entering a space filled with positive life-force energy, the author writes. According to Hartie, that s the ultimate goal for readers of her debut work. It s a handbook for those wanting to achieve a healthier, happier lifestyle in harmony and balance with nature. She s the creator of the practice known as Harmonious Adjustments, which combines the following: principles of Feng Shui (interpreting a particular space), a central belief in various life energies (yin and yang), the four elements (earth, fire, water, air) based on birth dates, color schemes, and good design. Hartie, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Parsons School of Design, has also been a chef and floral designer, and cites her twenty-plus years of research and life experiences. Using first-person narrative, she takes the reader through the book s four parts, the first enticingly entitled, Banish the Ugly from Your Life. Hartie goes beyond the normal cleaning and organizing tips found in other how-to books: she delves into the history of unsafe products. For example, eight European countries banned lead in interior paint in 1909; it took nearly sixty years before the United States followed suit. The author takes numerous products (from air fresheners to toilet bowl cleaners) to task for their smorgasbord of unpronounceable toxic ingredients, offering instead a list of eco-friendly alternatives. In the chapter Eating for a Harmonious Body, she shares fifteen pages of favorite recipes. The books second section highlights earth-based spirituality ( about following your own intuition ) and the Medicine Wheel, used by Native Americans to deepen the understanding of self. The four temperaments types are explained here: for example, earth people (the color green) are patient. Hartie describes how it s helpful to use the Bagua Map (the sacred octagon used in Feng Shui, which contains nine Guas representing such life areas as career, love, and health) to enhance the different rooms of a person s home. These are perhaps the most fun and easily read chapters. She talks about chi, the life force energy or breath of life within everything, and how it needs to flow through one s home unencumbered. According to her philosophy, adding elements of air (wind chimes), water (birdbath), fire (outdoor lighting), and earth (plants) enhance the life force. Part three describes putting these pieces together; part four is a forty-five-page list of resources, including websites. Seven pages are reserved for note taking. Harmonious Adjustments provide principles to help individuals get started on their creative journeys. As Hartie notes, the practice is based on the belief that if it feels and looks good, it is good. (January) --Robin Farrell Edmunds, ForeWord Magazine
Design consultant, gardener, and chef Norma Lehmeier Hartie presents Harmonious Environment, a guide to transforming one's home into a life-affirming sanctuary, by harnessing the principles of Feng Shui, applying the Four Elements based on one's birth date, color, Vastu, energy work, and other factors. From practical tips for eliminating clutter to replacing harmful products with eco-friendly ones, a how-to --The Midwest Book Review
From the Back Cover
Create the home of your dreams while changing your life!
Discover how to harness your intuition and creativity while working with energy to transform your home and your life. Harmonious Environment will help you to:
Transform your home into a sanctuary by teaching you: o Harmonious Adjustments, a unique combination of the best principles of Feng Shui, the application of the Four Elements based on your birth date, color, Vastu, energy work and good design.
Improve your health o Do you or the occupants of your home suffer from any of the following for no apparent reason?: Depression Anxiety Fatigue Frequent headaches o Do you or the occupants of your home have asthma or allergies? o Do you have problems sleeping? o Do you feel disorganized or have difficulty concentrating? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you must read this book
Reconnect with nature and help the Planet heal
Manifest your personal or professional dreams o Find your perfect job o Become financially stable o Find your soul mate or keep your current relationship strong
Find information on how to make your home safe for you and the planet. Norma Lehmeier Hartie is a design consultant, Harmonious Adjustment practitioner, chef, gardener and healer. She is the creator of the practice of Harmonious Adjustments. Harmonious Environment is the most valuable book you will read. Inspiring and transformative, it will change your life, your home and your planet. Read it. Make your dreams a reality.