Stress-Reduction and Inner Harmony
Throughout time, moving water has been a source of enchantment and wellbeing, helping people feel more relaxed and refreshed. If you’ve ever sat beside a waterfall or a gurgling brook, you know how you feel soothed by the sound of running water.
Today, we live mostly indoors surrounded by unnatural sounds and disconnected from Nature. We may feel closed in and overwhelmed by our fast-paced and high-tech living. A bubbling fountain helps to block out less harmonious noises, while it allows us to tune into more natural rhythms within ourselves. Even a momentary pause to watch a fountain helps us to experience the present moment in greater fullness and appreciation.
Humidity for Dry Air
Fountains have a natural humidifying effect on dry air. The peaceful sound of flowing water is far more pleasant than the hum of a humidifier. The environment that surrounds the tumbling water of a fountain is naturally enriched by negative ions. That is one reason we feel good around them. You may have read how too many positive ions in the atmosphere resulting from air pollution and other factors can cause disease. When negative ions are more highly concentrated, they have a beneficial effect on the body and mind, possibly enhancing mental clarity and a sense of ease. Negative ions also help clean the air.
Feng Shui is the revered art of placement practiced by the Chinese. The principles of the theory are just now starting to spread into decorating trends in Western countries. It has particularly developed a positive reputation in the United States and prompted many consumers to seek out consultations by Feng Shui experts to arrange their living and working spaces in the most optimal way, according to the ancient values.
The major principle of Feng Shui is nature, which produces Ch’i (Qi) or spiritual energy. Feng Shui enthusiasts believe that Ch’i is flowing all around us all the time. Literally, Feng Shui translates into English as “Wind-Water”, Ch’i being the energy that flows between these two aspects. The goal of Feng Shui guidelines is to synchronize land, living spaces, landscaping, and belongings with the flow of Ch’i through our lives. If done properly, inhabitants can achieve Tao, or Harmony.
For many Western citizens, the practice of Feng Shui can seem complicated and confusing. Yet there are many smaller steps people interested in transforming their homes or offices. An indoor water fountain is an excellent example.
Indoor fountains bring the soothing natural sound of flowing water into homes or offices. Feng Shui improvements will be greatly complemented with an indoor fountain addition to living spaces. The presence of moving water fills the requirements of the Shui, or water component. According to the practice, when placed near a door entrance, a wall fountain can inspire successful business transactions, enhancing the career area. Or perhaps in a room used for study or reading, an indoor fountain would be placed in the knowledge Gua (area) of the room to promote learning.
Furthermore, indoor fountains have been proven scientifically to be a source of negative ions, which have a positive effect on health. Because of these water sources and the negative ions, a fountain additionally fulfills the Feng, or wind, portion of the Chinese philosophy. Simply from placing stress-free water fountains in a room and letting it transform the space’s air supply.
Fountains are the best solution for easy transformation of a home or office into a Feng Shui paradise.
The Subtle Symbolism of Flowing Water
Ever mutable, water adapts itself to whatever shape it flows over. Water teaches humility and the ability to “go with the flow.” At the same time, water is strong. Without exerting, it gradually transforms anything in its path.
As humans, we often find ourselves resisting change or resenting our circumstances. We forget to let our thoughts and feelings flow when they need to. We hold back and resist because we think letting go will make us weak. Sometimes fountains remind us to release our limitations and resistance. They demonstrate how to maintain subtle strength through acceptance. And their gentle trickles inspire us to keep alive our softer soulfulness. Fountains remind us that “all really is well”.
The Truth About Negative Ions
Water fountains do more than just simply look good. While the shear size and impressiveness of many of the most famous natural fountains in the world are nothing short of breathtaking, there is scientific evidence of other phenomenon at work as well. Ever notice the feeling you get when standing next to a large waterfall, or active mountain stream, or even a rocky ocean shore? This is due to a group of air particles known as negative ions.
Despite the connotations of their name, negative ions in fact, have very positive effects on us. Perhaps in your youth your mother urged you to “get fresh air”? Turns out it is more than just an old wives tale.
A negative ion is an oxygen ion with an extra electron attached. They are produced through disturbances in water molecules like fast-flowing rivers and indoor fountains. The vigorous feeling you get when breathing country air or standing to view the Niagara Falls is caused by negative ions.
Negative ions have been proven to have a beneficial impact on health and mood by affecting the serotonin levels in the brain. Negative ions also cling and bond with impurities found in the air they occupy, acting as natural air purifiers. Conversely, positive ions are responsible for the grogginess people often feel cooped up in an office or after a long drive in a closed car. Because negative ions are produced in large quantities by flowing water and sunlight, air in rural areas has many hundreds of times more negative ions than air in a large metropolitan zone.
The air around the Niagara Falls and other similarly turbulent water sources, for example, can contain anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. Compare this number to that of a stuffy car or office, which can contain zero to at most a few hundred per cubic centimeter. The correlation between the number of negative ions and the overwhelming general moods found in these places is telling.
Improving negative ion count, however, is a very simple task. Indoor water fountains will drastically alter the invisible quality of air in any room it is introduced to.