Spring is here, and it’s time to refresh your home and/or office! This is especially important if you’ve been spending a lot of time in one place recently due to coronavirus! One way to do this, after a thorough clean and opening the windows wide to let in fresh air, is to use Feng Shui.
Read on for more information about this fascinating aspect of traditional Chinese culture, and how you can use it to improve your life!
Feng Shui (literally translated as wind water from Chinese) is about living in harmony with nature and your surroundings. It is practiced everywhere, in every culture, in different ways, even if you don’t realise it. But what exactly is it?
Feng Shui provides guidelines to enhance the flow of energy through your environment by placing items carefully, to maximize the potential in your life. Just as a plant won’t grow well in the wrong environment, neither will a person. When you feel good in your environment, you will thrive!
Here are some tips to help you improve the Feng Shui of your home!
- Balance is important. Principles like not too hot or too cold, not too soft or too hard seem obvious, but the principle applies to everything. For example, break up very angular furniture with some curved pieces.
2. Clear the clutter.
Too much stuff will prevent the energy flowing freely throughout your home. If it’s hard to do this, pack clutter away in boxes. If you haven’t touched it after 6 months, throw it out.
3. Use natural materials, and avoid plastic.
As well as being better for the environment, being around nature and natural items reduces stress. Add a few healthy plants for the same reason (and research how to take care of them properly – dead/dying plants are definitely not good Feng Shui!).
4. It can be as simple or as complicated as you like!
You might like to go a little deeper into Feng Shui and use the cardinal directions to enhance your life. For example, the north area of your home represents your career. In different areas, different elements can be beneficial or detrimental. For example, in the north you would want to avoid earth (ceramics and glass) and wood. You can add water (a small water feature) and metal (metal shelves, decorations etc) to enhance your career.
5. ‘Auspicious objects‘ aren’t needed!
Buying lots of Feng Shui ‘trinkets’ (for example, a coin frog) is only beneficial if you really like them and they don’t become clutter. In and of themselves they will not help improve your Feng Shui. Only your intentions will truly affect your feng shui and therefore your life, so make changes that help you clarify and focus on them.
6. Do what’s best for you!
Finally, and most importantly, only make changes if they look good and feel good to you. No matter what you read, or what someone advises you, if you don’t love your space and feel comfortable there, you will never have good Feng Shui! Only you really know what’s best for you. At the end of the day, trust your instincts, and no matter what you do, believe in the power of your own choices!
Have you ever tried Feng Shui before? Do you think there is something to it, or is it just superstitious nonsense? Will you be making any changes to your home or office this spring? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter. We always love hearing from you!
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