Have you ever walked into someone’s house and immediately felt a sense of calm and relaxation? Chances are their home was well organized, comfortable, decorated, and filled with soothing aromas. Your home should feel that way too. It should feel like a place of rejuvenation and relaxation. If walking into your home makes you feel stressed because its cluttered, cramped, not decorated how you really want it, laundry is pilled up, etc. then now is the time for you to learn about the eastern art of Feng Shui (pronounced Fung – Shway). You don’t have to be all “new-agey” to practice Feng Shui. Simply put, Feng Shui, is the art of aesthetics and placement for the purpose of promoting health and wellness in your life through increasing the flow of positive energy (chi) in your home.
Here are a few tips to get you started with bringing feng shui into your home:
1) Clear Out the Clutter – Clutter in your home blocks the flow of energy (chi). And if you think about it, doesn’t clutter stress you out? When you have a closet or room filled with clutter you think about it during the day, every time you pass it, every time someone wants to come over but you can’t let them because you have yet to get rid of your clutter. Easiest way to identify and get rid of clutter is to donate or throw away anything in your home that you don’t love.
2) Learn the Map of the Bagua – The bagua map defines the different areas of a room so that you can put appropriate colors, elements, objects, etc. into those areas in order to enrich those parts of your life. For example, plants should be placed in the wealth/prosperity area of a room to encourage the growth of financial well being and because the color green is associated with that area. Click her for a simple bagua map that explains the nine areas and includes directions on how to use the map to identify those areas.
3) The Feng Shui Trinity – If you do nothing else, at least ensure you feng shui your kitchen, bathroom and bedroom as they are tied to your overall health. Easiest way to transform them is to go for a “spa” feeling in your bathroom, go for an “inviting love and romantic” feeling in your bedroom and finally go for “healthy/clean/clutter free” in your kitchen.
4) Read All About It – We really enjoyed this workbook, Feng Shui for the Soul by Denise Linn. It breaks down everything you need to know about feng shui in an easy to understand way along with tips for you to implement in your home.
5) Know Your Birth Element – Your birth element is a great way to ensure you have the right objects in your home to support and nurture your natural tendency. For example, if your birth element is fire you should ensure you have candles and warmth in your home along with some wood elements as wood helps fire burn. Click here to find out the birth element for the year you were born.
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