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Some Quick Feng Shui Tips

Posted by Administrator on 10/6/2013

An ancient Chinese system of harmonizing human existence with our surrounding environment, Feng Shui is both art and science. It is a goal–oriented practice which developed over 3,000 years ago. According to the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly the idea that the land is alive and filled with Qi (Chi i.e. energy), Feng Shui practice was created so humans can work with the Qi, as it is the force which binds the Universe, Earth, and man together.

 

Feng means wind and Shui means water. In Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with good health, thus good Feng Shui came to mean good fortune. The goal of Feng Shui is to help individuals design, modify or structure their living environment to ensure harmony with the universe and thereby generate positive energy within their personal lives.

 

While Feng Shui became a huge fad around the mid-90s, generating a lot of hype that turned off many people, several of its guiding principles are quite useful and are grounded in basic common sense. We came across some  practical Feng Shui tips which can help reduce stress in our daily lives and get us back onto the right path:-

 

1. Reduce clutter.

Start working on getting rid of the clutter in your home and office, yes, today. You will feel lighter and less distracted, you will have greater focus and clarity, and perhaps you might start seeing some relief from those stress-related minor aches and pains in the process. 

 

2. Get plants. 

Now this is a given – bring the garden indoors with plants! Plants are nature, growth, creativity and even air purification all in one beautiful package, just make sure to get plants that are manageable, lush and wonderful, and you'll feel the difference immediately. 

 

3. Keep your toilet lid down. 

Why? Well for obvious health reasons, because a toilet leads to the sewer.  Also there's nothing inviting about an open toilet. The traditional Feng Shui perspective is that the toilet is a drain, and by leaving it open you allow good energy (and money) to literally drain out of your home. 

 

4. Get two nightstands.

This is not necessarily about bringing that special someone into your life (but it could be!). Two nightstands create a more supported and balanced look within a room and thereby greater harmony. In fact, these nightstands do not need to match, and they don’t need to be traditional nightstands: you can substitute chairs, stools, benches and card tables, anything that creates balance can work in this regard.

 

 5. Try not to work with your back to a door.

Working with your back to a door puts you in a compromising position (based on old warrior philosophy no doubt), but it’s also impractical because you have to constantly turn to interact with people who enter the room. According to Feng Shui principles, if you reposition your desk and work facing a door, you may be surprised to feel how much more powerful that position is in space. If there is no way to adjust the desk position, put a mirror above your desk or a reflective surface on your desk that enables you to see the door in the reflection.

 

6. If it’s broken, fix it …

Broken things do nothing good for your home. All those small broken or incomplete items e.g. wonky door handles, old appliances, stuck doors and windows, squeaky gates, missing light bulbs, loose towel racks, etc., can accumulate over time and create the feeling of an unstable environment. Your space reflects you and in turn influences you, so don’t let things stay broken for extended periods of time. Perhaps while fixing things in your home, this may be the first step to confront and fix other lingering issues in your life. 

 

So now that you’ve stopped giggling, let’s face it - apart from enhancing your personal space and generating a sense of comfort, any one of these activities is also a tangible investment in your home. The emphasis here is to bring a more balanced sense of home which in turn influences the individuals who inhabit that particular space. And we all know, even small changes can make a big difference! We’ve actually started trying out these steps (definitely nos 1 and 2!) and would love to hear from any of you who are doing the same …..
 

 

 

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