Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is an ancient Chinese system of balancing our physical environment to promote harmony and a sense of well-being. From a home’s natural surroundings, down to its furnishings and décor; Feng Shui practitioners believe that everything (and everyone) has an energy or “chi,” and how we arrange those objects can affect all aspects of our lives. Remember: Your immediate environment is a reflection of your inner life, so it is important to create a correct balance in your living space!
Whether you’re looking to incorporate Feng Shui in your home or office, it may be difficult to know where to start. Here are a few basic Feng Shui tips to keep in mind when adding this ancient and beneficial practice into your life!
Keep Your Doorway Clutter-Free: Make sure your entryway is clear! Walking into a home and dealing with an immediate obstacle is bad for your “flow.” In general, eliminating clutter from the entire living space is ideal. Remember the “less is more” approach. The most basic and important key to good Feng Shui is that a “clear house is a lucky house”.
Let There Be Light: Did you know natural light controls the levels of melatonin and serotonin in the body, critical for the natural circadian rhythm of the body (sleepy, not sleepy)? Lighting is so essential for mood and energy levels. If there are objects or furniture cluttering your windows, move them. Light is the strongest manifestation of energy, so it’s important to be mindful of this. Open up the windows and let the sunshine in!
Fresh Air Is The Best Air: Best Feng Shui advice to keep in mind is to always be aware of the quality of the indoor air and do your best to improve it. Research shows that indoor pollution is much worse than the outdoor one. Open the windows often, introduce Feng Shui air-purifying plants or use an air purifier. A few air-purifying plants include: Lady Palm, Bamboo Palm, Rubber Plant, Dracaena Janet Craig, English Ivy, Dwarf Date Palm and Areca Palm.
Feng Shui Your Furniture: Never place furniture in natural pathways through the room. This type of placement will block chi energy, cause it to become stagnant, and create negative energy. For instance, in your living room, place furniture in a people-focused way that promotes conversation and face-to-face interaction. The main piece of furniture in a living room is usually the couch, which should rest against a solid wall, ideally, the wall farthest from the entry—with a clear view of the door.
Tranquil Bedroom: It's hard to rest with too much active energy around you. You have to be aware, for example, of what electricity is running behind your bed. Try to minimize it with a battery-operated alarm clock instead of an electric one. Turn off your phone at night and keep it out of the room. No laptop or computer near the bed. An hour before you go to sleep, stop looking at it.
Office Furniture Placement: Proper Feng Shui in your office can help boost your productivity, help you feel more inspired and promote a positive mood. The position of your desk has large impact on how you feel. In Feng Shui the power position for the desk is facing the door or at the very least, having it within eye-line. This allows the user to feel more calm and relaxed. It also symbolizes that you are seizing opportunities as they pass by your door.
Keep Your Desk in Order: In a Feng Shui office you want to surround yourself with images and objects that keep you inspired, creative and productive. Add flowers, art and beautiful window treatments. Hang pictures, mottos and images that symbolize what you want to accomplish. Choose furniture and accessories that speak to you of prosperity, abundance and success. It’s important to make sure your personal desk space (be it in at home or at the office) is kept in a clear and organized manner.
Create a Stress-Free Space: Keep stress and irritability to a minimum by choosing furniture with rounded corners or positioning sharp corners out of traffic flow. Avoid harsh lighting or lots of glare since it can cause irritability and fatigue. You can also add music, running water or mist with essential oils to keep stress levels to a minimum. This can be applied to both your home and office!