Feng Shui For Self-Care
Loving yourself through practicing Feng Shui
What is Feng Shui?
“In Feng Shui, your environment matters. You are a mirror of your environment. Your outer world reflects your inner world,” Patricia Lohan. Everything has energy – even inanimate objects. The idea behind Feng Shui is that the placement and maintenance of objects is critical to energy flow.
10 Things you can do to Feng Shui your home
1. Clear the clutter
Clutter is an energy suck. It can manifest stagnant or dead energy in your home. Energy flows more freely in spaces that are organized. It is okay if this is going to take some time. Just get started. Decluttering for just 15 minutes a day will make a world of difference as the days and weeks go by.
2. Incorporate a fountain or aquarium
In Feng Shui, water represents wealth and prosperity. As such, it’s a good idea to incorporate a fountain or other water element into your home. Place your water element just outside or just inside the entryway to your home. The most important thing is that the water flows towards the center of your home. Think of this water flow as wealth flowing into your life.
3. Inspect your windows
Windows represent our vision of the world. Clean your windows so that you can see the world clearly, both physically and metaphorically. You should also cover your windows. This can be done with shades, blinds or curtains. Windows are thought to be an energy suck. If you like the light and the view, consider putting up some sheers.
4. Inspect your office
You should put your desk in a command position – a position of power. You want your desk diagonally opposite of the door. Do not put your back to the door. Also, you do not want your back to a window, which can sap your energy.
5. Inspect your living room
Your sofa should ideally be against a solid wall, farthest from the entry way if possible. Incorporate round, oval, square, rectangular, and triangular objects into your living room. Round and oval items represent metal, squares represent earth, rectangles represent wood, and triangles represent fire. You want all present in our living space. However, when considering coffee tables, pick round or oval tables over rectangular or square ones. This is because energy will flow more smoothly around circular objects without sharp angles.
6. Inspect your kitchen
Take a look at your kitchen cabinets. Ideally, they go all the way up to the ceiling. If they don’t, your kitchen has a built in space to collect not only dust, but stagnant energy. The idea in Feng Shui is that you want flow, and a dead energy spot is a place where chi can get stuck. This can hold you back from moving forward to where you want to be. The good news is, you don’t have to move or remodel. You can put something, lighting, plants, baskets, or other objects to bring life into the area. This will transform the energy and get the chi moving again.
7. Inspect your bedroom
Feng Shui considers furniture location to be critical. You want your bed to be in a command position. Do not arrange your bed so that your feet are in line with the door. This is an energy drain. Instead, you want to be able to see the door. If you can, put your bed on the wall farthest from the door, but make sure you have a clear view of the door. You can accomplish this with a direct view, or by using mirrors to reflect the door.
Cover your screens. If you have a television or computer monitor in your bedroom, cover it with a pretty piece of fabric at night. Screens detract from the sort of calming, peaceful energy you want in your bedroom.
Clean out what is underneath your bed. Remember, all objects have energy. The things under your bed will send out energy all night, which could disrupt your slumber.
8. Use your dining room
Dining rooms tend to be the most unused room in the home. This creates a place for energy to stagnate. Start having meals in the dining room to bring energy back. If eating in the dining room doesn’t work for your family, consider another use for the dining room. A useful place for the kids to study? Perhaps you could convert it into an art room. Or use it as a work space to pay your bills.
9. Use mirrors
Mirrors can enhance natural light, give rooms the appearance of being larger, and can also recirculate energy. Understand, however, that mirrors draw attention and energy from what they reflect. Make sure that your mirrors are reflecting things that are peaceful and pleasant.
10. Find something for each room
For each room in your home, find something that brings you joy. Place that item in a prominent spot where you see it as soon as you walk into that room. The joy that you get when you see the object, each time, will send joyful energy into the space.
By using these ideas you'll be setting yourself up for success in your self-care practice. Self-care is a daily practice, and since we spend a large amount of time in our homes, it's a good idea to make sure that it's filled with positive energy.
Listen to the full interview with Patricia Lohan. She discussing her self-care journey, which has culminated with the life changing decision to move to Bali. She also discusses the importance of Feng Shui in her life.
Listen to the interview to get some inspiration about the choices you make in your own every day life.