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How to Feng Shui your home (and mind)

How to Feng Shui your home (and mind)

 

This morning I cleaned my house (it is only small so it didn't take long!) and made a conscious effort to tune into the way I felt in the space before and after the cleanse. It probably won't come as a surprise to you that there was a notable shift in my energy field throughout this process and as I wiped surfaces, hoovered, rearranged furniture and smudged the space with sage, I could feel my agitated mind start to relax, residual tensions dissolving.

As I sit here writing this now, in my fresh, clean space I feel infinitely more spacious inside too.

Whether we are aware of it or not, spaces have a direct impact on our inner world and how we feel. The way that energy flows through our environment affects our lives and influences many aspects of our lives including careers, health, relationships and general happiness.

Therefore as a meditator, it is very important to me that the space where I sit everyday feels calming and peaceful as this supports me in my practice. Being surrounded by mess and chaos is not conducive to focus and alignment so I always make sure I make my bed every morning (I sit in the corner of my bedroom) and keep a sense of order and spaciousness in the room, using the principles of Feng Shui to guide me. My cushions face towards the door, the lighting is soft and a beautiful peace lily sits beside my cushions.
Feng Shui is an ancient philosophy that teaches us the art of harmonious living, offering tools to help us optimise our environments and therefore, personal energy.
The term Feng Shui literally means 'the way of wind and water' because in ancient times, landscapes and bodies of water were thought to direct the flow of the universal Qi – that is, energy – through places and structures.
Here are 5 Feng Shui tips to help you create a more harmonious living environment and enhance the atmosphere of your meditation space to help you on your mindfulness journey.

 

1: Clearing Clutter for Positive Energy Flow

Clutter represents stagnant energy and can hinder the flow of positive Qi in your space. Get rid of items that no longer serve a purpose or hold sentimental value. By creating a clutter-free space, you allow energy to circulate freely, promoting a sense of calmness and harmony.

2: Incorporating the Five Elements

According to Feng Shui, the five elements - Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water - have distinct qualities and energies that can influence our well-being. By incorporating these elements in your home, you can create a balanced and harmonious environment. For example, you can introduce wooden furniture or plants for the Wood element, or candles and bright lights for the Fire element. Balancing the five elements ensures a flow of positive energy throughout your space.

3: Arranging Furniture for Optimal Energy Flow

The arrangement of furniture plays a crucial role in Feng Shui. The placement and orientation of furniture should allow for a smooth energy flow and provide a sense of balance. Avoid blocking pathways or placing furniture with sharp edges that can create negative energy. Instead, opt for rounded edges and open spaces that encourage positive Qi circulation. Additionally, positioning your furniture to face the entrance of a room can invite positive energy into your space.

4: Using Colours to Influence Energy

Choosing the right colours can influence the flow of energy in a room and enhance our sense of wellbeing. For example, cool colours like blue and green have a calming effect and are ideal for areas meant for relaxation, such as bedrooms or meditation spaces.

5: Enhancing Lighting for Positive Vibes

Natural light is considered the most beneficial source of light in Feng Shui, so maximise the amount of natural light entering your rooms. If natural light is limited, incorporate artificial lighting that mimics the qualities of natural light. Avoid harsh, direct lighting and opt for soft, diffused lighting to create a warm and welcoming ambiance. 

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