Feng Shui for the New Year
Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is the ancient Chinese practice of arranging physical objects to attract positive energy. With the New Year upon us, what better time to reexamine our spaces and bring a little more energy to push us through into a great year! Use these helpful tips to rearrange your office space or your home to boost creativity, increase energy and promote a better sense of well-being.
Where you sit or sleep matters
The placement of your desk and bed is very important. If you can, try to position your desk to be looking towards your office door. If possible, have your bed face natural light from the windows. If you don't have a private office, try to position it to face your main office door. The reason for this is to see what people or opportunities are coming your way.
Also, to better invite positive energy and opportunities into your space, rearrange your entryway to be more welcoming. Keep the entrance uncluttered on both sides, and use subtle lighting. You can also introduce a splash of red to promote your reputation and instill trust in those who enter your place.
Clear away clutter
Work towards keeping your desk free of clutter and organized. Clearing your desk of clutter can help creativity to flow easier and organizing things is great for boosting productivity! Too many things placed on your work surfaces can impede the flow of chi or energy. Don't impede your chi...keep your desk clutter free! Put that on a poster!
The same would go for your bedroom. Also, do your best to avoid storing things under your bed. Having items under the bed keeps the mind busy and unable to rest. I'm sure this isn't the first time you've heard this, especially if you have trouble sleeping. It's important to keep your bedroom tranquil and without distraction in order to nurture a good restful sleep.
If there's clutter somewhere in your home it can keep your mind in a restless state. So do yourself a favor and get organized.
Bring in nature and family
Add a family photo or plant to your desk to help attract positive energy to your workspace. A wood frame is a plus! Nature creates a sense of peace. In fact, research has proven that viewing nature reduces anger and enhances feelings of pleasure. The best places for plants at home are in the kitchen, dining room and in the family room.
In your bedroom avoid family photos and just keep pictures of you and/or your spouse. Pictures of children, relatives and friends may cause you to think about your responsibilities or obligations.
Light the way
In your office - this isn't always possible - but obviously we'd all do a lot better without fluorescent lighting. Try adding a floor lamp or desk lamp.
Don't sit with a window behind you. If you want natural light to fall on your desk, place your desk so the light from the window hits your desk sideways, or at an angle.
At home, flood your home with natural light, open windows and doors to let fresh air inside and bring plants indoors. Hang up pictures or paintings with scenes of nature.
The five elements
If nothing else, try to incorporate colors that symbolize the five elements. Bringing these colors around you will help keep you grounded and centered as you strive for balance in your life and environment.
- Black = water
- Green = wood
- Red = fire
- Yellow, tan and brown = earth
- White = metal
In what ways do you think you can incorporate some changes in the way of Feng Shui? I'd love to hear about it!
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