Do you have issues sleeping or feeling relaxed and positive in your home? Maybe it’s time to reassess the way your surroundings influence your state of mind. I think most people can agree that an organized house makes them feel less stressed, but sometimes cleaning up isn’t enough to truly optimize the energy and flow of your space. Regardless of your views or understanding of unseen forces such as chi, feng shui can transform your home into a more positive and peaceful place to be.
Feng shui is a Chinese practice that aims to put someone in harmony with the space around them. The concept has been used for thousands of years in China and India, but became popularized in the United States in the 1980’s.
Feng shui intends to invite positive chi into your home and life by directing energy flow and keeping things open. It relies upon five elements (earth, metal, water, wood, and fire) which are associated with colors and shapes that bring certain elements of balance into your space. The feng shui energy map dictates how you should implement these materials so that they exist in harmony with each other.
How to Implement Feng Shui in Your Home
An easy way to implement feng shui in your home is by placing yourself in the command position of a room. The command position is what many people think of when they consider feng shui in the home. It is the space in the room that gives you the most authority- you should have a clear view of the entrance but not be directly in line with it, as that energy flow can be distracting. This position should set you up to welcome incoming energy, but your back should also be protected. Try to avoid having your back to empty space, instead position yourself with your back to a wall. The command position model should be especially implemented in your bedroom or office, as the positioning of the bed and desk can make a huge difference in the feel of a space. Even your living space should be considered; you do not want your back to the entryway when you are sitting on a couch. You don’t have to face yourself directly towards the entrance of every room you use, but be sure that it is in sight. If that is not possible in the layout of your home, you can always use a mirror to ensure that you can view the entry at any time!
Your hallways are incredibly important in feng shui, as they allow energy to flow freely throughout the home. Be sure that they are not too busy or cluttered, but decorate them in such a way that they bring warmth between the rooms.
Another simple way to implement feng shui is to make your spaces feel taller. Since this practice is all about energy, it is only natural that if your eye is drawn higher into the room, so is the energy of your space as it has more room to circulate. Feng shui is most effective in a space without clutter. Though nobody is a fan of clutter to begin with, this practice views clutter as obstacles to the energy of your home. Making these changes is all about the chi within and between rooms, so be sure to organize and put away or get rid of anything that may block its flow.
At the end of the day, your home is your sanctuary and you should feel happy and calm when you are there. Contact me today if you have questions or would like to start the process of buying or selling a house!