We live in a fast-paced and demanding world where our priorities can become unbalanced very quickly. It's easy to focus on success, finances and our jobs while forgetting to make time for relaxation, positivity and reflection.
Feng shui living is a powerful tool for returning your life to its proper balance. It is an Eastern art of aesthetics that focuses on arranging and decorating spaces to maximize the flow of chi, or positive life force. According to Eastern belief, you can use it to bring success and financial reward at work, and harmony and relaxation at home.
Step 1: Feng shui your office
Applying feng shui to your work space is about drawing wealth, relieving stress and taking a command position in the office.
- Make sure your desk faces the entryway to your office or cubicle. If that's not possible, position a mirror on the opposite wall so you can still see the entryway. This will direct the flow of chi directly to you, and puts you in command of the space.
- Include living plants because they stimulate the flow of vibrant energy.
- Put up something red, like a coat or a small knick-knack. If your back is to the door, put a small piece of red tape on the back of your chair — it blocks negative energy.
- Include a small electrical fountain in the space because flowing water draws wealth. If you can't have a fountain, hang the biggest picture of a waterfall that is possible.
- Clear any clutter from your space, especially underfoot or on overhead shelves.
Step 2: Feng shui your communal spaces at home
The communal spaces in your home are the entrance, hallways, living rooms and kitchen. Proper feng shui of these areas will optimize the flow of chi brought in by other people and create a harmonious and relaxing environment for you and your guests.
Starting in the entryway:
- You can paint your door red to keep out negative chi.
- Hang a wind chime in the doorway to help people transition from the outdoors to indoors.
- Make sure the hallway is brightly lit, along with the rest of the communal spaces.
Keep these spaces uncluttered because too many objects can draw negative energy, according to Stephanie Roberts, author of Fast Feng Shui: 9 Simple Principles for Transforming Your Life by Energizing Your Home. Arrange furniture so that couches have their backs to the wall. Keep a screen between the kitchen and the living room, if they're connected. Remember to keep living plants and bright colors in every space.
Step 3: Feng shui your bedroom
The bedroom is a relational seat in the home, and good feng shui in this area can promote creativity and harmony in your marriage.
- Keep your bed up against a wall, with a view of the door.
- Make sure there is nothing under the bed so that chi can flow throughout the room.
- Do not put your bed under exposed beams because negative chi will weigh down on you, causing stress and headaches.
- If your bedroom has exposed beams, hang a crystal from the ceiling to disperse the negative energy away from you and your spouse.
- Remove electronics like the television and exercise equipment.
- If possible, use candles in this area, and keep all the doors closed at night, including your closet door. This will enclose positive energy in the room.
- Hang pictures of what you want your life to be like, and avoid negative imagery.