There may have been a pinprick light at the end of this lockdown tunnel, but, for many of the large cities, extensions are being doled out.
While these extensions are helping to control the rapid spread of the virus, it doesn’t make it any easier.
As most of us are going to be stuck in our homes a little while longer — and by now, you’ve probably gone down the rabbit hole of healthy cooking, exercise apps, and self-care activities — why not take advantage of this extra time and try a little new home decorating?
I’m talking about boosting the chi of your home with a bit of ancient Feng shui wisdom!
Turns out, that one of the best ways to keep your mental health in check, increase energy reserves, and relieve anxiety, stress, and fear is through enriching the positive vibes, flow, and overall feel of your own household. From de-cluttering to sprinkling a bit of green plantlife to simply cleaning windows, you’ve got the power to flip your living space into an energy-loving, powerful space of health!
What is Chi?
Before embarking on a Feng shui design, it’s important to understand at least the basics of chi.
First off, you’ll probably hear two terms both pronounced the same: Chi and Qi.
Qi is generally used in reference to “restoring balance since that is the ‘physical or nourishing portion that makes up the air, water, and food we take in.'” On the other hand, chi is generally referencing “‘vital fluids and the energy itself that flows through our bodies.”
Chi energy can live within your body, as well as your home, therefore, when it comes to boosting bodily energy via Feng Shui, we’ll go ahead and use chi. In fact, it’s believed that these energies are intermingled and affect one another.
Practitioners of Chi Kung — those that specialize in “energy work” or “energy cultivation” — believe in the most ancient design of chi. They believe that “everything in creation is made up of energy vibrating at different frequencies” and, in humans, this energy flows via “meridians and in energy centres called chakras.” Chi essentially makes up this energy and comprises “a balance of Yin and Yang, positive and negative, electromagnetic energy.”
Feng Shui and it’s Relationship to Chi
The energy within your home is oftentimes referred to as Feng Shui energy and it’s interrelated with bodily Chi energy.
By boosting Feng Shui of your home, you’ll do a whole lot of positive reinforcement for your body’s chi. It’s believed that “a strong, vibrant flow of Chi in your home (or office) will keep nourishing your energy, thus allowing you to focus on and achieve whatever goals you have for yourself, as well as contribute to harmonious, good quality relationships, vibrant health and an overall sense of well-being.”
So, how do you Feng Shui?
At its core, Feng Shui is the “practice of looking at our living spaces and working environment and striking a balance with the natural world.” When it comes to the roots of Feng Shui, you’ve got to dig into ancient beliefs of Asian culture where you’ll discover the philosophy of Tao, — the practice referred to as Taoism — “which translates to mean ‘the way,'” generally in reference to nature.
When it comes to Feng Shui, “all the basic principles of Feng shui reflect nature,” connecting human life with the flow of our environment.
There are a few essential principles to follow when practicing Feng Shui. First, is the commanding position, referring to the “spot in a room that is the furthest from the door and not in direct line with it,” but rather a diagonal to and within “clear line of sight of” the door. Second, is the bagua, a “feng shui energy map superimposed on the floor plan of your home” made up of “eight areas [that relate] to a different life circumstance.” And, third, are the five elements — “earth, metal, water, wood, and fire” and refer to “interrelated phases in life that work together to create a complete system.”
7 DIY Ways to Feng Shui Your Home
Alright, now that you’ve got a basic understanding of Chi and Feng Shui, how about giving it a go in your own home? While the principles behind the practice and design are a bit harder to grasp, there are a few very simple ways to invoke Feng Shui and get your positive energy vibes grooving!
1) Bring Outside Energy In
Feng Shui is all about connecting our human spaces with nature, so it makes sense that one of the first steps of Feng Shui design is to bring the outdoors in! Of course, if the chi outside of your home is not exactly “Feng Shui” friendly, you’ve got to start by boosting the outdoor energy. This can be as simple as adding a few plants, maybe some herbs, a chair with a colorful blanket, twinkle lights, or even a wind chime to your front patio, balcony, or porch. With that said, if you’ve got more space to work with you can go all out and landscape a bit. Maybe add a small tree, brush, or a full-on garden!
2) Boost Your Front Door Power
Didn’t know your front door held such sway did you?
Once you’ve got the “Feng Shui energy outside your house — which can be anything from landscaping to placing subtle feng shui cures in front of your house — you are ready to attract a strong flow of Chi into your home.”
3) Clean Windows
A great way to “bring the outdoors in” is as simple as cleaning your windows.
And all you have to do is splurge on some window cleaner!
When it comes to Feng Shui, “windows symbolize the eyes of the adults in the home” and the voice of the children. They also allow sunlight to drench your home, which “naturally energizes and wakes us up” and “renders all of the colors and objects that we see.”
4) Create Clear Pathways
It makes sense that once you get that good chi energy to flow from outdoors, through a strong front door and clean windows, that you would need clear pathways within the home, allowing that energy to flow freely.
Yet, it’s not simply about making the obvious pathways clear — such as hallways and doorways — but it’s also about taking stock of “your daily path through your home.” This means taking a literal “look at the physical path you walk as you move through your home” beginning when you wake up and do your morning chores, all the way through to returning home, making dinner, and prepping for bed.
Make sure these pathways are completely clear!
5) Plant it Up!
If there’s only one thing you do to boost the energy of your household, make it adding plants!
There’s truly something remarkable about having greenery both inside and outside your home. This is probably because plants actually “embody life energy.” Basically, “living … house plants connect us to our nature and bring vibrancy into our homes … [kind of like] … fresh-pressed organic green juice for our homes.”
Plus, there is a wide range of house plants that are super easy to care for including snake plants, succulents, cacti, spider plants, monstera, and the ZZ plant, to name just a few!
6) Make Space
We’re not exactly saying you have to “Marie Kondo” your house, but maybe start thinking about making a bit more space.
While the craze of de-cluttering and clearing out closets has swept the world by storm, when it comes to Feng Shui, making space is about starting and focusing small. For instance, “find a physical spot: a drawer, room, corner of the refrigerator, desk — the size doesn’t matter — and let go of what’s no longer necessary.
Through this act, you’ll be able to “create open space to invite a new fresh opportunity.”
7) Command the “Commanding Position”
Remember that whole “command position” essential part of Feng Shui? Well, it’s time to invoke what you’re learned and make it a reality!
Alright, so what needs a commanding position in the household? Focus on your bed, — representing you — desk, — representing your career — and stove, — representing your wealth — to start with. When finding a command position consider your visual line of sight to the door.
How does it work?
For example, “when you are lying in bed, sitting at your desk, or cooking at the stove, you want to be able to see the door.” Finding command positions for these items is an entire task all on its own when it comes to Feng Shui design, but it can be a fun one! It oftentimes allows you to see an entire room differently and imagine a new way of putting your furniture, wall hangings, plants, and other household accouterments together.
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