GOOD VIBES ONLY - 5 Ways to Use Feng Shui in Order to Live Your Best Life.
Did you know that the placement of the items in your home influences the energy flow within your space, which can also effect your over all mood and how you show up in the world??
Feng shui (pronounced fung shway) is an ancient Chinese system of balancing our physical environment to promote balance and flow. Feng Shui means "wind and water" and these two elements combined signify the elements of flow.
The philosophy behind feng shui is, everything (and everyone) in a living space has a certain energy, or “chi” — from a home’s natural, external surroundings to its furnishings and decor. The theory goes that how we arrange those objects can affect all aspects of our lives.
With the help of a little feng shui you can replace some of those stale home vibes with GOOD VIBES ONLY by simply rearranging, adding, or eliminating certain furniture or decorative objects. Turns out..... Giving your home a good feng shui run-through by removing or reorganizing some pieces might just make you feel better.
Now that so many of us are spending time working at home, a harmonious work/home space is more vital than ever. Creating balance in the space where you work, live, and play just might be the key to a much-needed boost positivity and productivity. So let's dive into how feng shui works and what it can do for you.
Feng Shui divides the world in 5 elements;
Each element is associated with a different mood.
It’s critical to balance all these elements within the individual’s living space, and to have them all in the right amount. The right way to use these Feng Shui elements is defined by the Bagua Areas.
Bagua is the Feng Shui energy map that describes what element is needed and where it is needed within the living space.
This map, (Bagua), is connected to specific directions and orientations. Each energy area, (Bagua area), is connected to specific aspects of the individual’s life.
THE BEST WAY TO DETERMINE IF THERE IS SOME IMBALANCE IS TO LOOK AT COMMON PROBLEMS YOU'RE EXPERIENCING, THAT CAN BE SYMPTOMATIC OF AN ELEMENTAL IMBALANCE:
lethargy & depression can mean too much water or too little fire in the space
instability & hyperactivity can be a result of too little earth in the room
impulsiveness, anxiety, and anger may suggest too much fire
an unhappy relationship, excessive boredom, and/or being incredibly serious, could be indicative of having too little earth
exhaustion, begin disorganized, and difficulty thinking clearly can mean too much metal
The most important thing here is to be conscious of what you're experiencing in your space and to make the necessary changes to see and feel improvements in your life. Below are 5 Ways to Use Feng Shui in order to invite the good vibes only and to live your best life.
The first step to a happier home is clearing the clutter. When you pare down, you feel lighter, more productive, and less overwhelmed.The idea is that nothing new flows into your life until you make room for it, so that might mean you have to donate items, sell them or toss them. Then just stand back and watch positive things flow in to fill those empty spaces. Keep in mind you also have to be open to receiving those positive vibes.
Check out this 30 day declutter challenge by Your Modern Family.
Take a look at your artwork. Does it feel boring and lifeless? Do you have a deep connection to it? Did you purchase it only because it matched your decor? Ideally, you want to surround yourself with objects, collectibles, and artwork that hold meaning, that motivate and inspire. The key to successfully decorating a space is to display only what’s truly meaningful and inspirational to you. It is always a great idea to display family photos to connect to your family history, but if you do not have current photos, it symbolizes living in the past.
Design by styledbydi
If you are looking to inspire more compassion, kindness and flexibility in your in your home and into your life, think plants! Some Feng Shui Plants are connected to a specific aspect of life, (i.e. Jade are plants mostly associated with Money and Abundance, Orchids are associated with Serenity and Love). The Lucky Bamboo is one of the most popular Feng Shui Plants.It is a symbol of good fortune and since Lucky Bamboos grow in water, they are associated with 3 of the 5 Feng Shui elements; water, wood and earth.
Mirrors are a powerful tool that can enhance and boost the chi energy throughout your home to bring abundance and luck. You can use any type of mirror to achieve this. A smart feng shui use of mirrors will make the space bigger and brighter, attract the desired energy of abundance and calm, correct various design mistakes, as well as attract more vital energy into your home.Some ways to use mirrors are; Reflecting light or an inspiring, beautiful view, a mirror that allows one to see him or herself fully is always good feng shui, as it reflects back to you your own image. Be sure your house has at least a couple of mirrors; any space needs their cool, calm, and refreshing energy.
Design by Chris Mead and Zoe Hoare
Each area on the Bagua is associated with a color and its correlating aspects in your life. If there is an area of life that you want to work on or improve, incorporate the corresponding color into the room(s) of that area. You can either paint a room that color or a permutation of that color, or you can add accents of that color to a room.
Design by Zoe and Andrew Hunt
Alright you guys, I hope you found this information interesting and helpful!! I think the most important takeaway is to pay attention to how your space effects your mood and make some adjustments accordingly! If you are interested in more information about Feng Shui I would recommend the following books on the topic.
Form and Function Team