Have you ever noticed how people use architectural or household terms to describe problems in their lives? “I hit a wall. “I’m always (in the well) exhausted”. “I feel like I’m being backed into a corner. The way we talk about our lives can often be described very easily with nouns that correspond directly to our environment. Your perception of your surroundings can determine how you think and behave in life. And that’s where feng shui comes in, as a tool to help you create a space where you feel good, empowered, and supported in your health and wellness goals.
Rooted in ancient Chinese culture, particularly Taoism, feng shui is the arrangement of buildings and objects and the organization of space within a room to create harmony and balance.
While balance and energy are important in today’s feng shui practices, a more modern take on this approach is to use objects, color, or placement to reprogram your mind to adjust to a healthier state.
Here are some tips for more to create a home that you really feel good in.
What are the main principles of Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is expressed through metaphors. As you learn feng shui, you will likely come across many of these phrases and symbols. Consider this an introduction to these concepts for beginners.
Yin and Yang energies
This is the Chinese philosophy that there are opposite and complementary energies. For example female and male, darkness and light or cold and heat. You need both in a room to create balance.
The 5 elements
Wood, fire, earth, metal and water are the basic energy categories of feng shui. Each element affects how you feel in the room. Objects and space functions can belong to one or more element categories.
The Bagua card
Bagua (derived from Mandarin 八卦 or bāguà) means “eight zones”. In general, feng shui practitioners usually divide space into nine zones. Experts lay the bagua map or compass in a grid pattern over a floor plan or room in your home as a guide to designing your space. Each zone corresponds to specific life experiences such as career, health and family, as well as shapes, elements and colors preferred in each of them.
The bagua map can help you determine which colors to use in a room. For example, the “Wealth and Abundance” area of your home (perhaps your home office?) might include purple, green, and some shades of blue, as these colors are traditionally associated with the energy of prosperity.
The position of the command
This is one of the most fundamental principles. You can use it to decide where to place your desk, bed or chairs in a room. If possible, your office should have an unobstructed view of the front door of the room. Having a furniture-free wall directly behind you when you work is another advantage. This wall represents a mountain that supports your back and gives you confidence when making business decisions.
You can use mirrors strategically when you couldn’t otherwise follow feng shui principles. For example, if you need to set up your office with your back to the door, you can use a mirror that offers a rear view to “see your back”.
There are certain spots where you might not want to put a mirror. Mirrors are synonymous with water, so be careful where you place them. For example, a mirror above your bed or above your nose is not appropriate because you want to “keep your head above water”. This metaphor refers to avoiding debt or losing money on your home. Poor mirror placement can also make it difficult to get up in the morning.
However, expert advice on mirror placement may vary from person to person.
Here are some tips to start applying feng shui principles in specific spaces.
The bedroom has two functions: sleeping and passion or relationship building. To do this, remove exercise equipment, ironing boards, and hobby equipment (like sewing kits or musical instruments) from your bedroom. Also, no one should be in the bedroom except for the people sleeping there. Take out anything from the room that might represent an eye (like a sculpture or pictures of your family).
A position opposite a door or entrance is considered a position of power (or command) and you should arrange furniture in that position. That means you should position the chairs so that their backs (and yours) are against a solid wall and not in the middle of the room. You should be able to see who is coming in, but not stand directly at the door.
Tidying up is important in feng shui and applies to every room in your home. The kitchen is a good starting point. Start clearing out expired or unused items from your pantry and fridge, and get rid of disposable appliances and tools you never cook with. Space equals opportunity. By getting rid of certain things, you open the way for other things to come into your life.
If your bathroom shares a wall with the headboard of your bed, place a mirror on that bathroom wall, facing out, to “ward off” the “downdraft” energy generated by the plumbing. Make sure the bathroom itself is relaxing and comfortable. You can achieve this in any way that suits you, whether it’s with soft towels, a pretty candle, or a relaxing paint color.
First, try to put your desk in a commanding position. Then look at what you’ve hung on the walls. If the artwork or photos contain aquatic elements and the waterline is higher than your nose, you may feel “under water”, like drowning in your responsibilities, or chaotic and disorganized. Place the water images as they occur in nature. We don’t normally live under water. Hang them lower than your nose level.
Frequently asked questions and answers about feng shui
What does the term “Feng Shui” mean?
Feng Shui literally means “the way of wind and water”: “feng” means “wind” and “shui” means “water”. Feng Shui can refer to the art of placing objects in a space, but it can also be said
What Are The Theoretical Health Benefits Of Feng Shui?
According to feng shui experts, feng shui can help create a space one feels comfortable in, and the resulting calm or order can promote psychological well-being. Research is needed to evaluate the potential health benefits.
What are the five elements of feng shui?
The five elements of feng shui are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The balance between these elements is believed to improve the energy and harmony of a space.
Where should a bed be placed for good feng shui?
Set your bed in a dominant position. You must be able to see the door when you are in bed, but not directly in line with it. Be sure to use a headboard that gives a sense of support, ideally against a wall and not directly under windows.
What is a Bagua card in Feng Shui?
The Bagua card describes the “eight zones”. Feng shui professionals can place the grid-like map on a floor plan or room in your home to serve as a compass or guide in designing your space. Each zone corresponds to specific life experiences, such as career, health, and family, as well as the shapes, elements, and colors favored in each of them.
Ultimately, it can help you align your thoughts and actions in a healthier way. Transforming the energy of a space can therefore alter or reverse your inner energy, help you see life differently, and bring you benefits such as a sense of security, calm, peace, support, and more power or control in your life. Home should be a place of healing. It has to be a place where you walk in and feel welcome. People who follow feng shui principles attest that they create that welcoming energy in their home, which in turn is believed to support their emotional well-being. Overall, the goal of feng shui is to create an environment that promotes psychological well-being.
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice that has modern applications. It is used today to help people design spaces that promote a sense of comfort and safety. Many people, including feng shui experts, tout the anecdotal benefits of using this practice as a guide for home interior design. There is currently a striking lack of high-quality published studies on specific health benefits.
* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.
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