If you’ve read a little or heard a little about feng shui, you may know that it applies the Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) theory of Qi (energy) flow to the world outside your body. So where you can use herbs and acupuncture for your body’s energy flow, you can use feng shui in your home and work spaces to enhance your health. Sound good? Of course it does!
Feng shui has become more and more popular as people find ways to make their lives more comfortable. The principles of feng shui can actually get quite complicated and can take a true master of the art to make a significant impact in your life, but if you’re looking for just a few tips on how to add some feng shui to your life, then this article will help.
1. Clarity. Feng shui teaches that room to move, breath and also see are essential to healthy living. Organization is a key element to this, so be sure that there is a spot for everything in your home and workspace. Resist the urge to dump everything in a drawer, but rather make space for things that you use often, and keep hallways and rooms free from clutter. Make sure that you also throw out as much unused items as possible – keeping a clean, clear home and workspace will keep your mind and your body clean and clear as well.
2. Air. In TCM it is believed that you obtain your own Qi and nutrients from food, of course, but also from the air that you breath. So it is important in feng shui that your air quality is healthy and fresh. Use plants in your home and workspace to help clean the air, as well as air purifiers and even some essential oils. Use an air purifier that is of decent quality, so be sure to do some research. And keep the window open when you can, letting fresh air clear things out. Sometimes clutter exists in the air – we just can’t see it!
3. Nature. It’s vitally important that there is a real connect to nature where you live and work. Try to maximize the amount of natural light coming into your space, and choose colours that are soothing and/or grounding, such as blues, greens, soft browns and other earth tones. Also try to choose material that you touch and wear to be comfortable and soothing as well. Finally, your pillow and bed should be made of natural materials where possible. You spend a great deal of time in bed, so make it a pleasant experience!
By Richard Lobbenberg, Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner