How order and organization affect our health
Look around. Take in your space. Do you see order or disorder? Feng Shui (pronounced "fung shway"), is the art of order – the proper use of space. It’s a Chinese discipline that teaches us how to enhance our life energy (called ‘chi’), and is largely based on our space allocation and arrangement.
In other words, your decorating style impacts multiple aspects of your life. If your office or home environment borders on ordered chaos or randomly placed furniture and stacks of stuff, it’s a good bet your finances and family, your health and emotional well-being, are just as chaotic.
“Everyone knows that when you don't have your health, it seems like everything else is out of balance,” writes Karen Rauch Carter, feng shui consultant and author of the best-selling book ‘Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life.’
“The center, or heart, of your home is such a special place. It holds your physical energies. Some homes feel like there is no heart, and it usually shows in the people who live there,” observes Carter.
There are things you can add to your home to help it have heart. Carter suggests adding the following components:
Earth: The earth elements reign supreme in the home, so feel free to load it up. A live plant that is growing in some fresh soil can really improve your energies for health and balance. I also like using a plant because it actually needs attention and nurturing. If you nurture the plant, the universe will repay you in kind.
Yellows and Earth Tones: Sometimes all it takes is a simple shift in color to bring about a dramatic shift in energy. Adding yellows and even more bland earth tones to your health and balance zone can improve your health ch'i. Try a pot of fresh yellow mums in a pot of real earth.
Laughter: Laughter is the best medicine. Add something that tickles your funny bone in the center of your space to hold a light-hearted energy for your health.
Squares and Flat Stuff: Squares and flat items exude the energetic movement that works well in this area, so let's say a flat, square, stone coffee table would be about perfect! Mix and match with these shapes to get what feels right for you.
Religious Objects: Some people like having a reminder of the higher forces of the universe around and the center is one of the better places to put them. The religious style or symbolism doesn't matter -- the intention behind it does. If the symbol is made of stone, so much the better.
6 Feng Shui Tips
Here are six suggestions on how to start incorporating feng shui into your home, office, and life.
- A cluttered and messy environment keeps energy from flowing properly. Start off by cleaning your home or office and getting rid of anything that is no longer useful.
- If anything is in need of repair, simply fix it or throw it away.
- Take care of the little things that have been piling up such as bills and letters. Doing this allows you to start with a clean slate and helps you gain a renewed sense of clarity.
- Use plants in your environment as well, and keep them healthy, well-fed and watered. Plants with round leaves are preferable to other varieties.
- Drafts should also be cut off as they can carry away money and cause health problems.
- Avoid excessive overhead light and keep sharp-cornered objects to a minimum.