Most of us consider our homes to be our sanctuaries, places where we can escape the outside world. After working hard all day, we want to be able to come home, recharge our batteries and just relax. Whenever you walk into your house, you hopefully receive a calming and relaxed sense. For some people, it is, unfortunately, the opposite: they get an anxious and stressful feeling. For those in the second category who come home to face a stress environment (after working in a stressful workplace all day), it can really take its toll on your overall health. So is it possible to provide our home with a sense of calm without spending a fortune on a housekeeper, nanny, and complete renovation?
Improving your wellness and health can start in your home with some help from Feng Shui principles. You might be saying to yourself, my house is well beyond Feng Shui – what it really needs is a good carpet bombing. Listen to me. I am very confident that if you follow at least three points below that it will greatly improve your overall well-being. It certainly can’t hurt for you to try. Even when you spend some time making note of the state of your house and your surroundings, you will be making progress.
The points below are based on the philosophy of Feng Shui along with just plain old common sense. Some of the following points are specific Feng Shui remedies, while others are principles of Feng Shui that you can universally apply and some that involve you to do some work.
Clear Out The Junk
I won’t dwell on this for a long time because I have covered this subject quite extensively already. However, in order to bring good things into your life, you’re going to have to get rid of all that junk filling your entryways, counter tops, spare rooms and hallways. If after reading this you are thinking, yes but I like things this way and I know where to find everything. Really, are you serious? Please sit down. I know that you know that changes are necessary. Change is hard, so I understand. If this point is the only one you complete, this will be a monumental change for you.
This is an important Feng Shui principle. Wood and earth are elements that are associated with health. When you add these elements, it will jump start your road to improved health. Every element is represented with a certain material, shape, and color. For example, the wood element is represented by all shades of green, things made out of wood like plants and wood floors, and columnar shapes (tall and skinny) such as a tree. Keep in mind, it isn’t always better to have too much of one specific thing. All five elements should be represented in a space. The wood element can be accentuated for health. It will bring about vibrancy and new growth. I will discuss the earth element in the following points.
Another Feng Shui principle is the idea that the most important area in your home is the center. That it represents health as well makes perfect sense. The center unifies and grounds all of the other areas. It is like when your health is suffering, everything else that is a part of your life has a tendency to suffer as well. When you use a Bagua Map (Feng Shui tool), your house is divided up into nine sections. The center area is the easiest to find. That’s where you need to focus all of your energies in order to improve your health. Here are the things that you need to do: remove any clutter, add an earth element, clear out any negative objects.
The earth element is associated with your home’s center, and therefore health also. It is represented by brown and yellow colors, square shapes and things that are derived from the earth, such as clay or stone. A good way of combining the wood and earth elements is to place a vase full of yellow flowers in your home’s center. Or you can put them on your kitchen counter if the first option isn’t possible. When you use the earth element, it increases stability in your life and helps you to feel more centered and connected. This will help to alleviate some of your stress and improve your overall health.
Increasing you’re Personal Chi
Start doing yoga. Many of you might practice it already. chi flow through all living things, including around your home and in nature. When you do pranayama exercises and yoga, you move prana/chi throughout your body and release blocks. If you happen to practice yoga, you’ll understand it when I say you can feel the energy pulsing and flowing whenever you lie still in a state of savasana. You can also feel the overwhelming power of chi in us tr asana camel and similar poses.
Change Your Sheets
There’s a basic Feng Shui cure that you can do to improve your health. That is changing your bedsheets to green or yellow from white. It certainly can’t do any harm to change the color of your sheet. Anyway, that gives you a good excuse to visit Crate and Barrel and do some shopping.
This was previously mentioned in a point earlier. Plants represent the element of wood and further enhance health. However, you need to be sure you have the right plant for a specific job. You don’t want to have spiky plants inside your bedroom. However, cacti work really well situated next to a computer to help reduce EMF emissions. Plants with round leaves, like the rubber plant, are soothing. Large, leafy plants such as a ficus revive chi and help to fill stagnant corners.
Good health and good luck. If you make a couple of changes, it will give a jump start and you will want to do even more. However, start with the small things and be passionate and committed to improving your well-being and health.