Feng Shui is a philosophy from China which promotes harmony and balance in our surrounding environment. It adheres to the principle that all physical things have an energy. Feng Shui experts advise on the optimal way to position our possessions within the home to ensure the best flow of this energy.
Whilst the concept of flow of energy may be difficult to grasp for some westerners, it can be felt. Consider when you have an untidy room, perhaps with a dirty pile of washing, or a load of washing up in the sink. There is a definite mental cleansing that goes along with clearing these away and creating a clean, clutter free environment. It may be the fulfilling feeling of one chore completed, or it may be that freeing up of energy around the home.
Extend this to the placement of our furniture and possessions. Think of a time when you have walked into a minimalist home (or maybe a museum or office space). Compare this to when you have entered one that is cluttered with old memorabilia. Did they “feel” different?
Feng Shui (I am advised it is pronounced “Fung Shway”) is a methodology for living in a clutter free and organised environment. Perhaps it allows us to free up part of the mind that is subliminally acknowledging items that are out of place. One aspect is to avoid cramped spaces and not block the natural pathway between rooms or doorways. Mirrors are used to maintain and reflect energy back into the home. Larger pieces of furniture such as sofas and beds are postioned to give a sense of security.
Key concepts of Feng Shui:
- Allowing energy to flow around our environment
- Promoting balance and harmony in the home
How to practise Feng Shui:
- Use mirrors to reflect energy around the home
- Do not block walkways with furniture
- Where possible put the sofa and bed against a solid wall for security but not directly facing a door
- Leave space around the bed