Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Quieting Your Environment Through Feng Shui

With so much chaos all around us in the world, it is imperative that we have a “quiet” home as a refuge to nurture us. Feng Shui defines a quiet home as one without clutter, offering us beauty and a balance of the elements. Feng Shui which has been practiced for over 3,000 years in China, is the enhancement of health, prosperity, and happiness. The belief is that that your vitality, resources, and loving connections flourish and grow best in harmonious, uncluttered environments that intentionally meet your unique needs and express your personal preferences.

An organized home can have a calming effect on you, your family and guests. Chaos in a home can be defined in two ways:

Active Chaos: The kind of chaos we see in creative efforts; cooking, decorating, cleaning, crafting, painting, building etc.  It is the kind of chaos which leads to something positive and will be cleaned up in the end. We all go through this and it nurtures us.  

The mess in a wallpapering project.


The finished product.

Passive Chaos: This is a mess left for a long time; cluttered garages, closets stuffed with junk, piles left all over the house. These kinds of messes will drain you on a daily basis. This does not lend to a quiet home. 

Creating a quiet home does not have to be difficult; in just minutes you can begin to make changes that can turn your home into a comfortable, peaceful haven.

What works is balance. You can begin to transform your home from chaos to paradise with the “few minutes a day technique”. I call it the “Salami Method of Time Management”, taking one slice at a time.  Organizing possessions and eliminating clutter can be viewed as an adventurous mission that opens portals to your personal paradise.  By getting rid of the things you no longer want or need, you revitalize your home and make room for what you really DO want to flow into your life; you enhance your happiness, clarity and peace of mind. In Feng Shui everything counts, so your storage areas are as important as the most lived-in areas. In other words, if your room is orderly because everything is stuffed into a closet, you are not practicing Feng Shui. 

Clutter is defined as any items that are disliked, unused, in excess and/or unorganized.  To begin choose a space you consider cluttered, such as a closet, storeroom, cabinet, desk drawer, table top, or kitchen cupboard, then follow these simple steps:

As you’re organizing and decluttering, ask yourself these questions:

“Do I love it? Do I need it? Does it represent or support who I am now? What pleasant or unpleasant memories does it hold? Does it need repair, and am I willing to restore it right now? If I’m letting go, will I sell, lend, or give it away, and when?”

Label 3 boxes or bags:  Throwaway, Giveaway, and Stowaway. When you have separated all items into 3 categories, put the throwaways in the trash immediately, prepare and label the giveaways to go to their new homes (family, friends, and charities) and make sure you remove them from the space and give them away within a week. Stowaway the items you are keeping to their proper places with love and gratitude.

Give yourself the gift of shelves and containers for your storage areas. Your environment displays your consciousness, and there’s no more revealing place to look than behind closet doors. You’ll know that you’ve succeeded in reinstating balance when you respond positively to every part of your home, and can easily put your hand on everything you need at any time. Congratulations!  Now watch for the helpful people, opportunities, and things that flow into your life because you have let go of the old and made room for the new.

The New Year is upon us!  What better time to commit to more positive energy and a more peaceful quiet environment. 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Learning From the Principles of Feng Shui

The teachings of Feng Shui are based on three principles:

1) Everything in Your Environment is Alive

Along with being molecularly alive, everything in your environment is alive with the feelings they create, the associations they make and the thoughts they bring up. I say that everything in your home or office is constantly “talking at you.” It’s important to listen to what is being said. Do you look at an object or an area and feel happy, or do you see piles and feel anxious because of the work you need to do, or the negative reminders you receive?  It’s time to get rid of anything in your home that does not bring you joy.  Begin now!

2) Everything is Connected

The feelings that are evoked by your surroundings are connected to your emotions, your relationships, your successes, your health and much more. When your surroundings stress you, you end up carrying that stress with you to your workplace, to others in your home, and internally to your own well being.  A peaceful, happy, stress free environment will allow you to be aware of the opportunities surrounding you. Create a peaceful, uncluttered home and relish in the positive connections.  

3)     Everything is Constantly Changing

The universe is based on change; nothing is constant. Every person, place and thing is subject to change. There is nothing we can do about it except to embrace it. Life is filled with the joy of new experiences as well as the sadness of loss. That’s why Feng Shui is a constant process of new items in your home, locations, friendships and family members. As we evolve so does the needs to practice Feng Shui. The act of moving things on your home brings positive energy to your life. There is a Chinese saying, “If you want change in your life, move 27 things in your home.” Don’t resist change, instead move with it and allow it to enrich your life.