Feng Shui, which has been practiced for over 3,000 years in China, is the enhancement of health, prosperity, and happiness through your environment. The belief is that that your vitality, resources, and loving connections flourish and grow best in harmonious, uncluttered environments.
An organized home can have a calming effect on you, your family, and guests.
This is also true about your mind. Inner Feng Shui is about decluttering your mind through meditation, breathing, self-reflection and expressions of gratitude, which allow the calmer you to be more open to positive life opportunities.
Lately I have been reading the teachings of the Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. In his book “The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh” he stresses that staying in the moment, through mindfulness, will help you create that calming state you need to declutter your mind. He states that, “Life is too precious for us to lose ourselves in our ideas, concepts, anger and despair. We must begin to live fully and truly, every moment of our daily lives. Joy and happiness are born of concentration and staying in the here and now.”
He suggests beginning with breathing and meditation. “One deep in breath, one gentle out breath, and the body and mind come together. You are truly there, alive, fully present.”
One easy meditation is to sit quietly and state the following three times.
“I know I am breathing in.
I know that I am breathing out.
My breath grows deep.
My breath goes slowly.
I feel calm.
I feel at ease.
I dwell in the present moment. I know it’s a wonderful moment. I smile.