7 Easy Ways to Integrate Feng Shui into Your Life

The basic premise of Feng Shui is that the people and circumstances in our lives are a direct reflection of the environment and personal space we live.  I have been practicing a Feng Shui for several months

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and I attest that it can be a very powerful tool for increased effectiveness (if properly cultivated).  

Trial and error is essential, and the purpose of this article is to provide 7 simple and fundamental Feng Shui principles that you can experiment with.  Try a few of the following recommendations and if you start noticing a difference, expand your knowledge and learn more about the practice.  Good luck!

1. Get Rid of ALL Clutter

Clearing all clutter is perhaps the first thing you should do when implementing a Feng Shui lifestyle.  Clutter inhibits energy flow; items like bags of old clothes, stacks of files, dirty dishes, ambiguous gadgets and toys and anything that does not serve an effective purpose should be discarded or stored.  Clearing clutter can be incredibly therapeutic, and the benefits of being more organized often leads to increased productivity and a sense of clarity.  Do not be afraid to throw away useless things.  A great way to begin getting rid of clutter is to gather all the clothes you are never going to wear again and bring them to a homeless shelter.  This serves two Feng Shui principles: 1) clearing clutter; 2) practicing giving.

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2. Close that toilet seat!

Water is a huge part of Feng Shui, and the benefits of having water flow in your life can be very positive.  The toilet is a different story, and is a draining mechanism that takes energy away from the core of the home.  The symbolic flushing of water down a drain can have damaging affects on personal finances, and it is therefore recommended to keep the toilet seat down.  Furthermore, Feng Shui states that it is imperative to symbolically separate bathrooms from the rest of our homes, and keep the doors shut when not in use.  The multiple drains in bathrooms are meant to wash away dirt and other waste material, and we do not want all the good things in our lives going down the tubes as well.

3. Plants, Plants and more Plants

Plants are a wonderful Feng Shui tool symbolizing life and our natural environment; you can not have too many plants in your home.  In Feng Shui, corners of rooms are areas where the flow of energy tends to get trapped and plants can be an effective circulator of energy in these lower energy spots.  Plants are also beneficial near dense electrical equipment like computers and outlets as they reverse the electromagnetic fields that can stop the flow of energy.  As a healthy plant can have great benefits for you, a dying or dead plant can be symbolic of decreasing power, so make sure to keep your plants healthy and watered!

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4. Discard Negative Imagery

When I started practicing Feng Shui, it became clear to me that I had an abundance of depressing art work around my house.  I had always thought the pieces were interesting and thought-provoking, but Feng Shui believes having too many depressing figures in your home can have a negative affect on your outlook.  Look around your house and become aware of your decorations/artwork in this manner.  Honestly judge if the images are positive or negative.  For a long time I had a painting of a very sad and lonely woman hanging in my living room, and when I read Feng Shui I started to see some parallels in my life with this piece.  I replaced it with a more uplifting portrait of trees and the sky, something that made me feel good, and the parallels also began to shift.  Fill your life with happy, energetic and inspiring pieces and see where that leads you.

5. Get Running Water

As stated above, water is a huge component of Feng Shui.  Outside of the toilet, having some kind of running water in your home can be extremely beneficial to the flow of energy and creativity, especially in the area of finance.  Contemplate buying a small Feng Shui fountain, and put it in an area that you feel has a low energy flow.  Fish tanks are dually wonderful as not only do you get running water, but additional life in your space with fish.  The Feng Shui “bagua” is the principle that each area of your home is symbolic of a certain area of your life.  For example, the far left corner of the home represents the financial/wealth bagua, and implementing a fixture of flow (like a fountain) in this area can be a wonderful symbolic step for your financial well-being.

6. Let the Sunlight in

Nothing has more positive energy than the sun, which is an integral part of effective Feng Shui lifestyle.  Lighting your home with natural sunlight, as opposed to using electricity, can have a dramatic affect on your mood and disposition.  In Feng Shui, the sun is symbolic of health, productivity, and motivation; any opportunity you have to get this natural resource in your home, take it!  When you wake up in the morning, open all blinds and shades and keep them open throughout the day.  We have become so reliant on electrical lighting that we often forget the universal source shines on us each and every day.

7. Take Note of Your Colors

The colors in your home illicit a certain feel, or energy, and it is important to put some awareness in your color choices.  Red symbolizes action, confidence and courage while blue symbolizes spirituality, truth and peace.  Green symbolizes life, nature and well-being while yellow symbolizes wisdom, joy and intellectual energy.  Have you ever stopped to look at the colors in your home, and thought about what they signify?  Using colors to decorate different rooms can really add substance to a house, and it is great Feng Shui practice to use color schemes that tie-in with your core values.

Feng Shui principals teach that subtle alterations in our physical surroundings can have deep and meaningful impact on almost every situation in our lives.  If cultivated the right way, Feng Shui can be a positive force in everything from your finances and career to your health and relationships

Like most things, the results will be in direct proportion with the effort and I suggest implementing a few of the practices in this article as a starter.  Good luck!

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7 Responses to “7 Easy Ways to Integrate Feng Shui into Your Life”

  1. Erin says:

    Thanks Todd. You really touched on some basic, easy to grasp, steps to making huge changes at home. I have found limiting the clutter in my home has really made an incredible impact not only on the feel of my home, but also the state of my mind.

  2. Ian says:

    Great post Todd. I didn’t know much about Feng Shui before reading this, but this clear cut way of starting tempts me to do so. Thanks!

  3. Todd says:

    Thanks Erin and Ian– and I hope this post helped! Go get some plants now…
    ;)

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  6. I remodel my bathroom. I change The fan, rather spring water is operating going on The wall as well as a lot humidity buildup in ceilling. the shower is to a corner the fan is on The wall ten’ a thing. does the Maecenas need to be over The shower? or needs to I built a false ceiling over the shower?

  7. Patty says:

    I bought a five dollar water fountain from Wal-Mart. I love it! Next, I’ll de-clutter and re-arrange my furnitures in my rooms! Then I will install sunroofs for the dark areas. Thanks for this post!

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