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Notes by Positive Paula 18/03/13

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Thought I would share this information I have that I found years ago on google about Feng Shui which is another area / subject in my life that I find really interesting.

What Is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui (or Wind and Water) is the practice of arranging your environment so that energy or “chi” flows gently and smoothly through your home or business environment.

In this way your space just feels good–and supports what you want out of life-whether it’s a better career, new romance, improved health, or more income.
Feng Shui is not a meditation practice, a religion, or a New Age cult.

Not too fast or too slow—just right!

Feng Shui is based on the concept that everything in your environment has a life force or energy called “chi.”

Just as chi flows through your body, chi also flows your through living environment. When the energy flow is stagnant (think clutter and overflowing closets), moves too quickly (think long dark hallways, stairs, and straight shots through the home), or is obstructed (think walls, trees, or even cars in the wrong place), the unbalanced chi may lead to ill health, domestic strife, or financial concerns.

Feng Shui adjustments can help you make sure that the chi energy flow is just right so that everything in your environment supports your wish for good luck, good health, harmonious relationships, and prosperity.

When did Feng Shui start?

The practice of Feng Shui was developed in China over a 4,000-year period. Initially, people wanted to come up with principles that ensured their homes—and more importantly their tombs!—were placed in a location that offered shelter from winter storms, floods, and blazing heat.
As the practice of Feng Shui developed, people also started to consider architectural features, from the placement of fireplaces, windows and doors, to gardens and landscaping.

Using the Bagua

The success of these principles led to the application of Feng Shui to indoor furnishings, including everything from sofas and pictures to dishes and art objects. Practitioners of Feng Shui developed the bagua, a Feng Shui map that indicates where in the home specific enhancements are to be applied.

The bagua is placed over the floor plan of a home (or room) and shows the location of nine main areas of energy in every home: Helpful People/Travel, Children/Creativity, Relationships and Romance, Fame, Wealth, Family, and Self Development.

The Feng Shui practitioner arranges the home to bring “good luck” to these areasand to make sure the chi flows smoothly so that each area on the bagua map is nurtured and energized.

As part of arranging a home or business, traditional Chinese practitioners also include a complex mix of compass directions, birthdays of occupants, and Chinese astrology and cultural elements.

Here are two Bagua map examples:

6 Feng Shui Tips to Improve Your Health, Happiness, and Vitality

These six feng shui tips will help create a home that nourishes your body, mind and spirit:

1.  Remove your shoes before entering your home. Make it a ritual to leave the stress of your job, traffic jams and bad days outside. It's a purposeful way to make your home a haven, only allowing peaceful energy to come inside. If you like, place a trunk or an appealing shoe rack just inside the door. The simple act of removing your shoes is symbolic of casting off the worries and troubles, as well as the dirt, of the outside world.

2.  Clean your space and clear clutter. Clutter disrupts your life. When it’s rampant, you feel stressed about everything. You can't find your keys, important letters, the right belt or a cherished memento. Disorder creates mayhem and hinders your ability to find peace. Make sure that your bedroom, closet and bathroom are in order. If you can begin your day with calm, you have a better chance of feeling centered as you go out into the world. One of the best antidotes to stress is an organized living environment.

3.  Surround yourself with an abundance of light, fresh air and greenery. Open the doors and windows and invite nature in. As night draws near, avoid bright light for at least an hour before bed. Instead allow your body's natural cycle to slowly move towards night. Use soft light in the bathroom and place dimmers in rooms you spend a good deal of time. For more harmony, oxygen and life-force, accessorize with plants. Choose ones that look happy as opposed to those with downward falling, droopy leaves. 

4.  Get more sleep by creating a wonderful place to rest your head at night. It’s preferable to choose a bedroom that’s located away from the noisy street. From a feng shui perspective, the best position for your bed is in the back corner of the room, diagonally opposite from the door.  This site provides grounding because of the solid wall behind the bed, the expanded view of the room and door, and protection from fast moving energy entering the space.  Also, if possible, refrain from watching television before bed as it drains your energy. The violence and negative news can be absorbed into your subconscious and may cause bad dreams.  

5. Choose colors that help you unwind. Incorporate blues, lavenders, greens, peaches and other soothing earth tones into your home. Whether it’s wall color, bedding, artwork, fabrics or decorative objects, soft, neutral colors provide a sense of clam. Ask yourself what color would make you feel happy and peaceful, then find a way to introduce it into our home. Try lighting a blue, lavender or crème colored candle for relaxation. Let your intuition guide you. 

6.  Soothing sounds of nature make for a calming environment. Play a nature CD or create a iPod playlist of natural sounds, such as gentle waves, mountain streams, chirping birds or a gentle breeze through the trees. When you listen to sounds of nature, your heart rate slows down, your breathing becomes more expansive and your nerves are calmed. Make sure it’s a recording that’s made from the actual sounds of nature, not electronically produced, since the life-force energy emanating from natural surroundings will be healing for your body and mind. 

When your space is calm, your thoughts slow down and you can begin to hear the guidance from your soul. Your spirit is renewed when you create a home that invites you to sit still, stop doing and just be. At these moments, your environment offers you a place to restore your physical and spiritual energy. When you design a healthy living environment, you will feel relaxed, rejuvenated and inspired to move towards your dreams.  

Have an awesome week everyone and good luck reaching all your goals! I just know with perseverance you can do it we all can we just have to want to do it badly enough.

Take Care,

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  • v SISSIE21
    Thank you for sharing this. It explains why there are certain environments where I feel really peaceful and calm and others for some reason, even if they are tidy, give off a different vibe. Will take your tips to heart. I felt calmer just reading them! emoticon
    1202 days ago
    Great !! Thank you so much for this Feng Suui info. I've been so interested this topic for long time. I think Chinese people are very optimistic and have positive mind. Believes in luck.

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    1202 days ago
  • v ARTJAC
    1202 days ago
    What a fascinating subject. Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    1202 days ago
    Great tips! HUGS Happy St. Patrick's Day.
    1202 days ago
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