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To say we are living in difficult times is a big understatement. In a very short time, most of the familiar structures that were the basis of our energetic support have been either drastically reduced or completely disappeared. The levels of anxiety, fear, and panic can get overwhelmingly high, especially in dense urban areas. In times when one would need more human contact, warmth, touch, and support, the contrary has to be practiced.
Luckily, there are many activities we can employ to make it all easier to go through. Using this time to get more connected to ourselves and our dreams and goals, learn a new skill, nourish our energy by practicing yoga, meditation, breathwork, going on long nature walks, and consistently applying the tried and true forms of self-care all help ease the ride. There are more and more amazing offerings online — from a variety of free meditation courses to communication, dance and yoga classes — to help one deal with the unprecedented (for most of us) change in our lives.
Here are the good feng shui home decor products Rodika recommends for your home, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and more!
While certainly not a complete solution to all the difficulties we are facing now, feng shui brings many powerful tools to help you create and continuously recreate the sense of balance, safety, and harmony in your home; a feeling of grounding and stability that is so needed at this time. Creating good feng shui does not always require making many new purchases, and at this time this is most probably not something one would choose to focus on — neither energetically nor financially.
I’ve worked with thousands of clients by now and know for sure that you can create better feng shui in your space with what you already have, it is often just a matter of seeing your items with new eyes and repositioning them/giving them a new look, function, and sometimes even a new identity. In my book “Feng Shui for Healing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Improving Wellness in Your Home Sanctuary” I touch upon ways to alleviate anxiety and stress by applying feng shui in your space; I would like to share some tips here in order to help you recreate a sense of calm and wellbeing in your home.
If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ve heard me many times talking about clutter clearing. If you need an easy clutter clearing system, I wrote about it here. I do not want to focus on it too much in this article, and most probably many of you do not need this info, but I do have to mention it briefly because it is important to define your relationship with your clutter (if you have it), especially in times like this.
Depending on how you feel at the moment, it might actually be a good way to channel your energy by taking care of your clutter. If you have the time and the zest for it, see if you can start by clearing your clutter, as this will shift both your energy, as well as the energy of the space. If clearing clutter is not possible for any reason, I suggest to at least create clutter-free zones where you spend most of your time; so the bedroom, the living room, and the kitchen would be a priority, followed by the main entry and the bathroom.
The way to do that quickly if you do not want to actually clear the clutter is to have a “designated” area where the clutter goes for now, which will allow you to liberate the above spaces, and then deal with the clutter at the right time. What makes a good “designated area” for this purpose? Two things: this has to be a space out of sight and away from your daily traffic, so you do not see it all the times, and it has to be contained, meaning you literally designate a corner of your basement, for example, to store your clutter there, and be sure it does not take over the whole space.
Ok, enough about clutter. Last note before we move on — if you have many family members at home with you all day, including very active children, be sure to help them by clearly defining little areas where they can store their daily “stuff” or by providing easy storage solutions be they boxes, baskets, etc. I am sure many of you already have this system in place with your children, but in case you do not, now is a good time to implement it.
Once there is more clarity and breathing room in your space, meaning the energy flows easier, what can you do next, feng shui wise?
I suggest you focus on the energy of beauty, comfort, and nourishment. Define what that means for you and find a way to bring this energy. What comforts you, what keeps the energy of joy and hope in your heart? Are there books with specific titles that you can prominently display? Specific images? Comforting quotes? Add more pillows and blankets? Are there specific colors that you find soothing?
Feng shui wise specific colors bring specific energies, so the best colors to add or accentuate in your space are:
- soft pinks
- calming sky blues
- soft cashmere grays
- saturated and/or butter yellows
- fresh whites
- vibrant greens (in several different shades).
Warm earthy colors are good too. Do your best to avoid or minimize:
- strong red
- strong orange
- deep purple colors
- an overwhelming presence of dark gray and black colors
Wood furniture is usually much more comforting — on an energetic level — than metal, round corners are always preferred to sharp ones, so check your living room and your bedroom for Sha Chi (and Si Chi, too)
In times like we are experiencing now, it is very important to gently allow the emotions to flow and let the stagnant or suppressed energy be cleansed. Feng shui-wise, the element of Water helps the energy of emotions flow in a more harmonious way, so, for example, a living room with one or two big mirrors will be much more helpful in creating a clear quality of energy and allow the flow and energetic cleanse of emotions than a room with no mirrors at all. There is the potential of way more fights and arguments in a space that has no mirrors at all (especially if the windows are small) than in a space that is saturated with light and reflection (mirrors and windows).
The suggestion here is the following: if your living room has a fireplace and/or small windows with little natural light coming in, definitely bring a mirror or two into the room (do not bring a mirror into the bedroom as this is not good feng shui) The best placement of mirrors is in the following bagua areas:
For this specific purpose, choose bigger mirrors that have a strong visual impact versus small mirrors that mostly serve as a decor accent.
To manage the energy of harmony in your home, be sure your East area (associated with the energy of the Health and Family), as well as your Center area (associated with the Heart) are as clear and clutter-free as possible. Plants, mirrors and family pictures in the East area are usually a very good addition that will strengthen the energy of the East area. The Center area thrives on heart-related items and images and usually on a variety of crystals and candles. In 2020 though, it is best to focus on the Water element here, so a small fountain, an image of a waterfall or a small mirrors, as well as decor in blue and black colors can calm the energy considerably.
Playing soft music in the background can help (look for specific frequency such as, for example, 432 Hz or 852 Hz, search youtube for stress release, let go fo fear, clearing, etc), and using an aromatherapy diffuser can do wonders, too. Choose from a variety of oils and make simple blends or just use singular oils like lavender, or eucalyptus, or peppermint.
Creating an altar can help in cultivating more trust and faith, as well as bring a comforting sense of support. Adding a variety of colorful textures pleasant to touch and look at helps you relax and feel safe and more connected. When you go through a lot of stress, reassure your body by adding specific items to the three visual levels of your home:
- the floor level
- the mid-level (seating)
- the upper level (the walls)
Bring a few additional cushions and blankets into your living room and your bedroom (be sure to use natural fabrics), see if you can add a rug or two (even if small colorful ones and/or sheepskin), as well as wall decor made from soft and natural materials (tapestries, chunky macrame wall hangings, etc).
Use warm and intimate lighting in the evening — including natural candles — to relax the energy in your space and fill it with soft calm. I love Himalayan Salt lamps for the warm and nourishing glow they bring into any space and for the presence of the two feng shui elements that the Salt lamp brings — the Fire and the Earth elements; both much needed in times of stress. Try to limit the use of overhead lighting, and see if you can have more than one layer of lighting in the evening.
Do not forget about the importance of clearing the energy in your space, this is especially important in times like this. You can smudge, or use several other ways of space clearing described in my book “The Healing Power of Smudging: Cleansing Rituals to Purify Your Home, Attract Positive Energy and Bring Peace into Your Life“
Here is some info to get you started:
Mainly, be sure that the energy in your bedroom is fresh, warm and nourishing. You need a good feng shui bedroom when there is so much intensity all around you, your body and your psyche need a safe and caring cocoon to let go and recharge on all levels.
I have written a lot about good feng shui bedrooms, here are just a few links:
I trust this info helps you, dear one!
Till we connect again, be well.
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