What is feng shui?
Our house is our refuge. After a few long months of collective confinement, we are more aware of this than ever. The way our homes are arranged, decorated, and maintained has a considerable impact on our feelings, our productivity, and our sleep. This reality is even more evident when we share this space with others. Our individual energies and personal lifestyles greatly influence the balance of our environment.
Today, we are going to take a look at an ancestral Chinese practice called feng shui, which consists of harmonizing our living space. Much more than just decoration, it is a Chinese philosophy that aims at creating a positive influence and a deep harmony in one’s interior.
The origins of feng shui
The origins of feng shui go back thousands of years, to the Neolithic era. In the history of China, this period corresponds to an economic revolution during which the Chinese populations learned to exploit their food resources in a different way from that of the hunter-gatherer communities, in particular through the domestication of plants and animals. Feng shui literally translates as “wind” and “water”, elements that are essential to daily life.
At the time, the purpose of feng shui was to identify suitable land, protected from enemies and harmful natural elements, in order to build homes in which the Chinese population could flourish.
The ultimate role of feng shui was to enrich people’s lives in places where they could enjoy a harmonious and productive connection to the beneficial rhythms of nature. The fundamental philosophy that is the basis of traditional feng shui today is based on the richness of personal relationships, spiritual development, and material fortune. Feng shui is based on three main principles: everything is alive, everything is connected to everything, everything changes.
The fundamental concepts of feng shui
The best way to begin to understand how the practice of feng shui works is to look at its two fundamental concepts: Chi and Yin and Yang.
What is Chi?
Have you ever felt unbalanced without really knowing why? Chi, also called energy or vital breath can be the reason for your mental fatigue or your emotional instability.
In traditional Chinese medicine, chi is considered to be the flow of energy that circulates in our body and provides us with the nutrients and minerals we need to be complete. This ancient art is now used in medicine to restore the body to its natural state and help people achieve a healthier and more serene state.
What are Yin and Yang?
The concept of yin and yang is based on the idea that different, sometimes opposing, forces can attract, coexist, and complement each other. Day and night is an example: there can be no shadow without light.
Yin symbolizes the earth, femininity, darkness, passivity, and absorption while yang is defined as sky, masculinity, light, activity, and penetration.
The balance of yin and yang is essential. If yin is stronger, yang will be weaker, and vice versa. It is important to know that yin elements can contain some yang parts, and yang can have some yin components, this is what allows the opposite energies to coexist harmoniously.
Why and how to apply feng shui in your daily life?
Very often, when a person wants to change and improve their daily life, they focus mainly on their individual energy, for example by changing their diet, trying to change their behavior, or adopting practices such as yoga and meditation. Usually, these changes stop at the physical body and leave out the living space. However, the living space represents a major element of daily life that should not be underestimated when we want to recharge our batteries and bring positive energy into our lives.
Our advice to adopt a healthier lifestyle thanks to feng shui
The benefits of practicing feng shui in your home are endless. The home is a reflection of one’s own personal energy and no matter what improvements and changes one wishes to make, feng shui is a powerful tool to achieve your goals and harmonize your life. Here are some useful and practical tips to start practicing this ancestral Chinese philosophy today to finally feel in deep harmony with all the energies that surround us.
1. Keep your home clean and tidy
To promote mental clarity and well-being, it is important to get into the habit of cleaning your home every day. Not only does this reduce stress and anxiety, but it is also an effective technique for maintaining order in your life. A clean and tidy space gives you the best chance to start your day in a good frame of mind and improve your productivity. A little tip: cleaning your windows regularly improves the sunlight in your home!
2. Create a welcoming and spacious entrance
In feng shui, your entrance represents the way energy enters your home and your life. The front door is said to be the “mouth of the Chi.” Logically, the entryway is the first point of departure when you want to create good feng shui in your home.
Many objects tend to accumulate at the front door. So you can start by de-cluttering and removing all those unused items to make your entryway a warmer and more harmonious space.
3. Adding plants to your home
Plants embody life energy, so they will bring freshness and vitality to your home. The ability of plants to purify the air promotes oxygenation, which is the basis of a positive feng shui for health and well-being. In practical terms, plants are living objects and can revive tired or lifeless spaces. Because they are constantly changing and growing, they also promote daily action.
4. Harmonize colors
Color is one of the easiest ways to apply the principles of feng shui to your home. It is also one of the most effective feng shui adjustments because light and color are the essences of our vision. It is therefore important to take the time to select and harmonize the colors of your home. For example, for a warm and familial living space, we favor the combination of blue and grey which invites harmony and conviviality.
5. Integrate the “five elements” in your space
The principles of feng shui also focus on the five elements: earth, metal, water, wood, and fire. For example, wooden furniture, a fireplace, or a garden with trees support this principle of the 5 elements. In other words, interior design and decoration must be based on these five elements in order to optimize a better flow of energy.
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