Creating Good Vibes

(February 24, 2017 )

Why do we feel so good after thoroughly cleaning a messy room, shifting furniture to enhance space or adding aesthetically pleasing decorating touches to our home? The Chinese call it good Fung Shui (pronounced “fung shway”). This centuries-old Chinese method of achieving physical and spiritual harmony by altering the energy, or chi, in one’s surroundings is catching on across the country. Keep reading to learn how to better the Feng Shui on your life.

“Feng Shui can be applied to one desk, one room, or the entire house,” says Mala Narrol, a feng shui consultant. Here are some general principles that can be used to create good vibes in your home or office.
  • Clear the Clutter: If you have trouble getting through your house, so will the good energy.
  • Create a safe Environment: A well-lit house with a front walk in good repair and a sturdy railing projects a feeling of good feng shui.
  • Keep your Surroundings Spacious: “Contorting your body to squeeze between furniture is bad for your chi and ultimately may lead to physical problems,” says Narrol.
  • Replenish your energy by adding lush plants like ferns and palms to your office or home. (Avoid sharp-edged plants like cacti).
  • Suspend wind chimes on your front porch or in doorways, hallways, and other high traffic areas to create harmonious energy.
  • “Position mirrors so that the reflection doesn’t cut off the top of any of the occupant’s heads and deplete their chi,” says Simon Brown in Thorson’s Principles of Feng Shui.
  • Hang crystals in the window of a room that has dark corners of feels dull. This will help to move more chi energy into the room.
  • “Keep your toilet seat lid down, your bathroom door closed and your shower curtains drawn; otherwise, energy, health, and money may drain away,” says James Allyn Moser, founder of Feng Shui Warehouse in San Diego, California.