The art and science of Feng Shui literally translates to wind-water. It is a way to harmonize life with the environment. This is a practice that is thousands of years old and fairly complex. Energy, known as Qi (chi), is in your home and Feng Shui is a way to regulate that energy in a positive way to maximize the quality of life.
There are 5 natural elements associated with Feng Shui to help achieve positive energy in your home. They are, wood, water, earth, metal and fire.
1. Wood is associated with the colors green and brown and having living plants, wood and flowers in your home.
2. Water is associated with the colors blue and black and having water features, fountains and glass in your home.
3. Earth is associated with soft shades of yellow and orange as well as other earth tones. Brick, tile and ceramics in your home are also related to the earth element.
4. Metal is associated with the colors white and gray and having rocks and stones in your home.
5. Fire is associated with colors like red, purple, and bright yellows and oranges and sunlight in your home.
Adding any of these things to your home can contribute to more positive energy in your home.
Aside from things to add to your space, there's also things to consider removing that cause negative energy. Good indoor air quality is vital to positive energy. Discard toxic cleaning products and fresheners that contain Phthalates.
For any painting in the house look for zero-VOC brands. Fabrics on furniture among other things are sometimes treated with toxic flame retardant, so be aware before purchasing and choose a healthy option.
Lighting is also an important component- have bright lights and even full-spectrum lights. Of course natural sunlight is the best option, when possible.
You can even consult a trained practitioner to help you with analyzing how the energy moves through the space for a more elaborate approach.
Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.