In our fast-paced world, we often forget how important it is to slow down and take time to recharge and rejuvenate. Taking care of your environment can be one of the quickest methods of reducing stress and reconnecting with nature.
Having a comfortable home or workspace not only provides you with a place that you feel happy and excited to return to each day, but it can also trigger the physiological release of endorphins in response to being in a beautiful space.
If you’re looking to transform your current environment into one that is truly comfortable, read on for some insight into the different types of Feng Shui and tips on how you can implement them into your home or workspace.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is a practice that involves the placement of objects, colors, and symbols in a room to produce good luck and bring peace to the occupants of the space. Feng Shui is a ‘charm’ or ‘simulative’ technique that is based on the idea that everything in the environment affects the occupants of the space.
The practice of Feng Shui dates back thousands of years and is based on the belief that an environment can affect the occupants of the space in positive ways and create a more comfortable space to live or work in.
Types of Feng Shui
There are many different Feng Shui techniques that practitioners can use to create a more comfortable environment and increase the luck of the occupants.
– The Five Elements: The five element theory is one of the most basic Feng Shui techniques and is based on the belief that everything in the space affects the occupants. It is believed that the five elements of nature – Metal, Water, Wood, Earth, and Fire – create a ‘chi’ or ‘essence’ that is captured in any space.
This essence can be positive or negative and is influenced by the placement of all the items in the environment. For example, red color in a space creates negative ‘fire’ energy and is believed to bring bad luck.
– The Four Stages of Life: According to the four stages of life theory, spaces are designed for different stages of life. It is believed that ‘youth’ is represented by the first stage of life where energy is creative and risk-taking, the second stage of life that is marked by responsibilities, the third stage associated with wisdom, and the final stage of life that is when we relax and let go. It is believed that the transition between each of these stages is when we are most receptive to new experiences and is the ideal time to decorate a space.
– The Twelve Days Of Christmas: Many cultures believe that the twelve days of Christmas are associated with the months of the year. It is believed that on the first day of Christmas, a Feng Shui consultant will be born and this is an ideal time to decorate a space.
Tips for Creating a Truly Comfortable Environment
Find a relaxed space to work in – Make sure that you have a space in the home where you feel relaxed. If you are working in a space that makes you tense and stressed, you are only going to be frustrated with the results you achieve. When you find a space where you feel relaxed and happy, you are much more likely to excel in your work.
Find a place to meditate – Finding a place where you can close your eyes and focus on your breathing is an ideal way to reduce stress and recharge your batteries. It is important to note that it is common to experience some degree of muscle tension while you are focusing on your breathing, so be patient with yourself and try not to judge how long you have been sitting on the spot.
Find a place to exercise – Regular exercise is an ideal way to reduce stress and re-energize yourself. It is important to find a space that you feel comfortable in and are happy to be in.
Turn off the TV – While it can be tempting to watch the news or a program that you find interesting, it is important to remember that this is associated with high levels of stress and will only add to your stress levels.
Keep your bedroom clean – It is common for people to develop high levels of stress when they are in a messy bedroom. Keeping your bedroom clean and free from clutter will make you feel much more relaxed while you are sleeping.
Harmony And Opposite sexes
When designing a space, it is important to consider the relationship between the different objects in the room. It is common for homes or workplaces to be designed with a ‘male’ or ‘female’ relationship between them. For example, a kitchen should be designed with the ‘female’ relationship with the stove, sink and fridge and the ‘male’ relationship between the kitchen wall and the countertops.
Disease Suzie And The Three Good Pigs
The story of the Three Good Pigs is a classic example of how the placement of objects in a home or workplace can have a significant impact on the luck and health of the occupants.
The Three Good Pigs refers to the relationship between the pig’s head, pig’s body, and pig’s feet.
The pig’s head represents the mind, the pig’s body represents the spirit and the pig’s feet represents the body. For example, it is common for offices or homes to be designed with a ‘male’ relationship between the pig’s head and the pig’s body. In this case, the pig’s head represents the mind and the pig’s body represents the physical body.
Creating a truly comfortable space requires a balance between the harmonious relationship between the different elements in the environment and the importance of having opposite sexes in the kitchen, office, or bedroom.
When designing a space, it is also important to consider the relationship between the pig’s head, pig’s body, and pig’s feet.