Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice of balancing the energy (or “qi”) in order to improve the life of the individual. It is meant to be practiced in one’s whole life, but more popularly, it’s a way of arranging one’s home to improve the balance and flow of this energy to bring good luck, fortune and happiness to the family.
Many people think that Feng Shui practices can be silly, and downright kooky. However, even if you do’t believe in energy and good fortune, there are still some Feng Shui ideas that make sense to adapt in your home. So, check out these Feng Shui ideas to put into practice at home.
Mirrors have a special meaning in Feng Shui. They are said the be the cure-all for almost anything that ails your home, and placing certain kinds of mirrors (like round framed mirrors) can be a good way to attract wealth, and putting them in your home in the wrong way (like facing a door) can drive good luck out of your home.
One practical Feng Shui advice you should take is having a mirror face the east. A mirror facing the east is said to bring good family health and life. However, practically speaking, a mirror facing the east can reflect lots of light in your living room, kitchen, dining room or bedroom in the morning, and can make waking up or having breakfast in the morning a more pleasant experience, as well as helping you get your day started.
Your bedroom is an important part of your over-all health. This is the place that should provide sensual energy, as well as healing properties. One of the Feng Shui ideas that you should adapt is the balance of the elements near your bed. Two nightstands on either side of your bed will help balance the qi around you while you sleep – and aesthetically speaking, it just looks good to have it symmetrical. Also, one of the practices of Feng Shui is to remove as many electrical appliances near the bed – that means no TVs, no radios, or cellphones. While this may seem silly, it also reduces the amount of EMFs (electromagnetic fields) you expose yourself to while you sleep. Also, without distractions like TV and your cellphone ringing in the middle of the night, you’re more likely to get a better, uninterrupted night’s sleep.
The Dining Room
Feng Shui tells us that there should always be some space in the middle of the room to allow qi to circulate. The dining room, however, is the one exception. The dining table should be in the middle of the room, and it should have ample space around it for the energy to move around. Of course, this makes sense because you don’t want to be bumping into walls or chairs when you’re trying to serve dinner. Also, the dining table should not have sharp edges (like square or rectangle dining tables) as this interrupts the flow of qi. Practically speaking, a round or circular table allows people to sit together closer and also because of the shape, everyone in the table can participate in the conversation.
If you want to adapt all of the Feng Shui practices, then of course you are free to do so. However, some of the practices actually do make sense, and you should consider using them in your own home.