5 Feng Shui Tips For Your Living Room
Feng shui, pronounced “fung shway,” is an ancient Chinese art developed thousands of years ago. It is a collection of complex teachings that reveal how to balance the energies residing in any space, in order to ensure optimal health and good fortune for all living within that space.
This ancient Chinese art has long become a part of mainstream culture, and terminology, however, when literally translated in Chinese ‘Feng ‘means wind, and ‘Shui’ water. It has been derived from the Taoist understanding and wisdom of nature, especially the notion of the ‘Chi’ or energy being alive and filling the atmosphere. Both wind and water are connected with good health. Generally, good Feng Shui meant good fortune, while bad Feng Shui meant bad luck and misfortune.
“The home must be kept clean and free of chaos in order for the Chi to flow freely around objects and between furniture”
Here are five Feng Shui tips for your living room
Simply begin by standing at the entrance of your living room, picture energy as water flowing into your living room. Would the stream flow smoothly and freely? Or would it get struck or will it rush out either through a window or door already aligned with door where you stand.
A clean environment is a very important step in the journey to improving your chi. Very often positive energy cannot flow through a place filled with dirt and clutter. So your first Feng Shui tip is to start cleaning your living room and home now! And it doesn’t stop there, additionally ‘cleaning’ applies to your mental state, neutralize any negative energy in your life. This may include bad habits, friends and all that could clog or has been clogging your chi flow and ultimately state.
After cleaning, it’s important to begin empty as this gives you power to observe things grow, you can observe which objects change or interrupt the energy flow. People should be able to walk through your living room, comfortably, if they can’t, so can’t the chi or energy. All arrangements, from floor to furniture, should create a natural pathway.
The Front Door
Feng Shui teaches that the front door is the entrance of all opportunities and energies. The entrance to your living room must at all-time be well lit therefore very well lit and displaying and reflecting a happy and welcoming feeling. A gloomy and dark entrance will discourage the chi or energy flow.
Never place a seat so that someone’s back is to the door or window. This creates negative energies from the person sitting there. Most people would naturally choose not to seat there. You should keep the chairs, sofas and couches in a way that faces the main door. Feng Shui dictates that at all times people seated in the living room area should have a clear sight of the door.
Be very selective when arranging your living room. Always remember the lesser the objects, the better. Arrangement of furniture should be pushed against a wall and in a circular and octagonal shape; this fosters a relaxed and comfy feeling.
Cheer the Wall up
Hanging a family photograph or a picture of a tree at the east wall inspires family togetherness. And a picture of a lake or water falls on the north wall favors career improvement.
Experts believe that when every corner of the living room is lit, it generates peace, good luck and harmony. Therefore it is important to place special attention to the dark corners or areas of your living room. Plants, especially ones with round leaves, lamps and mirrors can transform dark corners into spaces that emit chi.
Feng Shui pays particular attention to the fireplace because it can be the central focus of the living room. If your place doesn’t have one, make provisions for one to be created, it stimulates and increases happy living, providing good chi flow.
Balance Yin and Yang
This is about balancing the energies in your living room area. Balance the vertical with the horizontal items, soft and hard elements. If you have a bright room carpet, use soft colored cushions to bring balance, and if you have short things be sure to add tall things to bring about a state of equilibrium. It will bring a feeling of goodness will abound.
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