Feng shui, yes way! Easy ways to usher in fresh vibes

We’re heading into autumn in Australia, but the sun is still shining! As we spend more time than ever in staycay mode, let’s capture those sunshiney vibes and invite fresh energy into the abode with easy feng shui.

WHAT IS FENG SHUI?

Feng shui (pronounced fung shway) is an ancient Chinese tradition that enhances the flow of energy (chi) in our surroundings. Sometimes we instinctively apply feng shui without even realising it – such as clearing clutter or bringing flowers or plants inside to enjoy.

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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT FENG SHUI
  • I’ve been a fan of feng shui ever since I discovered decluttering and minimalism years ago.  The sense of lightness, flow, abundance and beauty created when I remove anything that isn’t useful or beautiful makes my heart sing.
  • It ties in with feng shui’s principles of aligning furniture and the landscape to freshen energy and manifest abundance.

    Whether you’re inviting spring into your abode in the northern hemisphere, or ushering in the softness of autumn below the equator,  these tips will make hibernation at home much happier.

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    EASY WAYS TO FENG SHUI YOUR ABODE

    1.  BRING NATURE INSIDE

    Just looking at a vase of fresh blooms or a potted plant lifts our energy because the living life force energises chi.  Bushy, leafy plants help reduce noise, absorbing sound waves from the air.  Use spiky plants with pointy leaves (think dracaenas or cacti) where you want dynamic yang energy, or softly shaped palms, peace lilies and ferns where you want soothing yin energy. 

    2.  ADD SUNLIGHT

    Natural sunlight is the biggest disperser of negative, stuck and dirty energy.  Vitamin D energises, refreshes and lifts the spirits.  Open your windows, blinds, curtains and doors to allow direct and indirect sunlight in as often as possible. Consider installing a sunlight in a dark room. 

    Byron Bay interior style feng shui tropical plants plantation shutters3.  CREATE AMBIENCE

    Light fragrant, natural candles to usher in the evening - their flickering light gives subtle movement to a room.  My favourite scents mimic the seasons - citrus or floral in summer and amber or chai in winter. Burn sandalwood incense to cleanse a room after an argument. Use lights to create atmosphere, dispel negative energy and mimic sunlight where it is lacking. 

    4.  CLEAR CLUTTER AND REMOVE RUBBISH

    Chi can’t move freely where there’s mess, resulting in stagnant, negative energy in both your surroundings, life and finances. Clutter hotspots can be your wardrobe, under beds, the pantry and kitchen bench. Remove rubbish daily and clear countertops + table tops to refresh and energise living spaces.

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    5.  REPAIR WHAT’S BROKEN

    Broken items emit ‘broken’ energy.  Repair broken furniture, clothing and vehicles to bring the energy of wholeness and good order to both your possessions and life.

    6.  USE MIRRORS

    Reflect a crystal chandelier or gorgeous garden view by hanging a mirror nearby to double the impact of positive, beautiful, fresh energy.

    7.  USE ART AND PHOTOS

    Images of peaceful scenes, romantic portraits, beautiful nature, happy smiling faces or memories usher in positive energy.   I keep photos of loved ones on my desk, screensaver and iPhone wallpaper, and always have walls adorned with uplifting artwork (usually my own).

    8.  MINIMISE TECHNOLOGY

    Anything that uses electricity creates electromagnetic fields (EMFs) which are detrimental to your health.  Sit at least a metre away from any source and place a potted plant or two next to your computer and television to counter some of the effects.

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    See you soon | À bientôt

    Barbara

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