Feng Shui Friday
Fifteen years ago when I first started studying feng shui I knew that it involved energy and placement but I didn’t know much more than that. At the time I lived close to San Francisco, a place well known for it’s holistic approach to life and interiors. I can’t remember exactly how it all started, but within a year I had ten textbooks on feng shui that I read cover to cover. I was drawn to it’s simplicity and practicality, to me it just made sense. Recently, as I watched Clint Eastwood’s new movie “Trouble with the Curve” I had to laugh as he explained to John Goodman that his beat up apartment (due to his lack of sight) was a new decorating style, fung schmay. If Clint Eastwood knows about it, we’ve gone main stream! haha
Simply put, feng shui (pronounced Fung Sch-way) is a practice that studies how we arrange things in our life to enhance the overall quality of our lives. It is a holistic practice meant to balance our inner and outer world to create harmony. One of my favorite quotes by best selling author Terah Kathryn Collins is ” You must let go of the worthless to make room for the priceless”. Meaning, you cannot fill your home with just stuff that holds no meaning, because we all know that what you put out is what you get back. Over the past couple of years I have seen many people do this. They make a mad dash to the store to fill their house full of worthless items that within a few years gets thrown away or given away. But have you ever stopped to think about how those items make you feel? For example, does that cheap vase from TJ MAXX really uplift your spirit?
Let go of the possessions that make you feel poor, remind you of a bad time in your life (like a divorce, a death, illness, etc), or no longer work. Get rid of those items that you keep around “just in case”, they do not serve you. When you surround yourself with items of meaning, that make your heart sing, your home becomes a joyful place. Curate your space over time, collect and find pride in purchasing things that have meaning. Everything that lives with you holds memories, associations and feelings, so it is vital that your impressions of your possessions be positive. What are your’s saying to you?