How To Feng Shui Ways Your Home into A Spiritual Sanctuary?
The world is a stressful place, no doubt about it. Of course, all of the stress and anxiety produced by your external surroundings depends on where you live, but it is always there. Reminders of things you “must” have, what as the latest gadget or latest outfit, assault your senses repeatedly. What if you want to live a simple life? Feng Shui, ancient Chinese philosophy, and a way of life have several ways you may accomplish making the home into a spiritual sanctuary.
Feng Shui concerns itself with people and how their surroundings affect them, specifically the Qi, or energy around them. Here are some things you can do to create a sense of peace.
#1. The garden outside your home
What comes inside your home originates from external influences. Why not make those influences peaceful? A garden may be an oasis of peace. Feng Shui is based on the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. It is good to keep these in balance; however, some places work better with a dominant element.
Earth is all around in a garden, whether a plant or a rock-based garden. Either one offers stability and calmness. Wood is found in plants, of course, and it symbolizes new beginnings and new life.
Each element is associated with materials, colors, and shapes, so take care of the blossoms’ colors and what shapes the leaves come in. In the form of fountains or ponds, water is highly recommended for a spiritual sanctuary, as water is a valuable element in meditation.
Metal is not recommended in the garden, as it is not as restful. Fire breathes life into space in small amounts, such as a few candles or a few red-colored flowers. Too much fire and restfulness are gone.
#2. Invite good energy
Your front door is the most crucial feature regarding energy flow. A phrase used in Feng Shui to describe the front door is the “Mouth of Chi (Qi).” It is the portal where all good and bad energy comes into the home.
To ensure the energy is positive, keep your front path and door clean, in good repair, and well-lit. Remember to replace welcome mats as they become worn; if something is broken, waste no time replacing them. Plants are welcome, but make sure the leaves are not spiky or thorny, as this generates negative energy.
Paint your front door a color that corresponds with the direction it faces: East, greens; South, reds; West; whites and grays; North, black, and dark blues.
#3. Declutter your home to Feng Shui your Home into a Spiritual Sanctuary
Feng Shui teaches that energy must have clean and clear pathways to flow correctly; therefore, if your home hasn’t been cleaned well in a while, now is the time to start. Begin with the front of the house and work back. Take small steps and breaks so as not to feel defeated before you even begin. There are many websites filled with advice on how best to do this. One approach is setting a timer and separating things into piles: trash, charity, and clean.
When time is up, throw away the trash, load up the car with items for charity (or arrange ahead of time for someone else to pick up the charity items to take off some of the stress), and clean the remainder. Involve the entire family.
It will go faster, and if there is a reward at the end, it could even be fun. Go room by room, and before you know it, your home will be clean and clutter-free. Once your home is clean, please give it a good airing out regularly. Stagnant air is also bad for energy flow.
#4. Set aside a room for meditation
This does not have to be an ample space; a converted closet could work, as long as it is comfortable. Please keep it simple and free of distractions. It does not matter what belief system you follow; this is a room where you or anyone in the family may go to relax and let go of the world for a few minutes every day.
Paint the walls a neutral earth tone color to suggest grounding and calm. A water feature is a welcome addition, as long as the sound is pleasant and not a distraction. The water element has long been associated directly with mediation, so touches of dark blue or black in the room are also welcome.
Other than the sounds of water, it should be a tranquil space. Meditation takes some getting used to, but the act of letting go of all thoughts, worries, and stress is perfect for you. This is an essential addition if your goal is to create a spiritual sanctuary.
#5. Make the bedroom an oasis of peace
Since you spend most of your life in the bedroom (if you count the number of hours you sleep), this room is also crucial to your spiritual and physical health. Where you place your bed has a significant impact. According to Feng Shui principles, the bed’s head must be against a wall or a corner.
It cannot be directly under a window, face away from the door, or share a wall with a bathroom. The reason for all of this? Promoting a feeling of security and sound sleep. There is an innate sense of being aware of your surroundings.
When your back is against a wall, you do not have to worry about someone or something coming up behind you. As for the bathroom? If your head is by this wall, every time someone flushes turns on a faucet, or takes a shower, the noise has a good chance of interrupting your sleep.
Feng Shui suggests it is terrible physical and spiritual hygiene as well. Something else you can do to add a sense of security is add a headboard made of natural materials, such as wood. Padded headboards add comfort.
While the water element is not welcome in the bedroom because it may lead to lung conditions and lethargy, the earth element (earth tone colors, mountain scenes in artwork, etc.) is a great choice.
The wood element aids health and healing; green sheets are an excellent addition if you or your partner suffer from any ailment. Lastly, keep televisions, computers, and other electronic gadgets out of the bedroom, especially when trying to rest. Not only are they distractions, but they disrupt good energy flow.
#6. Lighting choices make a difference
The lighting in space changes the mood and, therefore, the room’s energy. It is best to avoid bright artificial lights, such as fluorescent ones. Dimmer switches are relatively easy to install and are an excellent idea for every room.
That way, you control how much light is in the room and where. Dark corners are not healthy, but neither are overly bright spots. The best kind of light is natural light, of course. Again, the ability to adjust how much light is in the room is helpful, so options such as blinds are useful.