Luxurious Retreat Tips: Simple Feng Shui

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While writing my book, “Welcome Home“, I decided to include a page on easy ways to implement Feng Shui in your life every day.

Wikipedia definition:

Feng shui- (fung-shway / fung-shwee in English) is an ancient Chinese practice believed to utilize the Laws of both Heaven, (astronomy), and Earth, (geography), to help one improve life by receiving positive Qi. [1] The original designation for the discipline is Kan Yu (traditional Chinese: 堪輿; simplified Chinese: 堪舆; pinyin: kānyú; literally: heaven and earth)[2].

The words ‘feng shui’ literally translates as “wind-water”in English, which is a cultural shorthand taken from the following passage of the Zhangshu (Book of Burial) by Guo Pu of the Jin Dynasty:[3]

Most of today’s feng shui schools teach that it is the practice of arranging objects, (such as the internal placement of furniture in an environment,) to achieve harmony with one’s environment. It is also used for choosing a place to live, for plotting a burial site, and still others use it for agricultural planning. Proponents claim that feng shui has an effect on health, wealth and personal relationships.

Here are the simple tips I came up with:

  • Play calming music and nature sounds to encourage a more soothing environment.
  • Fresh flowers will lift your spirits.
  • Add the five elements to every room: water, fire, wood, metal and earth.
  • All televisions and electronic equipment should be housed in a cabinet with doors when not in use.
  • Only display positive, life affirming artwork in your home.
  • Don’t allow any clutter under the beds in your home.
  • Add candles to provide warmth, light and enchantment to any space.
  • Plants, windchimes, fishbowls with goldfish, miniature rock gardens, and indoor fountains delight and calm the senses.
  • Clear all counter tops and tables as much as possible.
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