Feng Shui Friday – I see the light!

My husband showed me this awesome picture that one of our friends sent him (thanks for the inspiration Ian!). It’s a solar energy fuelled garden mirror that reflects the sun into your home. Such a brilliant idea!

I’m sure most of you have noticed the difference in feeling in a room that is dark and gloomy, and a room that is bathing in natural light. Walking into a sunlit room always makes me smile. It just feels better. Maybe it’s because we actually need sunlight for our survival? Without the sun we can not live, it’s as simple as that. Growing up in Sweden where it’s dark for half the year and then very light for the other half, I’ve certainly noticed the difference in how I felt. Even now living in Sydney I notice how much easier it is to get up in the morning now that the light is returning.

So no wonder that lighting and natural light in a home is such an important aspect of the atmosphere.

If you don’t have enough natural light in your home, using artificial lighting in the form of various lamps will certainly make a difference for the ambiance. It might not have an effect on your health in the way that the sun does, and it certainly will help you feel more at home and happier.

You can of course also use light to create certain moods for certain occasions. I find that at night, especially in winter, I really enjoy candle light. It’s softer on the eyes and it has that cosy feeling, well it does for me anyway. And who can avoid being mesmerised and lose themselves at least a little while staring into an open fire?

Take a look at the light sources around you and notice how you feel in that space. Happy? Lighthearted? Heavy? Gloomy?

If you find that you feel uncomfortable at your desk for expamle, look at the lighting situation around you. In many modern offices lighting is actually appalling! Most of the light is coming from fluorescent lights that sit high above your head, and sometimes even shine you in the eyes. It’s also possible to be affected by too much, too bright daylight coming in through the windows. With the overhead lights and sunlight from windows, the best that you can sometimes do is move your desk a little. If that doesn’t work, ask if you can have the light moved, or if you can put some blinds or curtains up in the window. If lighting at your desk is not sufficient, that is much easier to rectify. Get an appropriate table lamp, and problem solved.

I encourage you to take a look around you, really look at the light where you spend your time. What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it? And what can you do to make it a way that you like and that serves you?

Happy Feng Shui Friday!

PS. For those of you who like the solar powered garden mirror idea, check out the Home Heliostat via the link below:

http://wikoda.com

The Sunflower - Home Heliostat from Wikoda

 

Feng Shui Friday – Yin and Yang

I hear lots of people refer to yin and yang these days, which is awesome! This means that the concept of these opposite and complimentary forces of the universe is becoming well known and something that people are resonating with. Yay! But what does it really mean?

Anything can be considered yin or yang depending on what you are comparing it to. For example, a flower is considered yang compared to a blade of grass and yin compared to a tree. Sometimes the definition yin or yang has got to do with size, but not always. There are also objects, feelings and actions that are generally considered yin or yang in nature. The moon is yin while the sun is yang for example. Here’s a short list with some more examples:

YANG:
– sun
– day
– masculine
– warm
– light
– active

YIN:
– moon
– night
– feminine
– cold
– dark
– passive

The concept of yin and yang comes from the Tao and it describes the law of unity of opposites, put simply, how opposites really only can exist in relation to each other. So in a way you can say that up creates down, high creates low, dark creates light and yin creates yang, and vice versa.

The qualities of yin and yang are complementary and they interact with each other within a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system. The yin and yang qualities can be stronger within specific objects and they often change over time.

Certain rooms of your house will have yang energy, while others are more yin. Generally speaking this comes down to the activities you do in these rooms and how often you spend time there. Your bedroom for example is yin as you sleep in there, while your living room often is yang as you spend your time there participating in different activities.

How can this knowledge benefit you? The main thing I would recommend is to look at the way you are utilising the rooms and spaces in your home, what do you want them to be? Active or relaxing? Then furnish and decorate according to the use of the space. Bright, uplifting colours in your office and living room. Calm, soothing colours in your bedroom or meditation nook.

You can change your mood and state of mind with colours and light, the brighter the light and colours, the more yang the energy and the more active you will feel in this space. The more soothing the colours and the more dimmed the lights, the more yin the energy and the calmer you will feel in this space.

Put this to practice and see how it works for you! Feel free to post and met me know how you go, I’d love to hear about it!

Happy Feng Shui Friday!

Yin Yang

Neo and Rufus sleeping together in a Yin - Yang pattern

 

 

Feng Shui Friday – Clean out your sock drawer

How is this related to Feng Shui I hear you ask? Let me tell you – it is!

Clutter is one of the worst enemies we can encounter when creating positive flow of Qi (energy). Why is that? It gets in the way, it weighs the energy down and it generally stops the flow. Not just the Qi flow, but also the flow of ideas, the flow of opportunities, the flow of inspiration and ability to take action. Clutter creates a negative, heavy and messy feeling wherever it is present. And it doesn’t work hiding it away behind closed doors or in shut drawers. The clutter is till there. And you know it!

I believe we’re all here to create something magical, wonderful and worthwhile. We’re here to give value to the people around us, our community, the world and ourselves. And clutter gets in the way of us doing that.

You might have a great idea that you’ve never actioned. You might have promised your kids you would do something for them. Or maybe your parents? Or you have a strict deadline, and still can’t seem to find the motivation to get to work. So you’re stuck in one way or another. You don’t know where to begin. You don’t know where to turn for inspirationā€¦

There is an easy solution! Clean or declutter something! It can be anything really.

I always suggest starting with your sock drawer. Why is that? It’s normally not a very big task. Most people haven’t done it in years. It may take you 15-30 minutes at the most and the result is amazing. You will not believe how such a small thing can make you feel so good and so light!

So there’s my tip for today. Whenever you’re stuck – clean or declutter something. This will bring in new ideas, fresh energy and it will inspire you to keep going. It’s a simple concept. And it works.

Happy Feng Shui Friday!