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The peaceful history of Feng Shui its surprising benefits

It’s a lot more than just a pretty space.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Sep 19, 2022

I moved into my new apartment 14 months ago, and the journey to getting it completely decorated with furniture, art, plants, and what makes me happy has been a real lesson in patience. Prior to moving in, I dreamed of living alone and having a space that felt completely like me. Although I’m closer than I was 14 months ago, I’m realizing that creating balance and harmony, also known as Feng Shui, is actually really difficult.


As creative as I am, I thought a good flow would come quite naturally, but that really hasn’t been the case. I really love my space, but the home itself doesn’t seem to have the vibe I’m after. I have contemplated adding in new furniture, rugs, or art to help pull the room together, but it has become apparent that I need to train myself on how to do so. For that, I’ve been looking into Feng Shui—and how to do it properly.


What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui—a traditional Chinese art meaning “the way of wind and water”—looks at the organization and unity of objects, furniture, and buildings. The ultimate goal of this ancient art is to create harmony, balance, and peace. In Asian cultures this is called Tao, meaning “the way.”


It is essentially the most optimal way to live in harmony, in any space you enter. The tradition is based in chi, made of yin and yang elements that are total opposites, but somehow compliment each other perfectly. People believe when you balance yin and yang you can improve the flow of positive chi and keep out negative chi.


Originators believed that practicing positive chi would yield to good health, fulfilling relationships, and bring luck and wealth. There are, of course, some ground rules. For instance, some items should be placed near or far from doors and windows, since chi can enter and leave through those exits. The elements, fire, earth, wood, water, and metal, are said to work together to complete a system. When you Feng Shui a home, you must balance these 5 elements.


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If, like me, you would like to Feng Shui your home, you need to know about the commanding position—the furthest spot in the room from the door—and be diagonal from it. Ideally, this is where you will find the most peace in a room. Next, a bagua, meaning 8 areas, is the Feng Shui energy map of your home.



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