month guest writer Amy Connelly shares
her feng shui expertise about how to bring
spring inside your home.
the daylight starts to hold on a bit longer
each day and tiny buds appear on winter's
dormant trees, the natural human urge
to shake off winter and connect again
with the outdoors becomes stronger ~ until
we step foot outside and realize there's
still a few weeks of winter's chill left
in the air!
the ancient Chinese wisdom of feng shui
is one way to bring nature inside and
prepare for the dawning of spring.
Just as our personal energy varies day
to day depending on the food we eat, how
much sleep we've gotten and our emotional
outlook at a given time, our homes also
carry an energy that can be supportive
or draining. The quality of energy
in a home may depend on how organized
or cluttered it is, the types of colors
and patterns used, or the type of interactions
(quarreling, nurturing, joyous, etc) held
in the space.
balanced placement of 5 natural elements
~ water, wood, fire, earth and metal ~
feng shui can bring results that vary
between improved energy, stronger health
and relationships, or even increased financial
and personal rewards.
to bring the 5 elements of feng shui into
the home are to use:
associated with financial opportunity,
career, and life journey. Use blue
or deep toned colors with curved or flowing
a small fountain, glass objects, tables,
or mirrors (or any reflective surface)
to give a larger feel to a space.
Vases filled with water or other accents
with curved lines will also boost 'water'
associated with new beginnings, family,
and wealth. Use bright green colors
and column shapes.
~ Use live plants especially those that
are tall and have rectangular patters
or stripes. Wood surfaces such
as butcher block or bamboo also add 'wood
energy' to a space.
associated with clarity, knowledge, and
reputation. Bright tones, particularly
reds are great colors to use with triangle
~ Light candles, incorporate angles with
a triangle or diamond pattern, or utilize
accents of bright colors to add 'fire
energy' to your home.
associated with nurturing relationships,
health, and self-development. Warm
yellows and oranges are colors to use
with square shapes.
~ Use ceramic or terracotta planters,
fill a vase or surround a candle with
stone or sand, and incorporate pictures
of mountains or sandy beaches to provide
'earth energy' in a space.
associated with creativity, organization,
and rewards. White is a good color
to use for metal. Also incorporate
~ Metal sculptures or metal accents such
as cabinet and drawer pulls, picture frames,
or candle holders can increase the power
of 'metal energy' in your home.
don't have to use every suggestion listed
above. Simply picking your favorite
out of each grouping and finding a way
to incorporate that in your home can help
you create a more balanced indoor environment
that is in touch with the great outdoors.
You can even use one object to
capture more then one element.
For example, a round blue welcome mat
inside your door incorporates both the
metal element (in shape) and the water
element (in color).
a balance amongst the elements by using
each of them in harmony. You can
also focus on a particular area of your
life by adding more of the most strongly
associated element. For instance, if you
are looking to create opportunities or
change your career path, add the corresponding
element of water in multiple places or
in a few different ways within your space.
the energy of your space changes you!
This is exciting and powerful.
Get creative ~ there is no limit the results
you can enjoy, particularly when your
energy is in harmony with nature.
Connelly is a certified feng shui practitioner
and personal organizer. As owner
of the company 'centered spaces', Amy
creates home and office environments that
support the goals of the individuals who
live and work in that space. To
learn more or to request a consultation,