Feng shui is the Chinese tradition of balancing your surroundings to increase well-being and benefits associated with your health, finances, business, personal relationships, and more. The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English. (1)
There are many ways to create good feng shui in your home, starting with your bedroom. Try moving the bed around so that both sides are away from the wall and the headboard is against it. Feng shui practitioners also suggest placing your bed where you will have a clear vision of the door, but not directly in line with it. Next, bring symmetry to the room with artwork, bedside tables, lamps, and pillows to reflect the balance you want in all areas of your life.
If possible, you should also focus on getting plenty of natural light. This is one area where ancient traditions meet modern scientific understanding. In fact, lighting has a profound effect, not only our moods, but also on our productivity. (2)
The entryway of your home should welcome guests and allow positive energy (or “qi”, pronounced CHEE) to flow. Commit to keeping the doorway clear of shoes, packages, bags, etc. and use a mirror to open the space and indicate you are expanding opportunities in your life. Also, consider purchasing and placing a fountain in the foyer. Flowing water is thought to represent wealth flowing in and may diffuse negative ions in the air.
Another area for self-improvement has recently been made popular by Japanese author and organization consultant, Marie Kondo (3). Decluttering is key to implementing feng shui and allowing energy to flow freely in your home. Donate clothing that is not worn very often and empty your drawers and shelves of items you do not need. Rid yourself of the old and make room for new things in your life.
These steps are just the starting point for bringing good energy into your home and making it evolve as you do. For more ideas, check out https://www.inspiredeverydayliving.com/2010/12/02/five-simple-feng-shui-practices-to-change-your-life/.