Once again, I am very excited to share an article written by a contributing author, Helen Gaynor. She has done such an amazing job capturing the essence of Feng Shui. Enjoy!
Practicing Mindfulness both Inside and Outside of your Home
Mindfulness is one of the most important concepts to come out of Buddhism, and has grown into a worldwide movement that many individuals use to help them to relax and unwind, whilst enriching their lives and their mental well-being.
The art of mindfulness involves ensuring that you are constantly aware of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions in any given situation, and that you take the time to connect both with your inner self as well as the world around you at any moment. Because mindfulness involves connecting with the world around you, as well as connecting with your inner self, it perfectly complements the concept of Feng Shui, and of being aware about how you can harmonize with the environment inside your home. Mindfulness allows individuals to live to their fullest potential throughout every aspect of their life, whilst Feng Shui enables that potential to be reached and appreciated within the sanctuary of the home. By combining the dual spiritual practices of both mindfulness and Feng Shui, therefore, you are enabling your mind the space and awareness that it needs to ensure you can become the best possible version of yourself.
Built on Shared Principals
Mindfulness and Feng Shui are both built on shared principals that can be adapted and applied to ensure success in both practices. Allowing natural air and light into your home, for example, are both key Feng Shui principals, allowing practitioners to allow nature to become a part of their daily routine and encouraging individuals to bring light and creativity into their lives. From a mindfulness point of view, having an awareness of the light around you and of the breeze on your skin is also incredibly important in order to truly focus on what your body is feeling and experiencing at any given moment. Having plants in the home is also a key Feng Shui principal and for good reason: they provide a myriad of health benefits, can help to reduce feelings of anxiety, anger and sadness, and can also help to make smaller rooms look more spacious. In mindfulness terms though, owning houseplants is also massively beneficial as they provide a metaphor for life itself, giving you something to nourish, care for, and focus on the survival of besides yourself. When your plants flourish you will feel a huge sense of positive wellbeing and success in your achievements: key to mindful living.
Declutter your Home. Declutter your Mind
There is a strong link between mindful awareness and overall wellness: whilst research into this subject is relatively new, the research that has been conducted shows that the more mindful you are, the more likely you are to have a higher level of general health and well-being. For that reason, ridding your home of clutter is an ideal first step to take if you wish to ensure that you home is as cleansed as possible. Clutter in the home is often representative of clutter in the mind: not ideal in an environment where either mindfulness or Feng Shui should be practiced. By ridding yourself of clutter, you are also ridding yourself of stress and of an emotional, as well as physical, weight that you simply no longer need to have in your life. Clutter doesn’t just disrupt the flow of your space and make your environment look and feel untidy. It also represents your own life, showing a lack of engagement with the world around you and a lack of desire to be mindfully aware of the home you are living in and the way that it looks, both to you and to those visiting.
Feng Shui and Mindfulness are both ancient arts that should be practiced and treated with respect. They are also ancient Eastern practices that can be comfortably practiced in conjunction to ensure that every aspect of your life is as calm, controlled and self-aware as possible. By letting Feng Shui into your home, you will find that the door is already open to letting mindfulness into your life, and that by doing so, you will find your life is more enriched than ever before.