Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics based on harmonizing the energies of the environment to improve quality of life and promote health, prosperity and well-being. The word "Feng Shui" literally translates from Chinese as "wind and water."
Feng Shui and its basic principles
Feng Shui believes that the flow of vital energy, known as "qi", affects the quality of daily life and that by consciously regulating the environment, this flow of energy can be improved. Some of the basic principles of Feng Shui include:
Yin and Yang: Balancing opposing energies, yin (feminine, receptive) and yang (masculine, active), to achieve harmony.
The five elements - wood, fire, earth, metal and water - are used to balance and harmonize spaces.
Bagua: An octagon used to designate certain areas of a home or space and assign them goals related to aspects of life such as health, wealth, relationships, etc.
Orientation: The direction and arrangement of objects and structures for use or correction of environmental influences.
Eliminating clutter: Keeping the space tidy and clean so that energy can flow freely.
Feng Shui is used both in architecture and in furniture arrangement and interior decoration. Many people use the principles of Feng Shui to design homes, offices and other spaces to enhance positive energy and create a harmonious environment.
5 Feng Shui ideas for your home
To follow this philosophy in your home, simply apply the principles of Feng Shui. Some suggestions are easier than others, but they're worth a try:
1. Clean the house and keep everything in order so that the energy can flow and does not stagnate.
2. Cleanse the main entrance to welcome the year with prosperity and so that negative energy can easily leave.
3. Do not obstruct the passing areas so that the energy flows in the same way. Placing objects or plants in hallways should be avoided.
4. Light scented candles for Chinese New Year to attract good luck. The most recommended ones are with cinnamon, lavender and mint aromas.
5. Attach the headboard to the wall. According to this philosophy, the headboard of the bed acts as protection and also advises access to the bed from both sides.