The Fundamentals of Feng Shui

Intentional living is a philosophy I’ve embraced—and taught—for a long time. When we are intentional about the choices we make, when we examine the meaning behind them, we create positive ripples that extend far beyond that initial decision. 

Applying intentional choices to our living spaces can do the same thing for our lives. Feng shui, which translates to wind and water, creates harmony between people and their environments by directing the energy of the space. It empowers us to make our indoor and outdoor spaces into soulful sanctuaries where we disconnect from the noisy world: places where we feel at peace, where energy flows freely on the path leading us to greater health, wealth and happiness. 

While I originally started learning about the “western” version of feng shui back in the early 2000’s, I chose to become certified in the classical, traditional school of feng shui. In this method, we always begin with a compass reading of your front door, which helps us customize your overall plan specifically for your house.

(No “one size fits all” solutions here!)

You may have considered feng shui before but thought, “This is too woo-woo for me.” Or even, “This is just interior design. How can the placement of a plant change the way I feel about my job?”

It’s true, I do like to incorporate a little bit of woo in my life—I have a few crystals, I like the chakras and singing bowls, I just bought my first salt lamp (and really love it!)—but that isn’t the foundation of the work I do with feng shui.

It’s similar to my yoga practice.

When I teach yoga, I prefer talking about the philosophies behind the practice, translating those into practical and useful lessons on how to live one’s life off the mat, and that’s how I operate as a practitioner of feng shui, as well.

I use the philosophy and principles to bring your life into better harmony and balance, but I’m not going to call in your spirit guides or ancestors or dance naked under the full moon to get there.

I’m about the here and now, about day-to-day practical actions and decisions that lead to a more balanced life and home.

My focus is on answering these key questions: 

What can we do in this moment to improve our lives and the lives of those around us, near and far? 

and

How can we connect our mind, body and spirit into the physical spaces where we spend our days?

Small, simple intentional shifts can create huge changes: in the energy around us, in how we feel emotionally and physically, in how we conduct our daily activities, even just how we feel getting out of bed in the morning, starting a new day. 

So what does it look like to do feng shui with me?

When we work together, I’ll start by looking at every space in your home, how it’s laid out, every dark corner and vaulted ceiling. Where does the light land, and where are the spots that you feel most comfortable?

As we navigate this space, we’ll also consider what’s happening right now in your life, your environment, work, health, relationships, finances. What do you love? What is challenging for you? What’s going right? What’s going wrong? What are your hopes and dreams, your goals?

From there, I’ll create a plan to bring your home and life into balance and harmony. This can include mapping out new places for your furniture, decluttering and organizing your storage, and reassigning spaces that seem incongruous (for example, moving an office into a bedroom or vice versa).

We’ll look at all of the items you own and think about why you have them, discovering the purpose behind everything in your home. We can decide what to keep and what no longer serves you—and what can serve others in its second (or third or fourth) life through donation.

Every move, every aspect of reorganization, will depend on how the house is laid out, where rooms are located (based on compass direction) and what we can do in those areas to bring them into balance.

If this seems like a huge undertaking, that’s because it is. But it doesn’t have to happen all at once.

I’ll meet you where you are.

Understanding that this is a process, I know that you may not be able to make every recommended remedy. We’ll prioritize what actions or adjustments will have the biggest impact on your life and create a to-do list of realistic goals and activities together. 

If, after some time living in your space, you find you’re once again feeling unbalanced or like your life has gone awry, it may be a sign for us to reconnect and discuss the changes that can help bring your space back in alignment.

Because feng shui is an ongoing process, I’m available for annual assessments to examine what shifts need to be made based on changes in your life and habits or on the Chinese New Year, which may throw some of our original adjustments out of alignment as the remedies can change from year to year.

If you’re ready to learn more about what feng shui can do for you, please reach out! I’m thrilled to support you in living a better, more harmonious life.