Feng Shui Understands The Importance Of Beauty.
“Beauty is whatever gives joy.” –
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Recently, at a local artists Open Studios event, I was struck by how much we need beauty in our lives. Feng Shui knows we need beauty the way we need oxygen. We seek it out and celebrate it when we find it. Enjoying beauty is not self-indulgent, it is necessary.
Why? When we fully experience beauty, we are experiencing a “moment of pure psychological health. We effortlessly build a stronghold against the negative pressures that life inevitably brings.” – Paolo Ferrucci, What We May Be. When we take in beauty we are literally imprinting positive thoughts and feelings on our Unconscious. We need this to balance out the stressors and negativity we encounter daily. Experiencing beauty also pulls us out of ourselves and connects us with the larger world.
No need to worry about the “good taste” police, it is about what speaks to you. You know you have something beautiful when you find yourself “catching your breath” with pleasure. Tune inward and you will notice your energy (chi) rises. Beauty truly is in the experience of the beholder.
In ancient China, Taoist landscape artists sought to give each viewer a true experience of the scene portrayed, to bring them the essence of Nature. Children have an innate fascination with nature and the beauty it holds. Reclaim that wonder and look at the world around you. Bring this beauty into your home or office.
- Plants or flowers
- Objects that are made from natural materials: unpainted wood, clay, stone, and natural fiber fabrics.
- Mementos or photos of people, places and events that have a special place in your heart.
- Beauty for its own sake – objects you love simply because you find them beautiful.
- Handcrafted objects have a special meaning and Feng Shui energetic impact.
- If something no longer lifts your spirits, it is OK to let it go. We are all growing and changing, and our tastes change too. Make room for new inspirations.
- Look around you. Find the beauty there and bring it close to you. Nourish yourself.
Why Beauty is Important and How to Bring it into Your Daily Life
In Your Bedroom
The first thing we see in the morning sets our thoughts and feelings for the day ahead. The last thing we see at night prepares us for sleep and dreams. Use this insight to consciously place things where you will see them. Bring the best thoughts, feelings and energy into your daily life.
If your first view in the morning is:
- Your bedside table – after a bleary look at your alarm clock, what do you see? Place special framed photos here, or a visual reminder of something you are grateful for.
- A wall – hang a picture that you really like, or something relating to that part of the Ba-Gua.
- A window – this is really ideal, you have a direct connection to Nature. Look up and see the sky.
Bring Beauty Into Your Office
- Instead of using an ordinary coffee mug as your pencil holder, how about a beautifully crafted wooden or pottery container.
- Photos, postcards and prints can be placed on your office or cubicle walls
- Place a picture that is relaxing on the wall where you look up from your computer screen, rest your eyes and mind.
See your personal treasures with new eyes.
The most enjoyable part of my consultations with clients is finding new ways to display their personal treasures. This gives new life and a sense of enjoyment to my clients’ homes.
Have artwork and heirlooms you don’t know what to do with, or have been overlooked?
Contact me for a consultation to bring your beautiful things into the light and enjoy them anew.
image by denise carbonell