Feng Shui is a fascinating, ancient, and mystical practice for attracting greater health, wealth, and well-being into one’s life by addressing certain aspects of the energy in one’s home and/or place of business. The practice can include altering the furniture placement, colors, accessories, or objects in your environment and even addressing the position of one’s home or building on its site. Feng Shui is a practice tied to Chi, or the universal energy, that’s inside of and flowing through and around everything on the earth plane, including our bodies.
Feng Shui, literally translated, means “wind and water” and refers to the movement of energy through nature’s topography: valleys, mountains, oceans, rivers, rocks, plants, and all planetary forms and expressions, such as our weather, atmosphere, and our planet’s energy meridians. So, reduced to its simplest forms, Feng Shui is about energy, the movement of energy. It stands to reason then that greater, more-balanced energy in our direct environment improves our relationships and feelings and contributes to a more healthful life.
If, for example, a room is dark, stale, and dusty, this carries an energetic frequency, one of a more negative bent. This kind of room weakens the Chi and, depending on the circumstances, can negatively affect your health and relationships. If, on the other hand, a room is sunny, clean, and the layout invites one to enter and relax, this contributes to brighter, more free-flowing thoughts, feelings, and expressions. This is a healthier room and will affect us in more positive ways. In Feng Shui, certain regions in the home, based on a specific geometric grid, directly affect various areas of your life: Health, Career, Relationships, Success, and so on.
Feng Shui fascinates me and although I’m a complete lay-person in the practice, several times per year, I’ll grab my Feng Shui books off of the shelf and leaf through them with an eye toward improving the energy in my home. When I recently pulled down one of my favorite books on the topic, Lillian Too’s coffee table book, it occurred to me that it might be interesting to think about how Feng Shui principles could be directed to one’s body. A quick Internet search revealed just a few books (with not great reviews, honestly) and even fewer practitioners of this aspect of Feng Shui, not the wealth of information that I honestly expected. So, this post contains my anecdotal ideas for how to apply Feng Shui to the body.
- Diet – It probably goes without saying, but I’m a gonna say it anyway: cleaner, higher-quality food contributes to greater health. Eating a balanced diet is vital to good Feng Shui for the body. Foods vibrate. They do. If you are even moderately sensitive, you can look at various foods and feel their level of vibration. For some, fats and heavy foods are a vibratory match, while for others, a diet of leafy greens and vegetables are the right vibration for their body. Your body tells you what foods are a better fit for you. Ask yourself: “How do I feel when I eat this?” What gets my energy moving best? Proteins? Carbohydrates? Ask your body for its opinion. It will tell you. For me, lean proteins and vegetables do the trick. But, this differs for every person. Not everyone can or even should be vegan or vegetarian, but you might do well to monitor the way you feel after eating different foods and eat more foods that match your vibration.
- Exercise – Again, I’m harping on a similar refrain that we hear from society all of the time, but there is a good reason for it. Moving our bodies is simply one of the best ways to get energy moving inside of us. Feng Shui is all about moving energy and actively creating environments and situations that augment instead of hamper your energy. It’s about creating more opportunities for Chi to flow. Exercise is a great way to do that. I’m all for moving the body because I feel better when I move. Good body Feng Shui has to include exercise and the resultant deep breathing and healthfulness that it engenders.
- Clothing -Clothes that restricts blood flow and shoes that throw our spines out of whack are bad Feng Shui. Period. High heels damage our feet, change our gait, and hurt our hip and back alignment. Yes, current fashion rules dictate ridiculously tight, skinny-jeans, high-heels, and corset-tight tops, but this stuff is not good for our bodies and we know it. To have good body Feng Shui means that we do not force our bodies to wear things that are harmful to it or that will throw our system out of alignment. Again, ask yourself how you feel in different kinds of clothes, fabrics, and even colors. Your body will tell you.
- Friends and Acquaintances – This is a biggie. Feng Shui for the body has to include an analysis of the people with whom we surround ourselves and the kinds of relationships that we maintain. Some good things to ask: Am I happy with the people in my life? Am I maintaining any relationships that drain my energy or flat-out damage my sense of self-worth? Am I secure, loved, and supported in my relationships? People often maintain relationships for less-than-ideal reasons, two of the biggest being fear of hurting others or fear of being alone. But, our closest relationships reflect the quality of our lives, our decisions, and processes in life. Higher-quality people around us means that we’re making healthier decisions and inviting better energy.
Feng Shui for the body makes perfect sense. If we are going to use various methods to address the energy flow in our environment, it stands to reason that it’s a good idea to use the same, or similar, methods to address the energy in our bodies and personal lives. Addressing the areas where we can clean up the flow of energy is a good idea for all aspects of our lives. If we create more harmonious, healthier circumstances for the body, it improves the quality of our expressions; it clears the path for greater abundance, compassion, and peace. We are clearer and brighter and happier. Now, let’s go get our Chi on and do some Feng Shui for our lovely bodies!
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