Even if you’re not a yogi, you can feel the effects of imbalance in your space. Often, you can’t exactly put your finger on it. You just feel “off” or you just wish you could feel more peaceful, and have a little more tranquility at home. Or maybe you have plenty of that and wish for more joy, fun, or relationship!
Energetically, when elements in a home aren’t balanced, that’s exactly what happens. You may feel an imbalance in:
Clutter vs. Space
This looks like stuff “out of bounds” stacked on top of surfaces, on the floor, and overflowing from closets, dressers and storage spaces. Papers, stacked, leaning toward the floor (or recycling container). Dressers that can’t close easily because there are too many things inside, and mementos, especially photos, holding court in the basement or attic. EDIT your belongings so that you are only keeping the things you need or love. Everything else has to go!!!!
Light vs. Dark
When there is not enough light or windows in a space, the room takes on a quality of a cave, feels dark and usually stuck. This may include rooms with low ceilings, dark paint or paneling, poorly placed lighting sources or few windows. Some simple cures for this incongruity is thoughtfully placed lighting, better light bulbs, and mirrors (not necessarily to look at yourself a lot :) but to bounce light around)!
The Elements in a Room
There is A LOT to know about this topic (the ancient art/science of Feng Shui)! So, just to get you thinking about it a bit, I’ll give you one example...If a room has terra cotta tile floors, golden-colored paint on the walls, art that depicts horizontal lines, and low, horizontal furniture, it will feel s-l-o-w and you may not be able to GET GOING! You may feel depressed or stuck in the mud. But if we balance this earthy feeling room with some wood and mirrors, the result could have you movin’ and shakin’ in no time!
The Placement of Items in a Room
Again, a HUGE topic, one that people have studied and written about for eons. The placement of your furniture has a palpable effect on how you feel in your space. In the living room, for example, place your sofa so that when you are sitting on it, you are in the position that gives you the best view of all of the windows and doors in the room, especially the front door. This should put you in a position of command! The other pieces of furniture, then, are placed to easily have conversation with the sofa, and provide balance to the room. You can imagine how you would feel if everything in the room was shoved to one side. YUCK! So, that’s a quick way to know that balancing the placement of your furniture really does matter.
Other aspects of a space that need to be in balance: Art, textures, color, pattern, old and new. As you can tell, it’s a bit complicated, but not impossible! Sometimes it takes a trained eye to make a shift in your space compelling. Along with helping people get out from under their clutter and disorganization, I have been apprenticing with Feng Shui master, Jackie Patricia, for 2+ years and have witnessed incredible results for people when their spaces become balanced.
Have you been wishing some of the spaces in your home could have new life? Do any of the above imbalances apply? Consider giving thought to balance in your home. And, if you’d like some support to get you to a new balanced place/space, contact me, I would love to work with you!
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