by lea mclellan
So you spent the night studying for your biology test, but as soon as your number two pencil hit the scantron sheet, you promptly forgot everything you studied the previous night full of caffeine. Before you decide to change careers, think about whether or not your bedroom might be partly to blame.
Reading: Feng shui for dorm room
Even for people who have never heard of feng shui, the idea that a person’s mood is reflected in their living space (or vice versa) seems pretty intuitive. Wouldn’t you feel calmer and more competent studying at a clean and organized desk than at a desk littered with old pizza boxes and clutter? According to feng shui philosophy, whether you live in a mansion, a studio apartment, or even a small bedroom, you can enhance your life and increase your happiness by rearranging the objects in your home and creating a warm and inviting space.
In Chinese, “feng” means wind and “shui” means water. these two elements are symbols to create flow of chi. Chi is the vital energy that inhabits and flows through all living things. Although everyone and everything has their own chi (even inanimate objects like sofas and lamps), it is possible for the chi to become blocked or diverted. this can cause heartache, bad luck, and inner turmoil. Following feng shui principles allows you to harness good chi and avoid bad (sha) energy to maximize your flow of chi, ultimately leading to a happier, more fulfilled life!
By using the concepts of chi, sha, and applying some simple feng shui principles, you can transform any space into a chi-friendly zone, thus maximizing your creativity, improving your relationships, and achieving success in school and work. Clearly, feng shui is much more than interior design. philosophy can quickly become complicated and even intimidating, especially if you are working within the small and limited confines of a bedroom.
Roommates, small spaces, and screwed-up furniture can threaten to thwart your feng shui plans, but don’t obsess over the things you can’t change. While you may not be able to implement every feng shui principle you read about, there are quick, simple changes anyone can make that feng shui says will have a lasting positive impact on your relationships, work, and stress levels.
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quick feng shui fixes:
- The first and perhaps most important thing you can do to promote better chi flow is to get rid of clutter. keeping your room clean and organized promotes productivity, happiness, and peace of mind.
- Your college dorm is small enough to be cluttered with unnecessary items. don’t be a pack rat. get rid of all old clothes, books, papers, and anything else you don’t want or need. when packing for college, only bring the essentials. Removing old and unused items from your room will free your mind and open you up to new ideas and experiences.
- embrace natural light. If you don’t have a window, or sunlight is limited, try to keep your room bright with lamps and brightly colored posters or rugs. light will increase your productivity and get your creativity flowing.
- Water has a very important place in feng shui. Flowing water symbolizes healthy, moving chi. if possible, install a small fountain in your room. If that’s not going to happen, find another way to incorporate water into your room, even if it’s just symbolic.
- Colors also play an important role in feng shui. Certain colors influence your mood in specific ways. “warm” colors like reds, oranges, and yellows are stimulating and exciting. “cool” colors like purples, blues, and greens are calming. you may want to choose cool colors for your bed and warm colors for your desk, where you want to be full of energy.
- In an ideal situation, you wouldn’t do your chores, eat, or chat with your friends in the same room you sleep in. Your bedroom should be a resting place from the rest of your hectic life. keeping your laptop and schoolwork close to your bed could negatively affect your sleep and cause stress. If you can, try to find some way to visually separate your bed from the rest of your room. For example, you could try hanging a sheer curtain from the ceiling to create a barrier between your bed and your work space.
- Bring something from nature into your room, like a small plant or fresh flowers. plants have a good flow of chi because they are constantly inhaling and exhaling energy. if you don’t trust yourself to care for a plant, a photo of something from nature could have similar benefits.
- display pictures of your family and friends or special memories throughout your room. seeing these items will trigger happy memories and improve the flow of chi.
- hang mirrors on the wall or place one on your desk. the mirror will reflect energy, bring more light into the room and create the illusion of a larger space. be careful not to position the mirror so that it faces the bed. this creates a flow of negative chi.
- The location of the furniture is also important. While the small size of a bedroom can make it difficult to rearrange furniture, do your best to make sure your bed faces the door, but not directly in line with it. this way, energy from the outside world is let in, but it won’t come in strong enough to interrupt the flow of chi. the part of the wall diagonally farthest from the entrance, placed against a solid wall, is the ideal place to place the bed.
These feng shui tips can be used to generate a good flow of chi that will increase your energy levels and benefit your life above all. Please note that this is a simplified version of feng shui and the philosophy can become much more complex. Still, stressing over the location of your desk or fighting with your roommate over the color of his bedspread isn’t going to have a positive influence on your mental well-being. follow whatever advice is possible for you and experience how the ancient principles of feng shui can transform your space and your mood.
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