“Feng shui, particularly holistic feng shui, goes beyond organizing your space because its not about moving your couch and getting rich,” Benko tells Yahoo Makers. "It’s connecting the dots between the challenges in your life and how they can physically manifest in your environment.”
The practice is often shrouded in confusion or is simplified to just cleaning up your home. People often believe that feng shui just means having an organized living and workspace. While that basic idea does have benefits, there are some better and more surprising ways to take that energy flow a step further. Here are Benko’s simple feng shui tips that you can implement right now to feel a difference.
Commanding bed positions (Photo via fengshuidana.com)
1. Take command of your life by moving your bed or desk.
As humans we spend most of our time at work or asleep. So, how the energy flows during those precious hours can have a tremendous effect on your life. If you’re feeling vulnerable or out of control, start by moving your bed or desk.
“Most people don’t give much thought to the connection between how a piece of their furniture is located and how it can broaden a perspective, boost confidence and facilitate goals,” says Benko. “But, one of the main tenets of feng shui is about the power of position.”
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For example, if your back is to the door at work or you cannot see who is approaching your bed, you are not in command. “Give yourself an advantage by positioning yourself in the commanding spot wherever you can,” says Benko. “If it’s structurally impossible to situate yourself in this way (let’s say your desk is a fixed cubicle or a commanding wall in the bedroom is impeded by a closet, radiator, etc) then set up a mirror in front of you so when you look in it, it reflects the entrance behind you.”
2. Check your mirrors and décor to break bad patterns.
Major common issues like feeling stuck, having a fear of commitment or feeling like you don’t measure up can all be stemming from the positioning of items in your environment. “Your home can reveal your subconscious issues,” says Benko. “For example, if you haven’t updated your decor in eons, chances are you are living in the past in other ways too.”
If you want to move forward you have to add new elements to your space and get rid of items from the past that could have a negative connotation. If you feel like you’re constantly not good enough your mirrors could be positioned too high. To change that perception, make sure to have a full-length mirror where you can view yourself frequently. Having mirrors that cut off the body can create a disconnect between your mind and body and distort how you view yourself.
“The good news is, once you are aware of the connections, the fixes are easy and when your adjusted environment is in alignment with your goals, your mindset will follow.”
3. Adjust your nightstands and you’ll have a better relationship.
Relationship problems are probably one of the most common concerns for many of us. A lack of balance between a couple can lead to arguments and even breakups. And those seeking relationships can find it increasingly more difficult. “The most common issue I see is a lack of balanced nightstands which inevitably mirror a lack of balance in a relationship,” says Benko. “The don’t have to be matchy-matchy, just make sure that they are equal in height and quality. Nightstands are like energetic anchors in a relationship.”
(Photo via bokuaki.com)
4. Clear your bedroom for a better night’s sleep.
Does your bedroom also work as your occasional workspace, workout room, library or electronics center? “Get rid of anything that is a reminder of tasks, exercise or a To-Do list,” says Benko. “Place your bed in the commanding position so that you subconsciously feel empowered and not easily startled and you’ll sleep better.” And while it might be nice to catch that late-night show from bed, Benko suggests that you get rid of electronics in the bedroom. “Electronic pollution impedes a peaceful nights sleep.”
5. Ditch your decorator.
It’s considered a luxury if you have an interior designer or fashionable friend to decorate your home. Though your house may look like it’s out of a magazine, it can affect your overall well being. “Being surrounded in a home that is filled with choices that are not your own can have a significant impact on your own inner voice and your confidence to share your opinions,” says Benko. “Go over every item in your home and ask yourself ‘Do I love it? Does it represent me? Will I use it?’ Fill your home with items that you judiciously edit, that hold significant meaning and make you happy.” When you create your home what you want your want out of life can more easily happen.
(Photo: Ryann Ford)
6. You don’t have to use the color red.
Red is a very powerful color in feng shui as it carries the energy element of fire. Many basic articles or books on the topic suggest using this color because it can spark passion, wealth and luck in your life. But, if you don’t like the color, you shouldn’t use it. “If you don’t resonate with it don’t do it because you think it will bring you luck,” says Benko. “Your discontent will beget itself and put you into an awful mood. And that is not good feng shui!”
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