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Creating Home Sanctuary with Feng Shui


Feng Shui Emporium Welcomes Carol Olmstead   


Creating Home Sanctuary with Feng Shui 


Where do you go at home to rest and restore?  

Do you have a favorite room or space where you go to de-stress after a hard day?

These were the simple questions that my friend, who is a life coach, asked that got me thinking about the idea of using Feng Shui to create a "sanctuary" at home. Many of us spend the bulk of our time away from home at a workplace or work in a home office, which makes it important to create a special place, or sanctuary, at home to relax when the workday is done. Creating Feng Shui home sanctuary doesn't mean creating a religious space; rather it means setting up a special place or safe haven at home where you can renew, restore, slow down, and just let go.


The word sanctuary is defined as "a place of refuge or safety." When you have a place of refuge that was designed according to Feng Shui principles, it helps you mindfully start and end each day with a feeling of being centered.


We all need to recharge every day, especially in light of our current challenging economic climate that adds a layer of stress to our lives. Feng Shui home sanctuary doesn't mean you have to designate an entire room. The size of your private retreat isn't critical, just the fact that you have one.


If you can, locate your home sanctuary in the Feng Shui Harmony/Wisdom Area of your home, which is the room in the lower left hand corner of your home. You can download a bagua map from the "basics" tab on my website, http://www.FengShuiForRealLife.com, to find the Harmony/Wisdom Area in your own home. If this Area is not available, or you can't give up an entire room, your sanctuary could be any area in your home that feels nourishing, comforting, and inspiring - or even a comfortable reading chair near a sunny window. Once you have selected your space, here are a few Feng Shui tips to turn your special area into a relaxing retreat:


  • Clear the clutter so you can avoid distractions and clear your mind.
  • Hang a feng shui crystal by Swarvoski.
  • Surround yourself with the color blue for relaxation and the color green for renewal.
  • Add the scent of lavender for its calming effect.
  • Connect to nature by including flowers, or artwork that shows flowers. Avoid dried flowers since they represent dead energy in Feng Shui.
  • Play soothing music.
  • Add a fountain that has a comforting sound.
  • Display some of your favorite objects.
  • Let the light into your sanctuary by opening your shades or drapes.
  • Choose your furniture purposefully rather than using the "leftover" pieces that don't have another place in your home.
  • Decorate with photographs of special people or artwork that shows your favorite places.  


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