A key component of Feng Shui has to do with creating a home that supports optimum health. This has to do with home safety, having a home that is as toxin-free as possible, and creating restful spaces in our bedrooms.
Ensure your home is safe by choosing furniture that is “friendly” and won’t injure you in any way. Look for furniture with rounded edges, and move any furniture that you have stubbed your toe, bruised your shins or bumped your head on to a safer place or get rid of it all-together. Also, cover “unfriendly-looking” sharp corners and cover blade-like fans with friendlier covers with rounded edges. (found at Solutions.com)
Feng Shui teaches us to check every aspect of safety, making sure there are no fire hazards, such as dish towels stored on oven handles and flammable items near stoves and heaters. Knives are stored in knife blocks or in drawers designed for them. Weapons are kept behind locked cabinets and sharp-edged decorative objects such sharp looking finials are replaced with those with rounded shapes and edges. Even if we can’t really injure ourselves on them because they are too high, Feng Shui deals with the reptilian brain. Anything that represents danger -no matter how subtle- is not going to crate the safe and secure feeling we should enjoy in our homes.
Green your home by using non-toxic materials for paint, window coverings, flooring and furniture whenever possible. (See my green home remodel series). Limit exposure to EMF’s (Electro Magnetic Fields) and make sure electronic equipment, including cell phones and computers, are kept three feet or more from your head while sleeping, and turn them off at night. I wear an EMF protector when when working on my computer and have a chip for my cell phone. I can tell a huge difference between my fatigue level when I am working on my computer for hours when I wear it, compared to when I don’t.
Sick building syndrome is something many people suffer from and is a serious threat to health. A World Health Organization report suggested up to 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be subject to complaints related to poor indoor air quality. Among other things such as mold, outgassing due to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in many home materials, combined with inadequate ventilation has wreaked havoc with the health of millions. A baby lying on a new carpet is the equivalent of them smoking 10 cigarettes! If you purchase new carpets you should leave all the windows open for at least 48 hours before the people come back to stay and continue to keep the windows open for at least a week afterwards.
Create a Restful Bedroom. We spend most of our time at home in the bedroom. If it doesn’t support good sleep, our lives, and everyone else we come in contact with, are impacted. Make sure the bedroom is a restful space (see my article on creating Yin and Yang spaces).
For bedrooms: make sure the paint color is restful, the bed is placed in the empowered position (where you see the door from the pillow but are not in direct alignment with any doorway), the head of the bed is not on a wall with water pipes, remove all large mirrors -which activate the energy in the room, and place restful, inspiring art work on the walls. (See Feng Shui for Bedrooms).
Feng Shui comes out of the Taoist philosophy that everything in the universe is alive and connected. It is the original green movement. If one thing is out of balance, it affects everything else it comes in contact with. This simple yet profound philosophy is at the heart of Feng Shui which brings this principle into our homes, understanding fully that balanced, healthy and safe homes promote balanced, healthier and happier people. Here is to creating a healthy home!
Erica Sofrina is an International Speaker, Teacher and Life Coach and the author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui which offers Feng Shui Practitioner Certification Programs and Seminars at her school in California and in Home Study Modules for National and International students. Find out more about Erica Sofrina at www.ericasofrina.com