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The Power of Empty Spaces

Your home should be a place that restores your whole being:  your body, your mind and your heart.  But unfortunately, sometimes, it instead becomes a headache, a burden, and a stress trigger.  If that is the case, it’s time for change.

First thing to ask is, what is causing the stress and problems.  Many times it’s the mess.  We naturally tend to own too much stuff and live in a space too small for all this “stuff” to fit.  Yet, even when we move to a bigger home, somehow it gets filled just as easily.

Why is that?

Somewhere in our mind we believe that every space needs to be filled.  But in reality, we forget that actually, empty space allows for many things.

In feng shui, empty space is also a form of energy.

In a floor plan empty space creates flow, and allows energy to connect one space to another.  Empty space also allows our minds to wander and feeds our creativity.  It’s just like when you look up and see lots of sky, it’s freeing.  We feel we can truly open up.

So, start clearing your spaces.

First, walk around your home.  Check to see if all your passage ways are clear of clutter.  Are there any boxes or “stuff” that hinder the path?  Is a piece of furniture sticking out too far that you always have to walk around it?

Do you have clutter on the floor?  Another place where things seem to accumulate is on the floor.  If you leave things on the floor, the amount of walking space becomes limited.  Pick them off the floor and put them away in cabinets, shelves or storage.  Clear the paths so they are no obstacles. This will allow your energy to flow better too.

Next, work on your personal things that have accumulated over the years.  Start slowly.  If you plan to give things away to a particular friend, make sure they want it.  If not, donate it to a local charity, who can resell the items.  For things that are difficult to part with, take a photo for sentimental purposes, and be brave and move on.  In Asian philosophy, hanging on to unnecessary items can hinder growth.  Learning to let go can be liberating!

To begin the process, just try and empty a single corner of a room and see how you feel.  How did it make you feel?  Doesn’t it feel like you made progress?

Enjoy the feeling.  Enjoy the process. Once you know how good it feels, it becomes an incentive to work on the other spaces.

You can do it!

Bring in more space for new energy to enter your life!

 

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a very Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2018!

In Japan, New Years is a time when everyone cleans house, re-organizes, and  gets rid of unused items to make space for new energy of the coming year!  Why not do the same in your home and start fresh for 2018?

Begin by purging all your unused items.  I know this is easier said than done.   If  you have difficulty parting with something special but just don’t have the space for it anymore, a good solution is to take a picture of it.  That way, you will always keep a part of it with you.  Now it’s just easier to let go.  Imagine that the item will find a home where it’s really needed and wanted.  You’ll feel good knowing it will be used.

From an energy perspective, all things carry energy.  Material objects occupies space as well as energy.  By clearing the clutter, you are opening up space for energy to flow.  This will resonate in your life and allow new opportunities to enter your life.

May 2018 bring lots of chi-energy to you and your loved ones.  I look forward to posting photos of projects to inspire what can be done to energize your home.  And please do visit my Asian blog, AsianLifestyleDesign.com for tips on interior design and feng shui!