Embracing balance and harmony between earthly elements, vibrant colors, and intentional placement.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui, (pronounced fung shway) is an ancient philosophy developed by the Chinese over 3,000 years ago. They observed how the combined qualities of Feng (meaning wind) and Shui (meaning water) determine the climate, which has historically determined food supply; impacting our lifestyle, health and energy. This philosphy is focused on human life being connected and flowing with the environment around it. It is used to design environments that enhance conditions for success in life by examining how the items and objects within ones environment create a balance with nature.
Why should we embrace Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is all about being comfortable in our own spaces, including having a clear mind and maintaining an organized environment. One of the main principles of Feng Shui is achieving happiness and harmony between an individual and their environment. Happiness, as we all know, is not a destination but the result of the choices we make. We share these tips because we believe happy people make happy executives, and happy executives make better leaders.
Simple Steps to Feng Shui Your Desk
Adjust your desk so that you are in the commanding position- your chair should allow you to see the door, representing the ability to see opportunity as it comes through your career. If this is not possible, a well placed mirror can do the trick.
One of the quickest ways to achieve good energy in your professional space is by removing the clutter around your office. Clearing clutter helps bring in vital energy promoting clarity and focus.
Having 50% of your desk clutter-free by doing paperwork/sorting and filing once a day is a good rule of thumb to maintain this principle.
The importance of Placement
The Feng Shui Bagua Map is an energy map that divides any space into nine areas, each corresponding to a part of your life. There are colors, shapes, and earthly items associated with each area. Bagua - translates to mean 'eight areas" though the ninth is found in the center, labeled as HEALTH in the image below. This area represents you, your overall health and wellness.
The Bagua can be used in any space, being laid over any floorpan or surface (like a desk) to create harmony and desired flow of energy. To incorporate the Bagua at your desk, first identify one to three areas in your life you'd like to give more attention to. To strengthen your energy and improve the flow of those areas, incorporate the elements or colors suggested for each area in the map above. Below is an example of a desk with elements from each area represented.
Incorporating elements to our workspace with clear intention allows us to stay in touch with what matters to us, adding positive energy and purpose to our every day routine.
If you give this a try, take a photo of your desk and tag us on Instagram @evolvingbydesign! We'd love to hear how it's working out for you.