A new year brings new changes. Obviously. For many it means new hopes and new aspirations. New Star Wars. For me, a new year means one thing, another year of our home being feng shui'ed.
Feng shui is not a noodle dish from a chinese restaurant. Don't expect to order it with shrimp because it won't be on the menu. Feng shui is the ancient art of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment and closely linked to Daoism. Got it?
I didn't get it at first either. But in simple terms a person's home or work environment is reconfigured to attract energy. This creates a more productive and supportive surrounding with positive effects on life, relationships and money.
2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey. Cool name for a martini. Color plays a big part in the art of feng shui. It too attracts positive energy. Red, yellow and orange are a few lucky colors. Avoid blue and black this year because of the water and earth elements.
Every year a feng shui specialist comes to our home. She goes through each individual room determining the best areas to maximize it's energy flow. Everything they do varies starting with the Chinese New Year.
Typically, crystals and mirrors are strategically placed around the house to help move the energy. I've yet to get my wish for a mirror over our bed. Probably not ever going to happen.
In the years we've been doing feng shui I can't honestly say if it works or not. I look at it as preventative medicine. I could use as much luck and good fortune as the next person. If feng shui is going to provide self fulfillment, strengthen my relationships and enrich my life, then I'm all in.
Fire Monkey Martini. I might patent that. See, this feng shui stuff is already working.