Do you feel like you get sick around the changes of the seasons? Chances are you do, and there are steps you can take to avoid it!
One of the most familiar images in autumn that comes to mind is the beautiful leaves changing color, then falling and swirling in the wind. As part of nature, we also react to the change in
Chi is the energy of nature that animates and gives vitality to all living things. Those of the current modern scientific bent have shied away from recognizing this aspect of our world and the importance of it in our bodies and health.
For millennia, Europeans expressed their understanding of health and nature with the word vitality. Then, somewhere between penicillin and the advent of allopathic medicine, “vitality” became something too unsophisticated to take seriously. Perhaps because the idea of vitality (or Chi), an energy that is not really measured in volts or amps, is difficult to quantify with current tools.
Feng Shui (pronounced "fung shway") examines how the placement of things and objects within your living space affect the energy flow, and how these objects interact with and influence your personal energy flow (qi).
This Chinese practice, whose roots are over 5,000 years old, is based on the idea that our homes are a mirror of what's happening inside us. When the external energy flow hits barrier after barrier (like clutter around the house), it stagnates - in turn influencing stagnation in your qi.
As clutter builds, daily tasks can become more challenging, you may feel tired, irritable, frustrated. Material clutter leads to mental clutter. A cluttered environment is inherently a visual and psychic drain. It may subconsciously increase anxiety or tension. It is mentally distracting, and can create feelings of being overwhelmed or out of control.
Easily overlooked, clutter accumulates quite secretly and quietly over time, and because of this it is easy to build up a "blindness" to it. Rethink the stack of magazines next to the sofa - is it reading you need to catch up on, or is it an unused pile that just keeps creeping taller and taller?
An organized home or work environment encourages a sense of calm - when you can see the PLACE and not the THINGS, you are better able to focus on the here and now.
Clearing clutter puts you in control. Control over the stuff, control over your mental well-being, control over the energy flow through your home and through you.