Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And childrens’ faces looking up
Holding wonder in a cup.
Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit’s still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.
Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.
–– Sara Teasdale
As we continue to honor the magic of our homes during this traditional nesting time, we are exploring how the art of Chinese placement, called feng shui, can be used to enhance one of the most important rooms in our homes – the living room.
One simple way to encourage good Qi, or the life energy that is present in all things, is to have healthy plants and fresh flowers throughout your home, and especially in the living room. Using feng shui principles, you will want to have houseplants that are fleshy-leaved or rounded. Avoid prickly, or pointed leaves that would bring too much yang energy, or might even be “poison arrows” of negativity. And be sure to remove any wilted leaves or dead flowers right away, as their energy is quite detrimental.
Some practitioners suggest that you should avoid creating sharp angles in the room. Thus, if you need extra storage space, or a media cabinet, make it a corner cabinet if possible, to soften the edges of the room. And speaking of media, negative energy, called “Sha Qi,” arises from synthetic materials, artificial lighting, and media and electronic equipment like air conditioning, computers, and TVs.
Wood creates a very effective shield for the EMFs (electromagnetic field emissions) that can cause disruptions and disturbances, as well as Sha Qi. So keeping your home theater behind the closed door of a wooden armoire when not in use offers, not only a more aesthetically pleasing decor, it is a practical way to thwart the buildup of negativity in your living room.
Dark corners and cluttered rooms can also create stagnant Qi, which slows your energy and causes a loss of direction in life. Adding a bright light, mirror, fountain, strong colors, or an aquarium can help churn stagnant Qi.
Avoid having sofas or chairs with a door behind them. This not only blocks the Qi energy from flowing properly, having one’s back to a door creates tension and anxiety. If you ever look around at a restaurant, you’ll notice people prefer to sit with their back against a wall, preferably with view of the door, if they have a choice. We feel ‘safer’ and more in control this way.
Similarly, desks are best positioned in the far corner away from the door, with a solid wall behind you and good view of the door and window. And the best places around a dinner table are those with a wall behind you.