Creating a Sacred Space with Feng Shui
By, Debra Hope Duneier
Tomatoes lets be real! No matter what our living or working situation was in 2019, our lives have drastically changed because of the pandemic. We have experienced the full range of emotions: fear, anxiety, depression, loneliness, sadness, loss. These feelings have intensified because everyone, everywhere, has been affected-and we feel that energy all around us and through us. Now that vaccinations have given us hope, we prepare to move forward into our “new normal.”
In this moment, it is important that we pause and make a conscious effort to be loving to ourselves. It is time to be okay with not being okay, it is time to allow ourselves to have a sad day or a “day-off” spent under a blanket with a Romcom and our favorite take-out. It is time to listen to our own unique, beautiful voice within. But how do we begin the healing? The answer will be different for each of us. Part of your healing journey can include creating a sacred space.
If you do not already have a space that you use for meditation, yoga, or prayer-that’s ok. Take a walk around your home and look for a spot where you can limit interruptions. If you have a room that has a door, that would be preferable. If not, select an area that speaks to you. An uncluttered spot in your home where you can get comfortable, feel safe and peaceful.
- Feng Shui is an intuitive art form based on ancient design concepts that originated in China over 5000 years ago. One of the basic principles of importance is to have support in your life, accomplished by having a wall behind you. This is called Mountain Energy. If there is no wall in the area you have designated as your sacred space, create one by using a piece of furniture, a trifold screen or a large cushion or pillow.
- Be sure you can see the door to your room, but do not seat yourself in-line with the door. You are now in a Feng Shui Power Position. At a time when everything thing feels out of control, the Power Position puts YOU in control, which is very healing and empowering.
- Gather items from around your house that inspire you. Create a spiritual center, by arranging your items as an altar or in a semi-circle or circle around you. Place each item with an intention or prayer.
- When in your sacred space be mindful as to what you are looking at. The area in front of you is called The Red Bird and is where your future lies. Select photography, art or items from nature like crystals that are uplifting. Another option is to create a vision board representing the things you would like to bring into your life. Place it in front of you. This is a very powerful tool for looking to the future with positivity.
- Remember to select organic and toxic-free materials for your sacred space. Nurture your space, so it nurtures the spirit within.
- Ignite your senses with a candle or burning incense.
- You may want to keep a journal beside you to write your feelings and thoughts inspired by your space and practice.
Your sacred practices create an energy in the space, and it intensifies over time. Tomatoes will feel this energy build, and it will bring you deeper faster, healing your mind, body, and spirit more each time you practice.
Debra Duneier is the Founder and President of EcoChi, LLC, a Feng Shui Master Practitioner, an accredited LEED® Green Associate and Certified Eco-Designer. Debra is the creator of the EcoChi® system of design and the award winning author of EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience, released September, 17th 2011. Her training, background and perspective have made her a resource on topics including: Feng Shui, Green Design and Sustainability and Wellness, for media outlets including Martha Stewart Radio, Brokers Weekly, Social Life Magazine, Barons.com, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC, Sierra Club, The Huffington Post and the Associated Press. In addition to her EcoChi design consulting business, Debra is a keynote speaker and also runs workshops and seminars for a variety of corporations and trade organizations. She finds grounding in nature, friends and family in her North Fork, Long Island home in New York.
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