Lillian Too, a feng shui master explains, “If you are able to work in harmony with the cosmic energies that are around you, you will feel very empowered”. If your office is like most, you are most likely searching for ways to improve productivity during work hours. Let’s take a look at how feng shui in space planning and design may be the answer, or at least align positive energies to help increase focus.
History of Feng Shui
Historians believe that feng shui was originally started to identify the optimal areas to farm as well as to find the right place to bury loved ones. It is believed that as the feudal system arose, so did feng shui because depending on where you built your home; your house could be basked in sunlight or shadow. This made quite the difference in winter and summer months. Farmers thought that there is a relationship between water, mountains, home, and agriculture.
In Ancient China they used the art of feng shui several thousands of years ago to balance energies in a space to improve health and fortune for those in the room. Through each dynasty came a new way to look at feng shui. The Western Han Dynasty developed the ‘Kanya’ – the study of astrology and geography (heaven and earth) and how it correlates to man. A few hundred years later, the Sui, Tang, and Five Dynasties arose and began to make the art of feng shui into more of a science. In the Qing Dynasty, which held power until 1911, all northern Chinese buildings were converted and redesigned for feng shui.
Feng Shui for the Modern Workspace
Feng shui means wind and water respectively, which embodies balance and power. If you are looking to redesign your office space, use some of these tips to feng shui and get the right energy flow for your workspace.
- We recommend have a clutter free and organized space. With organization you can increase efficiency, creativity, and success. Also it will help to reduce stress and allow you to feel more relaxed. By not blocking anything, positive chi can enter your space freely.
- Have you desk in the correct power position. When seated at your desk, you should be able to see the door and as much of the rest of the room as possible. Having your back to the door allows suffer from backstabbing and negative energies. With feng shui the person who has the seat the farthest from the door has the most power.
- During meetings sit in the northern most seat. North is considered the direction of control.
- Don’t take the seat with a view. Don’t put your back to a window or looking directly out the window. If you are looking out, you will find constant distraction. And if your back is to the window, you don’t have any support.
- Pick the right colours. Good colours to choose from for optimal feng shui are pale green, blue-green, pale gold, soft yellow, and pale oranges. Earth tones help to create stability, as well.
Feng Shui Your Cubicle
Since a cubicle is a static place with only so much room, it is a little more difficult to feng shui but not impossible.
- If you can position yourself so you can see the entrance to your cubicle. Since a cubicle has a set countertop for a desk, sometimes changing your position is impossible – try placing a mirror in front of you so you can see someone approaching.
- Try bringing plants into your space to stimulate positive and vibrant energy. If you do this, make sure to have an odd number because off numbers give off more energy than even. Also, if you have the space to spare, purchase a small fountain – it encourages income and can elevate your mood.
- Make it your space by adding photos that remind you of happy memories. If you do not have access to natural light, add a nice desk lamp. It can help to get rid of negative chi from harsh overhead lighting.
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