Feng Shui 101
Feng Shui is a practice based on the idea that our homes are a mirror of what is happening inside of us. The purpose is to get your environment into alignment with who you are, where you want your energy focused, and where you want to go. Basically, its about harmonizing your energy with your home’s energy.
Fountains are an alternative way for us to increase health and well-being: research shows they are effective in reducing stress, they infuse negative ions into the air, providing humidity and, of course, they are so beautiful. Water fountains also happen to be among the most common Feng Shui items in a home – they are an accessible addition to any environment (price and size ranges to suite your needs and budget). They promote balance and increase personal strength, bringing the element of water to your home, office or outdoor escape. Plus, water is the ancient Chinese symbol for prosperity and abundance.
Fountains are very commonly used indoors as many indoor environments are starving for their negative ions and the humidity they give off. Outdoor or business environments offer bigger and more unexpected opportunities to balance energy with environment, in many cases. When I think of Feng Shui, I think of clean, crisp, strong colors and overall decor. I think of the simple connections to nature that we too often take for granted.
When selecting a fountain for Feng Shui, here are some things to consider:
- Be sure to choose a high quality fountain with soothing water sounds.
- Listen to the fountain before you make the purchase, if possible You want one with a quiet pump so you don't have the annoying sound of a fountain pump to distract you from the peaceful energy.
- Your Feng Shui fountain can be made from any number of materials; ceramic is fairly common, as is cast stone. Natural stone is a nice material too.
- Add some crystals or stones to increase the positive energy.
- Investigate if your fountain will allow you to add in essential oils that would diffuse into the air.
- Clear the clutter around the fountain – you want the energy to be open, to flow.
- Make sure the fountain is in good light and that there is good air quality in the room or space you place the fountain.
Feng Shui is all about creating balance and harmony in your life. Adding a fountain is such a lovely way to start this journey. Focusing your energy on creating a place that is comfortable and loving for you, your family or your company is an inspired act that will have positive effects on your life – and those in it – in so many ways.
Whatever you do, have fun with it!