I recently ordered a bell for my space clearing practise which is part of my Feng Shui service. Tucked into the tissue paper that it was wrapped in was a little card with a poem on it. It started:
Walk and touch happiness every moment
Each step brings a fresh breeze
Each step makes a flower bloom
Kiss the Earth with your feet.’
It’s a concept so simple and yet so difficult to remember for many of us in our hectic lives.
The practise of Feng Shui is also about simplicity and being in harmony with our surroundings. Many people believe it is about minimalism, Zen or a clinical environment. But it’s really about being relaxed exactly where you are. There is a Japanese philosophy called Wabi-Sabi that is very much in tune with real Feng Shui.
Wabi-Sabi is about being. Being peaceful, balanced and in tune with nature. It does not strive for perfection but celebrates growing old and recognises the beauty in that process. Wabi-Sabi is about kissing the Earth with your feet.
Of course, it’s very easy to live this type of life if you remove yourself from the world. Retreat, become a recluse or join a monastery. The real challenge is to maintain this philosophy in the everyday world that most of us live in.
We are all told we should set goals and have an action plan to achieve them. We must look ahead and strive for what we want. We are told not to live in the past because it’s unhealthy. The past is gone and we can’t change it. So we stand in the present looking back and forth, back and forth continually.
Wabi-Sabi and Feng Shui says stop, just for a while and look around you. See the beauty in everything. Accept things just as they are. Accept the people in your life just as they are. For five minutes. Just try it.
Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer. This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.
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