2022 starts on February 1st, January was a free trial month – is what states the popular meme that circles around the Internet every year around this time.
Jokes aside, February 1st, this 2022, marks the advent of the Chinese New Year, which accordingly represents new beginnings, and also encourages practices that attract good luck and harmony into living or working spaces.
So, we thought – a little office makeover, arranged within ancient Chinese Feng Shui’s principles, and of course, inspired by the Lunar New Year, is precisely what we all need in order to align our workspaces with the goals we have set for the upcoming months.
“Feng” means wind and “Shui” water – in Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with Earth and its good energy, also known as chi.
The geomancy’s fundament, uniting wind and water, is interacting with the environment and enabling the attraction of chi through specific in- and outdoor improvements.
In Feng Shui, clutter is said to be stealing away this good energy that we want more of, so tidying up around your desk is where to start!
Rebalance your chi by throwing away all no longer needed papers and notes. Browse through your pencil holder and check if all pens and markers are still working.
Organizing items, such as organizer trays, will help put everything in order. They are not expensive at all, yet they make a whole lot of difference.
Also, consider removing artworks that are discouraging and do not convey a positive message. Instead, place pieces that will contribute to the office’s atmosphere.
Physically cleaning up all the unnecessary clutter will not only invite chi to spread around, but will also free mental space for new ideas.
Now that you have extra free space on your desk, you can think of how to well… fill it up. But with items that will bring luck and prosperity.
2022 is the year of the Water Tiger, so it is a good idea to get a little tiger figure, which will ensure that fortune comes your way. And if you are a fan of turtles or frogs, then we have fantastic news – according to Feng Shui’s philosophy, they neutralize the negativity and are a medium for bringing wealth.
Crystal lotuses are also said to possess special and healing powers, they look beautiful, too!
Plants are an essential part of Feng Shui’s practices. They complete the looks of a space, uplift the mood, and purify the atmosphere.
The Pothos, for example, is supposed to draw positive energy. It is low-maintenance and can liven up any corner that it is settled in. The same applies to the Ficus. Being near one is believed to strengthen health. Moreover, Pilea Peperomioides, also called The Money Plant, because of its coin-looking leaves, attracts wealth. Rubber Plantremoves toxins and negativity, and Hedgehog Aloe protects good energy.
Whatever your choice of plant is, it will undoubtedly insert vibrancy into the office ambiance.
Lighting is often used as a healing method for a variety of matters in Feng Shui. It is a physical manifestation of the sun, and by utilizing it, you infuse the space with white energy.
Of course, the abundance of natural light is ideal, but if you lack direct access to a window, place a desk lamp. Aim for a simple design, made from wood – one of the five elements of Feng Shui. And avoid fluorescent light bulbs.
Of course, there is no scientific evidence to support that the Chinese geomancy has any measurable effect on human beings. However, some interior changes around the office won’t do any harm.
And you never know, maybe the crystal lotus or the new desk lamp will really bring you the good luck and extra energy you need.
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