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Feng Shui tips for your isolation pod

by Stacey Kaplan LAc, LMT

Hello!

I've reluctantly closed the office until it is safe to be in direct contact with each other again. It's clear that social distancing is the right path forward to stem the flow of this virus. Each of us will have our own obstacles to overcome with this life changing adjustment.
It is my goal to provide some helpful tips based on Chinese medicine, Feng Shui and other healing modalities, to help keep us sane and thriving through this unprecedented time.
Since most of us are at home a lot more than usual, I'd like to offer some Feng Shui basics to help make your spaces at home as productive and peaceful as possible.
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The basic rules of good Feng Shui:
1. Have nothing broken. Broken items bring down the energetics of everything around them. Only if the item has deep sentimental value, should you repair it with care and keep it.

2. No clutter. Having cluttered surfaces clouds thinking and keeps energy from flowing smoothly. Start de-cluttering one area at a time; you'll feel better when one area is flowing well and have more peace of mind to tackle what's next.

3. Zen surfaces. Every horizontal and vertical surface should have 50% breathing room. This applies to surfaces like shelves, bookcases and countertops as well as walls. Find ways to make sure that there is some breathing room in between items. If you were to move everything on a countertop to one side, would it take up more than half the countertop? If so, try to arrange things so there is a little more space in between items and see if there are items that could be put elsewhere to allow for a bit more open space.

4. Have only items you love. Your eyes take in tens of thousands of images daily. Make sure the ones they see in your home feed you deeply. Go through item by item in the different areas of your home and ask yourself: would I spend good money on this today?

5. Create a sacred area in your home. This can be an arrangement of three or more 'special' items on a shelf or end table, or a grouping on a wall. Set this up in a place where you are able to take a moment in your day to observe and acknowledge its beauty and/or sentiment.

I know making these changes can feel a little overwhelming sometimes, especially if you're in a small space or one you share with kids or multiple roommates. Start by making these changes in one room at a time, or even one area of a room. One that you spend a good amount of time in like your bedroom or office space. Small, intentional changes can create big shifts in consciousness.

If there are specific topics you'd like me to address, please let me know. I will do my best send out tips and suggestions that I think will be helpful through this crazy time. Please know that I am thinking about you and am looking forward to connecting in person again soon!