Are you familiar with Eckhart Tolle’s huge best-seller, The Power of Now?
Tolle shows you how to improve your life by enhancing your awareness of what’s happening in the present moment, rather than being distracted by what happened in the past or what might happen in the future.
The same idea applies to the physical world, to the spaces where we live and work: it’s called Feng Shui.
When you bring your awareness to your environment you make sure it supports you, giving you the space you need for whatever is happening in your life right now.
Feng Shui brings this power into your space by asking: do you feel at ease or oppressed? Do you feel like growth is possible or do you feel stuck? Does every part of your home feel great or are there areas you avoid?
Think about it — are you fully “in the now” in your space?
Things that may be taking you out of the “now” include clutter that brings the past to mind, or items that force you to anticipate the effect they have on you.
Stuck in the Past?
For example one of my recent clients felt “out of the now” every time she walked into her office because she couldn’t open the door all the way. She’d stored too many things behind it, hoping “out of sight” would mean “out of mind.”
But what really happened each time she pushed against the door? The blockage reminded her of stuff she hadn’t dealt with. Besides feeling annoyed, she struggled, however unconsciously, with the memories behind the door every time she walked through it.
Annoyance and frustration are key indicators that something needs to be done to bring you back into the “now.”
When she took the time to sort through the stuff, storing some and letting go of a lot, she opened up space where she can move more freely, a key outcome of “staying in the now.”
Thinking Too Much About The Future?
Here’s another example: the sharp corners of my old rectangular dining table. The table was in a relatively small space I pass through several times a day, so I was constantly anticipating and avoiding those sharp corners, called splinters “poison arrows” in Feng Shui.
Avoiding the corners of the table took me out of the “now” every time I passed it forcing me to think about the future on a constant basis. Eventually this turned into frustration; something had to change.
What a relief to replace it with a round table! I never have to avoid it at all. My space and my life feel more open and free.
Take the time to notice how your space makes you feel, every moment of your day. The more you bring your awareness to it, the better you empower yourself to make changes that support you and your goals.
You’ll create a space that’s nourishing, balanced and healthy no matter what may be happening in your life.
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