Feng Shui for the Heart of Winter
by Amanda Collins
The leaves are falling, the weather is frosty, and the universe’s energy is shifting. This is the ‘yin’ time of year—a time for stillness and patience and to just ‘be’. Remembering that we are human beings, and not human doers.
There are five elements to Feng Shui: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. Winter is associated with the element of water. Feng Shui, literally translated, means ‘wind and water.’ So, as you can see, water is a very important element in the field of Feng Shui. Water represents intuition, that inner knowing that allows the water element to guide you into a space of trust. Enjoying this time of winter will refill you. Spend this season dreaming and planning for the changes that you want to make in the approaching spring, where new beginnings start.
Winter is a time when the earth rests and gets prepared to sustain life for another year. The winter offers us a special time to go inwards for introspection. By creating a nurturing, harmonious home during this season, you will support you in staying grounded and joyful throughout the year.
In Feng Shui, each season is linked to a specific area of your home. Winter supports the areas of your home that face north. The north is associated with your career and life’s journey, so it’s important that the home is representing support in this area of your life. The best way to evaluate your home is to stand in the north area and close your eyes. Try to feel how the energy feels, does your energy rise or fall? What is this area of your home saying to you? Do you feel light or heavy? Some things to consider include: Is there clutter, do you have items you love in this space, are there sharp objects, or things that are broken?
The north-facing space of your home is associated with the water element and the kidney, bladder, ears, and reproductive systems. So, from a health standpoint it’s vital that this energy is flowing freely.
The first step is to make sure there is no clutter in this part of your home—only things you love and use. There should be no sharp corners, and no broken items. The best crystals to bring to the north areas of your home to support your health and career are the ones related with water. You might try black obsidian, black tourmaline, and turquoise. Adding moving water to this space with a nice fountain or fish bowl can help to stimulate the energy in your career. Or, try incorporating some artwork with the water element, such as the ocean, waterfalls, or a lake. Spend a bit of time each day sitting by the fountain whilst you focus on your career or business goals.
It’s also important to make sure your bathrooms are in good working order as they are filled with the water elements. Make sure all your plumbing is in good working condition.
Some suggestions for your home
Have your home warm and bright. Put your lights on timers so when you come home in the evening, you arrive at a gently lit home. Make sure all the bulbs are in good working order. Use full spectrum lighting. This is the closest lighting to natural light and will be kinder on your eyes. Your plants love full spectrum light, so feel free to put some greenery nearby. Even better, create a small winter garden that will cheer you up and help provide oxygen for your rooms.
During the winter months, we tend to spend more time inside. Make sure you have lots of indoor plants to improve the air and give out oxygen and remove the carbon dioxide.
Make sure all the windows are in good working order. If you live in an older home and the windows do not close properly or have poor insulation, try getting nice heavy curtains to keep the heat inside and keep the cold outside.
Honor your five senses. Make your home inviting and nurturing with lit candles around your home and with sweet smells for the holidays like mulling spices and cinnamon.
Create a special area in your home that captures the most sun that you can, and curl up with a good book that’s cozy. Surround yourself with warm yang colors such a burnt orange, yellows, and reds with a warm throw and pillows.
Honor the sense of touch and think about your feet. Do you have warm rugs on the floor? When bringing new items into your home, use natural organic fibers whenever you can.
Winter is a time for friends and family. Plan to celebrate the long winter nights with friends, and make it a point to invite friends over for dinner and share stories around the fire.
Honor your sense of taste by cooking natural organic wholesome foods that are in season, such as pumpkins and squash.
In the garden, keep the birds fed with bird feeders. Bringing wildlife into your garden brings joy and color into your garden and your life. By striving to surround yourself with life, you will see positivity spread throughout your daily routine.
Even though it may be cold outside, it’s important to have some time outdoors and connect with nature each day. If you can, take a stroll, do a little gardening, or watch the sunset.
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