Can Feng Shui help you at work?


I got my love for cooking from my mother. I remember going into the kitchen as a child and a young adult and hearing mom say “Get out of my kitchen!” Now I say it to my husband with a full awareness of my mother’s need for solitude. Cooking is an art, and multi-tasking in the kitchen can be like creating three masterpieces simultaneously. Focus, focus, focus. Aside from a distraction-free zone, another critical element is making the space your own. I know where everything is and it all flows according to my personal needs. Yes there are certain rules to the flow of the kitchen, like not storing the silverware in the oven drawer, but just like every workspace, you must have a relationship with it. If I didn’t have things in a certain order, my efforts would not be as focused on my food. This sense of peace I find in the kitchen can be applied to almost all workspaces at home or in the office.

Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophy in which we can create a harmonious relationship between ourselves and our surrounding environment. When people study this, they often apply it to their home. We all want harmony and peace at home after all since home should be where the heart is, right? But many people spend forty to fifty hours every week at work, and we tend to neglect the happiness factor because we give into the idea that it’s not going to get any better. The result is the law of attraction working for us in the wrong direction, so to speak. I hear over and over from clients how unhappy they are for some reason or another at their office. Sometimes it’s about co-worker drama and other times it’s all about the demands of their job. Although you may have some advantage with a home office, we can’t always control these situations, but we might be able to improve how they effect us. Feng Shui is one of several tools people can implement in their personal workspace to initiate more positivity which leads to more positive outlooks. Imagine that nothing changes but you are able to have a new perspective and allow everything roll off your back.

If you’re new to the art of Feng Shui, there’s just a few rules of the road. Below are suggestions to consider about the office or work area layout. Some of them may not be reasonable in your situation, but the goal is to balance the energy flow in your work area as much as possible. If you have a cubicle or space with few changeable options, then simply put extra efforts on what adjustments you are able to create.

  • fengshuiSeating – The position of your chair is an important element of Feng Shui to give some attention to when moving is possible. If it is within your control, always face the door and try to be on the other side of the room (The far corner from the door is brings the best results).  Never have your back to the door or face any walls or corners if it can be avoided. Facing the door attracts and commands the energy, but angle your desk and chair if you see elevators, stairs or escalators when your door is open. That would not be ideal for energy flow. In a cubicle where very little can be done about your position, it is at least helpful when there is air flow and the wall doesn’t meet the ceiling. In either case, if you must face a wall, hang some favorite art or colorful fabric on this wall or corner.
  • Light – Windows are awesome! Having recently moved from a small windowless office to one with seven windows and one large bay window for my herb garden, I can tell you it does make a difference. When you don’t have a window in your office however to bring in natural light, there are alternative options. First of all, get some plant lights and plants to bring light and nature indoors. You will also want to consider touches of vibrant, happy colors in your space in the form of an accent wall or artwork.
  • Clutter – Less really is more when it comes to Feng shui. Your office should be free of clutter to allow energy (like a breeze) to sweep through freely with few interruptions. De-cluttering and getting more organized also adds that element of “ahhh,” don’t you think?
  • Color and Texture – Office colors and materials are also an important part of Feng Shui. Remember it’s all about balance and polarity, so light and dark colors are equally important as is the distribution of metals, glass, water etc.
  • Placement – In Feng Shui terms, placing items in your office incorrectly can be like putting your socks on your hands! Items containing liquid like the water cooler or the fish tank are best placed in the South or West of the office. It makes sense that a mirror might help if your desk faces the wall, but they are not considered to bring good energy in the work place.
  • Plants – The quality of air you breathe is not often considered, but plants purify the pollutants in your office, help keep your air fresh and clean and literally bring life to your space.

There are definitely a lot more options about Feng Shui beyond these basics, but small things can make a big difference almost immediately! The most important thing is that your surroundings make you happy. If work is a miserable place to be all the time, then you might be able to change your circumstances by changing your environment before you decide to quit! Whether it’s a commercial office, home office or a cubicle, shifting the flow of universal energy also known as Chi or Qi can create a harmonious environment that brings happiness and production throughout your work place. Try it!


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