During this time of so much suffering and sadness, I’m really struggling to manage my stress. In addition to finding solace in books and yoga, I am finding comfort in the principles of Feng Shui. When the chaos from covid-19, rampant wildfires, and virtual school becomes unbearable and my mind and heart are overwhelmed, I find it calming to believe in the concept of creating a warm environment and surrounding oneself with positive energy.

“The concept of Feng Shui began during the Zhou dynasty (1027-777 BC) to determine auspicious grave sites and progressed to a method for finding appropriate dwelling sites. The main principle of feng shui stems from a Taoist belief in a single whole, involving heaven, earth, and man working in unison. Therefore, the key to a happy life is the coexistence of man and his environment. Feng means “wind” or “breath of life” while shui is “water,” an essential principal of life.

Since my husband and I were both born during the Year of the Ox, our birth element is water. Therefore, our home features shades of blue and numerous water features. I also cleaned an energy path to the front door and hung a crystal over the entrance to the master bathroom to prevent our luck from washing down the drains. Plus, I placed a pair of lucky elephants at the front door and symbols of double fish for marital bliss throughout the house.”

From Spirit Baby: Travels through China on the Long Road to Motherhood. Read Spirit Baby and learn more about the Art of Feng Shui.

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