Feng Shui is deeply personal. “Feng,” meaning wind, is the air we breathe and “Shui” is the water that sustains us. And yet, it is also like a small pebble thrown into water. It creates concentric circles fanning outward with increasing circumference. It has consequences in outwardly radiating measures.
We practice feng shui at home to improve our personal well-being. Away from home, we practice feng shui to enhance our business and professional environment. For all of it we use the same set of basic principles, and nothing is more important than the balance of yin and yang. The ancients knew the dangers inherent in the excess of one or the other. In our modern world economic success is measured by conspicuous consumption. We have lost the art of moderation and are riding the crest of excess with our quest for more. On a global scale we are beginning to feel the consequences of what it means to flip excessive yang into a destructive wasteland of yin.
The most immediate and painful experience of this yang overload are the increasingly violent weather patterns. Ironically the winds of cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes and the water of tsunamis and storm surges are the same forces that are life-sustaining when held in check. Our latest example is Dorian with its deadly impact.
Is it too late to reverse the damage and restore a healthy balance? Can we make a difference by taking a look at and reassess our carbon foot print? According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, we could examine our most basic requirements and check whether we have adequate shelter and nutrition. And then we could start scaling back by trimming along the edges of extravagance. In the process we may end up with surprisingly better feng shui.
• Less stuff means less clutter resulting in better qi (chi).
• Less calories could result in better health.
• Adjusting thermostats in tandem with outdoor temperatures could lead to lower electric bills.
• Using less plastic will reduce ocean debris.
• Paperless office work will spare some trees.
• Planting trees will counteract deforestation.
• Recycling paper and plastic products with care will reduce global debris.
• Curbing water usage with more efficient laundry, kitchen and bath habits.
All efforts on a personal level will improve our immediate environment and well-being, then gradually expand in communal efforts, thus leading to protective measures on a global scale. We need to teach our children to be energy conscious since it is their future that is at stake and needs to be safe-guarded.