Cultivate Positive Energy in Your Life

HEALTH graphicPeople often ask me, “What’s an intentional home?” My short answer is, “A home that looks good and feels good.”

Today, I want to share my long answer – one I really want you to know – because it’s been a game changer for me and might be for you, too.

Many of you know I’m a certified Feng Shui practitioner and have been for over a decade. Simply put, Feng Shui is an ancient art that enhances the energy flow in a home to support health and happiness for all who live there.

The principles of energy flow I studied in my training were transformational for me. Although the discipline is grounded in tangible changes to your environment, it’s much more than that. It’s a philosophy that helps you cultivate positive energy in all parts of your life. The value of doing this resonates deeply with me.

One thing that helps me cultivate this positive energy is a Feng Shui tool called the bagua. It’s a mental “map” that shows how every part of your home corresponds to a part of your life – literally. I know this may sound woo-woo to you. It did to me at first, too.

But, honestly, you don’t have to believe it to receive the benefits. If making this leap is too much, just think of it as a metaphor.

I made this leap 14 years ago – seeing my home as a metaphor for my life – and it’s been incredibly powerful.

Here’s just one example.
While I was going through my Feng Shui training program, I was also suffering from chronic back pain (a yoga injury). Despite diligent efforts and steroid shots, nothing was helping me heal. I became increasingly discouraged and began to wonder if I would be in chronic pain for the rest of my life.

Then, through my training, I learned something very interesting – the center of your home supports your health. So, in theory, if I enhanced the energy flow in this area (in my house, a hallway closet), it could help my back heal?

I’ll be honest, I thought this sounded kooky. And yet, when you’re in chronic pain, you become open-minded pretty quickly. What harm could it do?

So, I shifted the energy in my closet. In this case, it meant I decluttered it – and while I was doing it – I set an INTENTION to stay open to the possibility that my back would heal.

Nothing happened immediately, of course. But over the following 6 months, possibilities emerged. Two different people – who didn’t know each other – told me about a form of body work that might help (Rolfing). After thorough research, I decided to give it a try. Over the course of several sessions, my back healed.

Now, do I believe shifting the energy in my closet healed my back? Truthfully, I don’t know. (I’m not ruling it out, though. There’s a lot of mystery in the world.) But, I firmly believe it played an important role.

I know that setting an intention in this particular part of my home caused a shift in my thinking. This shift helped me become more aware and trust that an unexpected path to healing could emerge.

Ever since then, I have fully embraced the idea that my home is a metaphor for my life. I regularly use the bagua to help me focus, set intentions, and cultivate the good health and happiness I want for myself and my family. It has made a difference.

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