Whenever I start talking about chi, energy flowing, or other more spiritual aspects of my business, my husband teases me that I’m getting into the “WooWoo stuff.” Make fun of me all you want, I know you can’t separate spiritual and physical aspects of your life as easily as you might think, and it’s important to create a working environment that supports body, mind, and spirit as much as possible.
Ideally, you want your office space to inspire creative energy and be a stress-free sanctuary for you to pursue your life’s work. Some swear by the ancient art of Feng Shui (literally “wind and water”).
Feng Shui is “the Chinese art or practice of creating harmonious surroundings that enhance the balance of yin and yang, as in arranging furniture or determining the siting of a house.” Here are some excellent sources for using Feng Shui principles in your office. They are downloadable ebooks to read on your Kindle or desktop:
- Feng Shui: Secrets To A Feng Shui Office: Feng Shui Secrets Revealed! Create Peace Where There Isn’t and Get More Done by Daniel Amos.
- Mastering The Art Of Feng Shui: How to Use Feng Shui to Make Your Life and Home Happier, Healthier, and More Comfortable (Interior Design) by Jon Cheng
- Feng Shui Office: 21 Tips For Turning Your Office Into A Success Magnet Using Feng Shui by Jon Cheng
You don’t need to hire an interior designer! You just need to think about what makes your environment pleasant and inspirational. These elements can add beauty and have a calming effect:
- Green plants, preferably live ones
- Fresh flowers or an orchid plant
- Candles (not for me, but others find them helpful)
- A painting, sculpture, or piece of art that you love
- Photos that have special meaning for you
Feng Shui principles encourage a mixture of the inanimate with natural, live elements. So you might want to have a small desktop fountain beside a live plant, or even an aquarium. While an aquarium is a bit high-maintenance, when you combine fishes with water plants, you not only oxygenate your office atmosphere, but you can relax and enjoy watching the fish swimming and playing.
HINT: Low maintenance alternatives to an aquarium are downloading an aquarium screensaver or opening an aquarium/music video on YouTube. Put it on full-screen and pretend you’re snorkeling in a coral reef!
In my home office, I have a cactus my daughter bequeathed me when she moved out, two big potted plants, and a lovely glass hanging sculpture/suncatcher from my daughter and son-in-law. It hangs in my window (see photo, right) and looks different as the light changes throughout the day. It’s lovely and it makes me happy. I also have artwork by my friends Lynne Crumpacker and Kay Ely-Pierce.
What would make your office more relaxing and energizing? I’ll bet there’s something simple that costs under $20 that would make a difference. Please share thoughts and photos!