The Feng Shui design (pronounced "fung shway") of a home reminds me of Mother's Day.
One of the qualities we strive for when using Feng Shui design in a home is to create nurturing environments. Of course we think of mothers as being nurturing, but what are the qualities and how can we achieve them?
There is the protection of our loved ones. One of the schools - Form School (Formation Feng Shui School) - wants the dwelling to be "nurtured" in the "armchair position" - where there is a strong backing for support, protection on both sides and a view of what's in front of us. We want to feel as though we are wrapped in a blanket of protection.
I have a photo of my daughter holding her first son when he was 2 years old while in a hammock. That's a perfect picture of this energy. He could have felt scared under those circumstances, but as you can see, he is loving it.
We can create this feeling of protecting the home through proper landscaping. Feng Shui landscaping would be to have solid walls behind us, trees and plants on the sides with a beautiful view out the front door and in the front yard.
Another quality we associate with being nurtured is through the food we ingest. A few Feng Shui symbols for health can be bowls of fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, rice and fish. Whether we have the actual items or pictures of these, it creates a vision of health we desire in our lives.
Our kitchens are the heart of the home. The love and care in preparing food reinforces the nurturing qualities of the kitchen.
The last quality I'll mention is warmth. We feel the warmth of a mother's body keeping us protected from the elements. That same warmth is generated from our Feng Shui kitchen through the stove, cooktop, oven and maybe even a fireplace or barbeque. Making sure all these are in working order is one part of Feng Shui tips for home.
The Feng Shui living room also brings the nurturing qualities of warmth into our lives as we gather together, possibly around a fireplace. Let's share our thanks for our birth mothers, our friends who have nurtured us through life's challenges, the nurturing feminine of those we have been fortunate to have come into our lives and Mother Earth for providing us with the nurturing protection, nourishment and warmth needed for us to live here.
I'm now heading to our kitchen to gather with my family where I will be giving thanks for these qualities in my life that bless my loved ones and me.