Your body’s Feng Shui

Your body’s Feng Shui

The Co relation between our body and Feng Shui is fascinating. In addition to reading our spaces to tell us where we can improve our lives, we can also look at our bodies to gain better understanding of our lives and our happiness. Many times before we take a big step in our life – especially a step that requires our faith and courage – we become ill. Illness isn’t always a sign that something’s wrong; it’s often a sign of growth. It’s our body’s way of “pulling in” and helping itself to marshal its full energy before taking on a big endeavor.

Start paying attention to when your body breaks down. And acknowledge it rather than ignoring it. There are signs our bodies make that relate to areas in our life where we might be trying to grow or where we need to take steps. eg problems in ears could relate to career opportunities or life path hurdles, problems in feet may relate to problems in growth, personal or professional. You may find it’s hard to get growing if it’s hard to get going. When your feet or breathing slow you down in life, you feel like life is standing still or going backwards. This can manifest as problems with the toes, cracked heels, fungus, asthma, and chronic respiratory problems. if your hips are hurting, you may be undergoing a lack of some sort. When there are migraines, sinus problems and any kind of problems with the head, even eczema or dandruff, maybe you’re not letting go of your thoughts and expressing yourself well. Migraines were a problem with me until I understood that it was just a reaction of my body trying to tell me something. I have been migraine free for years ever since, without any medication.

Simply put, it works backwards and forward. If you take care of your body, you will take care of the problems in your life.
For instance, if you wake at certain times of the night, it’s possible that you have a health problem tied to that time. You may also have times during the day when your energy slumps. This, too, could be tied to a physical ailment or emotional disturbance. If you train yourself to sleep through the night, the health problem associated with it also dissipates.

Good health is maintenance. It is not a one day, or one month, or one year process. Often times people will follow stringent diets to lose weight, which is great temporarily, but in the long run, if you don’t follow the same pattern, you will be back to square one! So why not have a maintenance plan of eating healthy or exercising throughout our lives. Not a month, not a year. Dedicating a time everyday for something simple as a walk or stretch is great.

Let me share my maintenance plan with you. I personally love weight lifting and Pilates. They both compliment each other. I try to keep realistic goals for my diet which i don’t need to alter every now and then. Raw food one meal a day and the others are everyday basic meals that may include crabs, fruit or dark chocolate. So my body doesn’t go into the deficit mode where it starts to store fat and i enjoy everything in moderation. An occasional steam or sauna will not only do wonders for your skin but also your spirit. I am in love with “hamam” which is Turkish bath of exfoliating your entire body. I love listening to music, spending time with my kids or just looking at the rising sun! these are all free therapies that do wonders for our soul. Basically anything that makes you feel good, will enhance your spirit and your body will be in sync and balance. Occasional massages are great too or just using a foam roller will sometimes do the trick!

Take time out to understand your body and what it really wants. Treat it with love and respect and listen to it when it says “enough” ! Often times we have a tendency to keep going to meet our deadlines and we ignore what our bodies are telling us. Lack of sleep is a major problem in our societies today. Sleep has become a luxury, where as it the cheapest form of therapy available to all of us and we still don’t use it! How sad is that?

Today, resolve to live fully, in the moment, as an observer. You don’t have to fight for time. Starting out with just 10 mins a day purely for yourself, is enough. Just enjoy sipping that cup of tea without thinking of work or laundry or kids and make that your meditation. Crank up the music and dance to it, or just watch the chirping bird outside. Treat your soul to bliss and make it a habit!

Love and Light

Kanika Babal

Why are headboards so important?

Why are headboards so important?

Headboards deserve a very special mention in Feng Shui. They are important as they stand for stability and protection. The solid and quality headboard will provide you a sense of support and security. Also, it is believed that the headboard will improve the relationship between the partners.

I always recommend wooden headboards if it is a possibility.
Historically, they served to isolate sleepers from drafts and cold in less insulated buildings, and thus were made of wood, which is less thermally conductive than stone or brick. Wood is a natural element that features strength and warmth. Being the solid material, wood will give you a good backing and protection. You can also choose an upholstered headboard foe added style.The headboard should always be attached to the bed, and not to the wall. This will create the feeling of security when you lean your head on against it. It’s believed that a good headboard and bed itself for that matter, can improve the night sleep and lead to a better romance.

The storage headboards on which you can place objects you use before you go to bed such as a book or your cellphone, are not good option for your bedroom. Putting objects on the headboard can interfere with the quality of your sleep. For this reason stick to simple models.

In my profession as a Feng Shui Practioner, I have resolved 90% of sleep problems in kids and adults by simply suggesting to have a solid wooden headboard. A good headboard is one of the crucial elements of a good Feng shui bed. A good headboard will create strong and supportive energy for your bed, which provides for better sleep, as well as an overall sense of being supported in life. Needless to say, an overall sense of being supported in life results in happiness and empowerment in our day to day lives!

Can water in your immediate space affect you?

Water is an ancient feng shui symbol of wealth and prosperity. Its power is enhanced by its ability to change form—from liquid to solid to gas—and its freedom of movement or expression. Every living thing on earth relies on water for life. By activating the water element in your home or office, a water body nourishes Chi energy and can help enhance your life journey, foster new beginnings, promote abundance, and more.

But what is the best form of water body in the house and where?

The answer is simple. One can use indoor fountains, fish tanks, or even a large bowl of water with some floating candles as a decor. Here are some tips of where to place water bodies in the house:

1. East: This is the Health & Family area and is home to the bagua element of wood. Wood is nourished by the water element. A cure in this area promotes physical as well as spiritual and mental health and helps maintain peace and harmony within the family.

2. Southeast: Southeast is the area of wealth and money, or abundance. It shares the element of wood with the east bagua area. Placing a fountain in the southeast area is good not only for monetary wealth and abundance but also a wealth of blessings.

3. North: The north area is associated with your career and path in life. Its element is water—perfect for a feng shui fountain or a small fish tank.

Much as Water can bring us so much prosperity, it can also cause harm if not placed in appropriate settings. It is not advisable to place a feng shui fountain (or any water feature) in the south area because this area needs a strong energy of the fire element. Bringing water here creates conflicting energy—water puts down the fire in the five element cycle.

It is also bad feng shui to have a water feature in a bedroom, regardless of the bedroom’s feng shui location in the home. The water feng shui element brings the energy of worry and sorrow into the bedroom and can contribute to colds and respiratory problems. Also do not place a fountain in an area directly below a bedroom. If a fountain is in a room adjacent to a bedroom, you should not hear the fountain from the bedroom, particularly while you sleep.

Finally, do not position a fountain directly under a staircase, as this can promote negative energy that can lead to health problems and other misfortunes for the children of the household.

The make of the fountain does not matter. Fountains can be made of almost any material, such as metal, stone, wood, ceramic, plastic, and even concrete. Avoid fountains with sharp edges or corners. I sometimes recommend my clients to place crystals or stones in the base of the fountain. If its conducive, even fish can be put in the fountain, provided they can be well taken care of. I tried to put Gold Fish in my outdoor fountain(picture below) but soon the raccoons got hold of them for dinner! Not a good idea, so now we have floating lilies in the fountain in the summer.

The fountain does not have to look Chinese or Asian. I get that asked a lot. It just needs to be in sync with the home decor, whether indoor or outdoor! So, bring some water body into the home this holiday season and stir up the Chi of home by inviting some abundance!

Love and Light
Kanika Babal

What is a Kua Number?

We all know that different people have different energy needs.  In classical Feng Shui, the energy of most people can be divided into two groups: the EAST Group and the WEST Group.  So what does that mean for you?  Finding your Group and your Kua number assist you in finding the correct success, wealth, health, love, growth, and even your unlucky direction.

To give an example, if you are female and your birthday is May 9, 1991, you are part of the WEST group and your Kua number is 6.  Great, what now?  This group and number tells you that your success and wealth direction is West, so creating a wealth bowl in the west sector of your house will bring you success.  If your door is in the west section of your house, this will bring prosperity.  Your love direction is southwest.  Decorations in pairs in this sector as well as a fountain will bring love your way.

This is only a part of what the Kua number tells us and as you can see this information is essential to improve the Feng Shui of your home or office. You can position your bed so that it faces one of your best directions, as well as rearrange your office so that your desk is facing a lucky direction. And, if you are looking into buying a new house, you can also check if the direction of the front door is good for you.  In our sessions together, I find your Kua number which allows me to optimize the Feng Shui process.

EAST Group numbers are: 1,3,4,9

WEST Group numbers are: 2,5,6,7,8 

What is Feng Shui Art?

Feng Shui  changes the elemental energy of your living space, and is not only about placement of your furniture.  Feng Shui works primarily with form and color apart from the design element. In my Feng Shui Artwork, I create paintings that integrate form and color to enhance the achievement of my client’s objectives. Each element in Feng Shui is represented by a shape and color. For example, Fire is represented by a red and a triangle. So to enhance this effect in a room, I paint those 

features in an abstract form, creating the same effect as having that specific element in the room.  Sometimes a painting may contain more than one element, if a solution requires it.  These paintings are intentional and confined to Feng Shui principles. 

If you are seeking harmony, abundance, or some other solution using Feng Shui, this art can increase the balance and attraction in your space.  The five elements of Feng Shui are wood, fire, earth, metal and water and our bodies and spaces are constantly striving for the balance of these five elements.  The colors, shapes, symbols and images in my paintings encourage and attract this balance.  

Let’s say that you are wishing for love in your life.  An intuitive painting containing water, butterflies, a feather, purples, reds, pink and strong yellow could be a powerful solution.  Water beckons deeper connections and abundance, while the butterflies manifest ample suitors and the freedom to choose your best partner and in relationships they exemplify commitment and devotion.  The feather invites lightheartedness and truth.  Purple draws romance, red embodies joy, passion and sexual desire.  Pink attracts universal love and sweetness, as well as inner peace.  And finally, strong yellow captivates happiness and warmth.

As you may now realize, Feng Shui art is a very important and influential part of the process and solution Feng Shui presents.  These paintings are very specific to my clients needs and are painted after a thorough evaluation of the space. It may take from 10 to 60 days to complete a painting. Being an artist brings an edge into my practice and has created wonders for my clients.

Home Naming Ceremony

Times have changed—20 years ago, people saw yoga as a strange practice with no tangible physical benefits. Since then, we’ve been so widely exposed to its positive effects both on the body and mental health that it’s become as mainstream as green juice. Similarly, the ancient Chinese spatial laws of Feng Shui in houses have only proliferated, with practices like home naming and home purification getting special attention as their benefits get known.

A Naming Ceremony is the event at which an infant, a youth, or an adult or relatives is given a name. A Home naming ceremony is where we name our home, just like that. The essence of Home naming emerges from the fact that we consider our home as an individual or a person that is named and we give it love and respect, just as how we would, a person.

So the question is, why do we need to give our home respect and love? The answer is simple. What we love, manifests. In this case, its our home. We want to show love and respect to our home by taking care of it, by keeping yards manicured, closets decluttered, bedsheets changed every so often and keeping the general area organized and clean. In return, our home gives us back a free flowing Chi, a positive environment, growth and prosperity.

Home Naming is art which is not very prevalent however, Intuitive Feng Shui believes strongly in naming a home, so as to give it an entity and identity that people can relate with. It also entails respecting every room of the house, in that , not using the bedroom for eating or dining room for doing office work. The house energies get thoroughly confused when such things are practiced.

The process of Home Naming ceremony is simple. Take a piece of a blank paper and write the chosen name of your home in RED ink. Then create strong intentions around the name by visualizing your home as an individual, thanking it and asking for his/her blessings. Ask the home to always keep you safe and protected. Smudge some Palo Santo or Sage in the home right after.

This is a powerful intentional exercise that creates a strong bond between you and your home and immediately connects the two of you. The house now takes onus for your wellbeing and prosperity. The magic is endless!