Monday, January 21, 2008

Feng Shui Your Bathroom

Water is essentail to our ecosystem, bringing vitality and abundance. Impure water from drains, sewers and stagnant ponds have the opposite effect. Bathrooms are more associated with cleansing and waste, so it is important not to overstimulate the water energy present here. Choosing colors other than black or blue for a bathroom help to achieve a better balance. In Feng Shui, water is supported by metal, so limit the use of white, chrome and silver. Since most bathrooms are overrun with white (and as renters there's little we can do about that), counterbalance this energy by introducing greens or browns where possible. Wood tempers water, and green plants can also offer this balance.

Water has a tendancy to let things, both good and bad, "flow away". Make sure to have any faucet drips fixed right away. Oftentimes all you need to do is replace the washer which is cheap and easily done without calling in a plumber. If this does not fix the problem, try popping off the top of the hot & cold water knobs and make sure they are screwed on securely. With most faucets this is also easy to achieve, and free if you already have the screwdriver. ^_^ For simple how-to instruction on these and other bathroom projects, visit DIY Network. While we're on plumbing, figure out in which area (compass direction) your bathroom is located within the house. In Feng Shui, the south east is associated with Luck, Wealth and Prosperity. To keep these energies from being drained away it is ideal to keep your toilet lid/seat down (aside from being more sanitary and asthetically pleasing) and the door at least mostly closed. This would be a good rule of thumb regarless of where the bathroom is so that you're not losing any of the beneficial energy offered by your home.

If your bathroom is located near your kitchen or the entrance to your home, it is also a good idea to keep the door closed/ajar, to avoid health problems (kitchen) or loss of opportunity (entrance).

The bathroom is the perfect place to accentuate the properties of Yin. Calming, peaceful, nurturing. Your bathroom should be like a sanctuary. Soft colors, pleasant scents and low lighting help achieve these feelings.

-----> Excerpted from "Mind Body Spirit"

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