(I love the photos on fizzle out!)
Summer’s heat is when the action happens… and in feng shui, when you have tons of active energy, it needs to be balanced with a healthy dose of the cooling and quiet so that you don’t burn out! Today, Carol M. Olmstead’s Summer feng shui tips have me thinking of ways to lighten up so that this summer is strong as well as so much fun!
It’s summertime, and to paraphrase the old song, the living is not always easy when it gets hot and sticky.
In Feng Shui, the high temperatures and bright sunshine of summer are associated with hot, yang energy. On the positive side, this makes us want to socialize (margaritas on the patio) and adds passion to our lives (summer romance). But too much Fire can have the opposite effect, making us feel tired, listless, and just plain burned out (perhaps that explains the “beach book” phenomena).
To balance this strong, yang energy, focus your Feng Shui rearrangements for summer on cooling down your home and office by adding the counterbalancing yin, or quieter, energy. For example, one simple way to add yin to your home is by switching to a lighter weight, lighter color comforter or blanket on your bed.
In your office, turn off the overhead lights and let the natural daylight light your workplace instead of the hard Metal Element energy generated by fluorescent lights.
Here are some more of my favorite summer tips for balancing the yin and yang energies of summer:
- If your home décor colors are hot, like reds, purples, and oranges, balance them with lighter accents of ice blue or pale green for throw pillows or tablecloths and napkins for a calming and cooling effect.
- The harsh, corkscrew energy of a ceiling fan located directly over your bed can cause pain or illness. To balance this effect, hang a crystal from the pull chain to lessen the cutting force.
- Even if you prefer using a microwave or barbeque grill in hot weather, use your stove occasionally because an unused stove implies untapped resources or ignored opportunities.
- Your deck or porch is considered part of your home in Feng Shui, so choose high-quality outdoor furniture and keep it clean and in good condition throughout the summer.
- Before you leave your office for summer vacation, give your desk drawer a vacation from clutter by tossing non-usable items, including all those dried-up pens, pencils with worn down erasers, and bent paper clips.
- When you go on vacation your empty house becomes passive, yin energy that can draw negative energies, like burglars. To balance this, set timers to turn on several lights and even a radio set to a talk station to create active, yang energy in the house.
Such great tips Carol! I can’t wait to find my new bedding & spend more time on the beach this year! xoxo Dana