Monday, 24 September 2012

Feng Shui and The Humble Beanbag

I have a strong interest in Feng Shui and am always keen to learn more. I find applying the basics of Feng Shui to the layout of my flat and my office does make me feel more peaceful.

The ancient art of Feng Shui is said to have been developed over 3,000 years ago in China, but interest in it in the UK and elsewhere in the western world is considerably more recent.
The term “feng shui” translates literally as “wind water”, which is appropriate as its objective is to harmonise us with the elements of Heaven and Earth in order to create good fortune and a positive life state.
Central to its Taoist philosophy is the belief that the land has its own energy which can be harnessed for good or for bad, and that calling upon that energy enables us to change the course of our lives and to achieve greater success. Interestingly, this notion of a life force residing within the land is not exclusive to Taoism or to China, as any student of Arthurian legend will confirm.

Like other Chinese schools of thought, Feng Shui has its roots in the theory of Yin and Yang, two opposing yet interconnected forces – one masculine and the other feminine – which interact to create the essence of life around us. The relationship between the two is deeply symbiotic and despite their opposition to one another they actually nourish and support each other.

A logical process of organisation

 In a modern Western context the importance of Feng Shui really stems from the need for one’s life and everything contained therein to be correctly orientated so as deliver the maximum potential advantage, both from the mystical forces of the Universe and in terms of the simple practical benefit that is to be found in the logical process of organisation. In design terms this can include the notion of having space in one’s own life, an uncluttered living and working environment, and the freedom to think and to operate freely. A congested home or workplace can lead to emotional chaos, confusion and ultimately stress.

Furniture that is light, versatile and easily transportable such as simple beanbags have an important role to play in this process. Being able to move to the most convenient location, free from clutter, enables one to derive the greatest possible benefit from one’s environment and thereby to work more effectively or, if relaxing, to do so with the minimum of pressure or distraction.

I lykz beanbagz me chillin

It may be overstating the case to contest that beanbags bring one into a state of perpetual harmony with the heavens, but they are most certainly an aid to relaxation and a source of comfort.

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