and what I already have. This is so far from the truth as I’m extremely content and happy with what I have and in particular with who I am. The journey and the fun of learning, trying, striving, attaining is something that will always be with me. I certainly hope so as I see it as part of the joy that comes with being alive, fit and well.
So contentment isn’t a matter with being satisfied with your situation in life and never trying to improve it – certainly not as far as I’m concerned. It’s a matter of being content with what you have, but also realising and accepting that as human beings, most of us will always try to improve, tweak, learn and enhance ourselves in some way no matter how happy we are. In this way, we keep the sweetness in life.
But true contentment only comes by living in integrity with the essence of who we are; in other words…..being true to ourselves. I have lived most of my adult life in this way and for this reason alone, I feel incredibly fortunate. I have been true to myself in my career, with my family and in my relationships in general. Sure, there are times that I haven’t always handled challenges with the grace and poise I would have liked but I strive to better my management of these times. There are even periods when I have strayed from my path but again…I learn and I get back on course. Is it so bad to have these goals of betterment - I don’t think so. However, it is important to understand if you do so because of inner cravings to be or have what someone else has, or to achieve because you want someone to be proud of you and look up to you or….whether you come from a position of integrity with your inner self.
Your home is a sanctuary and can be a reflection of how you feel and relate to life on an internal level. Ideally your living environment should support you on all levels so that you can live your life with a true sense of purpose and contentment. The Feng Shui of a home will reflect your journey and at the same time offers the opportunity to bring about positive change to improve specific aspects of your life where you simply want or know you can do better.
When we live our lives in balance we are filled with contentment and abundance. The three main facets of life that need to be considered are your physical and emotional health, loving relationships and financial wellbeing with the most important of these being your health and vitality. Without the latter it is truly difficult to attain balance in the other aspects of life.
Interestingly, from a Feng Shui perspective, to enjoy good health and revel in fulfilling and loving relationships we address the same area; the bedroom of the home. It is understood that without good health it then becomes very difficult (but not impossible for an elite few) to maintain quality and joyous relationships. Also, without your health it is difficult to maintain your status quo in the office environment let alone having your career blossom and flourish so that you can delight at the extra dollars in your pay packet. Without good health money is more likely to flow into the coffers of the pharmaceutical companies – not your bank account.
It is therefore doubly important to ensure that your bedroom is well placed within the design parameters of your home environment. However, if this is not possible, then at the very least apply some Feng Shui principles to the interior design of your bedroom.
The Feng Shui bedroom will help to nourish and renew your body and soul. When you incorporate Feng Shui into your bedroom, you are nurturing yourself by utilising the natural elements of the universe.
There are many components to the Feng Shui bedroom, but they basically include correct furniture placement, colour, reduction of sharp angles, eliminating mirrors and ensuring that the bedroom is more often used for rest and relaxation as opposed to exercise and completing work commitments.
To accomplish the right balance it is important to place your furniture, especially your bed, in the correct position. Within the Feng Shui bedroom, the bed is always placed so that the bedhead is against a solid wall. This minimises the movement of energies so that you can have a restful night’s sleep. But also, it provides support, protection and stability.
The importance of creating positive influences in a place where you are likely to spend at least one third of your life cannot be underestimated. If you want to create positive changes in the areas of health and relationships, one of the first steps you should take is to have a good Feng Shui bedroom