Your desk should be your oasis – did you just roll your eyes at the thought that someone would use this word to describe your desk? Well, according to Feng Shui Architect R.D. Chin, it should.
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement, which aims to transform your surroundings into a true sanctuary, which invites prosperity, luck, and health. This practice is based on the belief that everything is energy and that even the inanimate objects have a life force called “chi”. By enhancing the flow of energy in your surroundings, you can achieve harmony. The Muse spoke to Chin about how easy it is to use Feng Shui to optimize your work area and improve its energy – no matter if you work in a cubicle or a home office. Here are 3 things you can do:
- Put out flowers and plants: invest in some nice plants, studies link them with positivity, happiness, and energy. The most recommended ones are the green ones, like bamboo, ivy, or jade – they infuse life and energy into your office while reducing stress.
- Add color: Chin explains that “Red is a very auspicious color, green is healing, purple is spiritual, and yellow saffron is a grounding earth energy.” You can put a colorful shawl or scarf over your chair, add some artwork, or even pushpins.
- De-clutter your desk: a messy desk adds stress and hampers productivity. It is also important to clear the clutter with a specific intention in your heart and mind: “Creating an intention is a powerful element of Feng Shui. For example, I’ll wash the window with the intention of clarity for my business. Or I’ll clean my desk to welcome positive energy for my work to infuse it with positivity.”
Even if you believe in Feng Shui or not, who would argue against adding color to their workplace, buying a plant, or decluttering?