Pet Feng Shui For Beginners
"Pet owners are practicing good Feng Shui, whether they know it or not! Pets themselves are Feng Shui," according to expert, Yvonne Phillips, author of the book Feng Shui ABC. "Pets emit a strong, positive form of energy in your home because they are constantly in motion. There is no better Feng Shui for your home than having an animal running around spreading positive chi."
Feng Shui (pronounced fung shwey) is an ancient Chinese practice dating back some 3,000 to 5,000 years. The words translate literally to "wind-water" in English and the practice is based upon the belief that careful study and use of the laws of astronomy and geography will result in positive Qi, or "Chi," improving one's life. Chi (pronounced "chee") literally means "air" but in feng shui, it means "flow of energy."
Critics consider it a pseudoscience, but followers are convinced of its powerful effect on achieving Chi. In the UK, Feng Shui has gained popularity as an holistic, thoughtful practice of arranging objects in our homes (such as furniture) to achieve harmony with our environment.
"Pets already possess upbeat, positive energy," explains Phillips. "And best of all, they generally want to be in the same room that you are in, which generates 'good energy' around you whenever you are at home."
Feng Shui is often referred to as a form of therapy because of its believed ability to enhance our spirit and well-being when practiced correctly. Phillips assures that Feng Shui can be effective for pets too."Look at the area where your pet likes to sleep" encourages Phillips. "Our animals are drawn to the best energy in a room or home."
She goes on to explain that if you generate positive energy in your home, you can enhance your pet's overall health and happiness without having to rearrange or redecorate your home.
Though the study and practice of Feng Shui can seem complex for beginners, Phillips suggests that pet owners simply arm themselves with careful observation and common sense to create good chi for our pets.
Clean and Simple
Obviously, pets sometimes make a mess but they actually prefer cleanliness, just like we do. Picture your cat sleeping on a pile of freshly washed clothes!
"Cleanliness is an important part of Feng Shui practice," explains Phillips. "A pet should feel safe, secure and clean in the areas where they eat or sleep."
Keep all the areas where your pet lives at home clean and tidy. Wash food and water bowls thoroughly and don't leave any soapy residue. Wash their bedding when needed and clear away unnecessary clutter.
Pet Feng Shui with Colour
Colour is another simple, yet powerful tool that can enhance your pet's comfort.
"My cat is partial to red and green," says Phillips as she explained that pets often have favourite colours just like we do.
"If you are not sure of what their favourite colour might be, do some experimenting with different coloured blankets or bowls to see if your pet seems to have a preference." Phillips also recommends using plates, bowls, bedding and toys that are pretty and colourful, using a pet's favourite colours, if you know what they are. She also suggests using the colour red to energise a pet's eating area, (for picky or fussy eaters)."The eating area should also be a protected space, i.e. a corner out of the path of humans. Cats especially appreciate privacy while they eat."
Phillips warns that plastic bowls are a Feng Shui "no-no." Choose a more organic option, such as ceramic or glass, instead.
A Treat For Your Pet's Senses
"Pets are attracted to natural light and warmth," says Phillips. "They'll tend to gravitate to a warm, sunny spot near a window, if the sun is shining.
Or, on a cloudy day, you can create that same sense of comfort. "Natural salt lamps or candleholders (using unscented candles) are a good way to create that light and warmth when it's not naturally available to pets." Candles might be your first thought. But pets have very acute olfactory systems, so traditional, scented candles that we find delightful, might be offensive to your pet. Another benefit of salt lamps is that they release negative ions, known for enhancing your well-being, energising the room and purifying the air.
Feng Shui may seem to be a strange way to conduct your life but it is practised around the world and many exponents of it believe that it can be life-changing in many ways.
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