Question: How can I maintain good feng shui while traveling for extended periods of time?
Answer: This is an excellent question! Knowing how much our energy is connected to the environment we live or work in makes it very important to take good care of our home or office feng shui. What happens, though, if you decided to travel for a year or so? How can you maintain good feng shui in your various temporary homes?
First, it is important to know that you affect the energy of the space as much as the energy of the space affects you. So, taking care of your inner feng shui, so to speak, is very important, especially when you do not have the security of your home energy to support and nourish you.
By inner good feng shui I mean being very mindful of maintaining good personal energy levels at all times, watching your thoughts and emotions and always choosing to stay on the bright and "feel good" side of things.
Some places you might find yourself in might have very good energy, and some might have very challenging feng shui. Hopefully, you will have to spend very little time in rooms, or homes with bad feng shui.
The very first level of good feng shui is just cleanliness on the physical level. You know, an actually clean space versus a space that looks clean but has all the junk stuffed in closets, basements or under the beds and coffee tables.
That never really works, as you cannot fool Chi, or energy.
So, a physically clean space is the first obvious choice. Having it clean and keeping it clean. If you have a choice between renting different spaces, look for cleanliness and freshness as the absolute must, not for pretty decor.
After you have a more or less clean foundation, you can always create good energy with a small "feng shui on-the-go" assortment of items.
These would be items that will help clear the energy, as well as keep maintain good energy around you.
- A couple of small crystals is always a good idea when you are away from home. Clear quartz and rose quartz are excellent choices, as are black tourmaline for protection or kyanite for balancing. Do not forget to cleanse your crystals from time to time. You can incorporate the crystals subtly as mindful jewelry/body feng shui, or by carrying small tumbled crystals in your pockets.
- Essential oils that you like the most are always a good "feng shui on-the-go" tool. I always carry lavender oil with me to refresh my energy throughout the day. Lavender also has strong protective properties. Explore different essential oils and see which scents strengthen you/your energy field the most.
- Smudging or burning incense is a good idea for any space, but you might not have the ability to do that while traveling. However, even an airspray with a good essential oils mix would work well to quickly pick up the energy of the room.
- Stay safe by feeling out the energy around you and avoid bad spots. A place can look very pretty and have dangerous energies or bad feng shui still. The only way to access this information is with your feelings - does it feel good, does it feel bad? Do not let your mind interfere for the first couple of seconds and you will sense things that might be hidden and not very obvious about the feng shui of any given space.
- Then, of course, learn as much as you can about good feng shui basics before going away and you will quickly know what places would be better for you: from the energy of places close to the water to the energy of houses on a cul-de-sac.
- If you are traveling with your partner and worry about maintaining the strength of your loving relationship, it is always a good idea to have with you a small photo of your most fun and loving moments. The photo can be part of your "feng shui on-the-go" package and help smooth your communication when needed.
Hope this helps and safe travels!
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