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The Heart of Your Home ~ Via Feng Shui

Jul 29, 2016 08:38AM ● By Bryan Scott

By Tina Falk | [email protected]

Cottonwood Heights

While the kitchen or family room may be where your family gathers to connect each day—the heart of your home, according to feng shui principles, is its geographical center. Ah, can you imagine hanging out with your spouse or children in what most people have in the center of their homes—a hallway, closet, stairwell, or bathroom?! That could be awkward.

Feng shui allows us to understand our space and make adjustments that shift our perceptions to enhance our relationships, health, prosperity, careers, and purpose.

Visualize the heart of your home as being the hub of a wheel. A place where all the spokes are supported and the wheel finds its balance.  

No matter what you find in the center, which could be any combination of the above, we do need to honor this space for the important role it plays.

How do we do that? The first step just happened. Awareness. Yes, a shift this simple—becoming aware of the space around us and how we move through this space—makes a difference.

The next step is to understand what the role of our unique “center” is.

If the center of your home is a hallway, this transition space of a hall allows you to move about the home from one space to another. A closet allows you to store personal things for another time. Stairs represent the rise and fall of your relationships and surroundings. And the bathroom assists you in cleaning up and getting rid of waste. They each serve a purpose. They each play a role.

The heart of the home represents health, balance, the heart within our bodies, relationships, our personal power, and our ability to stay grounded and connected.

Now more than ever, feeling “at home” has more meaning as the world around us can appear to be so chaotic and uncertain. We all deserve and long to feel safe, loved, and supported. Creating a safe haven where family members can reconnect is vital.

When the heart of the home is out of balance, that wheel—our home base—can start to wobble, adding more stressors to our lives.

Signs of a weak center include a dark hallway with too many pictures and décor hanging on the walls. This narrows the walkway and may actually suffocate the subtle energy bodies, including the lungs, heart, or throat of those who pass through it. An overly-stuffed or neglected closet can make us feel buried by the things we haven’t gotten to yet. The stairs and bathroom drain our energy which can show up as fatigue, lack of interest, and poor follow through.

All of these have potential to cause health issues, communication challenges, lack of feeling supported, and slow the ease and joy of life.

Now the beauty in the practice of feng shui is that it allows us to interact with this physical structure in ways that improve the flow of energy and create more balance. We don’t have to move a stairwell to make a shift in the energy. We can interact with the structure to improve both the space and its effect on us.

So, by applying feng shui principles, as I do in my private consultations, we have choices. We can uplift this energy by limiting décor in the hallway to one wall. Keep side doors open to allow natural light to enter. Dedicate some time to intentionally go through that closet and get your life organized! Place a low-light plant, like 5 lucky bamboo, in your bathroom to uplift the energy that is so quick to be flushed down those drains. Be sure to keep it sanitary and repair any dripping faucets or running toilets as they drain your energy even more. And with those stairs, be sure they are clear, well lit and have a sturdy railing to support anyone who uses them. You may want to place a small mirror on the wall at the bottom of the stairs to push some of your energy back up the stairs to the main level.

Each home and family is so beautifully unique. Each with their own blessings and challenges. If you would like to learn more about how to bring balance to the heart of YOUR home or to any space where you live or work, contact Tina Falk, at [email protected] You can also find more information and resources at