E.J. is a certified feng shui consultant and educator. He specializes in transforming the quality of life by shifting the energy in homes and offices.
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When leading workshops on feng shui, I teach my students a technique for testing how specific environmental conditions can effect their physical energy. The approach, called "kinesiology", uses muscle testing to determine our body's reaction to certain stimuli.
When faced with a cluttered or messy environment, guess what? Each student demonstrated a distinct loss of muscle strength and mental focus.
Try it home! Stand in front of any area of your house that seems messy, and try to gauge your reaction. Do you feel inspired and ready to take on the world? Or does the thought of being in that environment make you just want to curl up and go to sleep?
Then, go to a part of your home that feels organized, with everything in its right place. Again, gauge your reaction. Can you notice a difference in your inspiration, well being, and excitement for living?
These reactions might seem slight at first, but imagine how this effect can accumulate, day after day, and year after year. It may seem strange to say that a chaotic, disorganized interior is draining the life right out of us, but in a sense it is true.
Once you notice your internal and energetic reactions to mess vs. organisation, what should you do next? Does everything need to be cleaned, top to bottom, before you can feel energised?
Many years ago, I learned a phrase that has helped me enormously to prioritise the things that effect me the most. So, faced with the many factors that can drain away our energy, this is what I have learned to say: "What would give me back the most completion?"
Completion. The sense that everything is done, and that we can relax. At all times, there are aspects of our lives which feel complete, and others that feel so undone, they take all our attention and our energy. The trick, therefore, is to find which ones are draining our energy the most, and attending to those first.
In the coming week, at any time that you might feel drained or overwhelmed, try using this phrase, to help guide you to what will restore your balance most quickly: "What would give me back the most completion?"
By tackling those most important energy drains first, you may be surprised at how quickly you can feel better.