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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I am amazed at how the business world has changed over the last 20 years. Not long ago, "going to work" usually meant an arduous commute. But now, we have the option of working from home, often sitting at the kitchen table, or even balancing the lap top and a latté at the local coffee shop!
Wherever and however you choose to work, there are feng shui principles that will you help you feel relaxed, energized and productive.
Foremost, look for solidity. Whenever possible, put yourself in the Command Position, which means having a solid wall behind your back, with a view to the entrance of the room but not directly in line with this entrance.
If working at the dining table, or in the middle of a coffee shop, finding this placement might be challenging, but it is worth seeking out the best seating, if you really want this flexible workstyle to pay off!
At home or in an office, you should definitely consider optimizing your desk location. In my own life, I experienced a very large shift when I was living in NYC and moved my desk to this proper position.
Before that time, my desk was tucked into a corner of the living room, facing the wall, and I realized that I NEVER wanted to sit at the desk. I once forced myself to sit there to pay some bills, and never went back!
Years later, when I studied feng shui, I realized why I had such an aversion to sitting there, and I moved the desk to a very prominent position, which practically dominated the room. And guess what? I found that I truly loved sitting there, and it was usually the first place I went. after I came home. And, not long after, I was offered a full time position that literally changed my life.
In addition to the placement of the desk, I decided to paint the wall behind me a bright shade of red, which gave me a huge boost of energy. While this color change might not be appropriate in some rooms, here are some additional ideas for giving greater support to your Command Position:
Consider placing a picture of a large mountain behind you, so you have the suggestion of solid support when you are seated. It may sound silly, but this suggestion of strength and solidity can be a wonderful subconscious cue.
In addition, it is a classic Chinese feng shui cure to put a statue of a turtle behind your desk chair, as the turtle's back is considered to be as supportive as the side of a mountain.
Explore ways to bring the solidity you need, so you can have command of your work, wherever you are.