feng shui to increase the creativity and productivity of my writing space.
The computer desk is one of the places in my home where the daily tides deposit a fascinating array of household flotsam and jetsam. But this leads to clutter, and clutter is feng shui enemy number one. After just a few minutes of web browsing for feng shui fixes, I learned that I should have no more than nine objects for everyday use on my desk. For maximum benefit, these items are best placed according to a feng shui map, or bagua. Find a map, and more tips, here. Fast Feng Shui also has lots of helpful information.
A major office overhaul is not practical for everyone, including me. I am not in the market for new furniture, nor do I have room on my desk for an aquarium, a fountain, or an arrangement of candles/stones/mirrors/chimes/crystals. Although purple is the color of creativity, I don’t plan to ask my husband if he would prefer for me to paint the walls iris or plum—I already know the answer is “neither.” Fortunately, feng shui is not an all-or-nothing proposition; many small changes can add up to a big improvement. Removing the scissors from the ‘money’ corner of my desk is a great place to start. (Cutting + wealth = very bad juju.)
In her article, Feng Shui for Writers, Master Feng Shui Consultant Kathryn Weber points out that “good feng shui is like creativity; it must be flowing.” Likewise, fluid prose is a pleasure to write and a joy to read. Writers owe it to ourselves, and our readers, to arrange our work environments so they facilitate the flow of creative energy, not hinder it.
By the way, the term “feng shui” translates as “wind-water”—two elements whose inherent movement promises change. This has inspired my new motivational, though less-than-poetic, motto: “Stagnation Sucks.”
What have you done to improve the chi (energy) of your work space? Do you notice a difference in your writing?