By Narelle McDonald

    Our homes are our sanctuaries our respite from the hustle and bustle of life or are they? Over the next few months we are going to take a journey through our homes delving into some different aspects to see what changes we could make on a physical and energetic level.

    I have just had a moment when I had a car accident on my own, albeit steep driveway. This made me look at the approach to my home with fresh eyes.  We recently moved from Yarraville and to be honest I miss it. Some of the aspects that make me nostalgic are my fantastic neighbours, being so close to the village and the vibrant community that is such a part of living in the Western suburbs.  I wonder if I am really cut out for rural living.  But you ask what has this got to do with your home?

    From a Feng Shui perspective our homes are an external reflection of where we are presently at in our lives, they are the physical manifestation of this. When you approach your home after a hard day at work your subconscious picks up on everything you see and feel about it as you cross the threshold.

    If you approach your home and the front is overgrown and cluttered, has peeling paint and is generally looking tired and worn out this is what you register on a subtle level. If the first thing you see when you open the door is the clock, time may have its hold over you, if it’s a painting you don’t like but you keep because someone you love gave it to you, you may register resentment or frustration. On an energetic level this all has an affect on you from the moment you enter, even if you don’t realise it at the time.

    So I encourage you to take a fresh look at the front of your home and your entrance, what does it say to you? Does it need some work? Are you glad to be home when you arrive? How do you feel when you open the front door, what is attention drawn to?

    3 quick and easy tips to energise the front of your home:

    1. Remove all clutter
    2. Use plants to liven up the entrance
    3. Replace your doormat every 6 months

    See if you can make some changes with an intention to create fresh and new opportunities into your home and your life.

    Narelle McDonald is a qualified Building Biologist and Feng Shui Consultant and founder of Healthy Living Spaces.

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