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5 ways to feng shui your life


By Mandy Oaklander for Prevention.com

If you’re an office minimalist—sporting the standard-issue desk, computer, and chair—your 9-5 home can look pretty depressing.

Mine certainly did. That’s why I asked feng shui consultant Ann Bingley Gallops, the founder of Open Spaces Feng Shui in Brooklyn, for help.

Feng shui is more than the world’s most mispronounced tradition. (For the record, it’s “fung shway,” which means wind and water: Two energies you need for life and good health, Gallops explains.) The practice originated with Chinese farmers, who used it to find the most prosperous place to put their crops. At its most basic, feng shui consists of arranging objects and furniture in such a way that makes energy flow with you and generates positive chi, or life force.

Gallops turned to feng shui after a divorce and her career as a marketing executive left her feeling dissatisfied. She says it’s no coincidence that once she began practicing, she found a great new apartment with a garden, new opportunities in work, and the man of her dreams.

Who wouldn’t want some of that? (I definitely did—check out the feng shui magic she worked on my office!) Here, Gallops shares her four best feng shui basics for your home or office:

1. No, really. Clear your clutter. You didn’t think you could feng shui without throwing things away, did you? “There’s no hiding from feng shui eyes,” Gallops says. Clearing clutter is the first step to creating better energy. “You get such a sense of freedom, and you create space so that new opportunities can come into your life,” she says.

Keep reading for four more feng shui tips…

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