Feng Shui and Biophilia

In our pursuit of a fulfilling life, our ultimate goal is to experience happiness, inspiration, and productivity. However, what essential element plays a key role in attaining overall well-being? Let’s delve into this inquiry!

Take a moment to envision yourself standing in a colorless, windowless room. As you gaze upward, you notice the ceiling adorned with three rows of radiant spotlights illuminating the confined space below. How does this environment make you feel? Does it ignite a sense of inspiration within you? Can you envision yourself wanting to remain in such a place?

Now, picture yourself in a room filled with abundant natural daylight pouring in through the windows, revealing a breathtaking view. The space is adorned with warm, natural materials complemented by tasteful splashes of vibrant colors. As your eyes wander, you notice a few pots of lush indoor plants, their presence adding a touch of life and serenity to the surroundings. In this inviting atmosphere, would you choose to linger and make yourself at home?

Undoubtedly, the allure of the second option would likely captivate your desire to stay and engage in work.

This captivating effect stems from what is known as Biophilia – an inherent inclination to seek connections with nature and other life forms. Coined by Edward O. Wilson in his book “Biophilia” (1984), this concept has since intrigued designers, architects, and psychologists, who have explored its profound impact on our well-being.

Without a doubt, the presence of natural surroundings and the reverence we hold for them grant us an understanding of their nurturing impact on our overall well-being. This notion also aligns with the principles of Feng Shui philosophy. The positioning of a house within its environment, with the support of a mountain behind and water in front, maximizes the benefits bestowed upon us. Furthermore, achieving a balance of Yin and Yang in our living environment contributes to a harmonious atmosphere.

Consider, for instance, the extensive research conducted by Professor Sir Cary Cooper over the past 15 years. His findings reveal the positive effects of incorporating natural elements or design features that emulate natural materials within work environments. These include improved health, heightened job performance, enhanced concentration, and even a reduction in anxiety and stress levels.

This deeper understanding sheds light on why we are naturally drawn to seaside retreats, forest escapes, riverbanks, and parks during weekends and holidays. Our innate connection with nature yields profound benefits for both our physical and emotional well-being. Therefore, it is only fitting that we strive to surround ourselves with natural environments on a daily basis, not solely confined to weekends.

Embracing Biophilia or incorporating Feng Shui principles into our living holds the key to nurturing our overall well-being.