Feng Shui is not just a way to design your home. Clearing your clutter and releasing personal items that no longer serve you is one of the most fundamental first steps in practicing Feng Shui in your home or space. This is not only a process to get started but also an ongoing practice as you and your spaces evolve and change. Clutter is considered anything that you don’t use or love, and anything that does not serve you in your current life path. It also is considered to be a representation of the inability to move forward and make decisions. When you get rid of clutter, you make room for energy to flow and by closing one door you make room for new beginnings through a new one.
I recently moved my grandmother’s piano back home with me from California to Cape Cod. Her piano has been one of my most beloved possessions to have since she passed away almost 25 years ago, but lately I have been thinking about the fact that I really don’t play it much anymore, and it isn’t a good fit for the limited space that we have in the new house. I started exploring my feelings about how could I bear to think about selling it or giving it away? Or ultimately, what would happen to it if I passed on? At a family get together I asked if anyone would like to have Nana’s piano and nobody had either a place for it or an interest in having it. So the dilemma became more prominent and I started thinking that I want to know the destiny of the piano during my lifetime.
Two weeks ago we were out walking the dogs and bumped into a neighbor. In our conversation she mentioned that her daughter wants to major in music in college. She currently sings and writes music and her piano teacher just told her mom that they should consider getting a piano because she is too gifted of a player for just a keyboard. I immediately mentioned my piano and my willingness to let her have it, and after showing it to her and telling her the story, she accepted the gift for her daughter in tears with gratitude. We got together and moved the piano next door and their daughter sat down and sang to a song that she played. Standing there to experience this immediately brought an unbelievable feeling of love and peace for the decision that I made. The weather is now warm and we are all outside a lot and everyone has their doors and windows open. Through the past week while sitting on the patio or working in the yard, I have heard my grandmother’s piano playing through the neighborhood. It is emotional and I am full of joy and thanks for this happy ending.
And now that the door has closed for this chapter of my life, another has opened with space for a new dining room server that I have wanted for years. Now that is good Feng Shui!