There is a sense of freedom, curiosity and playfulness when journeying to distant places -- new synapses are triggered, epiphanies emerge and our hearts expand. Bringing home special mementos from places that have profound impacts on our lives us is vital to keeping the energy of these important voyages alive.
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese method of arranging and decorating your home for health, happiness and prosperity. Before you can apply good feng shui, you must know what you want to manifest in your life. Is it more peace, love, prosperity, health, spirituality, travel or a combination of all these things?
Once you are clear about what you desire, you can be purposeful in designing a space that supports your unique life vision. Whether it’s a painting discovered in a Guatemalan art gallery, seashells gathered on a New Zealand coastline, textiles acquired during a foray into a remote Indian village or the smallest relic or sculpture purchased for posterity, you can display them in your home and gain increased happiness and well-being.
Each memento contains the energy imprint of the country, which includes also the energy of the artisan who designed it and the memory of how you were feeling while traveling on your journey. A couple years ago, I was invited to Morocco to offer a feng shui seminar to a group of Expat women. After I gave my feng shui seminar, I was delighted when a participant offered to trade me a vintage Moroccan wedding blanket for a feng shui consultation.
These wool blankets can take a year for a family to hand sew, and because they are traditionally offered for a daughter’s nuptials, I have placed this blanket in our bedroom so that it can serve the original intention of its creation. My other cherished keepsake is a silver tea set. Every morning when I serve myself or my husband cup of tea, it brings back the fun memory of haggling for thirty minutes with a shop owner in the most famous souk in Marrakech. When you display travel mementos with purpose, it helps you to remain open to the positive changes that can happen in life.