Do you have a patio at your home or apartment? Are you curious how to make it a positive part of your home’s overall Feng Shui? Patios can be problematic if we don’t make the most of them. A patio in this particular discussion is one that has a covered roof above it. When the patio is covered it is often included as part of the roofline of your living structure, which means it is also part of the Feng Shui bagua of your home. Just because it is outside, does not mean that it is separate. Let me say it in another way, the patio is just as important as any other part of your home. Whatever you do, don’t disregard it.
If you are in a house, the covered patio is most likely in the back. If you live in a condo or apartment, it could be in the back, on the side or in the front. Without getting too technical, let me give you a few tips that will be helpful regardless of its location:
One of the things that will help the most when it comes to a patio, is to actually use it. Sounds logical right? However, you would be surprised at how many people shun that part of their home. One of my recent remote clients was exactly in that group. She flat out refused to put outdoor furniture on her patio even though in her case, it would have been very helpful for her relationships. She did do a few things that I suggested, but she was not willing to commit to going outside to enjoy the outdoors from her patio. So the first step is to use your patio.
Second, because it is outside and not something you will use as frequently as you indoor spaces, I suggest that you invite nature to use the patio when you can’t. Hanging a bird feeder on your patio is a great way to keep the chi active. If you don’t like seed feeders, try feeding the hummingbirds or leaving a little pile of acorns or peanuts for the squirrels. Animals represent the fire element, and their activity on your patio will keep the chi circulating, even when you are not there to use it.
Third, keep it clean. Many people treat their outdoor spaces as a storage area for overflowing garbage, a catch-all for kids toys, gardening tools, & unused flower pots, to name a few. Some other items that I have recently seen on my neighbor’s patios are rotting dog beds, broken furniture, brooms, and dirt-covered knick knacks of all sorts.
A patio can be a place to unwind at the end of a long day with a glass of wine or at the beginning of the day with your trusty pooch and a hot cup of coffee. If you can find a way to make your patio space colorful and inviting, you will be amazed at the benefits it will provide.