Mirror, mirror on the wall, where is the best place for you of all?
Reflective glass mirrors as we know them got their start in Germany in 1865. However, people have been using shiny things to see themselves for thousands of years.
The earliest known mirrors were made by the people who lived in modern-day Turkey about 8,000 years ago. Their method was to grind and polish obsidian, volcanic glass until it shone.
Chances are that you have a mirror, and maybe more than one, in your home. When you hung it up did you stop to consider the best placement for it?
But with these feng shui basics, you can find out if your mirror is in a good spot, or if it’s time for a little rearranging.
1. Use a Whole Mirror
Feng Shui basics are all about directing energy in the right way and making you feel calm and at peace. In order to achieve that goal with mirrors, you should always use whole ones.
You might think it looks cool and trendy to hang one of those “broken” mirrors in your living room. We’re talking about those mirrors that are made up of several smaller mirrors. Hanging several small mirrors together also counts.
The problem with this is that you only see pieces of your reflection. This can “break” or disrupt your Chi energy, causing you to feel scattered. It may even make you feel anxious or stressed.
But, when you can see yourself as a whole in the mirror, you feel like you are whole. This puts you more at peace and you’ll feel calmer.
It doesn’t have to be a floor length mirror, but you should be able to see your head and shoulders comfortably. Also, avoid narrow mirrors so that you don’t begin to feel like your body takes up too much space.
2. Choose the Right Height
The right height is also important. If you have to stoop to see yourself, you’re putting your body in an unflattering pose. If the mirror cuts off the top of your head it can even cause headaches or scattered thoughts.
Position your mirror so that the tallest person in the home can easily see themselves. A mirror should draw you up, not down, so that you can be the most confident version of yourself.
3. Duplicate Your Joy
Mirrors reflect and duplicate everything. Why not take advantage of that? Look around your home and find the things that bring you joy.
It may be books, photos, art, or even your dining room table. (Remember there will be yummy food on it often when you are in the room).
Place your mirror so that it reflects the things that bring you joy. Those things will seem to fill the room and bring extra positive energy to your abode.
In the same vein, avoid reflecting the more boring, dismal parts of your home. For example, the toilet, garbage can or that table that always has a stack of mail on it.
4. No Dueling Mirrors
In general, you should stick to one mirror per room. This is especially true if your mirror is rather large.
Mirrors display a scene that is not physically there. Therefore, if you have too many “imaginary” scenes in the same room, you can begin to feel disoriented.
It’s confusing for your brain to process what you are seeing. You may not directly realize it, but it can even cause you to feel anxious or stressed.
The effect is amplified tremendously if you place the mirrors so that they face each other. Regardless of which mirror you look into, you will see an endless repetition of the scene. This can be dizzying and very confusing for the brain.
But what if the mirrors are on the same wall? Then there’s no “hall of mirrors” effect happening.
Successive mirrors aren’t a good idea either. As you walk past continually they can make you feel like checking your reflection once isn’t good enough. Over time, it can even erode your self-confidence.
5. Hang One in the Entry
Entryways in many homes are small and can be a bit dark. Placing a mirror in this room is a great way to bring extra light into the space. It’s also handy to have one here so you can check your reflection on your way out the door.
Be careful, though, to avoid a big mistake that violates Feng Shui basics. Don’t hang the mirror facing the doorway. The mirror will then reflect your Chi energy back out the door as you enter.
6. Don’t Face a Staircase
Mirrors can be a great tool to brighten and enlarge small, dark hallways. But be careful of reflecting the staircase.
Feng Shui basics for staircases isn’t a very positive thing. Staircases represent unsettled or ungrounded energy. That’s not something you want to duplicate by placing your mirror there.
7. Draw in Mother Nature
One of the most positive moves you can make is to place your mirror so that it reflects the outdoors. This brings the calming, gentle energy of Mother Nature right into the room.
Obviously, this is best if you have a beautiful outdoor view that the mirror can reflect. But even if all you can see is the fence between you and your neighbor, the added natural light has a positive effect.
Are You Inspired by These Feng Shui Basics for Mirrors?
Take a moment and see how your current mirrors fit into these Feng Shui basics. If you notice some glaring errors, try placing your mirrors according to these ideas.
You just might find that you feel better and less stressed as a result. What can be better than that?
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