Guest Author - Carol M. Olmstead
Wherever your travels take you -- and whether your trip is for pleasure, business, or both -- when you take along some Feng Shui for your hotel room you make your trip more enjoyable and harmonious. One way to make your hotel room your own is to put together a “Feng Shui Travel Kit” so you can make simple changes in your room. Your kit should include a small picture of your family, two or three pretty light scarves, a small nightlight, lavender soap, and a lavender scented candle. This kit is the essential way to make the hotel room Feng Shui changes that will help you feel refreshed, relaxed, and ready for anything that comes your way.
The Feng Shui planning for your trip starts when you first make your reservation, and ask for a room well away from the elevator, ice machine, the hotel lounge, or the pool. These areas generate a lot of strong chi that could interfere with your ability to relax.
When you arrive at your hotel, check out your room carefully. If it has any odors, immediately request another room. Then, if possible open the windows or door to the patio or balcony to let some fresh air and new positive chi into your room. This will help remove any negative energy that could have been left behind by a previous guest. Place your lavender candle on the dresser to bring a pleasant aroma into the room. I don’t recommend actually lighting a candle because of fire concerns, but you will still notice its aroma every time you enter your room. Lavender is a scent that helps us unwind.
Unpack as soon as you can to immediately settle in to your new surroundings and bring your own positive energy into the room. You want to avoid “living out of your suitcase,” even if you are only staying one night, because you will never truly feel relaxed on your trip if you don’t unpack. Place the small picture of your family on the night table to help keep you connected to your loved ones not traveling with you. This is especially important if your children are back at home. If you travel with your laptop, be sure to set it up in the Power and Wealth area of the room to assure business success. This area is the far left corner of the room, diagonally across from the door. Keeping your computer in this prosperity area will energize you, help attract wealth, and ensure a successful trip.
After you unpack, run the water in the shower and the sink for a minute or two to get the chi flowing in the bathroom. When you take a shower or bath, use the lavender soap from your travel kit, because the scent of lavender will help release any tension built up during your travels.
As soon as you can, treat yourself to fresh flowers for your room, and replace them when they fade if you are staying for an extended period. This is especially important when you are on business travel, because when you see this powerful symbol of the Wood Element, your self-esteem will soar and your business contacts will be successful.
Be sure to keep the bathroom door closed at all times during your stay to allow the chi to flow around your bed rather than into the bathroom and “down the drain.” This is especially important if you can see the toilet from the bed. Place your night light in the bathroom so you won’t be disoriented if you get up in the middle of the night.
If the mirror is directly across from the bed, use the scarf from your travel kit to drape it before you go to sleep. This symbolically helps to reduce the active -- or yang -- energy in the room and helps you sleep soundly. Plus, your reflection won’t be the first thing you see in the morning when you get up. If the TV is in a cabinet, close that before you go to sleep. If it's not, use another scarf from your travel kit to cover it. If the corner of a night table or dresser points at you, this sharp angle is called a “poison arrow,” that could also interfere with your sleep. Drape another scarf over the point to blunt its effect.
Also before you go to sleep, check the clock to make sure the alarm is set to "off" if you don’t need it, or set to a station with music that is familiar to you if you do need to wake up early the next morning. And be sure to adjust the volume to a pleasant level.
Whether you fly, drive, or take the train, a few Feng Shui changes for your hotel room can make your vacation or business trip more relaxing, enjoyable, and successful, and make you ready to face the world refreshed when you get back home.
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