Seats and Arbors
Gardens are a perfect place to sit and relax. Choosing the right seat is everything. The shape, pattern, or color on a bench or chair will effect the flow of chi. A long straight bench with horizontal slats acts as a straight line to speed up the energy, while a round chair with curved back helps the chi to flow smoothly. A solid, heavy stone seat would make a good stillness remedy. This bodes exceptionally well in high activity areas as the stone becomes a tethering point.
When choosing the material for your seating, use the bagua for guidance. For example, stone seating bodes exceptionally well in earth and metal directions such as southwest, northeast, west and northwest, while wood works dynamically in the east, southeast or south directions. Also be mindful of the style choice when considering the portents of the bagua. For example, choose a more romantic feel when positioning seating in the southwest, while a carefree and playful design works best in the west.
Arbors make for very good feng shui as long as they are not too overgrown for energy to flow in and out. Choose a shape with a rounded top, and use scented plants to attract beneficial chi to the area. Arbors are excellent accent pieces especially in the dynamic growth portents of east, southeast and south. They also can act as a fabulous border to separate one area of the garden from another. Depending on the size of the arbor, it can double as a protective roof over an eating area.
Think about your garden as a place to relax and a place to be active - weeding and pruning, planting and mowing. But even the most active of us need simply to sit and enjoy the garden some of the time. Seating is an essential part of any garden, whether you have a single chair or half a dozen benches in different places. Either way, take your time to balance your outdoor space with interesting choice seating and artsy arbors.
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com