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Cambria, CA, United States, 2006/08/21 - With the enormous challenges facing teachers and students, it makes sense to apply the guidelines of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of harmony and balance within our physical space, in our learning environments - HollyZieglerFengShui.com.
Education is a subject dear to my heart. For many years I had the privilege of being a teacher, both at the primary and high school levels, and throughout my career have taught every grade. Overseas in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, my classroom consisted of first, second, and third graders from 19 different countries — what an adventure it was to see those beautiful faces of all shapes and colors!
Being an educator today is an awesome task. The problems are many, classrooms are over-crowded, the kids are sophisticated and challenging, and often their personal lives more fragmented; the families that used to be so supportive of education and teachers, are themselves divided, often leaving one parent at home to cope with it all — and try to keep the kids on track. Teaching is tough; the hours long and the pay meager when compared with the corporate equivalent. Yet the role of a teacher is filled with intrinsic rewards so wondrous, only an educator can explain or fathom. Whenever and wherever possible, it would seem the wise thing to assist the learning process in any way we can.
With the enormous challenges facing teachers and students, it makes sense to apply the guidelines of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of harmony and balance within our physical space, in our learning environments. Just as the areas within our homes and offices respond to Feng Shui techniques for encouraging serenity and harmony, so can these age-old principles of balance be utilized in the classroom. Feng Shui principles can help ground our students, encourage their focus within a learning atmosphere, and experience greater tranquility.
From my experience, the internal design and “feeling” within the classroom environment can either help or hinder the learning process. Chi energy will move through a space whether it is a home, office, or schoolroom. It will get stuck and feel blocked by clutter, or meander easily and beckon the occupants to more efficiently and pleasantly use the area they have. Teaching spaces are usually filled with visual stimulation: colors and shapes that are energetically distracting or conducive to helping students focus on the task at hand. Desks can be arranged in straight, angular yang rows or curved yin ones — perhaps even in a circular pattern with the teacher at the area nearest the blackboard in the “command” position, giving them the energetic place of both authority and respect.
Using the intentional Feng Shui philosophy that “more is less,” we can encourage a teaching environment where the learning senses are appealed to in the highest way. Classical music can be played softly during reading, study, and testing periods; a fountain with gentle sound can re-create a natural setting near a reading circle. A simple aquarium can relax a tense or highly-charged atmosphere as well as provide an ongoing study of an aquatic life cycle.
In this month when students return to the classroom, may they find grounded spaces of learning and the focus so necessary to acquire new information. May our children’s teachers consider using the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui to further the goals of education: to expand and inspire the mind, to open new vistas, to point the way for the hungry spirit of learning that lies within each student.
Holly Ziegler (HollyZieglerFengShui.com) is an internationally trained Feng Shui expert since the early '90's. She expertly blends the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui with over three decades of success in the world of real estate for a no-nonsense, practical method to increase your success in selling real estate, as well as making wiser choices when buying property. Her sage advice will help improve all areas of life.