Throughout our day from when our feet first touch the floor in the morning, until we climb into bed at night, we move from one place to another along various well-worn pathways throughout our homes and where we work.  The degree of ease of moving from Point A to Point B adds to physical and also psychological ease of getting where we want to go to.  

It’s easy to see how clear, clean pathways add to physical ease of movement.  What may be less obvious is the psychological effect and our associations with how easy or difficult flow is in our lives.  A pathway containing either physical obstructions or things which are emotionally uncomfortable can give us an unconscious expectation that getting where we want to go is full of difficulty.

Talking with a feng shui client recently, she said she was having a hard time connecting with the world.  She felt more isolated and cut off, and less than fully motivated to engage in life.  Lots of things can contribute to this, but when I saw photos of her home it became clear that the state of her pathways was contributing to this feeling of difficulty. 

Three things in particular caught my attention: 

  1. She had been taking care of her sweet old kitty who was in poor health; the central pathway from her bedroom, which went through the  center of her upstairs floor, had a cat box and other items with which she could care for the cat and make its last days more comfortable. 
  2. A little further on was an open work area which had a few stacks here and there of work and personal items waiting to be sorted and carted elsewhere.  
  3. Downstairs, she entered the garage from an interior door, and then had to wade through an assortment of boxes and other belongings stacked and scattered here and there in a messy-looking and random fashion.  

Physically walking from bedroom to car was not so difficult, pretty straightforward really.  But emotionally the pathway was marked by stations of concern, sadness and loss, overwhelm, and then more overwhelm and confusion.  For an emotionally sensitive and caring person, this is a lot to deal with to just get to one’s car; and then, the lingering, subliminal burden of loss and overwhelm colors expectations for the day.  It’s enough to make a person want to stay in bed, just to avoid this experience being repeated again and again.  This dear person didn’t do anything “wrong” by the way, just living life with the inevitable situations that occur – I mention her story because it is so human, and true for all of us one way or another, and there are easy ways we can make happy improvements.

As I was thinking about this topic, I googled “messy hallways”.  The photos were so dreadful I don’t even want any of them to be here as an illustration of how obstructions and difficult emotional cues can impact us.  When thinking of extremes it’s easy to imagine that it would be a dismal outcome.  What is more subtle to notice is that  even little things can make a difference, as markers along the way of either ease and grace, or something a little arduous, or just plain uninspiring.  The real trick is to “see and feel” the features in our environment that we’ve gotten accustomed to.

Here are a few pointers for taking a look at your own pathways and creating some transformation:

I hope you will have fun with this,

and, in the immortal words of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers,

“Happy Trails to you, until we meet again!”