Feng Shui aerobics.
It started out as such a minor thing. I decided that I needed to finally mop the hardwood floors in my living room. In order to best mop around the area rug, I had to move some furniture away from the perimeter and fold the rug up. Easy peasy.
Now, several hours later I am sitting here sipping a boozy Manhattan cocktail and wondering just what the hell happened today.
I mopped the first quarter of the room, then thought to myself, “You know, maybe it’s time to re-arrange the furniture.” Yesterday, I talked about Feng Shui and I pulled out one of my favorite books on the subject and started thinking about the energy of my apartment.
Clearly, after the stagnation I have felt recently it was important to move my energy around a bit.
So today, after my first few moments of mopping the living room, I started on what would become an epic, all-day adventure. I am thoroughly exhausted. Who needs a gym? Just do a deep cleaning and Feng Shui realignment of your home. It’s guaranteed to raise your cardio and kill off a few calories.
I totally rearranged the furniture in my living room. Then I took one of the tables from that area and swapped it out for one in my bedroom. Then I thought, “That doesn’t look good with the rug.” So I went to my back room and took the rug – after vacuuming it – and moved it into my bedroom which necessitated mopping the entire bedroom and figuring out how to position the rug and shove it under all the existing furniture.
That left the back room. So then I figured, I guess I need to mop this now. So I did, then put the rug that had formerly been in my bedroom there. But I still had a table from my bedroom sitting in the hall, so I then turned my attention to my office.
I moved everything out of one half of the room and mopped it. Then I started putting things back, but ended up moving one table into the living room and then found a home for the table from my bedroom. A huge number of small, decorative items migrated from room to room until I found a more harmonious way of arranging things.
Of course, the kitchen had been the repository of all the “extra” stuff that I didn’t know what to do with, so now I had to focus on that. I stripped the kitchen table and found new placemats and rearranged the plants in the kitchen. I then took all the decorative items and moved them around to new homes in my apartment.
In the process, I took out two large bags of garbage and filled another box for the eventual day when I might be able to donate things to Goodwill again. After all of this, I found myself quite literally laying down in the middle of the living room staring at the ceiling thinking, “What the heck just happened?”
On the upside, this is the first time I have participated in any physical activity in longer than I can remember. Schlepping all of the furniture around was definitely like an aerobics class. On the downside, I feel like I spent my entire day doing things that ultimately don’t make much difference in the greater scheme of things.
Then again, I realize that moving my energy around is important. My feelings of stagnation have been keeping me from moving forward in my life. Maybe this day of Feng Shui aerobics will help me break through my blocks.
Now, I think I need another cocktail.
It’s only Quarantine if it comes from the Quarante province of France. Otherwise, it’s just Sparkling Isolation.