While Vastu is an ancient art that evolved in tandem with Vedic architecture, in many ways it was still ahead of its time. The Shastras even have remedies for mental health issues like anxiety and depression, which are often described as modern day maladies.
“Healing arts and pseudosciences can never substitute medical advice from a mental health professional, but you can try moving things around your home or office, if the space leaves you feeling high-strung all the time,” says Shilpa Khurana, a New Delhi-based consultant.
Khurana has a list of remedies but first inserts a precursor: “An individual may be very good at conceiving big ideas but the ability to analyze and implement them is also very important. So the churning of the mind is essential, but when it exceeds the limit it results in useless negative thoughts that cause anxiety,” she says.
The zone of churning
According to Vastu, an imbalance in the east of south east of your house can cause anxiety issues. It is described as the Zone of Manthan (churning). The imbalance of this zone can cause vish (venom) or anxiety, whereas a balanced zone results in amrit (nectar) or productivity. “I have had many clients who have sought the best psychiatrists in town to resolve their anxiety, but until they rectified their Zone of Manthan, they often had relapses,” she says.
Sleeping here should be avoided at all costs. One should neither conduct (Zoom) meetings nor use this area as a temple or pooja room.
Rectifying Vastu defects
Now even though this is a negative space, this area can be allocated as your bar (the instability of this zone is associated with intoxication), a storeroom, a laundry room with a washing machine (churning, remember?), an area to place your dustbin, and TV (this zone is also associated with fantasy). “Toilets in this area reduce anxiety and quick decision-making, which may be good for those dealing with the share market, but not others''.