Faces of Nashville: Tisha Morris

Tisha Morris is a feng shui consultant and the author of Feng Shui Your Life: The Quick Guide to Decluttering Your Home and Renewing Your Life (Turner Publishing). Prior to entering the healing arts, Tisha practiced law and obtained a fine arts degree in interior design. She is also a certified life coach, energy healer, and teaches yoga at Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tisha started her feng shui practice in 2007 and has since worked with hundreds of clients. As an intuitive healer, Tisha combines healing energy, feng shui techniques, and design aesthetics to turn challenging spaces into supportive environments. Tisha works one-on-one with clients in their homes and businesses. She also facilitates holistic workshops and is available for speaking engagements. Tisha is based in Nashville, with most of her services available both in-person or remotely.

Where did you grow up and when and why did you move to Nashville?

People are shocked when they learn that I actually grew up here. I’m not sure if it’s my lack of a Southern accent, the fact that I’m a feng shui consultant, or simply because few people in Nashville actually are from Nashville. Either way, I grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee. I lived in Memphis for several years after law school and wanted to move back. My dream had always been to work on one of the top floors in downtown Nashville as an attorney. When I reached that goal at age 28, I hit my mid-life crisis and began searching for what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

How did you get into the healing arts and become a feng shui practitioner?

After practicing law for several years, I followed my passion and love for the home by obtaining a fine arts degree in interior design. While it would seem that interior design would be the logical prelude to feng shui, it was actually through my experience with yoga and energy healing that I became interested. After starting an energy healing practice, I realized  that the mind, body, and home are all part of the same energy soup. And so that’s when my love affair with feng shui began. Over the last several years, I have seen people make amazing transformations by making changes to their home.

Why do you feel it’s important to feng shui a home?

Feng shui is to a home as breathing is to our body. It is essential to remove energy blocks and stagnant energy to improve the flow of energy through our spaces. In doing so, our physical and mental health will improve, as will finances, relationships or anything in your life, as it is all a projection of ourselves. If there are energy blocks within your home, then there will be blocks in other areas of your life. Ultimately, it is about bringing energy into balance. And as your home’s energy is balanced so will your personal energy and that which you project out into your world.

Do you feng shui your own home?

Definitely. My home is my feng shui laboratory and my homes have always been my best guru. I periodically space clear my home, experiment with the Smudge Spray I developed, as well as experiment with different feng shui remedies. I still catch myself underutilizing feng shui in certain areas of my home. It’s a process and I’m just now getting to the exterior of my home to feng shui my gardens.

What inspired you to write your book, Feng Shui Your Life: The Quick Guide to Decluttering Your Home and Renewing Your Life?

For my very first feng shui workshop, I overloaded participants with tons of information. At the end, one woman raised her hand and said, “What should we do first?” Her question became the cornerstone of my future workshops and then the inspiration for this book. So many of us are overwhelmed with where to begin in our home as we can’t see the forest for the trees. So I wanted this book to be an easy, logical and organized way to understand such a right-brain concept. I wanted to inspire people to roll up their sleeves and start making changes in their home. After all, feng shui only works if you apply it.

What is the greatest piece of advice you have been given?

“Ask people questions about themselves, smile, and give them a compliment.” – My Dad

Do you have an irrational fears?

I think fear is just doing things completely new and outside our comfort zone. When my book first came out, I felt like I was doing something out of my comfort zone weekly, if not daily. From book signings to TV appearances to workshops in New York, I was facing some serious fears. I got over most of them, but I’m still a little fearful of a video camera. Still working on that one!

What books can be found on your bedside table?

I just finished The Marriage Plot and 1Q84 before that. Both of them were amazing in their own right. In the non-fiction realm is Make Space by the School at Stanford, and I just re-read Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr.

Event most looking forward to attending in May/June?

‘Tis the season for outdoor concerts! This is my favorite time of year and I am among the many who still reminisce over the days of the Summer Lights Festival. But alas, I am looking forward to the Steve Winwood/Michael Franti benefit concert at Fontanel.  That will give me my outdoor concert fix for now.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Nashville?

When it comes to restaurants, I have to admit that I’m more into the design and feel of the space than I am the food. For me, the food is the supporting cast to the space. My two favorite spaces in Nashville are Virago and Margot, which have completely different design styles. I love the zen minimalism at Virago and the warm coziness of Margot.

Favorite vacation spot?

For domestic travel, any city that starts with San or Santa. For international travel, any city that’s over 9000 feet above sea level.

Do you have a playlist for a dinner party or a great workout that you can share with our readers?

As a yoga instructor, one of my favorite parts is the playlist, here are some of my faves…

Stoned on Shiva – Steve Gold
Midnight Raga – John deKadt
Glory Box – Portishead
Wait For Me – Moby
Holocene – Bon Iver
Intention, featuring Morley – EarthRise SoundSystem

Name 3 things you can’t live without (excluding God, family and friends):

  • My iPhone
  •  iPad
  • iMac- Yes, I’m a total tech geek

For more information about Tisha, her workshops or services, go to www.tishamorris.com.

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