Friday, January 26, 2018

Find Rest Through Feng Shui


The purpose of Feng Shui is to bring peace, harmony and a sense of serenity and restfulness to your home and your life. The serenity you create in your home has a great deal of influence on your outlook.

There are two areas in your home that lend themselves nicely to serenity, peace and rest:

1) The Knowledge and Self Cultivation Area:
This area located in the left front section of your home or business is particularly related to “Stillness.”  In the Feng Shui Bagua the Knowledge trigram is called “Still Mountain,” and operates under the premise that we assimilate knowledge best when we also cultivate a peaceful mind by practicing some form of regular “keeping still.” This can be accomplished through meditation, contemplation, and introspection.  Knowledge is viewed as the seed of wisdom, therefore when we spend time resting, our field of knowledge will be lush and productive. This teaching reminds us that to be brilliant, creative, and productive, we must also embrace stillness. 

Whatever room your Knowledge and Self Cultivation area resides, applying some basic Feng Shui principles can help you create a peaceful sanctuary.

The element for the Knowledge area is Wood, and the colors are blues and greens, therefore representations of this element can be used inside and outside of your home or business.

Enhancements for energizing Knowledge and Self Cultivation inside your home or business:
* Keep this area clutter free, since clutter does not act to soothe the mind.
* Items in the colors of blues, greens
* Items in the shape of columns or stripes
* Art representing mountains, woods, or anything that depicts a quiet outdoor space or 
   meditation gardens, pictures or collages of figures such as teachers and wise people in your
   life in meditation, contemplation or repose
* Wooden tables or bookcases holding books, tapes or material being studied
* Healthy plants with rounded soft leaves


This beautiful sun room is located in the knowledge and Self Cultivation of this home. Its color scheme of soft blues/greens, wicker furniture, floral carper and pillows and view of lush plants make this a serene oasis for reading and quiet introspection.

2) The Master Bedroom
One of the most important rooms in Feng Shui is the Master Bedroom.  Therefore what you do with your master bedroom has far reaching implications to your well being, serenity, harmony, rest and relationships.  The bedroom should be a haven of intimacy and solace.  It should be a place to unwind, shed the stress of the day, and rejuvenate the body and mind; a place for romance, and to deepen the bond of your relationship.

Your environment can nourish or weaken your intimacy. The more intimate bedrooms tend to be cozy and Yin.  The best bedroom colors are found in the warm skin tones of all races of people: from light beige and tans, creamy cocoas, blushing pinks and peaches, subtle yellows, earthy reds, copper, gold, bronze among others. The colors that are too cool and do not work in bedrooms are pure white, grey, black, blues, and greens. They may look beautiful in designer showrooms, but when they dominate they create a chilly room versus a sensual one. In the Master Bedroom the art and pictures should represent the qualities of the Love and Marriage area of the Bagua: pairs of items such as figurines and candles, pictures and art reflecting couples and romantic representations, pictures of you and your significant other.  It is not recommended to put photographs of your children and family in your master bedrooms. The bedroom is a romantic oasis, not a place to display photos of mom, dad or the kids.  It is also not a place for electronics, a work desk or exercise equipment which activate the room and keep you from totally resting. 


A very peaceful bedroom in warm earth tones and a nourishing view. 

Enjoy the peace, serenity and restfulness that these two areas bring to your home and consequently your life. If your life is chaotic begin your decluttering here.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Quiet Feng Shui - Knowledge and Self Cultivation Area

The serenity you create in your home has a great deal of influence on your outlook.
Although all areas of your home lend themselves to harmony; the left front section of the structure is particularly related to “Stillness.” 

In the Feng Shui Bagua (Ba‐gua) Map, represented as a grid of nine sectors, this area is referred to as the “Knowledge and Self Cultivation Area”. It operates under the premise that we assimilate knowledge best when we also cultivate a peaceful mind by practicing some form of regular “keeping still.” This can be accomplished through meditation, contemplation, and introspection. With the New Year upon us, now is a good time to build quietude into your daily routine, and honor the full rhythm of life. Knowledge is viewed as the seed of wisdom, therefore when we spend time keeping still, our field of knowledge will be lush and productive. This teaching reminds us that to be truly brilliant, creative, and productive, we must also embrace stillness. 



Whatever room your Knowledge and Self Cultivation area resides, applying some basic Feng Shui principles can help you create a peaceful sanctuary.



Enhancements in this area are particularly helpful if you are a student of any subject. Whether full time at a university, attending trainings or workshops to advance your career, or taking classes at your local recreation center, enhancing this area will help you achieve your goals. Not just for students, this area is also helpful to people in counseling or those engaging in any kind of self‐growth activities, or you just want to cultivate a more peaceful mind or lifestyle.

The element for the Knowledge area is Wood, and the colors are blues and greens, therefore representations of this element can be used inside and outside of your home or business.



Enhancements for energizing Knowledge and Self Cultivation inside your home or business:
* Keep this area clutter free, since clutter does not act to soothe the mind
* Items in the colors of blues, greens, or black
* Items in the shape of columns or stripes
* Posters, paintings, collages and/or photos of mountains, woods, or anything that depicts a
   quiet outdoor space or meditation gardens, pictures or collages of figures such as teachers
   and wise people in your life in meditation, contemplation or repose
* Wooden tables or bookcases holding books, tapes or material being studied
* Healthy plants with rounded soft leaves



Enhancements for energizing Knowledge and Self Cultivation outside your home or business: 
* This area is best enhanced outside with beautiful lush, healthy plants
* Figurines of people you consider wise, or blue/green gazing balls
* A wooden or wicker bench or seating area for quiet reflection


In both my daughter's house and my mother-in-laws's house the guest rooms are in this quiet area, and both decorated in teals and soft greens. We find harmony and peace each time we visit. My daughter calls it her personal happy place - it's no wonder!

Enjoy the serenity of this peaceful haven in your home and have a harmonious new year!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Inner Feng Shui - The Power of Walking


"Walking meditation is a simple way to connect with your spirit and mother earth in a very grounded way."      Madisyn Taylor

Feng Shui is all about the connection with your home and work environments, which is why so much focus is placed on creating harmony where we live and work. Harmony can also be created in your body through mindful exercise. In her article, "Mindful Walking" Madisyn Taylor explains the importance of mindful walking for your inner Feng Shui. 

"Many of us take the benefits of walking for granted. Each day we limit the steps we take by driving or sitting for long periods of time. But walking even a few blocks a day has unlimited benefits not only for our health, but our spirit as well, for as we walk, we connect with the earth. 



Even when walking on concrete, the earth is still beneath us, supporting us. Walking lets our body remember simpler times, when life was less complicated. This helps us slow down to the speed of our body and take the time to integrate the natural flow of life into our cellular tissue. Instead of running from place to place or thinking about how much more we can fit into our day, walking allows us to exist in the moment.  

Each step we take can lead us to becoming more mindful of ourselves and our feelings. Walking slows us down enough not only to pay attention to where we are in our body, but also to our breath. Taking time to simply notice our breath while we walk, through the length of our inhales and exhales, and becoming attuned to the way in which we breathe is taking a step towards mindfulness. When we become more mindful, we gradually increase our awareness of the environment around us and start to recognize that the normal flow of our thoughts and feelings are not always related to where we are in the present moment. Gradually we realize that the connection we have with the earth and the ground beneath our feet is all that is. By walking and practicing breathing mindfully we gain a sense of calm and tranquility -- the problems and troubles of the day slowly fade away because we are in the 'now'. 


The simplicity and ease of a walking practice allows us to create time, space and awareness of our surroundings and of the wonders that lie within. Taking a few moments to walk each day and become more aware of our breath will in turn open the door for the beauty of the world around us to filter in."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Feng Shui Your Office for Success

Home or business offices are crucial to your business success. Originally our home office broke many of the Feng Shui rules. The desk was in a corner facing away from the door with our back to it.  It was cluttered and dark, located in the Career Area but with no windows. My husband, who had been working from home, had just left his job after 30 years and was struggling with his early retirement. I decided to apply Feng Shui principles to this depressing space to see if it could make a difference in his career. 




Knowing that the home office is a place of power, the location of ours in the front of the house was in a perfect location and just needed a Feng Shui tune up.

1) With the help of a decorator we purchased a strong oak desk and placed it  it the power
        position; back, facing the door with a large high back chair.
2) Being organized is critical, so we purchased new cabinets, culled and organized.
3) We chose to hang all our awards and certificates on the Fame Wall and purchased                         better lighting.
4) Because so much of the room represented the Wood Element we brought in the Metal                   Element to control the wood through  a curved desk, carpet, white walls and a picture of                       mountain.
5) We enhanced the lighting by adding a light tube in the ceiling. This alone made a huge                  difference in the light created throughout the day.




Soon after my husband received a lucrative job offer and has been very happy ever since.  I also feel empowered doing my Feng Shui work in this enhanced, energizing space.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Important Feng Shui Tip - Let Nature Nourish You

One of the Feng Shui principles is that “Everything is Alive”; everything in your home is alive and either nourishing or draining you. The Feng Shui masters first looked at nature for harmonious spaces, therefore bringing a bit of nature into your home can help to uplift the energy, thereby nurturing you. Healthy plants and fresh flowers are an instant way of creating a beautiful, harmonious space. 


Another Feng Shui principle is that “Everything is Connected.” Objects from nature can also enhance the Ch’i in your home when they connect you to the special experiences you’ve had outdoors. Shells, rocks, stones, dried pods can bring back many memories, especially if you gathered them yourselves with your loved ones. These memories associated with your objects of nature help you keep connected to the natural world, even when living in a city without a garden. 



I’ve been taking a flower arranging class for a few years now. Every week I create, bring home, and display a beautiful arrangement.  The feeling evoked by these arrangements is pure joy as I am continuously being nourished by their beauty and combination of Feng Shui elements. The pumpkins, created by my sister in-law, help remind me of connections to family.  A win win!!!




The rock shaped like a heart was picked up while on a walk on Pismo Beach. One of my favorite places to stay with loved ones.
                                                                           
     

Bring nature inside your home and surround yourself with its healing energy. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mirrors - The "Aspirin" of Feng Shui

In Feng Shui mirrors have a myriad of uses, and are therefore called the “aspirin” of Feng Shui. They are used to cure many  architectural challenges; activating, expanding and circulating the Ch'i throughout interior spaces. When properly chosen and installed, they can visually enlarge small rooms, double beautiful views, make walls disappear, send energy back in uncomfortable situations and keep the energy flowing in the house.

Mirrors represent the Water Element which is related to the Career area of the Bagua. When they are places in the front center area of your home or business they help the career energy flow.


In this Career  entrance even the wall hangings represent a flow of water.

They are wonderful for opening up small spaces that would otherwise feel confining. Hung directly across from hall doors, they make the wall disappear and give the impression of more space. Mirrors hung across from windows will increase light, as well as the perceived size of small foyers, dens and home offices. If a Bagua area in missing a mirror on the adjacent wall will push the wall back and fill in the area. Also mirrors can be used to reflect what’s behind you when your back is to the door – when you’re sitting at your computer for example.


This mirror helps to open up this small foyer and the water element it represents feeds the wood element of the Bagua area

Beware though that mirrors make rooms active. They are great for lively rooms such as living rooms, family rooms, offices, bathrooms and kitchens – in fact, the bigger the better, but they are not meant for relaxation rooms such as bedrooms. The rule for bedrooms is one or fewer.  Many bedrooms have large wall to wall mirror closet doors that can impede restful sleep. If this is the case, you can screen, curtain, or remove them altogether. Mirrors are also not recommended for dining rooms because they activate the peaceful dining experience; better a beautiful piece of artwork representing the Bagua area.

When hanging mirrors, ensure that the people using them are not cut off in any way, and avoid fragmented mirrors as they create confusing energy.

In Feng Shui mirrors are also used to push the energy back from where it came. Of you have an unsightly view of power lines, a neighbor’s yard or negative energy from an impossible neighbor; you can hang a small mirror that faces in that direction. It can be places on a fence, a door, window or tree and can be hidden by bushes so that it’s not readily visible. Hang it in the spirit of goodwill, with the intention that the energy will shift and create good Chi. 

Mirrors are your friends - let them help you achieve harmony in your life!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Feng Shui Helps You Live With What You Love

There are three focuses in Feng Shui:
1) Put comfort and safety first
2) Express and organize yourself
3) Live with what you love

Since Feng Shui is all about the feeling that your environment evokes, it’s very important that you surround yourself with beauty and items that you love. One of the Feng Shui principles is that “everything in your house is alive and talking to you all the time.” What are the items in your house telling you? Do they contain bad memories? Do they remind you of work you need to do, or do they add beauty to your life? Make sure the art, furnishings and accessories in your home give you a positive message and evoke warm, positive feelings; that way you can ensure your home is nourishing you. 


Beautiful  hand blown Nourot lamps add beauty to a kitchen.

If a client tells me that there is nothing about their home they like, I encourage them to place an item they absolutely love in the room; a vase, a painting a pillow etc.  This item alone will begin changing the energy flow and soon start leading to more beauty. 


A client added beauty to her dining room in her wealth area. 

Feel the difference when you surround yourself with what you love!