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Feng Shui And Food: Fruity Summer Salad

May 11th, 2013

Summer Salad

What’s the connection between feng shui & food you ask? As you know, the chi in your surroundings and in the food you eat either nourish or deplete you. How you prepare your meals adds to the vibrancy of the food you eat and serve to others.  For those who know me well, know I love to cook. My love of cooking adds joy to the food I eat. And that’s a good thing and good things are good feng shui!

 

 

Organic baby greens

Organic strawberries, sliced

Handful of chopped cooked, free range chicken

1 -2 stalks of organic celery, chopped

Handful of walnuts

Toss with honey, lemon vinaigrette! Yum…

 

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Feng Shui

Feng Shui Tips for Welcoming

April 29th, 2013

 

Your front entrance is the mouth of chi and sets the stage for the entire space. Make this area especially attractive for you and your guests.

Photo Courtesy of Heather Elias

* Add a doormat with an inviting word or image.
* Be sure the front door opens freely and is in good working order.
* Make your address easy to read from the street.
* Use lighting that illuminates walkways, stairs and steps.
* Use pleasing sounds as greeters like wind chimes and fountains.
* Make sure you have a doorbell in good working order.
* Space permitting; add a small table to set things down when entering.
* Once inside, greet yourself and guests with a fabulous piece of art.
* Regularly display fresh flowers.
* Do a nose check for unpleasant smells and adjust appropriately.

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Feng Shui Tips: Selling Your Home

April 25th, 2013

 

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of New House

 

In the northern hemisphere, it’s spring and typically a good time to put your home on the market. Follow these feng shui guidelines to make your space sparkle and sell quickly!

 

 

  • Address stagnant chi. To get chi  moving, clean thoroughly and purge things you haven’t used in a long time. Also, clean the windows and address negative views.
  • Make your front entrance sing. Use an eye catching color on the front door, make sure the address is clearly visible, add an inviting welcome mat, repair broken steps, trim landscaping paths.
  • Use color to direct the eye and accent key features, like a fireplace.
  • Make sure all doors open completely and aisles are clear with 36 inches being ideal.
  • Have a friend do a smell check.
  • Add plants in your space. Especially replace silk ones with the real thing.
  • Being the heart of the home, kitchens must be sparkling, organized, and attractive.
  • Enhance with strategically placed mirrors.
  • Place beds in the command position.
  • Perform a gratitude ceremony for your home and let it go to it’s new buyers.

 

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Recipes, Simple Recipes, Trader Joe Recipes

Feng Shui & Food: Easy Peasy Hearty Chicken Veggie Soup

April 21st, 2013

 

Chicken SoupWhat’s the connection between feng shui & food you ask? As you know, the chi in your surroundings and in the food you eat either nourish or deplete you. How you prepare your meals adds to the vibrancy of the food you eat and serve to others.  For those who know me well, know I love to cook. My love of cooking adds joy to the food I eat. And that’s a good thing and good things are good feng shui!

  • 1 32 oz container of Organic Chicken Stock (reserve 1/2 C for thickening)
  • 1 bag of Trader Joe’s Organic Foursome Frozen Veggies
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 – 3 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 – 2  cloves of minced garlic
  • left over cooked chicken from crock pot roast chicken

Saute onions and celery until soft. Add garlic for an additional minute. Add the remaining ingredients and heat through. To thicken add 2 T of gluten free flour and 1/2 of chicken stock in a screw top jar and shake vigorously. Add to soup, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes. Season with a pinch of thyme, salt and pepper. I like to transfer my soup to a crock pot set on low. It stays warm without over cooking.

Enjoy!

 

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Healthy Living, Inner Feng Shui

A Powerful 15 Minute Meditation

April 10th, 2013

Try this simple practice to bring vitality to your physical body. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, begin focusing only on your breath and relax. Do this for a few moments or until you are centered. Bring a smile to your face and focus on the following:

Heart: to dissolve impatience

Lungs: to soften griefHuman Organs

Liver: to melt anger

Stomach: to reduce anxiety

Pancreas: to allow more joy

Spleen: to aid in letting go

Kidneys: to reduce fear

 

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Feng Shui Ways to Add Vitality

March 01st, 2013

Vitality Infographic

 

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Feng Shui, Healthy Living

10 Things That Make Insomnia Worse

February 28th, 2013

 

Traditional Bedroom design by San Francisco General Contractor Camber Construction

From a feng shui perspective, here are some reasons that can make insomnia worse:

  1. Televisions – TVs are yang and fiery which is the exact opposite of the vibe for generating restful sleep and rejuvenation.
  2. Electronics – Not only can electronics be stimulating, they generate large electromagnetic fields. Until we know the impact electronic fields have on human health, keep these away from the bed. At the very least, turn everything completely off.
  3. Mirrors – Mirrors are active and bring yang energy to a space. In addition, mirrors amplify chi.
  4. The color red – In large doses, the color red can be very enlivening making sleep difficult.
  5. Heavy objects hung on the wall over the headboard. If something looks dangerous, subconsciously our bodies stay on alert.
  6. Uncomfortable pillows and mattresses. This is not only “bad” feng shui, it is imperative that backs, necks, etc. are supported properly.
  7. Lighting – As another form of the fire element, leaving lights on, light streaming in from the outside, and blue light from electronic devices all impact our body’s natural rhythms.
  8. Chandeliers, ceiling fans and beams over the bed. This is similar to #5 and chi is usually too yang from these objects.
  9. Exercise equipment – who needs a reminder to work out when trying to sleep?
  10. Office Equipment – who needs a reminder there’s work to do when  trying to sleep?

 

 

 

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Feng Shui

Feng Shui Element of Water

January 14th, 2013

 

  Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it. –Lao Tzu

 

Water  release, renewal, flow

The element of water is represented the colors of blacks (still water), indigo (moving water), and dark colors. Water is actual water features and any depiction of water in pictures and art, glass, man-made crystal and mirrors. Water is represented by free flowing and asymmetrical shapes as well as the direction of west and the season of winter.

Chi qualities:  mystical, introspective, original, philosophical, reflective

Too much:  inconsistent, passive, overwhelmed with emotion, stagnation (too much still water), chaos (too much moving water)

Too little: Loses self in others, detached, shallow, withdrawn, inflexible

 

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Healthy Living, Recipes

Easy Peasy Minestrone Style Soup

January 05th, 2013

 

What’s the connection between feng shui & food you ask? As you know, the chi in your surroundings and in the food you eat either nourish or deplete you. How you prepare your meals adds to the vibrancy of the food you eat and serve to others.  For those who know me well, know I love to cook. My love of cooking adds joy to the food I eat. And that’s a good thing and good things are good feng shui!

 

 

1 carton of chicken (or vegetable) stock

1 can of chopped tomatoes

1 can of garbanzo beans

1/2 of bag of frozen spinach

1 -2 stalks of celery, chopped

2-3 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 -2 cloves of fresh minced garlic

oregano, basil and a pinch of rosemary

Saute celery, carrots, and onion in a generous amount of olive oil until soft. Add the garlic and spices and continue to saute a few more minutes. (Don’t burn the garlic!) Add the sauteed veggies and the remaining ingredients to a crock pot and cook until all the flavors are blended (about a couple hours). Serve with freshly grated Parmesan.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Feng Shui, Healthy Living, Images, Inner Feng Shui, Inspiration

My Jar of Joy

December 20th, 2012

 

 

There was a post circulating on facebook that I loved so much I shared it on my Creating Sanctuary Feng Shui page. It was a simple of idea of starting the new year with an empty jar and each day add little notes of inspiration, gratitude, special events, moments of crystal clear clarity, or anything heart warming and touching. I was so excited about this idea, I started my process a little bit early. I’m calling it my Joy Jar!

How about starting your own Joy Jar and celebrate our moments of win with each other?

 

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