November 01st, 2017
“A simple life is its own reward” — George Santayana
The opposite of simplicity is complexity and a complex life is prone to too many responsibilities that create stress, anxiety and pressure. Our culture is rampant with complexities: too many choices, too much to do, too many commitments, too little time, too little resources, too many resources, too little space, too much space., etc. Add to that, our culture of consumption that is tempting us to accumulate, keep up with the Jones’s, and feeding the illusion that stuff creates happiness. A complex life takes a lot of energy to support:
financial: “stuff” is expensive
physical: maintaining, storing
mental: tracking, thinking about, worrying
emotional: anxiety, stress
Consider ways to simplify your life. In your space:
Reduce visual images: give the eyes a rest
Pare down clothing: getting dressed is easier
Open up space: easier to clean and move around
Reduce knickknacks: makes dusting easier
Limit new things coming into your space unless something is leaving
Everything has a designated space
Quality over quantity
Generally, use everything and every room you have. If you don’t use it, lose it.
Consider ways to simplify your life:
Don’t over schedule
Say no graciously
Don’t commit from a place of obligation, instead commit from the heart
Cultivate a stillness practice that focuses on the breath
Incorporate mindfulness while doing mundane tasks
Do one thing at a time (No texting & driving!!!)
Not only does simplifying our lives reduce stress, the benefits of a simple life enhances chi in our spaces and in our bodies. Healthy chi = healthy spaces, bodies and minds!
September 05th, 2017
Here’s my personal favorite recipe for making my own clearing spray for my home using high quality essential oils.
In a 4 oz spray bottle add:
15 drops of Frankincense
15 drops of Peppermint
10 drops of Spruce
10 drops of Lavender
And if you want to get super fancy, add your favorite flower essences to the spray for support in addressing any emotional issues.
Shake vigorously and spray in your space and around your body!
August 22nd, 2017
Taking good care of our spaces creates vibrant energy while neglect creates stagnant energy. Stagnant chi not only impacts it’s residents, it also impact the neighbors.
May 09th, 2017
- things you love/like
- things that are okay
- things you hate/don’t like
April 02nd, 2017
Lighting has an important function in feng shui.In addition to providing illumination, lightingprovides comfort, safety, mood, ambiance, and
can influence the chi quality. Poor lighteningdepletes personal chi and great lightening enhances it.
To enhance comfort choose reading lamps that properly align at eye level while seated. Ideally your space is flooded with plenty of natural light and enhanced with task lighting. In kitchens, ensure there’s adequate lighting over the sink, work surfaces, burners, and eating areas.
To enhance safety consider lighting paths, walkways, and steps that work with timers. In addition to reducing accidents, landscape and outdoor lighting can add a feeling of welcome and warmth to your home or business (and it’s good advertising!). Use timers on select lamps to avoid entering a dark
To enhance health minimize or eliminate long hours under florescent lighting. Studies are pointing out the negative effects of extensive use of florescent lights. Consider using full spectrum bulbs as they
mimic natural sunlight and addresses spaces that are sunlight deficient. Also, color and skin tones look
better when using full spectrum lighting.
For ambiance, nothing beats the soft glow of candles or the beautiful patterns of objects lit from below.Experiment with canister lights under plants in the corners of rooms. This not only perks up stagnate energy that ‘collects’ in corners, but also casts interesting shadows on walls and ceilings. And don’t forget the power of a dimmer switch to create a soft, special mood in any room.I encourage you to take an inventory of the lighting in your home or office. Make sure it is comfortable for your eyes, suites the task at hand, encourages an atmosphere of safety, promotes health and well-being, and sets the stage for beautiful ambiance. The chi of your home and your body will thank you for it!
March 30th, 2017
There are numerous sensational stories of people making feng shui changes and then “miracles” show up. As such, I’m often asked to make suggestions for improving financial prosperity. However, I’m a believer in miracles AND reality. Improving financial prosperity is a process that requires dedicated commitment. The miracles are a result of dedicated commitment. The hexagram for Wealth & Prosperity in feng shui is related to persistent wind, the importance of mindful, persistent action over time. One of my teachers at the Western School of Feng Shui described Wealth & Prosperity like this, “The slow, steady, and honest accumulation of valuable resources and priceless blessings.” In addition, prosperity is grounded in gratitude. So, are the quick fixes possible? Of course, so is winning the lottery!
January 04th, 2017
Use the element of wood to nourish confidence, personal freedom, drive and strategic planning.
Use the element of fire to nourish enthusiasm, social activities, warmth, passion and charisma.
Use the element of earth to nourish stability, grounding, a sense of belonging, and reliability.
Use the element of metal to nourish efficiency, precision, strengthening boundaries, being disciplined and “protecting” personal space.
Use the element of water to nourish modesty, objectivity, introspection, and ingenuity.
Find my element booklet here: Five Element Booklet
November 02nd, 2016
When I am able to get a new dining table for my small dining L ~ which is preferable: round, rectangle, square???
For your situation, instead of recommending a specific shape, I suggest the focus be the size. It’s important that there is flow around the table & accessibility to all seats. A small table that can expand with leaves may be appropriate for larger groups but when retracted takes up the least amount of floor space.
August 12th, 2016
My nieces and I see specific times (like 11:11) almost every day and we will text each other when we randomly see those special numbers. (True story: my niece text me 11:11 while I was working on this post!) The special numbers remind me of the connection of everything, including the world beyond earth. In reflecting, I check my thoughts in those moments, think of a loved one that has passed away, or offer gratitude.
Lately, I’ve been running across groundhogs. I never see them so it’s been noteable to see so many in such a short period of time. When I researched their symbolic Native American meaning, I didn’t resonate with any of the material except I noticed the word shamanism and was intrigued.
Simultaneously, I’ve been interested in doing some advanced Human Design training since I’ve recently turned in my analyst certification requirements. One class in particular kept showing up for me. It’s called, “Empowering Your Inner Shaman.” When I put together the groundhog message and being drawn to this class, it became very clear to me that signing up was in order. And the timing couldn’t have been better because the class size is limited and I squeaked in just in the nick of time!
As a side note, I was doing a coaching session with a client who had a significant deer encounter while we were talking. I took that as a “sign” and shared the Native American animal message. The symbolic message from deer is, “Deer … so gentle and loving you are. The flower of kindness, an embrace from afar.” It was so profound and appropriate for that exact moment that I was moved to tears when sharing it.
How does the connection to everything in your life show up for you?
October 14th, 2015
We live in a world where energy radiates from everything. This energy, also referred to as ch’i, life force, and prana, creates a response in us, an interaction, a “relationship”.
This relationship can be uplifting or depressing based on the history and association you have with the colors, objects, furnishings and symbols you choose to surround yourself with. Using meaningful colors, objects, furnishings, and symbols, in which you experience a good “relationship”, creates inspirational and healthy “ch’i” in your environment.
In Feng Shui, there are commonly recognized ch’i enhancers. Ch’i enhancers are things that symbolize flow and movement, things that contain reflective qualities, things that embrace nature, and things that provide pleasing sounds and smells. They can be summarized as those things, which delight the senses and integrate nature in our environments.
To enhance the chi in your space, feel free to grab a copy of my complimentary chi enhancer booklet and get to work!