February 05th, 2019
“Science is saying that everything that vibrates possesses intelligence & everything vibrates. And there’s a central intelligence that everything vibrates to.” – Lynne McTaggert, from her book, “The Field”
One of the three tenets of Feng Shui, everything is alive, is being illuminated by Marie Kondo’s books and Netflix series called “Tidying Up.” At first, without knowing much about Marie, I wondered if she was on the OCD spectrum due to what appeared to be her extreme neatness. I had briefly seen her on shows like Ellen where the focus of her work was how she folded clothes. As a guest on talk shows, one only has a few minutes to demonstrate their work and unfortunately, this gave me an incomplete impression of Marie. It wasn’t until I watched her Netflix series that I saw her working on a much deeper level.
For those of you who’ve seen her show, you’ll know she works with a very diverse client base. That impressed me! Before she starts working with a client, she gets down on the floor and connects with the space in “prayer.” Next, she’ll gently point out how much stuff we all have by having her clients pile all their clothes on a bed. That is eye opening! The newer American homes have so much potential for storage, we lose site of how much we really have. Then comes the sorting process of what to keep. She asks her clients to thank each piece of clothing that will not stay. The clothes that are staying are then stored or folded very neatly.
Her approach isn’t necessarily about getting rid of stuff. It’s about honoring what we have and treating what we have with respect. In other words, she is teaching us to appreciate the aliveness of everything, even inanimate objects like clothes and our personal possessions.
So, the next time you throw something on the floor, cram something into a drawer, never use something, or stuff things into cupboards, consider this: It is Alive!!!
January 14th, 2019
October 31st, 2018
October 25th, 2018
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!
October 04th, 2018
Autumn is a great time to tweak your space.
As energy moves from the yang chi of summer to the yin chi of winter, now is a good time to pay attention to your space and make some simple changes. Ideally doing so before the arrival of the busy holiday season. Here are some ways to get your creative juices flowing.
- Purge expired items from your pantry and kitchen cupboards
- Donate those coats and jackets you no longer wear
- Clean the dust bunnies from your dryer vent, under the fridge and stove
- Delete old files from your hard drive and email accounts
- Vacuum under the beds
- Light a lovely scented candle. Here’s a favorite of mine: https://trumelange.com/
- Diffuse your favorite essential oil. Or make your own spray: https://catherinehilker.com/make-your-own-clearing-spray/
- Tackle that nagging problem.
Feel free to share your experience enhancing your space!
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