May 20th, 2011
What do you do when your get up and go got up and went? For me finding motivation and inspiration to avoid procrastination comes in many forms. Here are some of my favorites:
- Listening to a favorite song
- Visiting a funny website
- Taking a walk with my dog
- Creating something, like making a collage, painting, or baking
- Chatting with a positive friend
- Taking my laptop to a coffee shop to work
- Clearing out a file drawer
- Rehang art, move knick knacks around
What do you do when your mojo disappears?
May 11th, 2011
Feeling stuck, unmotivated or uninspired? Yeah, it happens! What can you do to move energy? Try these simple tips.
- Donate 5 items to a non profit
- Rearrange the art in one room
- Empty out one file drawer
- Add a new plant in one room
- Delete 20 old documents on your hard drive
Feel better now?
April 18th, 2011
You’ve cleared your clutter, added chi enhancers, and created an intention power spot. Great, now it’s time to add elements of nature that support your goals. Bring in:
- Fire – to add more warmth, make yourself more visible, invite recognition, expand a social component to your life.
- Earth – to add more stability, grounding and centering into your life.
- Metal – to add more mental clarity and creative expression.
- Water – to add more introspection, calm and personal reflection.
- Wood- to add strength, assertiveness and drive.
You’ll find details on each element here: Five Element Booklet. Play with different colors, textures, symbols and materials represented in each element. And don’t forget to have fun!
April 11th, 2011
It was a beautiful weekend in Michigan, perfect for getting outside and prepping the flower beds, bringing out the deck furniture and installing the front yard fountain. Those who know me will agree I love my fountains with three inside and three outside. Moving water is a great chi enhancer and brings the sound of nature to your home or business.
Here’s an easy way to make your own:
Use an artist made ceramic bowl (If you use a pot for plants, you’ll need to plug the drainage hole.)
Add a small submersible pump
Cover the pump with rocks and water
March 10th, 2011
Depending on what you’d like to accomplish in your space, it’s a good idea to determine if yin or yang elements are intentionally incorporated to meet your needs. Here’s a quick description:
- Rooms: small, lower levels, back of the home, quiet, private, low ceilings, small amount of open space
- Colors/lighting: dim, dark, muted
- Furnishings/decor: carpet, area rugs, textures, floral patterns, soft/padded furniture, curved/round lines, ornate, low to the floor
- Accessories/collections/art: small scale, many pieces, dense
- Rooms: large, upper levels, front of the home, noisy, busy, high ceilings, grand, large expanses of open spaces
- Colors/lighting: bright, light
- Furnishings/decor: wood/tile/cement/stone floors, smooth/shiny surfaces, geometric patterns, hard/unpadded furniture, straight/angular lines, high off the ground
- Accessories/collections/art: large scale, few pieces, sparse
March 06th, 2011
Here’s a detailed booklet describing sheng chi (the good stuff) to add vitality to any space.
Use chi enhancers to soften sha chi (aggressive energy) or to temporarily balance si chi (stagnant energy).
What is your favorite way to make your space sing?
February 28th, 2011
In feng shui, the quality of chi can be separated into three distinct categories. The good stuff is sheng chi, the bad stuff sha chi and si chi.
Here’s an example of sheng chi: (vibrant)
Sha chi: (aggressive)
Si Chi: (decaying)
In the simplest of terms, the goal is to reduce sha and si chi and add an abundance of sheng chi.
*photos courtesy of http://www.publicdomainpictures.net
January 29th, 2011
Feng Shui and the Command Position
by Stephanie Roberts
One of the most important feng shui guidelines is to place your bed and desk in what is called the “Command Position.” In this position, you face the door from the far side of the room but are not directly in front of the door; usually the part of the room diagonally farthest from the entry offers the best Command Position.
In the Command Position, you are able to benefit from the chi that enters and flows through the space, while being far enough removed from the doorway that you are not exposed to chi that is too strong. A true Command Position also provides a solid wall behind you for support. Using this position puts you in visual command of the space, and allows you to face life directly, both literally and symbolically.
If you can’t see the door from where you sleep or work, this implies that life can sneak up on you, that you tend not to face issues directly, and that you are easily startled and constantly dealing with unexpected events. Sleeping or working directly in line with the door also exposes you to excessive chi, which can contribute to stress, irritability, health problems, and feelings of overwhelm. Use of the Command Position removes you from these negative influences and puts you in control of your space and of your life.
The objective of using the Command Position for the bed and desk is a key factor as well in the feng shui guideline that says not to have your home office in the bedroom. While the main reason for this is that the energy of work (desk) and that of rest (bed) are incompatible and should not be housed in the same space, it is also highly unlikely that you will be able to place both the desk and the bed in the Command Position if you try to use both these important pieces of furniture in the same room.
These are fairly straightforward guidelines, but as so often happens, in any particular space there may be other factors involved that need to be taken into account. Although there are often several potential places to put a bed or desk that will meet the Command Position criteria (the larger the space, the more options you will have), usually one or more of these will be less than optimal for some reason. For example, placing your desk with a good view of the door may require sitting with your back to a large window. Not only does this imply lack of support in your career, but if you work at a computer (as most people with desk jobs do) glare from the window can also be a problem.
Other potential problems to be avoided include overhead beams, the low side of a slanted ceiling, sharp angles from interior corners, and an overhead fan in a room with a low ceiling – to name just a few. Any one of these factors may make a potential Command Position less than desirable. You should also keep in mind what is going on in the neighboring rooms as well as outside the building. For example, what may seem like the perfect Command Position location for your bed is not so perfect if your bedroom shares a wall with your kitchen or bathroom, and the toilet, shower, stove or refrigerator is right on the other side of the wall behind the bed. Another example would be a bedroom in the front of a house very close to the road. Here the Command Position might indicate placing the head of the bed against the exterior wall, where nighttime traffic may sound like it’s driving right over your pillow and make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. In this case, you may find that placing your bed so it is in the Command Position relative to the road, rather than the doorway, is the better option. In many cases a review of the pros and cons of a space may indicate that the best location for your desk or bed may be one that is not in the Command Position, but that protects you from other influences.
The best possible furniture placement in any room in your home often involves a compromise between several different feng shui guidelines. The more you know about how the different features of your home affect your space, the better able you will be to make the placement choices that are best for you.
© 2005 Stephanie Roberts Serrano
STEPHANIE ROBERTS is the author of the popular Fast Feng Shui book series, available at Amazon.com.
January 23rd, 2011
Here’s a simple exercise that assists in quieting the mind, especially for those nagging looping thoughts. Sound familiar?
- Place your backside against a wall and lower yourself as if sitting on a chair. Be sure your knees are over your ankles. Hold this pose for 10 – 20 seconds. If you can do it longer, I’ll be impressed!
- Now sit in a seated, comfortable position and breath on a 5 count, 5 counts for the inhale, pause, 5 counts for the exhale, pause. Do this until you complete at least 10 cycles.
That’s it! Feel better?
December 01st, 2010
Here’s a link to my December Newsletter: Living In The Eye of the Hurricane