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Feng Shui, Q & A

Using Mirrors in Bedrooms

July 27th, 2014

Mirror

Question:

Is it OK to hang a mirror in the bedroom? Especially a guest room?  I think it’s helpful for in room use for make-up or hair drying.

Answer:

The first thing I say to my clients is if it’s not broke, don’t fix it! If you are sleeping well, then the yang nature of a mirror in the bedroom is not a problem for you. Some are very sensitive to the active chi of a mirror and thus sleep can be disturbed. Having a mirror in a guest room can be a  better placement, especially if it’s not used regularly for sleep.

Avoid placing mirrors directly across the bed and avoid especially large mirrors in bedrooms all together.

 

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Feng Shui, Q & A

Tips For Placing A Bed In Front Of A Window

July 26th, 2014

Washington Post Bedroom

Question:

Due to the entrance, closet, and bathroom doors, the best placement for the bed is in front of the window. Help!

Answer:

Yes due to specific circumstances, the best placement for the bed can be in front of windows. This particular placement does need some tweaks to address the potential personal chi being drained away from the occupants. This is what I recommend:

  • Choose a solid wood or upholstered headboard, something that creates a barrier between the head and window opening.
  • Choose back out shades or blinds.
  • Install heavy drapery that closes off the window at night.

Voila!

 

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Feng Shui, Uncategorized

Quick Feng Shui Tips for Buying a Home

May 09th, 2014

Buying a home

Make sure the backyard does not slope away from the front yard, otherwise an adjustment to redirect chi is necessary.

Avoid purchasing a home that sits directly in front of a T-Junction.

Avoid purchasing a home that sits on property below grade to the main road (like a bowl). Not only will this create water drainage issues, chi tends to pool and become stagnant.

Make sure the home is not located near high tension wires and electrical sub stations. The intense amount of electro-magnetic energy radiating from these concentrated electrical sources have not been proven to be safe.

Choose a home with a visually strong front door. Homes with prominent garages at the front that compete visually with the mouth of chi (the front door) are not ideal.

Avoid these situations: front doors that align with back doors, steep staircases that align with entrance doors, sharp right angles that “point” at beds/sitting areas, and beams over beds.

Check to make sure all vegetation is healthy and vibrant, including the neighbor’s property. Also make sure the neighborhood takes pride in maintenance and in taking good care of their homes.

Lastly, educate yourself about the history of the home and its occupants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feng Shui

Natural Awakenings SE Michigan May 2014

May 01st, 2014

I’m delighted to have been interviewed and quoted by this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings. Check it out on page 36!

May 2014 issue of Natural Awakenings

 

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Images

Creative Pursuits

February 13th, 2014

Just For Today

 

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Healthy Living, Recipes, Simple Recipes, Trader Joe Recipes

Easy Peasy Asian Style Chicken Soup

January 03rd, 2014

 

Asian Chicken Soup1 container of hearty veggie broth (I like Trader’s Joes)

1 -2 organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into small pieces

2 -3 green onions, chopped

1/4 t of minced fresh garlic

1/4 t of minced fresh ginger

Dash or two of rice wine vinegar

Dash or two of Worcestershire sauce

Poach chicken in veggie broth, garlic, ginger and Worcestershire about 15 minutes.  Add sliced green onions and season with soy sauce, tamari sauce or Braggs Liquid Aminos. Yum!

 

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Healthy Living, Simple Recipes

Feng Shui And Food: Cabbage Soup

October 25th, 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!

 

Cabbage Soup

Cabbage soup

 

Approximately 1 quart of high quality beef stock*

1 head of cabbage, cored and chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced**

1 14.5 oz can of organic tomato sauce

1 14.5 oz can of organic diced tomatoes

Juice of 1 lemon, or 1/4 c of apple cider vinegar

1 T of brown sugar

Dash of cayenne pepper, salt to taste

 

Sauté the onion in olive oil. When soft add the remaining ingredients and simmer for a couple hours. If you are making this a vegetarian version, I recommend sautéing the cabbage in a generous pour of olive before adding the liquids.

* A good beef stock makes this soup rich and yummy. I make my own by simmering a beef shank and a couple of beef bones covered with water, 2 bay leaves, 2 cloves of garlic, 5 whole allspice, 3 -4 peppercorns and salt to taste in a crock pot for several hours. I put the spices and garlic in a tea infuser for easy removal when done.

** If using my beef stock recipe, omit the garlic.

 

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Recipes, Simple Recipes

Feng Shui And Food: Homemade Tomato Soup

October 03rd, 2013

 

Tomato Soup

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!

Roasted Tomato Soup

2 14.5 oz cans of organic diced tomatoes, drained (save juice)

2 organic carrots, peeled & chopped small

2 stalks of  organic celery, chopped

1 small organic onion, chopped

1 – 2 heads of garlic, minced

1 32 oz container of organic chicken stock

1/2 cup organic 1/2 & 1/2

Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 450. Add drained tomatoes with a generous pour of olive oil to a roasting pan and roast in the oven about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, saute the carrots, celery and onion until soft. Add the garlic, chicken stock, reserved tomato juice, and roasted tomatoes. Simmer about 20 minutes. Add 1/2 & 1/2 and pulse with a hand blender. Season with sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Done!

 

 

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growth, Inspiration

Teachers And Mentors In My Life

September 20th, 2013

 

One of the themes in my life based on my Human Design is the richness that comes from my focus on gratitude and dedication. As I reflected on these words, I was reminded of  the many teachers and mentors who assisted me in growing and learning. These are a few of them:

Jeff Moskow: The controller of the department where I worked at ADT Security Systems. He encouraged me to take advantage of the tuition reimbursement program and was instrumental in all my promotions. I started out as a typist and ended up a Sr. Financial Analyst. In addition, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Business & Administration.

Fr. Lovey: A Jesuit priest at the University of Detroit who prepared me for the sudden, unexpected death of my father when I was 26. His class called Aging, Illness, Death, Dying and Beyond laid the ground work for my deep loss and profound grieving process.

Reggie Linebarger: My District Finance Manager at Digital Equipment who opened my eyes to racial stereotypes and pushed me to do my best. His no nonsense approach kept me on my toes.

Dan Glisky: My Sales Manager at Digital Equipment who saw the potential in me and supported my move from finance to sales through Digital’s retraining program.

Kathryn MacKenzie: A friend I met selling my fiber art at fairs throughout the Midwest. She introduced me to the metaphysical world and taught me to hone my subtle energy sensing skills. We traveled regularly to Ashland, Oregon for meditation seminars during the late 1990s.

Terah Kathryn Collins, Becky Iott, Karen Carrrasco: the lovely and talented ladies at the Western School of Feng Shui.™

Denise Linn: My introduction to creating sacred space by incorporating indigenous principles in my work. Her Interior Alignment® practitioners course, Master Teacher of Interior Alignment® and Master Educator of Interior Alignment® training was life changing.

Gail Straub and David Gershon: Founders of the Empowerment Institute and salt of the earth people who taught me a thing or two about really being empowered.

Nancy Emmert: A local friend and meditation buddy who turned me on to the Human Design body of work. I’m currently deep into studying this powerful modality.

Each in their own way stretched me, encouraged me, and challenged me to be my best. To each of them, I am deeply grateful.

What kind of list would you create?

 

 

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Feng Shui, Healthy Living, Images

No Yang Chi in the Bedroom

September 11th, 2013

 

 Infographic Bedroom

 

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