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clutter, Feng Shui

Symbolism of Interior Clutter

July 29th, 2013

Home office

Do you notice a pattern in specific areas where clutter accumulates in your space? As you may know, clutter creates stuck energy and blocks the flow of good stuff coming your way. In addition, the location of clutter may represent the following based on it’s location:

  • Front Entrance – restricting the flow of opportunities, keeping others away
  • Attics – limiting higher aspirations
  • Basements – living in the past
  • Behind Doors – restricting the flow of opportunities
  • Out of sight – over emphasis on appearances
  • All over – self loathing

 

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Feng Shui, Healthy Living, Quotes

Enlivening the Front Entrance

May 28th, 2013

addressWhat Does Your Entrance Say About You?

In the world of feng shui, the entrance to a home, building, office or room is called the Mouth of Chi. As the saying goes, “you only have one chance to make a good first impression.”

The entrance is your opportunity to offer a good first impression and sets the tone for the entire space. In the world of business vernacular, the approach is your marketing brochure and broadcasts your brand to others.

Because the entrance is so important, it makes sense to pay attention to it. The experience you and others have coming in will be “carried” into the space. In addition, the experience others have passing your space is also important. Ideally, your front elevation produces a pleasant experience for neighbors, visitors and even those dreaded solicitors!

Give your visitors something to enjoy like pleasant sounds and interesting things to experience. For example, our home has a fairy garden near the front door. The miniature plants and accessories are whimsical and magical. Tapping into the wonder of the world is important to me and I’ve stated that by the location of our fairy garden.

Do:

  • Use a unique color on the front door harmonious with your home’s exterior color scheme. To give the front door more oomph, make the trim, shutters, eaves, garage and other doors recede.
  • Invite welcome with pleasant sounds like chimes and fountains.entrance
  • Repair uneven steps, sidewalks, and broken concrete.
  • Offer safe illumination of walkways, steps and entrance doors.
  • Trim hazardous tree branches and obstructive shrubs and bushes.
  • Make sure the address is clearly visible from the street.
  • Ensure doors open completely and lights, door bells, knobs and locks are in good working order.
  • Add symbols of welcome with statues, garden art and accents.
  • Use vibrant colors with plants and flowers.
  • Balance extreme yang elements with curves, shade and textures.
  • Balance extreme yin elements with movement, straight lines, and brightness.
  • Keep the approach clean and trimmed.
  • Keep all vegetation healthy.

The effort spent creating a healthy, vibrant and pleasant experience for yourself and others comes back to you. Make it good!

“Whatever you create in your life you must first create in your imagination.” – Tycho Photiou

 

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Recipes

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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