Friday, December 8, 2017

Are You Living At The Right Address?


I just love it when I stumble across like-minded individuals who create awareness.  I've been following Felicia Bender for some time now and really enjoyed her article on the number of your address.

Enjoy!
Michelle








Are You Living At The Right Address? Numerology For Your Home

By The Numbers / Numerology / Numerology Explained


Have you ever lived in a home where everything just feels right?  Where your life flows and feels synergistic? And then have you ever lived in a place that just feels off – out of sync with you, your desires, and with your energies?
In Numerology, every address carries with it a vibrational matrix that becomes the home’s “personality.” 

When you know the personality of your house (or potential home) you can understand if you’re a good match or not. It’s almost like dating – you want a partner (your home, where you spend a good deal of time) to be supportive and in alignment with your goals and energies, right? 

Here is how to calculate the numerology for your house or apartment:
First, write down the full number of your house or apartment.
Next, add all of the numbers together to find the sum. Reduce the sum to a single digit.
For example:  The house address is 1704 Bluff Boulevard

The house number is 1704.
You then add: 1 + 7 + 0 + 4 = 12.     Reduce 12 to a single digit: 1 + 2 = 3
If you live in a house 1704 Bluff Boulevard, you live in a 3 house.
The most important element is the house number, not the name of the street.
If you live in an apartment, your most influential number is your apartment number – not your building number.
 

Example:  The apartment address is 266 North Street, Apt #28.
Now you calculate the apartment number, which is 28.  2 + 8 = 10;  1 + 0 = 1
Letters also have numeric value in Numerology.  So you live in apartment 15A, you would take the numeric value of the letter A (see below) and add that to the apartment number.
In this example:  15A =   1 + 5 +  (A = 1) =  7
1 = A, J, S
2 = B, K, T
3 = C, L, U
4 = D, M, V
5 = E, N, W
6 = F, O, X
7 = G, P, Y
8 = H, Q, Z
9  = I, R

Look to see what “personality” each number brings with it.
And this is a great thing to know:  If you don’t have control over your house number right now and you feel that it’s not offering you the supportive energy that you want, in order to make it into a number you feel is more compatible with you, here’s a simple way to remedy the situation.  It’s almost like a Feng Shui “fix.”

You can change the vibration of your home by putting another number inside your door.
Let’s say you live in a number 7 home and you’d rather live in a number 3 home.
Just add number 5 to the inside of your door and – wa-la! – 7 + 5 =  12;  1 + 2 = 3

YOUR HOME’S PERSONALITY . . . by the Numbers

1 HOME
The 1 home is a place to establish independence.  It’s all about “#1” and its energy promotes innovation, individuality, ambition, drive, and leadership. The personality of this house supports self-employment or an active career. People living in this home will be encouraged to maintain their independence, autonomy, and personal freedom.  Living here can teach you lessons about self-confidence, courage, determination, and failing forward. 

Glitches & Potential Challenges:  If you’re looking for a “soft and fuzzy” family environment, this is not the place for you.  The 1 home fosters and focuses on independence to the exclusion of the give-and-take required for successful partnership. If your priority at this time in your life is to find a long-term intimate partner, you’ll find connecting and sustaining a reciprocal relationship challenging.  If you’re a person who is sensitive to loneliness, this home can have too much “me/self” energy and might be a place where you spend time alone.
If your home adds up to 19  –  which is a karmic number – the tendency might be that you feel unsupported and overloaded with work.   [Find out more about the Karmic Number 19 here]
Upside:  Great place for an active, outer-focused life.  Perfect for finding success and establishing your sense of independence, individuality, and achievement.
Downside:  This home is “all about you” to the exclusion of others.  “One” can be the loneliest number.

2 HOME

The 2 home is a place devoted to love, family, and partnership.  It’s all about inclusion, nurturing, and providing a loving and safe environment.  Its energy promotes loving relationships, devotion to the group as a whole, and is a harmonious place to live. The personality of this house supports people who want to co-create a life together – couples, couples with kids, or best friends.  People living in this home will be encouraged to be diplomatic and take everyone’s needs into consideration.  Living here can teach you lessons about love, relationships, peace, harmony, and emotions. 

Glitches & Potential Challenges:  If you’re looking for a launching pad that’ll encourage you to present yourself dynamically to the world, this is not the place for you.  The 2 home fosters and focuses on relationship to the exclusion of independence and individuality. If your priority at this time in your life is to get moving with your career or get out of a codependent relationship, you’ll find that putting yourself first will prove challenging.  You might find that you’re extremely emotionally sensitive in this home and become enmeshed with those living with you.  You can begin to feel emotionally needy.  If you live here alone, you can feel depressed that you’re not sharing your life in partnership with another person. 
Upside:  Great place to create your nest.  Perfect for creating and establishing loving relationships and is a great home to raise a family.  This is a comfortable and nurturing environment for everyone.
Downside:  This home can make you want to stay home and away from the “fray” to the point where you start living in your own little world.  You can become enmeshed in the emotional lives of those you’re living with in the house.

MASTER NUMBER 11 HOME

If you live in a home that calculates to an 11 before digiting down to the number 2, you’re living in a home carrying a Master number.  The Master numbers bring higher potential and also more intense challenges.  [See this article for more about the number Eleven]
A Master 11 house is a powerful place to develop intuition.  This is a wonderful home for anything having to do with spiritual healing and developing your own excellence in whatever you do.  This is a warm and inviting home, yet it can make you feel a little more the “dreamer” than the “doer.”  A home with a Master number supports achievement in whatever realms you’re focused on, as long as you’re tapping into your authentic self and helping and healing others.  The 11 home is the house of “illumination.”

3 HOME

The 3 home is a place that’s full of joy and laughter and has an optimistic and upbeat energy.  It’s all about communication, emotional self-expression, and creativity.  Its energy promotes socializing, inspired and uplifting conversation, and artistic expression. The personality of this house supports people who want to start a family, engage in innovation and creativity – anyone who wants to live life fully and joyfully feels good in this house.  People living in this home will be encouraged to be emotionally sensitive and tap into their creative expression.  Living here can teach you lessons about communication, emotions, joy, and expression. 

Glitches & Potential Challenges:  If you’re looking for a solitary retreat, this is not the place for you.  The 3 home fosters and focuses on social engagement and joyful expression to the exclusion of a more “serious” expression of life. If your priority at this time in your life is to have some unplugged “alone” time, you’ll find it challenging.  The energy of this home is vivacious, yet it can lend itself to the occupants feeling scattered and unable to follow through with things (commitments, projects, that sort of thing).  You can also find that money slips though your hands when you live here.  Since the energy of the 3 is all about creativity and emotions, you might have a tendency to experience bigger emotional highs and lows in this house, not to mention bouts with self-doubt. 
Upside:  Great place to expand your creativity and communication skills.  Perfect for hosting parties and get togethers with fascinating people.  This is a comfortable and inspiring environment for everyone.
Downside:  This home can be a place where you experience money problems.  You can feel scattered and have trouble focusing and following through with things in your life.  If you’re not open to expressing your creativity and living with joy, you can experience depression and succumb to cynicism.

4 HOME

The 4 home is a place to establish security and stability.  It’s all about the slow and steady processes that produce security.  Its energy promotes hard work, development and implementation of systems, organization, loyalty, and protection. The personality of this house supports growing a business, a family, or your solid investments. People living in this home will be encouraged to maintain conservative actions, hard-working endurance, and grounded practical activities.  Living here can teach you lessons about service, practical goal setting, honesty, and security. 

Glitches & Potential Challenges:  If you’re looking for a free-flowing environment, this is not the place for you.  The 4 home fosters and focuses on security to the exclusion of lighter, more creative, or more fanciful endeavors. If your priority at this time in your life is to bring out your fun-loving and freedom-seeking nature, you’ll find the energy of the 4 home challenging.  This home supports hard work and concerted effort.  It’s got a more “serious” vibration and feels very stable, organized, and well managed.  This home is very “earthy” and benefits from a nice garden and does well with live plants in the interior of the home as well.
You might find yourself becoming a “work martyr” or getting too bogged down in your to-do list (just say no to micromanaging!), particularly if you live in a 13 home – which is a karmic number.  [To learn more about the Karmic Number 13, click here]  It’s important to make every effort to balance work with play and practicality with emotions.
Upside:  Great place for you if you need to establish a sense of stability and security in your life.  Perfect for slow and steady process meant to endure the test of time.  Also conducive to knowledge seeking and study.
Downside:  This home can feel “heavy” and supports continuous work and meeting of goals.  If you don’t make a concerted effort to take some time off and lighten up, the energy of this home can feel oppressive.  The energy here is all about discipline, structure, and order.

MASTER NUMBER 22 HOME

If you live in a home that calculates to an 22 before digiting down to the number 4, you’re living in a home carrying a Master number.  The Master numbers bring higher potential and also more intense challenges.  (See this article for more about the number Twenty-Two). 

A Master 22 house is a powerful place to develop mental mastery.  This is a wonderful home for anything having to do with spiritual healing and developing your own excellence in whatever you do.  This is an organized and well kept home.  This is a place where you’ll feel compelled to study and gain knowledge – this is a perfect home for a writer, architect, or any other profession where you’re changing the everyday lives of a large group of people for the better.  A home with a Master number supports achievement in whatever realms you’re focused on, as long as you’re tapping into your authentic self and helping and healing others.  Yet it will challenge you to step up and into this form of achievement.  This isn’t a home for “slacking.”

5 HOME

The 5 home is a place to party and have fun!  It’s all about fun, fearlessness, adventure, and progressive ideas.  Its energy promotes versatility, flexibility, enjoyment of all things social, and freedom. The personality of this house supports developing your sense of freedom through self-discipline – it’s about the constructive use of freedom. People living in this home will be encouraged to live life to its fullest, tackle problems with fearless abandon, and make lemonade out of lemons.  Living here can teach you lessons about acceptance, the focused use of freedom, dynamic change, and facing your fears. 

Glitches & Potential Challenges:  If you’re looking for a solid and steady environment, this is not the place for you.  The 5 home fosters and focuses on freedom and pleasure to the exclusion of more serious or more conservative endeavors. If your priority at this time in your life is to get serious and build a solid future, you’ll find the energy of the 5 home challenging and counter-productive.  This home supports variety and change, so it might not serve as a permanent residence for you unless you desire an ever-changing lifestyle. The 5 is the number of excess, so you might find that you (and your guests) overindulge in food, sex, alcohol, drugs.  Any excessive behaviors are amped up under this vibration.

You might find yourself succumbing to addictions (if you’re prone to that) or alternatively becoming fearful to the point of seclusion, particularly if you live in a 14 home – which is a karmic number.  [To learn more about the Karmic Number 14, click here]  It’s important to implement light healthy routine and focused self-discipline, or the energy of the 5 can easily run amuck.
Upside:  Great place for you want some fun and energy in your life.  This is a great house for tapping into your versatility, meeting and connecting with interesting and off-the-beaten-path sort-of people, and just livin’ large!
Downside:  The energy of this home can move very fast, which can feel as though you’re being knocked off balance sometimes.  It’s an intense energy of fun, sensual pleasures, and constant activities.  If you have children in a 5 home, they’ll probably be engaged in a bundle of extra-curricular activities.  Just make sure you don’t get carried away with all the impulsive energy contained in this home.

6 HOME

The 6 home is a place of beauty and nurturing.  It’s all about home and family and its energy promotes loving service, warmth, compassion, and is a superb home for children. The personality of this house supports running a business and raising a family. People living in this home will be feel nurtured and cared for – yet you must be careful not to over-give to the point of feeling drained.  The energy of the 6 also has perfectionist tendencies, so be aware that you’ll need to loosen the reins on your need for control. This is a perfect home for your service-oriented business, especially something in the line of massage, energy work, counseling, interior decorating – anything having to do with making people feel better is in alignment with the energy of the 6.  Living here can teach you lessons about service, trusting your visionary ideas, love, and acceptance. 

Glitches & Potential Challenges:  If you’re looking for a “no responsibility for me” environment, this is not the place for you.  The 6 home fosters and focuses on service to the exclusion of more independent or individual endeavors.  This home supports the value of home and family – it also supports the artist as well.  The 6 is the “domestic” number and this home is your castle.  It nurtures all who walk onto the premises. I can almost smell the homemade cookies baking!   Make sure and take time to invite others into your world.  The 6 home can become your own little resort of perfection, so make sure that you don’t turn a blind eye to the world around you.
Upside:  This home is a nurturing and beautiful environment for families and for people who want to live in a house that feels like home.  This is the place to nurture and be nurtured – it’s truly a sanctuary.  Children and animals thrive here and it’s a home of taste and usually has an artistic and creative flair.
Downside:  Since “responsibility” is the cornerstone for the energy of the 6, you might feel bogged down by responsibility in this home.  The trick is to balance self-care with the care and loving service to others.  You might also feel as though you want to just hang out in your little cocoon all the time and not venture out and engage with the world.  Don’t cut yourself off from your engagement with experiences and people outside of your own family circle.

7 HOME

The 7 home is a place for introspection and contemplation.  It’s all about spiritual seeking, taking isolated time for yourself, igniting your intuition, and refining your data-driven ideas.  Its energy promotes tranquility, soul searching, knowledge gathering, and spirituality. The personality of this house supports developing your sense of truth.  It’s a place you can really take the time to get to know yourself in a deep and profound way. People living in this home will be encouraged to find faith in themselves and in others, to take time to be by themselves, and to learn more about whatever you’re specifically interested in knowing more about.  Living here can teach you lessons about trust, your own spiritual beliefs, how to develop and listen to your intuition, and uncovering the “real you.” 
Glitches & Potential Challenges:  If you’re looking for an environment that’s set up to move you forward in practical ways in the material world, this is not the place for you.  The 7 home fosters and focuses on your “internal journey” to the exclusion of more practical and material endeavors. If your priority at this time in your life is to get your cash flow going and make your mark in a high-energy career, you’ll find the energy of the 7 home challenging.  This home supports contemplation and intellectual pursuits, so if you’re in a relationship or marriage, you’ll have to make a special effort to connect and communicate clearly with your partner.  Otherwise, the energy of the 7 is much more internally focused and self-directed, so you can confuse people when they feel you’re perhaps a bit aloof or stand-offish. 
You might find yourself tempted to escape through addictions or living very much “in your head” to the point of feeling intellectually superior to others, particularly if you live in a 16 home – which is a karmic number.  [To learn more about the Karmic Number 16, click here]  It’s important to bring yourself back to earth in order to operate successfully in the world.
Upside:  This is a perfect home for a writer, scientist, professor – anyone who is working at becoming an expert in an area of specialty will benefit from the intense energies related to the headiness of the number 7.  This home is a refuge and feels private.  You can gain miraculous insight when you’re living in the energy of a 7 home.  To promote a tranquil feeling rather than a feeling of isolation, water features are beneficial. 
Downside:  You might have a tendency to feel like a loner in this home. If you enjoy a vibrant social life, this home won’t jive with you.  Since the number 7 also loves to escape, it’s not the best choice if you struggle with drug or alcohol issues.  

8 HOME

The 8 home is a place of power and prestige.  It’s all about financial abundance and its energy promotes financial gain (and loss), control, authority, and achievement. The personality of this house supports you in getting ahead in the material world. People living in this home will tend to feel as though money and achievement are top priority – therefore it’s vital that you maintain a healthy sense of loving communication with your family members or they’ll feel neglected or second on the totem pole.  The energy of the 8 is all about the mastery of money, yet it’s highest form is in giving back to others and doing business with the utmost integrity. This home is often a “show piece,” so be careful that it represents your values and doesn’t become a vacuous “show home.”  Living here can teach you lessons about personal power, endurance, management, and organization.

Glitches & Potential Challenges:  If you’re looking for a relaxed and low-key environment, this is not the place for you.  The 8 home fosters and focuses on financial achievement and authority in the material world. If your priority at this time in your life is to contemplate the more spiritual or intangible side of yourself, you’ll find the energy of the 8 home challenging.  This home supports abundance in all areas of your life.  The 8 is the “money” number and this home is power central.  This home usually has a certain degree of elegance or “reserve” about it.  The energy of the 8 is all about appearances, yet make sure that there’s a heart to the home or it’ll feel superficial.
Upside:  If you want a supportive environment for advancing your interests in the realms of money and achievement, this is the perfect environment to do it.  This home usually feels as though there’s a lot going on behind the scenes.  Perfect for impressing business associates and it’s also a great place for running a business if it’s a home-based business.
Downside:  The number 8 is all about money and abundance, yet it’s also a risk taking energy and usually attracts losses as well as gains.  You need to understand that resilience is part of the package.  You might find that you have a tendency to become a “hoarder” in this house – always getting more and more “stuff.”  If you’re constantly upgrading the home for “show” purposes, it can become a money pit.  People who live here can become workaholics.  Make sure to balance work and play.   Also understand that the challenge to the energy of the 8 is the opposite of power and abundance – therefore an 8 house might be a place that isn’t particularly opulent.  Yet even if it’s a “regular” home, it usually exudes a sense of pride and refinement. 

9 HOME

The 9 home is a place of humanitarianism.  It’s all about charitable giving and its energy promotes creativity, spirituality, selflessness, and forgiveness. The personality of this house supports you in changing the world to make it a better place. People living in this home will tend to feel as though they want to give back to the world in a substantial way.  The energy of the 9 is all about the letting go – so this is a place where you can heal yourself and others. This home welcomes everyone and people who live here often are (or become) spiritually evolved.  Living here can teach you lessons about giving wise counsel, universal truth, charitable giving, and letting go of the past.

Glitches & Potential Challenges:  If you’re looking for a place where your focus is more self-centered, this is not the place for you.  The 9 home fosters and focuses on love, compassion, and acceptance of everyone. If your priority at this time in your life is to forge ahead in the world on your own terms, you’ll find the energy of the 9 home challenging.  Your intuition will become highly developed here. Its likely that you’ll find yourself being contacted by people seeking your advice. People are drawn to your home because of the loving and giving energy. The number 9 is an “international” number, so you might find yourself traveling frequently or hosting visitors from other parts of the world. This is also a refuge for healing past wounds – you can count on having opportunities to forgive yourself and others for past indiscretions. The expression of feelings and creativity of all kinds is a must.
Upside:  This is a wonderful home for supporting you if you’re on a humanitarian mission in life.  This can be anything you feel strongly about sharing and giving to the world – as a teacher, artist, counselor, business person, musician, philanthropist.  This is a magnetic home that supports spiritual growth.
Downside:  This home is good for people who’re ready and willing to tap into their compassion, spirituality, and giving.  Sometimes this home can be a home where “loss” occurs.  The 9 is the energy of completions, letting go, and transformation.  This is a place where you’ll experience personal and spiritual evolution – and that isn’t always smooth or easy. 

Remember:  You can create a different vibration by adding another number to the inside of your door, as I mentioned at the beginning of the article. 
Also know that our needs shift and change as we go along – you’re often living in the energy that you need for this moment in your life.  When you feel the impulse and need to shift that energy, you’ll instinctively know when it’s time to move.  It’s useful to know what lessons you’re learning in the different places you choose to live.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Buddha Statues will Enhance your Chi Energy

I’ve been collecting beautiful Buddha statues for various reasons. Be it to enhance the décor of a room or to remind me of my own inherent Buddha Nature. Images of the Buddha seek to reflect his peaceful expression and the great wisdom from within when desire, fear, and obstacles to freedom were overcome. The word Buddha literally translates to 'awakened one'.

As with any symbolism, it needs to hold a significant meaning to you for you to reap the benefit of the symbolism.  I am sharing a great article about the meaning and proper use of Buddha statues.

It's always such a pleasure crossing paths with like-minded and Feng Shui enthusiasts. I recently had that pleasure of interacting with www.Buddhastatuesnow.com. As always my journey is to share the gift and the power of Feng Shui. 

Blessings,
Michelle


Buddha Statues will Enhance your Chi Energy



Buddha Statues & Feng Shui
The Feng Shui philosophy is based on living in harmony with nature. As a result, there are common sense elements that will make your home or meditation room more serene and peaceful. For example, Feng Shui implementation would result in enhancing natural lighting and open spaces. Ironically, these things also enhance human happiness which leads to longer life and accumulation of wealth. However, natural light and adequate living space also have essential metaphysical benefits such as enhancing the flow of positive energy (chi).

How do Buddha statues play a role in the concept of Feng Shui? This is an excellent question! The compassionate attributes associated with Buddha will create a positive ambience in the surrounding environment. Therefore, a properly placed Buddha statue will enhance the flow of chi energy throughout the home. This unimpeded flow of the chi “life force” is what brings peace and tranquility into the human environment.

Proper placement of your Buddha statue is important for the enhancement of energy flow.
Therefore, we encourage you to be mindful of a few important considerations when placing your
statue.


Simple Implementation Rules:

1. The statue must be placed at least 2 1/2 feet above the ground on a table or cabinet.

2. Place the Buddha statue so it is facing the front door, This will attract positive energy and repel the negative energy which is the source of evil.

3. Never place the Buddha statue on the floor, in the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.

4. For placement in a study or home office ensure that the statue is placed in good light where it can be easily seen. This will encourage the flow of positive energy and enhance intellectual pursuits.

5. Please use a statue that includes the entire body of the Buddha, not only the head or hand.

6. Acquire your Buddha statue in a positive spirit and with confidence.

7. Statue embellishments such as gold plating and precious stones can attract positive energy because of the self sacrifice made in procuring the statue.

8. For meditation practice place the Buddha statue at eye level.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Feng Shui for Seniors



Me, Mom and little sister
This article  is a re-post from last year and is a dedicated to my mom, who has recently made her journey to her next lifetime. She was so fond of Feng Shui and made sure her home was always in tip top shape. Much easier for her, as she had her own private consultant at her fingertips. May she continue to be my inspiration and guiding light as my journey continues.


I am excited to welcome back contributing author to the world of Feng Shui. Helen Gaynor, freelance writer, has gifted us with some fabulous Feng Shui advice. As we age, Feng Shui actually becomes more important to our well being - whether living alone, in a assisted living facility or a nursing home. Our physical environments affect us no matter what age we are and it is vital to our physical wellness and mental health. Enjoy!


Feng Shui can have an impact upon everyone, no matter what their demographic. The way in which our environment affects our lives is becoming an increasingly acknowledged phenomenon, scientifically and psychologically speaking [1] – something which practitioners of Feng Shui have known for generations. However, the increasing acceptance of many Feng Shui principles by the establishment is opening the discipline out to a greater audience. This is great, as there are many groups of people who can seriously benefit from Feng Shui. The elderly are one such group. Making the environment in which our seniors live can have some extremely beneficial effects. Here are just a few ways in which Feng Shui can be used to help the elderly.


Balance Out ‘Yin’ Energy


Due to a number of factors, including reduced income and mobility, the homes of seniors have a tendency to allow encroaching ‘Yin’ energies to predominate. The space may become dark, cold, cluttered, and generally uncongenial to health. This in turn can make seniors more vulnerable to issues like depression and substance abuse, to which they are already (sadly) predisposed as a demographic. An inability to afford things like heating and air conditioning ensures that air fails to circulate as it should and the life energies of the home become passive – stagnant, if you will. Sadly, it's also not uncommon for reduced mobility to result in a reduced ability to perform simple cleaning tasks, which may end up encouraging things like mildew - not good from either a Feng Shui or a health point of view! Doing things as simple as opening windows, going round with a duster, and freshening up the home with lighter curtains, live flowers and so on can help to restore the positive balance of energies – essential for preventing chi entropy. Keeping the energy within the home vibrant and balanced will help to ensure that your elderly loved ones have a better quality of life.


Clear The Clutter


We accumulate an awful lot over the course of a lifetime, and many items have precious associations which encourages them to keep them close. However, this does not mean that they have to be strewn haphazardly around our homes, or make our rooms seem crowded with 'stuff'. Furthermore, elderly people may become less able to keep on top of their homes when it comes to tidiness. It is essential that clutter is not allowed to get a hold on a senior’s home. Not only is a cluttered, messy environment profoundly bad from a Feng Shui perspective, it can also present a considerable health hazard. The older we get, the more at risk of falls we become [2]. Clutter puts the elderly at greater danger of tripping. Furthermore, it can actively reduce our ability to process information – not ideal if you’re trying to cope with age-related cognitive decline as well. If clutter becomes excessive, it can also put people in psychological danger – encouraging misery and depression. Of course, sometimes clutter can be a sign of something more sinister [3]. Compulsive Hoarding Disorder presents a huge variety of risks both mental and physical [4]. If your loved one is proving excessively resistant to de-cluttering, it may be worth getting them a psychological assessment, and perhaps some professional help.



Make Your Presence Felt


Filling the home of a vulnerable senior who lives alone with your vibrant, kind, human energy can be profoundly uplifting. Spending time with your loved one and doing your best to make their home a more positive environment can in itself improve things. Loneliness is a great scourge for the elderly people of today, so just being there for them and letting them know that you care will be a great help. If you can also use the time to clean up, tidy up, improve the flow of energy, and generally make the environment a more positive, balanced, and vibrant one then that is a bonus. At a time when many of us feel that we are losing control and losing touch, having someone to help bring the environment into line and spend time with us really can make all the difference to the way in which we live our lives.


[1] “How the environment affects mental health”

[2] “Important Facts about Falls”

[3] “When It Isn’t Just Clutter Anymore”

[4] “The Dangers of Too Much Stuff”

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Feng Shui and Your Intentions



Once again, I am very excited to share an article written by a contributing author, Helen Gaynor. She has done such an amazing job capturing the essence of Feng Shui. Enjoy!

Practicing Mindfulness both Inside and Outside of your Home
Mindfulness is one of the most important concepts to come out of Buddhism, and has grown into a worldwide movement that many individuals use to help them to relax and unwind, whilst enriching their lives and their mental well-being.

The art of mindfulness involves ensuring that you are constantly aware of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions in any given situation, and that you take the time to connect both with your inner self as well as the world around you at any moment. Because mindfulness involves connecting with the world around you, as well as connecting with your inner self, it perfectly complements the concept of Feng Shui, and of being aware about how you can harmonize with the environment inside your home. Mindfulness allows individuals to live to their fullest potential throughout every aspect of their life, whilst Feng Shui enables that potential to be reached and appreciated within the sanctuary of the home. By combining the dual spiritual practices of both mindfulness and Feng Shui, therefore, you are enabling your mind the space and awareness that it needs to ensure you can become the best possible version of yourself. 

Built on Shared Principals
Mindfulness and Feng Shui are both built on shared principals that can be adapted and applied to ensure success in both practices. Allowing natural air and light into your home, for example, are both key Feng Shui principals, allowing practitioners to allow nature to become a part of their daily routine and encouraging individuals to bring light and creativity into their lives. From a mindfulness point of view, having an awareness of the light around you and of the breeze on your skin is also incredibly important in order to truly focus on what your body is feeling and experiencing at any given moment. Having plants in the home is also a key Feng Shui principal and for good reason: they provide a myriad of health benefits, can help to reduce feelings of anxiety, anger and sadness, and can also help to make smaller rooms look more spacious. In mindfulness terms though, owning houseplants is also massively beneficial as they provide a metaphor for life itself, giving you something to nourish, care for, and focus on the survival of besides yourself. When your plants flourish you will feel a huge sense of positive wellbeing and success in your achievements: key to mindful living.

Declutter your Home. Declutter your Mind
There is a strong link between mindful awareness and overall wellness: whilst research into this subject is relatively new, the research that has been conducted shows that the more mindful you are, the more likely you are to have a higher level of general health and well-being. For that reason, ridding your home of clutter is an ideal first step to take if you wish to ensure that you home is as cleansed as possible. Clutter in the home is often representative of clutter in the mind: not ideal in an environment where either mindfulness or Feng Shui should be practiced. By ridding yourself of clutter, you are also ridding yourself of stress and of an emotional, as well as physical, weight that you simply no longer need to have in your life. Clutter doesn’t just disrupt the flow of your space and make your environment look and feel untidy. It also represents your own life, showing a lack of engagement with the world around you and a lack of desire to be mindfully aware of the home you are living in and the way that it looks, both to you and to those visiting.

Feng Shui and Mindfulness are both ancient arts that should be practiced and treated with respect. They are also ancient Eastern practices that can be comfortably practiced in conjunction to ensure that every aspect of your life is as calm, controlled and self-aware as possible. By letting Feng Shui into your home, you will find that the door is already open to letting mindfulness into your life, and that by doing so, you will find your life is more enriched than ever before. 



References

http://www.kwikmed.org/mindfulness-simply-meditation/
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1084/Getting-to-the-Power-of-Now-7-Tips-to-Feng-Shui-Your-Way-into-Present-Time.html
http://foreverconscious.com/feng-shui-basics-for-good-health-and-fortune
http://www.houseofplants.co.uk/healthbenefits.html
http://inhabitat.com/9-simple-tips-to-feng-shui-your-home/

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Feng Shui for Seniors

Me and my Mom!
I am excited to welcome back contributing author to the world of Feng Shui. Helen Gaynor, freelance writer, has gifted us with some fabulous Feng Shui advice. As we age, Feng Shui actually becomes more important to our well being - whether living alone, in a assisted living facility or a nursing home. Our physical environments affect us no matter what age we are and it is vital to our physical wellness and mental health. Enjoy!


Feng Shui can have an impact upon everyone, no matter what their demographic. The way in which our environment affects our lives is becoming an increasingly acknowledged phenomenon, scientifically and psychologically speaking [1] – something which practitioners of Feng Shui have known for generations. However, the increasing acceptance of many Feng Shui principles by the establishment is opening the discipline out to a greater audience. This is great, as there are many groups of people who can seriously benefit from Feng Shui. The elderly are one such group. Making the environment in which our seniors live can have some extremely beneficial effects. Here are just a few ways in which Feng Shui can be used to help the elderly.


Balance Out ‘Yin’ Energy


Due to a number of factors, including reduced income and mobility, the homes of seniors have a tendency to allow encroaching ‘Yin’ energies to predominate. The space may become dark, cold, cluttered, and generally uncongenial to health. This in turn can make seniors more vulnerable to issues like depression and substance abuse, to which they are already (sadly) predisposed as a demographic. An inability to afford things like heating and air conditioning ensures that air fails to circulate as it should and the life energies of the home become passive – stagnant, if you will. Sadly, it's also not uncommon for reduced mobility to result in a reduced ability to perform simple cleaning tasks, which may end up encouraging things like mildew - not good from either a Feng Shui or a health point of view! Doing things as simple as opening windows, going round with a duster, and freshening up the home with lighter curtains, live flowers and so on can help to restore the positive balance of energies – essential for preventing chi entropy. Keeping the energy within the home vibrant and balanced will help to ensure that your elderly loved ones have a better quality of life.


Clear The Clutter


We accumulate an awful lot over the course of a lifetime, and many items have precious associations which encourages them to keep them close. However, this does not mean that they have to be strewn haphazardly around our homes, or make our rooms seem crowded with 'stuff'. Furthermore, elderly people may become less able to keep on top of their homes when it comes to tidiness. It is essential that clutter is not allowed to get a hold on a senior’s home. Not only is a cluttered, messy environment profoundly bad from a Feng Shui perspective, it can also present a considerable health hazard. The older we get, the more at risk of falls we become [2]. Clutter puts the elderly at greater danger of tripping. Furthermore, it can actively reduce our ability to process information – not ideal if you’re trying to cope with age-related cognitive decline as well. If clutter becomes excessive, it can also put people in psychological danger – encouraging misery and depression. Of course, sometimes clutter can be a sign of something more sinister [3]. Compulsive Hoarding Disorder presents a huge variety of risks both mental and physical [4]. If your loved one is proving excessively resistant to de-cluttering, it may be worth getting them a psychological assessment, and perhaps some professional help.



Make Your Presence Felt


Filling the home of a vulnerable senior who lives alone with your vibrant, kind, human energy can be profoundly uplifting. Spending time with your loved one and doing your best to make their home a more positive environment can in itself improve things. Loneliness is a great scourge for the elderly people of today, so just being there for them and letting them know that you care will be a great help. If you can also use the time to clean up, tidy up, improve the flow of energy, and generally make the environment a more positive, balanced, and vibrant one then that is a bonus. At a time when many of us feel that we are losing control and losing touch, having someone to help bring the environment into line and spend time with us really can make all the difference to the way in which we live our lives.


[1] “How the environment affects mental health”

[2] “Important Facts about Falls”

[3] “When It Isn’t Just Clutter Anymore”

[4] “The Dangers of Too Much Stuff”

Monday, January 12, 2015

Turn Your Bedroom Into a Sanctuary And a Retreat

I am excited to welcome  a contributing author to the world of Feng Shui. Helen Gaynor, freelance writer, has gifted us with some fabulous advice for creating a sanctuary in our Bedroom - one of the most important rooms in our homes. Connected to our physical well-being, mental health, self-love and of course our most intimate relationship, the Bedroom reigns!

Enjoy!



If you’re new to the art of Feng Shui, then you may find the concept of giving your home a complete Feng Shui makeover may seem completely overwhelming. However when you start applying Feng Shui principles to your home you’ll quickly find that you feel more relaxed, more calm, and more compassionate. Not sure where to start? The very best place to begin is in your bedroom, as being able to sleep and unwind in a calming and balanced environment is important, and this is the room that will have the biggest impact on your wellbeing once Feng Shui principles are applied. [1] Here are a few hints and tips for turnings your bedroom into a Feng Shui sanctuary where you will immediately notice your mood are sense of wellbeing are improved:


Breathe Deeply


You cannot have a good night’s sleep in a room that is stuffy or full of pollutants. To achieve good Feng Shui in your bedroom you should be mindful of the quality of the air in the room and ensure it is as clean and fresh as possible. [2] You can achieve this by opening the window as regularly as possible, or by investing in a decent air purifier to keep the quality of the air as high as possible. Although plants are great for improving the air quality throughout your home[3], it isn’t good Feng Shui to have plants in your bedroom., particularly if you have a relatively small bedroom. If you have a very large bedroom though, and are loathe to remove any plants that you love, then you can keep your house plants in your bedroom provided you keep them as far as possible away from your bed. 



Immediately Improve Your Mood


If you regularly feel drained of energy and often express negative emotions then it could well be that the lack of Feng Shui in your home is affecting your overall well being. When you are experiencing these kinds of negative emotions, you are likely to struggle to show compassion for yourself [3] and even experience feelings of self-hatred and demonstrate seriously low levels of self-esteem. Learning how to show compassion for yourself can give you both an emotional and a physical boost, and you will find this much easier to achieve if you are living in an environment that has a well-considered Feng Shui balance. 
There are several simple steps to help you achieve self-compassion; these include acknowledging when you make mistakes but then forgiving yourself and moving on, and simply cutting yourself some slack. Give yourself permission to move on to better things and to let go of the things that become unimportant to you or that weigh you down: this refers to both emotions and people, and also to your physical possessions too. Regularly decluttering your bedroom and removing anything that doesn't make you feel good or emphasis any positive affirmations is an important step towards having a bedroom that feels like a sanctuary and enhances your mood. You should also remove your computer, TV, exercise equipment and any other electronic equipment from your bedroom. These have no place in the room you choose to sleep in, and will destroy both your feelings of well being and the Feng Shui energy of the room.

Light and Color


As human beings, light is our most important nutrient so the lighting of your bedroom is very important. Because our moods vary so greatly, one kind of bedroom lighting simply isn't enough; to create a great Feng Shui energy in your bedroom, therefore, you should ensure you have a wide range of lighting options. Install a dimmer switch so that you can adjust your overhead lighting options, and purchase several toxin-free candles, as these are the very best form of Feng Shui lighting. [5] Light and Feng Shui go hand in hand, so getting your lighting right is the most important thing you can do to create a positive Feng Shui energy in your bedroom.

Just a few small tweaks can help to improve the Feng Shui energy of your bedroom and this will have a massive effect on your mood and energy force. Once you start the process of improving the Feng Shui energy of your home, you'll find that you love the way it makes you feel and you'll quickly want to do the rest of your home too. 



Additional Reading

[1] “Feng Shui tips to turn your bedroom into a retreat”, Health.com, http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307149,00.html[2] “The perfect Feng Shui bedroom”, Feng Shui and Beyond,
http://www.feng-shui-and-beyond.com/feng-shui-bedroom.html[3] “15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality”, Mother Nature Network, http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/a-breath-of-fresh-air[4] “5 Tips For Improving Self Compassion”, Recovery.org,
http://www.recovery.org/5-tips-for-improving-self-compassion/[5] “Lights in Feng Shui”, World of Feng Shui,
http://www.wofs.com/index.php/tip-of-the-month-regularfeatures-48/150-lights-in-feng-shui


Friday, December 19, 2014

Feng Shui Holiday Gift Giving



REGIFTING

Re-gifting is very Feng Shui-friendly because it removes things you do not want from your home and sends them to a place where they are welcomed.

Just be sure to avoid re-gifting if you have negative feelings about the gift or its original giver, since you might be passing along your negative thoughts to the next recipient.

GIFT GIVING

Looking for those perfect gift for your friends and family? The gifts you choose may have some hidden meaning in Feng Shui terms. Here are some gifts to avoid giving, and options for turning around the hidden message in these gifts if you receive them:

Sharp Objects

Knives, scissors, letter openers, or can openers as gifts represent cutting a relationship. If you are the recipient of any of these as a gift, hand over a coin to the giver to symbolize that you bought the object, and restore the bond between you.

Empty Wallet

An empty wallet, purse, or briefcase represents the lack of prosperity. Instead, fill it with dollars or coins to send the message that your gift will always be overflowing with wealth for the recipient.

Handkerchiefs

Gifts of handkerchiefs are also traditionally frowned upon. This is because a handkerchief is used to wipe away sweat and tears, which suggests a lot of sadness and frustration. Giving handkerchiefs as gifts suggest that you anticipate him/her to be doing much crying in the future. This generates such inauspicious chi.

Thorny Flowers and Plants

Never give cactus or other spiky plants, and avoid giving roses with the thorns still on the stem because these can pierce a relationship, if you receive roses be sure to remove the thorns to symbolize a smooth romance or relationship.

Stunted Trees

Bonsai trees or other miniature plants make poor choices as gifts since they represent stunted growth. Instead, choose full, healthy plants with rounded leaves that symbolize prosperity and long life.

Clocks and Timepieces

In the West, timepieces are, in fact, quite well-liked as gifts. These include: alarm clocks, wall clocks, pocket watches, or a wristwatch, etc.

Timepieces measure the passage of time and this indirectly suggests a limited lifespan, which is very inauspicious. In Chinese (Cantonese), to give a clock or "soong joong" sounds exactly like the Chinese term for attending a funeral, which is naturally very taboo.






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www.eastcoastfengshui.org

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Feng Shui Holidays: Room by Room




THE FRONT DOOR

The front door and entryway are considered the "mouth of chi" where all positive energy enters the home. Make certain that the area is well lit, as light attracts good Chi, thereby increasing its flow into your house.

Holiday lights, vibrant colors and fresh aromas such as gingerbread, or cinnamon will be sure to welcome harmonious holiday energy.

Include elements of metal objects or round shapes, such as ornaments or holiday balls. Add the water element can be represented by wavy shapes, such as garland draped over the doorway or in the entry area. Hang a welcoming wind chime to help keep the positive Chi moving.

HOLIDAY TABLE SETTING

Dress the holiday dinner table by striking the perfect balance between the fire element of red napkins for a festive mood and the calming elements of green and cream colored linens.

Lighting white candles releases positive energy, along with having flowers on the table. The combination of the two creates a warm ambiance, opens the heart, and supports people in bringing their best selves to the table.

In Feng Shui we believe the proper seating arrangements are vital to reducing stress. In reality, all the unfinished relationship issues come to the dinner table.

Round or oval tables are the best for Feng Shui friendly dining. In fact, circular shapes are symbolic of eternal unity and intimacy. If you do have a rectangular dining table, to ensure that everyone gets along, set your table with a tablecloth to smooth the hard edges. Make sure your guests are not seated too close to the corners, caused by the cutting chi of the table edges. This can cause a feeling of agitation and being uncomfortably confined.

BEDROOM

During the holidays it's easy to feel out of balance, as our environment changes in such an extreme way. You need to recharge your mind, body and spirit in order to keep yourself healthy during the holidays.
Remove much of the electronic equipment from your bedroom and surround yourself with candles, scents, color, and soft textures in your bedroom.


LIVING ROOM 

Place sofas and seating in your living room in a circular or octagonal shape which is conducive to easy communication. Try to avoid L-shaped arrangements that may cause an imbalance or where guests may feel cut off. Avoid placing a large coffee table in the center of your living room. Keep the center clear so that family members have a focal point where they may gather. By keeping the center clear you are freeing up chi flow.


THE KITCHEN 

Remove sharp knives from the kitchen counter. By placing them out of sight you symbolically diminish the scope for irritability and family arguments. The kitchen is the hub of activity. No matter how large or small your kitchen is - it is the social centerpiece - as well as a clutter magnet. Clutter comes in the guise of gift paper, cards, party invites, decorations, candles, unwanted gifts and the list goes on and on.  Try to keep a handle on what enters your home so that you avoid feeling totally overwhelmed by the experience.   







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www.eastcoastfengshui.org

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Feng Shui & Your Christmas Tree





Do the holiday gatherings create more chaos than harmony? Our homes may be overwhelmed with "human chi", created by visitors, neighbors, friends and of course our family. The most significant and meaningful relationships in most people's lives are with family members, both blood relatives and our extended family. And, with life's highs and lows, our family is most likely to see us at our best...and at our worst.

From a Feng Shui perspective, the addition of the abundant fire energy, adds an overwhelming level of stress, activity and high emotional sensitivity. This fire energy is created by a higher number of people [human chi] gathered together, more lighting and a lot of red colored decor.

However, there are ways you can prepare your home to make the holidays go more smoothly and create an atmosphere of joy and cooperation. Feng Shui has some easy, practical solutions for creating harmony for your home this holiday season.



THE CHRISTMAS TREE

The Christmas tree is a the focal point in your holiday décor in addition to a powerful symbol of abundance. There are three favorable locations to consider for your tree. First, is the east direction of your home, where it will promote family togetherness. The next is the southeast corner of your home, where it will encourage abundance and blessings. Finally, the south direction of your home can invite self illumination. If you need to place you tree in another area of your home, here are some guidelines to create some balance.

North: Make sure the tree has lots of water. Decorate the tree with blue lights and decorations or opt for very reflective ornaments such as those made from glass or mirrored. Use a black or very dark colored skirt around the base of the tree.

Northwest: Choose metal ornaments in gold or silver, tinsel, white lights, and metallic tree skirt.

Southwest/Northeast: Use ceramic or porcelain ornaments. Red, pink, yellow, or earth tones such as yellow or red lights or tree red skirt. Pass up the tinsel and metallic ornaments.

West/Northwest: Use Earth materials such as ceramics or metal items and the colors of white, gray or earth tones.

When decorating your tree, consider applying Feng Shui colors for beneficial results. Red is the most popular color for the holidays, but avoid overdoing it. Red is of the fire element and can bring about unwelcomed stress and anxiety. The color green represents the wood element that can be nourishing to your health. Blue is a water element color and can have a very calming and soothing influence.


Wishing you all a blessed holiday season. 






Saturday, November 8, 2014

Feng Shui and the Healthy Child

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art and philosophy that has been used for over 5,000 years to heal, balance and enrich people’s lives. Feng Shui reminds us that everything is connected, and that our physical surroundings have a significant impact on our mind, body, and spirit. Feng Shui, at its very core is a means of arranging all the things that you surround yourself with on a daily basis— to create the optimal and harmonious flow of vital life energy – chi.

How can Feng Shui help your children to grow and develop in a positive way that enhances their progress, development and behavior? Most parents don’t realize that there can be negative stimulation in the home that affects their child‘s behavior, their health and even their grades.  This negative stimulation is invisible; however, it can be easily remedied using a combination of ancient Chinese wisdom, modern day science and common sense. Applying the practical techniques of Feng Shui and a holistic awareness to your home will help you create a balanced and nurturing environment.

Given that children spend a third of their life in their bedroom, it is critical that this space reflect their true personality. The most obvious aspect to consider is that they are growing, exploring, curious, active, and unique and evolving into their true potential. How can you begin to create a space which can reflect all these needs?

In Feng Shui, we work on creating balance in an environment based on the function of the room. As a general rule, all bedrooms should have a “Yin” quality. Yin, meaning quiet, calming, relaxing, and a nurturing energy. This is especially important in a child’s room, as in my experience, most children’s rooms are decorated in primary or bold, bright colors. These colors creates too much “yang” or active energy, thus the issue of them resisting the dreaded bedtime, lack of concentration or over stimulation.

Avoid using energizing colors like red and other bold, bright colors in the bedroom as they can cause tempers to flare during and too much hyperactive energy for them to fall asleep at night.  It’s not their fault, as they are surrounded with too much yang (active) energy, they can’t relax or settle down. Your child’s sleeping habits will let you know whether their room is comfortable.


If you keep finding your child in bed with you, then their room is not working for them. Soft, comfortable calming colors are best for a child room – colors that make them feel secure and comfortable, such as soft greens, muted blues or earth tones. Bright colors are good for playrooms but bedrooms need to be more subdued.

Their sleeping arrangement is also a very important factor. The goal is to align the child's bed so that they are sleeping in a “empowered position”, seeing the doorway to the room but not in direct alignment with the doorway. This arrangement will give them the feeling of security and comfort. We do not want the bed to be in direct alignment with the doorway, as the chi (energy) comes into the room, hits them in bed and will disturb their sleep patterns and they will opt for a more secure place- i.e. crawling into bed with mommy and daddy.

Children adore bunk beds, but they are not the best solution for limited space. They feel like they are on an adventure, they tend to fight over who sleeps on top and who sleeps on the bottom bunk! If this is the only solution for the space that you have, make sure that the children interchange where they sleep regularly. Sleeping on the lower bunk gives a feeling of being under pressure and being in a cave. To soften this effect, consider painting the "ceiling" of the upper bunk a light color to give an impression of more space for the child who sleeps on the lower bunk. The bed should have its headboard against a solid wall, with the ability to walk around each side of the bed. Try not to push the bed up against one wall or use under the bed storage. We need the chi to circulate under and around the bed freely, bringing healthy, vibrant chi to your child.

If two children share the same bedroom, try to create some form of separation to allow them to personalize and individualize their own area of the room. Designate a specific spot for each child such as a dresser, shelf, closet, or table. This will help identify each child's chi and teach them respect for other people's belongings. Children, just like adults, all need their own space. Sleeping under skylights, beams and shelves loaded up with books and puzzles is certainly not ideal. The pressure from above can give them headaches and disturb their night's rest.

EMF’s (electromagnetic frequencies) are unforgiving energies emitted by electronic devices. They also decrease the body’s production of melatonin, which is a hormone that regulates your sleeping patterns and moods.   Arrange furniture so that your child’s body is at least 2 feet away from electronics such as computer, televisions, or gaming equipment. Better yet, store them in an armoire and close the doors during sleeping hours.  In addition, television and computer screens are reflective surfaces and follow the same Feng Shui guidelines as mirrors. We prefer not to have mirrors in bedrooms, as they create yang energy, making the room too active. Additionally, if the mirror reflects them in the bed, they can become startled if waking up in the middle of the night. This will make them feel unsettled and once again will opt for the cozy comfort of squeezing between mommy and daddy.

Look at what your child sees every day.  A happy family photo visible from the child's bed is comforting to see before they fall asleep and when they awaken.  It reminds them they are part of a happy family when they are alone in their room.  Posters of kittens, puppies and favorite cartoon characters are non-threatening and comforting for the little ones.  Get to know the subliminal meaning behind the images in your teenager's room and play down any cool "negatives".

If your child is having an issue with focus or concentration, try to have their back to a wall when they are studying. This allows the child to have support so that he can sit there and study longer rather than a short attention span.

Make sure that nothing prickly, piercing or pointed is directed towards their desk chair or the bed. Even a poster with arrows or airplanes with weapons pointing towards them can create some unhealthy energy. Also, put the action figures and stuffed animals away at night. Children do need a place to store their stuff to keep clutter under control. If a child's bedroom is also their study room, they won't be able to focus surrounded by a lot of clutter because clutter is "eye noise".

Creating a comfortable, harmonious bedroom makes for a good night’s rest.  And a good night’s rest makes for a refreshed, healthy child.

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