Friday, May 28, 2010

The Energy of Travel

We all long to create a trouble-free flow in our lives. One way of doing this is with the help of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art to increase the flow of positive energy or “chi” in any environment. “The literal translation of Feng Shui means "wind water”. Wind is the earth’s breath, and water is the invigorating lifeblood of everything that exists on our planet. Both wind and water have tremendous energy that drives Feng Shui's practices to fill your life with positive energies.

You may have heard of using Feng Shui in your home, office or even a room, but did you know its philosophy can also be used to promote the positive flow of energy during your vacation? Here is some Feng Shui suggestions that will help make your vacation escape the relaxing getaway you've been anticipating.

Air Travel
Feng Shui requires breathing space for energy to flow freely. Since space is at a premium on an airplane, it's a good idea to reserve a seat in an exit row. This will give you a little more room to stretch your legs. This is the best way to encourage positive chi and to ensure a comfortable, smooth trip.

Lodging Essentials
Take some large scarves or pachminas with you to enhance up your hotel room. Hang a scarf over the TV or any mirrors before you go to bed for the evening. This will improve your sleep by reducing the reflective surfaces in the room. Place a scarf over sharp corners of night tables or desk. Sharp corners can disturb the flow of chi. Place a scarf over any image on the wall that is unpleasant to you.

Make sure you're in a hotel with windows that can open. Stagnant air is unhealthy. Open the windows to let fresh air into your room when you first arrive. Getting the air moving is a great way to increase the chi. Take favorite scents from home with you, such as your favorite scented candle or incense.

In your hotel room, make sure the telephone and alarm clock are on the floor and not next to your ears. Being awakened abruptly can chase your relaxed mood as well as keeping the pesky "electro-magnetic fields" away from you.

Flowers are an inexpensive indulgence that can really lift the chi to your hotel room.Each time you see them, they will remind you of your "blooming possibilities" and be grateful for a safe and pleasurable journey.

On the Road

Clean your car
Those old papers, cans, bottles, and wrappers create chaotic, stuck energy. Don't forget your trunk, glove box and the other nooks where negative energy might accumulate. Have a trash receptacle, and use it. Clearing out the clutter will make you feel a positive difference in the energy inside your car.

Wash the windowsThe windows are the eyes of your car.Clean windows allow good energy to enter from outside, besides making it easier to have adequate visibility!

Keep water in your car
Drinking water clears your energy and mind. Water represents a smooth flow, when you're driving, you want a smooth, flowing experience. Water energy can also make it easier to cope with transportation woes.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Michelle's Yin Yang Pendant

Many years ago, I received this beautiful yin yang pendant as a gift from a dear friend. It became not only one of my favorite pieces of jewelry, but was also a serendipitous affirmation of my imminent future, to pursue my passion – Feng Shui.

It has become a perpetual companion and its symbolism inspires me to strive to not o
nly keep my home in order, but reminds me of the significance of - “As within, so without”. In our pursuit to create positive Chi, it begins within our body - our personal chi, and manifests into a mirror reflection of our outer world.

Over the years, my necklace attracted much admiration and compliments, the appeal became very evident. As imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I began my journey to find the pendant. The intention of sharing my story is in the hope that you also would be inspired to harmonize your own personal energy.