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Feng shui (pronounced: fung shway) has made my life happy, healthy and wealthy! I had never even heard of it before I attended a free class about it entitled, “Feng Shui”, on June 18, 2003 at the Gilda’s Club of Seattle. That summer our family had flown from Connecticut to Seattle, Washington so my husband, Ian, could undergoing a series of two bone marrow transplants to treat his lymphoma cancer. We lived in a Marriott hotel for over seven months. Needless to say, the educational lectures offered at Gilda’s Club of Seattle, like this feng shui class, as well as all the other free activities that they provided; yoga, Tai Chi, pilates and the wellness groups were life savers for me and my children as we faced the struggles of cancer within our family.
“Feng Shui” was hosted by Kate Austin, a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner. She gave a very informative talk about the basics of feng shui. Overall feng shui is an energy management system. The idea is that you want to organize the energy in every room and make the energy in your home support you.
One of the ideas Kate gave was to cover the mirrors and televisions in the bed rooms at night. Mirrors and televisions give off a lot of energy and by covering them it slows the energy down. I did this in the hotel room and found I slept much better. I also noticed that the kids went to sleep much faster!
The book Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life : How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect and Happinessby Karen Rauch Carter was recommended by Kate. I immediately ordered one from Amazon – you can buy yours by clicking the link above or by clicking the picture of the book at the end of my blog. I have found this book to be the most fun, easy to read book about feng shui on the market. I can’t tell you how many of these books I have given to my friends and family. If all you do with feng shui is buy this book, I guarantee your life will improve in every area that you put focus on.
Kate also recommended the East West Bookshop to buy feng shui cures, which are items that help enhance the energy in each area of your home. As I drove there, I didn’t have the address, but I knew the book store was on Roosevelt. I asked my angels for help with the cross street – 85th popped into my head… I went there and it turned out to be a tile shop, hmmm. I asked my angels again, and this time I heard 65th street. I drove there and sure enough this time they were right.
I went there specifically to find some purple amethyst, for the prosperity section, and a cure for the health section. I immediately found a beautiful piece of purple amethyst but then spent an hour looking for something either square, earth tone in color or something with a sun and a moon on it. These characteristics are all good cures for the health section of your home. Plants are really good for the health area, but due to Ian’s illness we couldn’t have live plants in his presence. I finally asked the clerk if she had any ideas for the items I was looking for. She said, “You should try the tile shop on 85th street.” Oh my goodness, I was just there!
I purchased my amethyst and drove to the tile shop. I walked in and immediately found two terracotta tiles (earth tone colors and made of earth products) and one had a yellow moon and the other had a yellow sun (the sun, moon and the color yellow are all perfect for the health section)! It seems as though the angels were pointing me in the right direction after all.
The other ironic event that occurred – or it was just the feng shui working fabulously – was that once I returned to the hotel and placed the purple amethyst in the prosperity section I went to get the mail and there was a $500 check – totally unexpected! Gotta LOVE feng shui.
Happy Fourth of July! Today is the day, as a nation, we celebrate our countries independence from Great Britain. As you celebrate this festive holiday, by hosting or attending a barbecue or going to watch a fire works display – I would like to challenge you to take time and declare some independence for yourself, ideally on a daily basis.
By declaring independence for yourself, I am referring to allowing your thoughts to free themselves from your conscious thinking. If, for example, you have a major stress in your life – say a divorce, a job loss, or even not so major stress like whiny children, designate a specific period of time during the day to stop thinking about what is stressing you. Read a book, take a nap, meditate, participate in a yoga class or even just sit outside and listen to the birds chirp and the wind rustle in the trees (or listen to the passing cars, and sirens – if you live in a city!)
Everyone has issues and commitments that need attention throughout the day, what I am suggesting is to make that commitment to yourself to actually free yourself from the imprisoning thoughts of stress and annoyances. You will be a much happier person if you treat yourself with as much care and compassion as you bestow upon your friends, family and co-workers. I guarantee it!
Every morning I take my dogs, Bronco and Tux, for a walk across the street through an enchanted little forest which leads to a secluded town park. Today I was hoping for some inspiration to help me write this blog – and I got it. A basic principle of the art of living happy is to live in the moment and not worry or fear what may happen – because if you worry or fear what might happen, then most likely you’re going to ruin the current moment for no good reason. That’s exactly what happened to me today.
Most days we don’t run into anyone. Only twice in the last three years have we run into kids doing drugs – the park is across the street from the high school – so you would think we would come across students more often, fortunately we don’t. The minute they see me they drop their bong and go tearing through the woods back to school. More often – and again maybe once every two weeks or so – we run into neighbors walking their dogs. Java, a scrappy little Cairn Terrier, is a friendly little guy and my small dogs love to greet him and then go on sniffing and running around. The problem is with Ginger, a 50 pound Pit Bull/Doberman mix.
Ginger was rescued by some very nice people. The problem is these very nice people don’t know how to handle a Pit Bull/Doberman mix. Ginger has been very aggressive toward my dog, Bronco. Tux is smart enough to stay away and usually stands between my legs when Ginger comes bounding up. Bronco, however; is overly friendly and races up to Ginger and the next thing you know Bronco is on his back and Ginger is barking, growling, and snapping. This confrontation in the park has happened three or four times.
Well, then it gets better. Ginger’s owners allow her to run around off leash – and in fairness I allow my dogs, all 16 and 12 pounds of them, to run off leash too. The issue is the fact that Ginger will run through the forest, cross the road and dart into our yard – when we are sitting on our front porch minding our own business. The three times that I’ve seen it happen – God only knows how many other times it’s occurred – I was able to get my dogs inside before Ginger got up to our door, frothing at the mouth.
The whole point of this involved story is that this morning, as the dogs and I cleared the forest path, I saw a parked car. I immediately feared that it was Ginger’s owner’s car. I started to look around and worry. I kept my dogs close and was concerned and terrified that Ginger may be on the loose. I wasn’t sure if the owner would keep her on the leash or if she would suddenly appear around the corner and leap on Bronco. So for the entire 20 minute walk I was consumed with these horrible feelings. When we finally rounded the last corner to the summit of the park, I realized that Ginger was no where to be seen. Sigh…
The problem was, I had just ruined my tranquil morning walk, because I feared the unknown. Granted, I had very good reasons to worry – as past events had proven. However; in order to create more happiness in your life, you must not react to events that aren’t occurring. In retrospect, I should have noticed the car and just kept on walking and breathing in the luscious green colors and observing the small bits of blue sky peeking through the clouds. If Ginger had shown up, I could have dealt with it then. Tomorrow I’m going to practice the art of living happy, and stay in the moment.