Feng Shui to the Rescue Ezine
From My Feng Shui Window
Falling into Fall
I had every intention of going back to a monthly format after taking a summer vacation from the ezine.
But, now it's the middle of September as I write this, and it look
s like I'm extending the seasonal format - at least for a while. This is the fall issue, wit
h advice for moving into the cooler, darker, more yin time of the year. The goal of any Feng Shui adjustment is to bring your interior environment into balance with the natural world around you. The best way to do this is to make it an every day habit to tune in to the changing seasons and to make adjustments in your home to reflect what is going on around you at different times of the year. Even small seasonal Feng Shui adjustments can yield big results.
There's lots of transition surrounding me right now, so it's seemed appropriate that the lead article in this issue should be "Transition Into Fall." What kind of transition are you taking on this season? Whether it's one you voluntarily asked for, or one that's been thrust upon you, this is the season for taking a step back and deciding what you want to attract for the rest of this year and beyond.
For me, this fall is about finishing up my next book, "Feng Shui to the Rescue." This one is all about the questions and answers I've been answering through t
e ezine. I've been sorting the Q&A into categories, like "Bedrooms, Beds, and Blissful Sleep," "Feng Shui Goes to Work," and "Objects of Desire." I'm organizing all of your success stories ("Lydia Fills Her Empty Nest," "Jerry Receives Multiple J
ob Offers") and matching them up with the chapters. I'm assembling quick tips like "See What's Lurking Behind Your Doors." I'm working with my graphic designer. I love doing this, but it does take time.
At the same time I'm considering several possibilities for rebranding this ezine. I'm spending time re-reading the results of the survey I sent to readers earlier this year, and deciding whether to change this ezine into a subscription series. I might bring back Feng Shui 360. Some of you will remember that membership group from a few years ago, which gave priority access for answers to Feng Shui questions, weekly tips, a monthly live call, and a personal phone consultation, along with discounts on books and workshops. What do you think? Would you subscribe?
In the meantime, if you're missing this ezine next month, check the articles on my website and subscribe to my blog to read my posts.
Happy fall! Go out and play in the beautiful autumn leaves!
Feng Shui Master Practitioner
Feng Shui For All Seasons
Feng Shui Tip for September-October: Transition into Fall
Many clients and readers tell me fall is their favorite time of the year, but I also hear from people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and they are challenged by the limited daylight this time of year.
As the cooler weather approaches and you find yourself spending more time indoors, you can begin some of those projects you put off during the warmer months, like clearing all that "stuff" from your attic or basement. Removing what you don't need from these areas can have a profound effect, because what's in your attic weighs down on you and what's in your basement supports you. Clearing clutter from these areas helps you move forward. Then, as you approach winter and limited daylight, make adjustments that bring more light into your interior environment, including switching to full spectrum light bulbs that simulate natural daylight. This is especially important if you experience symptoms of SAD.
The goal of any Feng Shui adjustment is to bring your interior environment into balance with the natural world around you. Even small seasonal Feng Shui adjustments can yield big results. Here are a few simple ways to help you welcome the approaching season:
- Replace your doormat to help attract fresh new opportunities to your door.
- Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the street so positive chi can always find you, especially with the earlier darkness.
- Pull up dead flowers in your garden because they represent stale chi, and replace them with colorful mums or hardy pansies that will give you active chi until the first frost.
- Frequently remove dead leaves from your roof and gutters and trim back any overgrown limbs that hang over your house, which represent an added weight on your shoulders.
- Remove any vines that are growing on your house. The image of an ivy-covered cottage may be romantic, but vines growing on your home symbolize something eating away at your life.
- Display a bowl of red apples on your kitchen counter to symbolize that your home will always have food and you can always afford to feed your family.
- Clear the cobwebs from the outdoor furniture before you cover it for the winter, because accumulated cobwebs symbolize being so wrapped up and stuck that you can't move forward.
- Even if the weather turns chilly, open your windows daily for a short while during the cooler months to let in fresh air and to circulate the chi.
- Rearrange your furniture - even if you only move the sofa a few inches closer to the window or the lamp to a different side of the table - to bring different energy into your room.
- Burn scented candles to change your perspective for a new season: vanilla to make a room feel comforting, peppermint to curb your appetite, strawberry to boost energy and to make you want to exercise, a floral fragrance to enhance learning, pine to enhance well-being
Fall is a good time to check out your existing Feng Shui cures to see if they need to be adjusted, because they can wear out over time - colors fade, furniture wears out or goes out of style, or your preferences in art change. That's why I recommend that after you complete a year of Feng Shui changes, start again and re-new, re-adjust, and re-align your improvements. You can find a Feng Shui tip-a-day calendar in my book, the
Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office: Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love.
Beat Clutter, 10 Minutes at a Time
If you look at photos of beautifully-organized rooms and think, "If only...", then I have some tips for you. A clutter-filled house can make you feel overwhelmed and exhausted, but clutter-free rooms will help bring harmony to your household. Here are 10 quick tips for controlling clutter, shared on Unclutterer by Gretchen Rubin, author of
The Happiness Project. I've added some of my own Feng Shui advice in brackets where relevant:
- Make your bed - every morning.
- Throw away the newspaper each night, even if you haven't read it yet. [You can usually find the articles you missed online.]
- Follow the "one-minute rule" - set aside time to do chores that takes less than one minute, like putting your dirty socks in the hamper.
- Identify an organization or a person to receive the things you no longer need. It's easier to get rid of unneeded stuff if you can envision someone else getting good use from them. Also, figure out a place [behind closed doors] to store those things until you hand them over.
- Pause for a moment before you "store" something. Storing something means you don't intend to use it much. Other than holiday decorations and seasonal clothes, you should strive to "store" as little as possible.
- Beware of freebies. Never accept anything free unless you're thrilled with it. If you don't need it, don't take it. [This especially includes those hotel shampoo and lotion freebies.]
- Get rid of things if they break. If it doesn't work and it's not worth spending money to repair it, what are you keeping it for? [Follow the "Rule 3 R's:" Replace, Repair, or Remove anything that's stained, ripped, or torn.]
- Don't keep any piece of paper unless you truly need it, and don't keep anything that would quickly become dated like travel information.
- Hang up your coat. [Preferably out of sight.]
- Before you go to bed, take five minutes to do an "evening tidy-up." Don't tackle anything ambitious, but stack up the magazines, put your shoes away, shove the chairs into place, etc. [It's especially important to clutter-clear your bedroom in the evening so you'll sleep better, and again in the morning so you don't have to face the mess at night.]
Ruby Buys a New Red Wallet
For years, I've been collecting "red wallet success stories" from clients, students, and readers who have followed this tip: If you want to attract wealth, buy yourself a new red wallet. The color red represents wealth and abundance, and a new, uncluttered wallet makes room for that wealth to flow into your life. My own red wallet is starting to show wear, so this weekend, I treated myself to a new one. What perfect timing to share one of my favorites red wallet stories:
Here's what Ruby wrote:
This is long overdue, but I just had to get this to you since the red wallet advice is still working! I just landed ANOTHER client who wrote a check to secure my services right away. At the beginning of the year I was a bit worried about my business and my finances. You suggested that I carry a red wallet with a $50 bill stashed away in it. That immediately made a difference, and I received 2 job offers and got 2 new clients in that same month! I just finished a project for one of those clients and they recommended me to someone else. I met with them yesterday and they hired me immediately. Since I got my new red wallet I've felt more confident regarding my finances. I feel I have plenty of money to be able to buy exactly what I need. What a difference the red wallet made! And duh, it never occurred to me before that a ruby-red wallet was obviously the right choice for me considering my name.
|Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: We dropped our daughter off at college this weekend, and I hate her dorm room. Mainly, it's the location of the bed. The only place for it is with the side against the wall that's adjacent to the door. Her roommate arrived first and claimed the other bed. That means her feet point directly out the door, which I've seen written somewhere is considered the death position in Feng Shui. This is not the way I wanted her to start off her college life. Please help!
A: Try not to panic. You're right that this is not the most auspicious position, and it could make it difficult for her to sleep soundly because she's so close to the door, but there are "cures" for a bed in this location. See if she can find something to position at the end of the bed to symbolically protect her from the chi coming in the door, like a short bookcase or padded bench, or a floor plant (silk is okay). Or, she could hang a lightweight curtain from the ceiling to separate her part of the room from the entrance area. Anything that acts as a separation between the door and the bed will work.
Q: We are a
. I have a rack of boots that the students use daily when they go out in the mornings and afternoons to feed animals and work on the farm. They had been stored on the front porch of the school. We have been frustrated over the years because it seemed like we could never keep staff members. There were various reasons, but even the ones with whom there was a mutual good job/good fit left. Then, I realized that the boot rack was in our Helpful People area and maybe that was why they were walking away. What would you recommend? Any storage does need to have some roof or shelter over it. We have four new staff members and I sure would like to keep them, along with growing our enrollment.
A: You're right that symbolically, this location for boots could be contributing to your staff turnover. Storing shoes near an entrance is related to "walking away" from something. In your case, this was compounded by the placement of these shoes in the Helpful People area. The typical remedy when you can't relocate shoe storage to a closet is to keep them in a closed storage container. Or, at least keep the boots pushed under a deep bench so they aren't so visible. This would symbolically be the same as putting them behind closed doors in a closet.
Q: I am a single mom and sleep in the master bedroom with my daughter. She does have her own room but prefers mine. Does this affect my prospects of finding love?
A: The Feng Shui recommendation is that a bedroom should be reserved for rest and romance only. If your daughter sleeps in your bedroom, symbolically that doesn't allow room for a lover to find you. The place for your daughter to sleep is in her own bedroom. If she needs to feel close to you, place a similar item in both bedrooms - like a throw pillow - and display a current photo of the two of you in her room.
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Beyond Feng Shui
Where Do Sports Idioms Come From?
We use sports terms all the time without knowing where they come from. Some of their origins are pretty clear - front-runner, on the ropes, the ball is in your court - but there are many others whose origins are not so apparent. Why do so many terms come from baseball, horse racing, and boxing? These were the three most popular sports in the United States in the first part of the 20th century, and they required a big vocabulary. Writing in the New York Times, Victor Mather provides history and context for some of our commonly-used terms:
Americans may not care about cricket, but that doesn't stop us from using phrases that originate with the sport
. "Wicket" has several meanings in cricket, but the relevant one here is the area in the center of the field where the ball is bounced toward the batsman. If it has been raining, the ground may become wet and sticky, causing balls to bounce irregularly, and giving the batsmen problems.
Hat Trick. Nope, it's not from hockey or soccer, but again it's from cricket. Heathfield Stephenson, playing for England in 1858, took three consecutive wickets in Sheffield. That prompted a collection to be taken up, and the money was used to buy Stephenson a hat. The term was being used in newspapers by the 1860s.
Hat in the Ring.
Back in the days when boxing was a quasi-legal, rough-and-tumble affair, fighters who had an interest in getting into a bout would signal it by tossing in a hat. It's mostly used now in the politics to announce that someone is running for office.
Shakespeare used it first, in reference to Romeo. It was adopted in a sport in the 17th century, when you set one horse off on a ramble and require the trailing horses, set off at intervals, to follow it as accurately as possible. It was known as a wild-goose chase. Soon the term became used for any hopeless quest.
Throw in the Towel.
In boxing, a fighter's corner man throwing a towel into the ring has traditionally been a sign of surrender, quitting, or giving up. But in earlier times, it was a sponge that was hurled, and "chuck up the sponge" was the more common phrase.
Out of Left Field.
Why is left field the spot where kooky ideas come from? Maybe it's because left field was deeper than right in early baseball stadiums, and weaker fielders were put in left and that left fielders tended to play farther back.
It sounds like it might be from a card game, but it actually comes from horse racing. When a jockey has a race in the bag, he can relax his hold on the reins and stop urging the horse so hard.
Back to Square One.
When soccer was first broadcast in the 1920s in Britain, the newspapers published a chart with the field divided into numbered squares. The radio announcer could say, "The ball is passed into Square 4, then dribbled into Square 6," and fans would understand what was going on. However, the Oxford English Dictionary instead suggests the term actually comes from board games like Chutes and Ladders, in which players can find themselves sent back to the start.
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