Our Response to Covid-19

Like you, and many others around the world, we have been focusing on and thinking about the changes and shifts around the world with relation to Covid-19.  At times, it brings us to a loss for words, what to share, how to continue our mission of intentionally reaching out – especially to our members, but also to the public, and to the world at-large.

No matter how many times we hear the phrase “social distancing,” all we can think is we are leaning in.   

We are leaning in to each other.  To our work. To our friends and families.  Especially those who are sick or dealing with a condition that makes you more vulnerable.  We are leaning in.  Sharing as much positivity as we can muster.  Because we know it makes a difference.  We know it matters.  Our work matters.

We are energy workers – and we know – even as hard as things are for many – we know everything is energy.  We are not letting go of that important premise.  Faith and hope are JUST as contagious as fear.  Fear just feels bigger right now.  Hold on to the hope and share it in waves.

So, through this letter, we are reaching out to let you know, we are standing by you in any way that we can.

We will continue to share goodness, the positive sides of life and energy.  We hope to douse you with Feng Shui love and help you weather the times that are here or that are coming.  Life isn’t always easy – nor does it promise to be.  But we know our tools can help mitigate the valleys and help us move toward the peaks.  Self care is always a big deal – but even more so now with many dealing with illness, changes in economic or food stability, and sheltering in place.  We hope to continue to encourage you with our messages.

For our consultant members and schools, we know as entrepreneurs, working on our own, there are cycles.  We want to continue to promote you as often as we can.  Your business is important to us.  You are important to us.  You always have been.

  • If you have a blog post we can share, an online event, social media content, or something else – let us know. We will share as much as we are able.

Connections are crucial.  Perhaps one of our most important ways to lift each other up are through our online communities.  Intentional connections can help us weather the isolation many may feel.  [Remember – lean in!]

  • Join our public Facebook group, Feng Shui friends – it’s for anyone and everyone!
  • And specially for you members, our closed Facebook group, the Virtual Chapter; if you haven’t been in there lately, please come. Come to our table and let us nurture your spirit and work. 

And importantly, we know there are economic ripples throughout the world.  We don’t want to lose a SINGLE member because you can’t pay your dues.  We are committed to being there for everyone who needs us – to continue your membership in any way we can.

  • If you need help – GET IN TOUCH. We are here.  We aren’t going anywhere.

As always, we are staying true to our mission.  Advancing the growth and promotion of Feng Shui worldwide – because if there was ever a time that Feng Shui at home could help – the time is now!  Also, we continue promoting and serving our members through the good and the bad with empowering resources, opportunities and a unified Feng Shui community.  It’s our tenet. Our core. It’s who we are.  We will get through this.  And so will you.

We got you.

Click here for a printable version of this letter.

Living More Sane in a Crazy World

“This is a great opportunity to reorganize, recalibrate and get ready for the new world, which will be different.”

~~Peg Donahue, Feng Shui Connections

Life is crazy. Unpredictable.  Even in the best of circumstances. 

At any one given time, someone you know is going through something unimaginable.  Someone you know is going through a huge shift – maybe for the better and maybe for worse.  Anyone else hate change?

It’s ok.  It’s ok to not be best friends with change.

Shifts in our outer world can also bring shifts to our inner mind and psyche (which is also why Feng Shui is so important).  We question what we are doing and why.  Shifts can take us to places we don’t understand.  Often, the things that are the good for us, can be challenging.  The awesome thing though is that with each shift, we can get better and better with coping.

We asked our expert Feng Shui professionals for some of their tips in dealing with stress, hard times, how to raise their vibe (even when they aren’t feeling it).  What they told us was plain and simple, and brilliant.  Maybe a bit of common sense – but then some of us aren’t thinking clearly right now!  We got this!

Ways to Raise Your Vibe

Take what resonates and Leave. The. Rest.

  • The obvious – but let’s say it anyway: Stay at home if this is what has been enforced. Wash your hands and disinfect often – especially after touching food and money. Clean those doorknobs, remotes, phones and light switches.
  • Tackle that ‘honey do’ list; clean a closet, deep clean an area you have been meaning to get to, reorganize kitchen cupboards, paint a room…take advantage of this time to thoughtfully and purposefully move forward to improve your space.
  • Try to stick with a normal routine as much as possible: Laundry, sweeping, straightening. Routines in uncertainty are especially helpful for kids.  Make a list to help them see visually what’s happening each day and even give them choices and some control as to those choices.  If you don’t know what’s going to happen – imagine how they are feeling.
  • Listen to music you love, uplifting or peaceful, quiet or loud. Get your dance party on if you want!
  • Get outside! Take a walk, get some sunshine, breathe fresh air. Even stand on your porch if you can’t go far. Maybe do some gardening.
  • Don’t get on social media as much as is possible. Or at least follow positive accounts and people.
  • Rest and sleep more.
  • Help someone else. Take groceries or supplies to a friend who can’t get out.  Try to go alone and drop the shopping off without making close contact.
  • Reach out. Call family and friends just to hear their voices and to check-in using technology such as Skype, Zoom, phone calls, video calling, and more.  This works for virtual play dates too.  The laughter heard when a group of kids is on a Zoom conversation and they can all see each other is awesome and will lift any spirit!
  • Give yourself quiet time. Light candles and do a daily meditation with a focus to ground and expand energy out. Fear is so contracting – expand with love.  Light incense, chant, stand in the sun.
  • Move. Add yoga to your routine if you don’t already – there are a ton of teachers doing online classes and videos now – for free.  Exercise, walk, and stretch.
  • Lose yourself…in a book. Read books that you have been waiting to read for a long time, that you didn’t have “time” for before.  Whether pleasure reading or to learn something new, reading can calm your mind, soothe your soul, and even escape for a bit. Lots of downloadables available for free now too.
  • Get creative – cooking and baking, coloring, painting, writing. Don’t underestimate the value of a 2PM dance off! Laugh!

I’m writing notes of thanks to all the kind souls in my building who have volunteered to help people get groceries, especially the elderly. This crisis is bringing out the best in some people and I want to make sure they are acknowledged!

Carol M. Olmstead, Feng Shui for Real Life

Last but not least: make sure your Feng Shui is in place.  Especially take notice of the health gua, but so many others are relevant now too: career and wealth to ensure you nurture your work life and bank account; relationships so you don’t kill your quarantine buddies; creativity so you don’t get bored; helpful people because we all need a ton of grace and goodness from the universe and our helpers right now.

Expert Contributors:

Linda Bischoff, Avalon Lane Studio

Erin Bowers, Synergetic Spaces

Maureen Calamia, Luminous Spaces Feng Shui

Susan Chu, Susan M. Chu

Catherine Dean, Catherine Dean Feng Shui

Peg Donahue, Feng Shui Connections

Linda Ellson, Feng Shui Your World

Angela Higgins, The Nourished Life

Trisha Keel, Tomorrow’s Key

 

 

Joan Law, Feng Shui Joan’s Way

Carmel Malone-Quane, Create with Carmel

Dragana Milosevic

Carol Olmstead, Feng Shui for Real Life

Denise Osborne, Author

Bridget Saraka, Feng Shui by Bridget

Gwynne Warner, 10000 Blessings Feng Shui

Expert Contributors:

Linda Bischoff, Avalon Lane Studio

Erin Bowers, Synergetic Spaces

Maureen Calamia, Luminous Spaces Feng Shui

Susan Chu, Susan M. Chu

Catherine Dean, Catherine Dean Feng Shui

Peg Donahue, Feng Shui Connections

Linda Ellson, Feng Shui Your World

Angela Higgins, The Nourished Life

Trisha Keel, Tomorrow’s Key

Joan Law, Feng Shui Joan’s Way

Carmel Malone-Quane, Create with Carmel

Dragana Milosevic

Carol Olmstead, Feng Shui for Real Life

Denise Osborne, Author

Bridget Saraka, Feng Shui by Bridget

Gwynne Warner, 10000 Blessings Feng Shui 

What is Biophilic Design?

Biophilic design: a strange term. Hmmmm, just like feng shui!

So What is Biophilic Design?

And they are related in another way, too. They both are about connecting humanity to the natural world.

First, the word biophilia was a term coined by psychologist Erich Fromm in the 1960’s (and later explored by biologist E.O. Wilson in the 1980’s). It refers to our love of life.

We feel good in nature and many architects and designers started taking note that growing mental illness in modern society may be linked somehow to our soulless modern buildings and environments.

But rather than studying the ancient principles of feng shui, they created a new discipline.

But that’s okay, I’m not that frustrated (smile).

As long as the end goal is the same: that we create environments that not only look good, but feel good!

Biophilic design is backed up by environmental psychology, which studies the impact buildings have on human behavior.

It has been found that healthy human development (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) is contingent upon access to the natural world.

Now, many buildings and communities are being built with biophilic design principles. Hotels, healthcare facilities, even corporate offices and housing developments have incorporated elements of nature into the design of their spaces.

So even if they don’t call it “feng shui”, that’s okay, as long as we are being nourished in our spaces and respect Mother Earth!

Since I’ve been studying biophilic design, I’ve created my own list of principles connected to each of the Five Elements of nature: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. I wrote about this in my book, Creating Luminous Spaces.

 

Additional reads if you want to learn more:

  • Biophilia Hypothesis, by E.O. Wilson
  • Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science, and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life, by Stephen Kellert, Judith Heerwagen, Martin Mador

Photo credits: Pixabay.com, WikiImages – Yale University’s Kroon Hall, built with biophilic design and LEED

 

Maureen Calamia is author of Creating Luminous Spaces: Use the Five Elements for Balance and Harmony in Your Home and in Your Life (Conari Press). She is also founder of the Re-Nature philosophy based on the premise that we need to restore nature back into our lives, our homes, and spirits.

 

 

Unleashing the Power of Feng Shui

Life can be difficult for all of us at times for a variety of reasons; however, for those suffering with addiction, it can be overwhelming. Poor choices made can sometimes prove devastating—many times resulting in lives destroyed. Find out how Feng Shui can help through recovery, healing, and growth from Ivy Ellerby, Feng Shui professional with a background in clinical and experimental psychology.

Ivy Ellerby, Unleashing the Power of Feng Shui

Loved ones and family members often feel like helpless bystanders. Addictions are very serious and complex diseases requiring a multifaceted approach for proper healing. The journey to successful recovery is rigorous and requires a lifelong commitment, but there is bamboo leaves rockshope. Feng shui, when combined with a comprehensive recovery strategy, is a proven method to help restore and create harmony and balanced energy within an individual and his/her surroundings.

No matter the addiction, it is important to recognize that it is not simply a condition brought on by a search for pleasure, or a result of a lack of morality or weak strength of character. In many cases, the underlying root cause of addiction is related to stress and anxiety from school, work or home; mental illness, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder; or early childhood trauma.

Typically, when a recovering addict completes an addiction rehabilitative program, he she returns back to the same environment. Many times, families work hard to make sure that the recovering individual’s surroundings remain unchanged to create a sense of familiarity and continuity following a rehabilitation stay. However, this kind of logic can be counterproductive. Often, the old environment helps to reinforce negative behavior. Therefore, being reintroduced again to the environment can retrigger old patterns and debilitating habits, possibly leading to a relapse into addiction. For the one recovering, this often creates a tremendous burden, leaving an individual having to work twice as hard to avoid relapse. By implementing feng shui techniques, the individual can be empowered to create and cultivate a new environment—one reflecting the new reality of freedom and successful transition, instead of a familiar environment that might lure him/her back down a road of regret.

Feng shui is most effective when applied immediately following the successful completion of a rehabilitative program. Often, when the one recovered exits the structured environment of rehab, he/she is extremely vulnerable and afraid of failure. Many times, the surge of intense, short-lived motivation is soon smothered by the unchanged existence of familiar stresses related to family, finances, careers and relationships. Feng shui has been a proven means of giving a sense of control back to one recovering from addiction, providing active support and positive modification of his/her environment to encourage success.

Our surroundings affect and influence all of us, and likewise, we are a reflection of our surroundings.

 

Ivy Ellerby, Unleashing the Power of Feng ShuiIvy Ellerby is a certified Advanced Feng Shui Design ProfessionalTM with a background in clinical and experimental psychology. She specializes in health and wellness improvement by using proven feng shui methods to create a balance of energy flow throughout the home, office or other occupied dwelling. Ivy is also a nationally Accredited Home Stager®. 

 

Article/Image Source: Unleashing the Power of Feng Shui

Reducing Stress: The Feng Shui Approach

How can Feng Shui help to make your home stress free? Learn more from Julie Pelletier-Rutkowski in these simple 9 tips that can change your space, your attitude and your life!

Feng Shui is an ancient art and science that has been tested for over 4, 000 years. Feng Shui literally means wind and water in Chinese. Wind and water generate energy-or chi; a space that has good balance of energy has good chi.  This is why some spaces have a serene quality and others spaces make you anxious-to leave.  It’s the difference between a beautiful garden and the doctor’s office!Stress Free Living with Feng ShuiHow can you create a balanced stress free  space with Feng Shui?

Here is a list of 9 ways to create a space where you and your visitors will feel relaxed and content-and will not want to leave-until you ask them too!

9. Organize. Clutter causes anxiety and confusion.  It suffocates chi. No one can relax in a cluttered space.

8. Nature. Decorate with healthy plants, water features, and artwork depicting nature. Nature will both calm and reinvigorate your space.

7. Lighting. Soften lighting in a room by using candles, accent and task lighting instead of “hot” overhead lights. “Cool” the room with dim lighting.

6. Balance the elements. The five elements of wood, water, metal, earth, and fire should be represented in every room. Too much or too little of an element will make the room feel unstable. Items such as plants (wood), glass (water), stones (metal), pottery (earth,) and candles (fire) are examples of using the elements in your space.

5. Furniture Placement. Place your furniture so everyone can see the entrance. This will create a feeling of tranquility. Not seeing the entrance will cause anxiety about who might be “sneaking” in the room.

4. Colors. Choose your colors to reflect the mood of the room. Do you want an “active” room, or a ”quiet” room?  Red will energize a room, while blue will create a soothing, relaxing atmosphere.

3. Photos. Limit your photos to groupings of three. Leave room for more new friends on the shelves. Show only photos of people that make you happy.

2. Overhanging Objects. Objects overhead such as beams, shelves, pots and pans, and fans can make us feel burdened. Take “weight off your shoulders” by removing these objects.

1. Call in a professional. A certified Feng Shui consultant will work with you  on creating a space that is free from energetic stressors. Create a space that both you and your visitors will want to spend time in relaxing and and enjoying life!

Namaste!

 

Julie Pelletier RutkowskiJulie Pelletier-Rutkowski, MS, RN, is owner and principal consultant for Feng Shui Services of New England. Read more about Julie.

 

Article Source: 9 Tips for Stress Free Living Using Feng Shui

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