I’m reviving this post from my archives because it bears repeating.

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When we are meditating, or following our spiritual practice, the goal is
often to still the chatter in the mind, to simply “be”. In fact, the
Calming Heart Sutra aids us in accomplishing that goal. Notice when you are in that stillness of being,there is still one thing that you are doing: breathing. Without breath, you are not alive. Think of Qi or ch’i (pronounced “chee”) as the breath of your home or office environment. We want to keep the rooms we live and work in healthy and filled with vitality. To do that, the ch’i must be circulating, the space itself must be breathing. That’s the main explanation why feng shui practitioners are so obsessed with eliminating clutter. Clutter blocks the circulation of ch’i.

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This wonderful set of self empowering promises just arrived in my mailbox from Marc and Angel Hack Life. With their permission I share with you now. Check out their website for the complete information on how to order their books and sign up for their newsletter.

Make these promises to yourself, and keep them forever.

Repeat after me: “I promise…”

1.  “I will not hold the past against myself.” – Your problems, your weaknesses, setbacks, regrets and mistakes teach you if you’re willing to learn, or they will punish you if you’re not.   So let them teach you, every day.  Take everything as a lesson learned.  If you regret some of the decisions you have made in the past, stop being so hard on yourself.  At that time, you did your best with the knowledge you had.  At that time, you did your best with the experience you had.  Your decisions were made with a younger mind.  If you were to make these decisions with the wisdom you have today, you would choose differently.  So give yourself a break.  Time and experience has a wonderful way of helping us grow and learn to make better choices today, for ourselves and those we care for.

2.  “I will own my life and never deny responsibility for it.” – Through the grapevine, you may have learned that you should blame your parents, your teachers, your mentors, the education system, the government, etc., but never to blame yourself.  Right?  It’s never, ever your fault… WRONG!  It’s always your fault to a certain extent, because if you want to change, if you want to let go and move on with your life, you’re the only person who can make it happen.  It’s YOUR move to make.  It’s YOUR responsibility.  Own it!

3.  “I will live a life that feels right to me, not one that looks right to everyone else.” – Give yourself permission to follow the path that makes YOU happy.  And realize that some people in your life will refuse to walk beside you as you embark on this journey; they simply won’t approve no matter what you say, and that’s OK.  Sometimes when you commit yourself to creating your own happiness, it clashes with the perceptions of others.  Sometimes when you gain something great, you have to let go of something else.  And sometimes this ‘something else’ is a relationship that only wants you to do what they want you to do.

4.  “I will let go of relationships that are obviously not meant to be.” – Most people come into your life temporarily simply to teach you something.  They come and they go and they make a difference.  And it’s OK that they’re not in your life anymore.  Not all relationships last, but the lessons these relationships bring to you do.  If you learn to open your heart and mind, anyone, including the folks who eventually drive you mad, can teach you something worthwhile.  Sometimes it will feel weird when you realize you spent so much time with someone you are no longer connected to, but that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.  You are exactly where you’re supposed to be.  We all are. (from the “Relationships” chapter of our book)

5.  “I will not let any situation permanently steal my smile.” – Even when times are tough, take a moment to pause and remember who YOU are.  Take a moment to reflect on the things that have real and lasting meaning in your life.  And then smile about how far you’ve come.  Honestly, nothing in this world is more beautiful and powerful than a smile that has struggled through the tears.  Any fool can be happy when times are easy.  It takes a strong soul with real heart to develop smiles out of situations that make us weep.  No matter how long it takes, it will get better.  Keep going.  Tough situations build strong people in the end.

6.  “I will keep stretching myself beyond my previous level of comfort.” – Just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you’re failing.  Every great success requires some type of worthy struggle to get there.  Know this!  When you’re struggling, that’s when you’re growing stronger and smarter.  The more time you spend there, the faster you learn.  It’s better to spend an extremely high quality ten minutes growing, than it is to spend a mediocre hour running in place.  Every day, you want to practice at the point where you are on the edge of your ability, stretching yourself over and over again, making mistakes, stumbling, learning from those mistakes and stretching yourself even farther.

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NOW is the best time of the 2016 year to create YOUR treasure map! Here’s how:

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I’ve got some exciting news! Noted Los Angeles astrologer and writer Tracy Cook will be sharing her method of creating a Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map with us. A treasure map is a road map of personally selected intentions/hopes/goals that you would like to attract into your life.

You may know these treasure maps under a different name: Vision Boards, Intention Boards, Manifestation Maps, Dream/Wish Board (see some more examples of Treasure Maps and Manifestation Boards here)…what’s different–AND BETTER!!!– about Tracy’s method is that she sets up the board in accordance with feng shui bagua areas. And, Tracy also uses astrology to figure out the optimum time to create your board.

The idea is to take advantage of the first four days of the lunar cycle of the first astrology sign (Aries). This year you will begin assembling your Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map on April 14th…

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Protecting your personal boundaries is as important as protecting your home space with feng shui. With the advent of social media more and more privacy is lost.

Here are a few easy push-backs to have ready in your verbal arsenal when people put their noses  where they don’t belong:

Why are you asking me that question?

Why should I tell you that?

Let’s talk about your finances (and/or sex life) instead!

I don’t know. I’ll get back to you.

Will it hurt your feelings if I keep my personal life private?

Ask my lawyer.

Alternatively, you can flip it around. If someone says to you, for example, “How can you afford that?” you can say “How can you NOT afford that?” or “How can you afford THAT?”.




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It’s become a tradition at Feng Shui By Fishgirl to showcase the Chinese New Year art work of my dear friend PoPing Lo We’re celebrating the Year of the Monkey in 2016 and I think this particular PoPing illustration is wonderful. I thank the artist for allowing me to share it with my readers:

image1(May not be used or copied commercially without the permission of ©Po Ping T’so Lo.)

Here’s a little bit of what you can expect of the Year of the Red Fire Monkey (February 8th, 2016 up to January 27th, 2017.):

Although monkeys like to congregate in groups, success will come to those who break out from the pack and take risks that others won’t. This year it’s about individual efforts and putting action (the element of fire!) behind your wildest ideas. Innovation + Perspiration= Wealth this year more than ever.

Beware also the Tricksters in a Monkey Year. You know who they are. Deceitful people who charm you completely…then play you. They have one eye on your banana so they can grab it after misdirecting your attention to something unimportant. The message? Protect your bananas!

Ever hear of that saying “Not my monkey, not my circus”? This year is everybody’s monkey. Energy will be frenetic. Like a monkey jumping all around and swinging tree to tree and back again. It will be useful to become grounded in health and spiritual routine. Take time out for yourself and be still each day. There is an unpredictability to the world in a Monkey Year which makes it important to have something in your local personal sphere that is stable.  For example, if you’ve recently moved, don’t delay in unpacking and getting your home feng shui foundation stabilized. If you have let your exercise and diet go, try to get back into the groove again because there will be a lot of stress in a Monkey Year.

Happy #CNY2016 everyone! Kung Hei Fat Choi!




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Every once in awhile I stumble on another energy worker’s site and find something valuable for my readers. I don’t receive any financial gain from sharing this with you nor have I taken the course itself. However when I clicked here to read more about it I found the synopsis to be exactly what I would recommend to my clients. I especially liked the part about sloooowing down. That’s the first step to becoming more present in your life, more active and less re-active. I also recognize that Ms. Vogt’s e-course is very enlightened because she let’s YOU decide how much you are going to pay for it. The course is offered on a sliding scale of $10-25-40.

Please come back and share your comments here on how the course is working for you. And for my free article on how to let go of anything click here.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 4.48.38 PMDo you want the easy effortless style of Diane Keaton, age 69? Here she is in AARP Magazine looking vibrant and young at heart. I couldn’t help but noticing her giant sterling silver cross. I have one for sale on my Etsy shop!  So if you like this look, click here and it can be yours.  And your search for a 2016 fashion muse can be ‘crossed’ off your list.

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