If you’re a fan of Stonehenge (and who isn’t?) and you happen to be driving through Natural Bridge, VA you must stop at artist Mark Cline’s painstakingly exact replica made entirely of foam. Foamhenge is free to the public. Chances are, you’ll think the signs leading up to it are cheesy and you might miss out. The day we visited, there was nobody in sight except for the statue of Merlin. There was a terrific view and that’s always good feng shui!
Daily Archives: November 17, 2009
It’s the holiday season and many of us will be spending a lot of time shopping. Most retail shops have sound alert systems in place to let the shopkeeper know of any customers entering the store. This way they can guard the cash register and merchandise, and be of service to the client so that a sales opportunity won’t be missed. All of that seems like just good common sense, right? It may surprise you to know that having jingling bells or some other form of noise at the entry to your space is also good feng shui.
Awareness of who is entering our immediate work/living zone improves our feng shui., Whether you work in a cubicle with your back to the door or are a mechanic under a car, being surprised by your boss sneaking up on you could ruin your mo-jo! We feel uneasy and subconsciously very vulnerable if we do not have control of our space. The optimum feng shui solution is to have a clear view of the entryway from our “Command Position”. However, that isn’t always possible and often the only way the furniture works is to be placed with our backs to the door. If this is the case, the next best thing is to place a mirror so that we can see who is behind us.
The other next best thing is to have some sound device attached to the door so that we hear it when it opens. For instance, you might want to hang some bells from the door. Or you might put a windchime in the doorway that encourages people to touch it and make it sing when they enter your space. Where there is no door, a bead curtain might be appropriate; the beads make a pleasant jingling sound and also soften the chi energy.
People love the tinkling sound of bells. Apparently, so does good chi. And as we all know from watching the classic Christmas movie “Its a Wonderful Life”, every time a bell rings and angel gets his wings. Here’s wishing you and your family a chi-ful holiday season!
Have you ever calculated how many hours a week you spend in bumper to bumper traffic? Tally up those hours to see how much of your life you waste in the micro environment known as your car. Unless you work the night shift as a security guard or sit at your home computer telecommuting in your jammies or live in a very rural location there seems to be no way to avoid a minimum of at least eight hours a week in your automobile. For many of us, it’s double that.
Clearly the time we spend in our cars has a big impact on our feng shui. That’s why taking care of your car is not only a matter of personal pride, it’s a matter of personal well being. Your drive to succeed in life can be optimized through applying some feng shui solutions:
1) Regular car maintenance translates into personal safety–which relates to the feng shui Family & Health sector of the bagua.
2) Keeping up appearances with cleaning, waxing, and repairing dents means the resale value on your car remains high–Wealth & Abundance area.
3) Clutter free seats/floors/trunks lets you invite in not only more opportunities to fill those open spaces, but allows you to accommodate a passenger comfortably—Love & Relationship area.
4) Never letting your gas tank fall below half full allows you to be ready to take advantage of spontaneous offers that might come your way: Travel & Helpful People area.
5) Nothing lifts the chi better than your favorite music–Creativity & Future Projects. Or, you may want to try some books on tape or learn a foreign language (Wisdom & Knowledge).
The more chi is circulating freely in your vehicle, the more your mind and spirit are able to free up for brainstorming ideas on how to get where you want to go in life. Instead of thinkig of your commute as hell-on-wheels, try thinking of the drive time as “My Time”. My time to re-energize my personal battery in preparation for my busy day–speaks to the Career area of the bagua, or unwinding at the end of a busy one (tai chi core).