I’m liking the number for the new year because it is divisible by 3. It feels like we’re going to finally see some positive shifts worldwide. Let’s all hold that thought for New Year’s Eve, shall we?
BTW, this December 31 we’ll be experiencing a Blue Moon full moon as well as a lunar eclipse. Astrologically, this is a pretty rare event with Blue Moons occurring about once every 2 and a half years. It’s a fantastic time for setting intentions. This means making a list of each positive thing you want to keep or attract in your life. Draw a big circle on a piece of paper and write the list inside of it. Outside the circle, write down all of the negative stuff you want to release from your life.
For example, inside your circle you might write: Love, Happiness, Health….and specific things like “Take up running” or “lose 20 lbs” or “move to Asheville”. In the outside releasing section you might write Fear, Sarcasm, Pain…and specific things such as “road rage” or “gossiping about coworkers”. Get the picture? Draw this up on New Year’s Eve before midnight and then sit with it and meditate on it and read the positive things out loud saying “I will attract ___, ___, ___ etc to my life in 2010”. Do the same with the negative saying “I will release _____, etc from my life in 2010”. Then burn that baby. Do that in a fire place or some other safe venue, please! As the smoke wafts into the air, you are setting your intentions for your dream year.
This is a tree worthy of the N’avi tribe from the Avatar movie…we stopped at the Hampton Plantation on our drive from Wilmington to Charleston this Saturday. Dude, we’re glad we did! This historical site was empty (and free admission in the off season) so we had the grounds all to ourselves. The mighty live oaks are magnificent. One of these trees had a plaque that said President George Washington had saved this particular tree back in the 1700’s. Yes, the trees are that old and much older. These ancient trees saw Native Americans wandering by before the gorgeous mansion was built in 1730. And, what might these witnesses to slavery tell us about that shameful period of time in America’s history? I believe the trees add powerful healing energy to the grounds as would any trees in your own backyard. Live oaks, with their sculptural shapes and draped Spanish moss, you can’t help but thinking they are true works of art. BTW, hugging trees is good feng shui.
Feng Shui By Fishgirl loves discovering new places (especially while traveling). If you happen to be driving down the east coast and you find yourself just north of Charleston on Rte 17, be sure to stop at Cosmic Jack’s for the best hot dog you’ll ever eat! The venue caught our attention because of the shiny polished vintage Airstream they had parked out front. Turns out the inside of the Airstream has been completely gutted to make room for a catering kitchen (what a groovy idea!). Inside, the decor is part 50’s, part Jetsons and the staff is super helpful and friendly. The french fries are to die for and they’re served with authentic draft root beer.
1) I will surround myself in my home space only with things I like or love.
2) I will cultivate relationships only with people that I like or love.
3) I will repair items and friendships that are worth saving and discard ones that aren’t.
4) I will be conscious of expressing myself in a positive way.
5) I will remove clutter from my space and my mind.
6) I will examine my space and rearrange things for a better energy flow.
7) I will be more conscious of sustainable practices so that I leave a smaller footprint on the earth’s surface.
8) I will keep up my gratitude journal and teach others how to create one.
9) I will not save the smudge stick, incense, and candles for special occasions.
10) I will eat more chocolate.
What will you do to improve your life in 2010?
Feng Shui By Fishgirl believes that you should only surround yourself with stuff you love, especially in your own home sanctuary. Often, though, someone we love may give us a gift that we don’t share enthusiasm for. Should we keep it in order to protect their feelings? No. That’s not good feng shui. Give yourself permission to choose not to keep the gift out of guilt or obligation. Here are some alternative ideas:
*Exchange the gift at the original retailer for something you really want.
*Give the gift to a charity organization such as Salvation Army.
*Give the gift to a friend that you know would like it.
*Transform the gift into something else you like (ie: if it is a skirt but you love the fabric, cut it up and make it into a pillow or incorporate it into a quilt—get creative!).
Having stuff around your space that you don’t love has a negative impact on your feng shui. If an item is unused it becomes a part of clutter and resentment builds up. It’s much better to let it go. Is that ungrateful? No. Be thankful for the thought and the person behind the gift—give them a sincere thank you for their generosity. And don’t think twice about letting go of gifts you don’t love.
Photo from CNN
Isn’t this a gorgeous pic? Check out the story at CNN. Back in 1989 I visited Hiroshima, Japan and was very moved by the piles of colorful origami peace cranes left as handmade offerings throughout the memorial site.
Photo from progressiveportal.org.