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Good feng shui is about bringing balance and harmony to our living and working spaces. When ch’i (energy) is in positive alignment, we feel more relaxed. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice that is based on many common sense principles. For example, we don’t usually feel comfortable working with our backs to a door because it leaves us vulnerable to being startled by people sneaking up on us. One feng shui solution for this is to place a mirror so we always know who is entering the room behind us.
Remove the clutter, remove the stress. The easiest feng shui tip to begin now is to get organized. At work, keeping your work area tidy and clean will keep you feeling on top of your game, and, make it easier for your co-workers to stand in for you while you are on vacation or a business trip. A well kept locker allows you to get your gear quickly and get home faster when your shift is over. Once you’re home, if you’ve kept your space clutter free there, too, you’ll find more time to unwind.
Negative vibes. Get rid of dead plants and flowers, stale food, broken clocks or other faulty equipment (have it repaired or replaced), old files that are no longer needed, pens and markers that are dried up, etc. When things are in good working order, people feel happy at work.
Feed your soul. Bring a touch of beauty to your life to inspire your spirit. Don’t just save flowers for special occasions. Bring a bud vase to your desk and keep a fresh cut red rose or other favorite flower in it. Tape a piece of art or a favorite photo or motivational poem to the inside door of your locker.
Under cover. Boring career wear got you down? Nobody needs to know what you got going on underneath ‘em, do they?! Guys: get those hot red boxer shorts. Girls: lavish yourself with lace and satin. Knowing you’re looking your sexy best can give you a real energy boost (not to mention a secret smile) all day long.
Treat yourself. Find time to get your hair and nails done. Treat yourself to a professional massage every now and then. Read a novel, shoot hoops, spend time doing something just for you at least 20 minutes per day. And post here to tell me how YOU relax!
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Competition for available jobs has never been fiercer. We all need that extra somethin’-somethin’ to set us apart from the crowd. Feng Shui might give you that extra edge.These Feng Shui techniques bring movement (water energy) into your life, improving your chances in the working world. The idea is to cast your net wide into the sea of
MOVING WATER METHOD I :
Make a point of contacting at least one different person a day for 27 days in a row. They should be someone you know from your past that you’ve had no contact with for at least six months. Think former employers and colleagues, classmates, teachers, former clients…anyone, even relatives that you’ve lost touch with counts!
The contact can be by phone, e-mail or letter. The point is to reach out to that person in an upbeat way without expectation or requesting any favors. Avoid all negative conversation or complaints.If an opportunity–social or business–should come as a result of your communication, do not turn it down. (IE: if the person invites you to her son’s bar mitzvah, go! If a job is being offered, go on the interview even if you decide later on not to take the position).
TIP: Three people per day in 27 days increases your odds!
MOVING WATER METHOD II :
Instead of contacting people you know, this time you must make a point of meeting (face 2 face) nine new people each day for nine consecutive days. Names must be exchanged in order to fulfill the
requirement. Even better, exchange business cards and phone numbers if possible. People you meet on line at the grocery count. So does your postal worker if you’ve never asked him his name.
For both methods, it’s important to note that if you miss a day, you need to start all over again. It takes a lot of courage to practice these two Feng Shui techniques. You’re well on your way to creating a network of opportunity as well as developing your personal confidence and charisma. Create your own luck and you’ll have the Feng Shui By Fishgirl advantage!
(Have you tried this method? Share your results!)
The beach at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Taking time off to replenish your Qi is good for the soul and important to a balanced life. I just returned from a week in the Dominican Republic at the NH Real Arena Resort in Punta Cana. Everything was included in the price (airfare, hotel, food & beverages…even tips!) so you could really kick back and relax. No worries. If a getaway is not in the budget right now, make time to take time off even if it’s to lounge in your own backyard. All you need is a good chair, a good book, and a blender drink.
ROOM TO BREATHE
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.