Well, it’s hard to believe but it’s December already and the holidays are upon us. And just like that, another year is drawing to a close and a new year is on the horizon. Have you given any thought to how you want to spend your holidays? Will you be continuing with your holiday traditions or will you start new ones? Are you overwhelmed or moving along at an enjoyable pace? Do you feel like there’s too much on your plate or does everything feel just right?
You know from my previous blogs that Feng Shui promotes balance and that balance is what’s needed in order to have a pleasant life. There are many things we do in Feng Shui to bring about that balance and we’ve touched on some this year. But bal¬ance is the whole point and that’s what I am always helping my clients to seek and achieve through Feng Shui.
During the holidays we focus on family and I encourage you to think about your home and where the Family Area of your home fits on the Bagua.
While standing at your front door, look to the left and seek out the middle area between the front and the back of your house or apartment. This is the family area of your home. Check out this space. Is it cluttered? Is it welcoming? Is it a bathroom or a closet? The room or space the Family Area occupies in your home can support a healthy family relationship. If you’re having difficulty with your family at this time in your life, the issues can intensify during the holidays. That is why I encourage you to check out this space in your home and if it needs enhancing to promote a better family relationship, here are a couple of things you can do to get the ball rolling.
1) Declutter the space. If this is an open area such as a dining room, be sure to remove any mail, papers, boxes, keys, etc. from the table. If it is a pantry area, rid the space of outdated food, or stale items. Straighten the area and wipe crumbs off of shelves. If it is a bathroom, keep the toilet lid closed, place an upward growing plant on the toilet tank and keep a nightlight on all the time. If you’re stuck as to what to do call me!
2) Bring in the Wood Element. If this space is a dining room or office, chances are there is wood in the space already. If it is something else, bring in the color green or a specific item made of wood.
3) Remove or minimize metal objects in this area. Metal is wood’s nemesis as metal destroys wood. In the Family Area, we want to strengthen the space with Feng Shui enhancements, which we do with wood. We don’t want the metal to interfere with the enhancement. If you have metal in this space that cannot be avoided, you can counter it with the fire element as fire controls metal. So if your Family Area is in your laundry room where you have a metal washer and dryer, place a plant, bring in some red (fire) and/or hang a wooden framed picture with a lot of green in it (scenic woods, meadows, etc.) Also, remember that a washing machine holds water and water feeds wood. I throw that in there so you don’t panic if your laundry room actually does occupy our Family Area.
4) Visualize your intentions. If you are looking to mend relationships with family members, put that intention into the universe. The universe understands your intention and the intention is strengthened with the Feng Shui enhancements. But be specific about what you would like to obtain. “Family peace” is too vague. That could mean being at a family gathering where everyone is getting along but no one is connecting or communicating. Think about the exact thing you are looking to achieve and put that intention out there. And remember that no one’s family is perfect, but it’s the only one we’ve got!
There are many ways Feng Shui can bring balance into our lives and I enjoy bringing this information to you. I feel honored when people reach out looking for ideas on how to enhance their lives, be it their wealth, health or their relationships. I do not take this privilege lightly.
I wish each and every one of you a very Happy Holiday Season! I look forward to hearing from you in the New Year and working together to bring about the balance in life that you are seeking. In the meantime, enjoy the gatherings, the weather, the excitement, the food and the mistletoe!
And as always, I wish you all, Peace, Balance and Abundance!