Spirit of Feng Shui Autumn Newsletter
On Friday, September 22 we officially say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn. In Feng Shui this is the season of TUI - Children & Creativity and the emotion is joy. It is also the season of CHIEN - Helpful People - Heaven - strength. The element is metal and the colors are white and grey. We now enter a period when our ideas moves inward and inner growth begins. It is also a time of harvest and celebration.
As mentioned before, Feng Shui is so much more than about furniture placement. We derive lessons from the seasonal changes and the cycle of life to assist us in living a more harmonious life. What applications therefore can we derive from TUI and CHIEN?
TUI: Antidote to Stress
We indeed live in stressful times. The Mayo Clinic says that “stress can affect your body, thoughts, feelings and behavior. Stress left unchecked can contribute to many health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Engaging TUI can be a stress antidote. For instance, what positive behaviors can we learn from Children?
Present Moment: Notice that happy children are present moment focussed. The crying ones are often wanting something in the future or upset about what happened in the past. Whenever I feel stress I realize that I?ve stepped out of the present moment and often worrying about something in the future such as the long unfinished “to do” list. Author Eckhart Tolle says: “The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment. You create a good future by creating a good present”. Practice being in the moment.
Move the Body: Notice that young laughing children are generally on the move actively engaged in something they enJOY. It?s been said that “sitting is the new smoking”. Therefore move your body, even for a few minutes, rotating hips, arms, taking deep breaths. Movement circulates oxygen flow throughout your body giving you more vitality.
Meaningful Activities: Children easily protest against engaging in activities they do not want to do and gravitate readily to what they like. I often ask clients who are in stress and overwhelm, “what activities can you eliminate and say NO to and what do you want to say YES to?” It is vital for your well being to engage in activities that bring you JOY.
CHIEN: Helpful People
Among the horrific tragedies of Texas, Florida and beyond there were numerous accounts of “Helpful People”. So many people showing up to form human rescue chains, using their own boats to search and help people, animals and so much more. It was heart warming to read about and to see “random acts of kindness” in the middle of so much grief and stress. Closer to home my stepdaughter Shanti experienced severe flooding on acres of freshly planted crops on their Arizona farm during an unexpected summer flash flood. She and her husband were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and generosity from neighbors, community and strangers. They personally had firsthand experience of Chien: Helpful People. Shanti remarked that every act or note of kindness made a profound impact and encourages everyone “to do something however small” to help others in the face of tragedy.
Kindness: Wayne Dyer says: “whether a tsunami, earthquake, hurricane or any kind of disaster, it brings out our original true nature which is reverence for all life, kindness, simplicity, caring and serving. We show our love for God by serving one another. There are miracles to remind us how fragile and precious life is. Research has shown that a single act of kindness towards another improves the functioning of the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness and the person extending the kindness. Kindness extended, received or observed beneficially impacts the health and feelings of everyone involved.” Remember to also practice self-kindness!
I encompass all of the suggestions above for learning from TUI and CHIEN when I dance hula: I move my body, am present moment focussed and feel joy. I help add more Divine Love into the atmosphere from the inspired songs written by my Hula Master as his compositions are reminders about how we are all connected and joined together in the spirit of love and Aloha.
Wishing you ease, joy and kindness.
Feng Shui and Energy Clearing Consultant
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