As I mentioned in my First Post Challenge post on Thursday (if you missed it, go and check it out – a bunch of us are sharing our first ever posts – it’s very illuminating, and fun as well 🙂 ), I have been in a February Feng Shui Frenzy. Every year at about this time I attend a Feng Shui workshop which lets me know about the incoming energies or flying stars for the upcoming Chinese New Year. If you know a little bit about feng shui, then you will know that each section of your house corresponds to a certain permanent energy represented by a bagua or grid.
On top of that, with the incoming new year additional energies move about, settling in different directions – some positive and some negative. The idea is that we work to lessen or subdue the negative energy and to enhance the positive energy. This means that what worked in your house last year in regards to decorations, colours, art, furniture and so on, may no longer work this year. You may even intuitively be aware of this – something that you loved last year may be annoying you or just not working anymore.
I can’t really explain the frenzy I go into every February- cleaning, clearing, rearranging – except to say that I feel absolutely driven to do it. It goes without saying that it drives the Bear mental – and I must admit, I look like a crazy woman poring over my feng shui house map, lugging furniture around, switching art, trying to get the elements, crystals and colours right and then dowsing with my pendulum to make sure everything is in the right spot. What I love though is that everything feels so fresh and cared for. When things stay in the same place, we stop seeing them. We get into a rut and we think that there are no other options. There are! There are always choices and alternatives – sometimes we just need a different perspective.
For the astrologically minded, I have both Saturn and Mars in Cancer, which means that both my sense of safety and productivity (Saturn) and my power and passion (Mars) are found in the home, the sacred feminine and my community. This means that I am a) a total house witch – getting the energy flow right in my home is essential to my well-being and b) my home is my haven on lots of different levels – you disrespect my home at your peril, if you get my meaning. To me, the process of applying feng shui principles is a way of bringing the sacred into my home.
So, 2014 was the year of the yang fire horse. It was a masculine year, lots of action, aggressive and very fast paced. 2015 will be the year of the yin wood sheep/goat. This is a feminine, grounded, creative, nurturing year – with the sheep closely corresponding to Cancer in western astrology. There is a wonderful article here which talks about this upcoming year and the themes that you are likely to see. If you would like to know more about the Flying Stars for 2015, click here – it’s a great article that explains in depth the energy of each star and actions you can take.
Do you use Feng Shui for your home or business?
Best Short Read
The best short read for this week is in (gasp) a book! I know :). I am reading Defy Gravity by Caroline Myss, a gifted intuitive healer, wise woman and writer. I find her work both fascinating and and inspiring. This particular passage on forgiveness resonated with such truth for me that I thought I would share it with you:
Healing as a Mystical Experience
…most people struggle with forgiveness, precisely because it is against the nature of our reason to forgive. Forgiveness does not make emotional sense to us, much less appeal to our pride, although it might sound great in theory. Our reasons and emotions prefer the logic of justice, an eye for an eye, a hurt for a hurt. Forgiveness seems to fly in the face of that, as if we are letting the person who wronged us off the hook. But forgiveness is a mystical act, not a reasonable one. Forgiveness is a mystical challenge meant to cleanse the windows of your mind, particularly those through which you can see only your need for personal justice. You can’t see anyone else’s pain through these windows, because like mirrors they reflect only you: you are the center of the universe, yours is the only pain that counts, and all that is just and fair should be based on what serves your life.
Forgiveness represents a struggle not only between yourself and the person who harmed you, but between yourself and God. It can be an initiation into the level of perception where you begin to comprehend that individual justice, as such, can never really exist in its idyllic form within any society. The capacity to forgive is nothing less than the acceptance of a higher principle of divine justice, rather than earthly justice, as the organising elements behind the events of your life.
Forgiveness is essential to healing, because it requires you to surrender your ego’s need to have your life fall into place around your personal version of justice.
Buzzfeed has put together a short clip meant to show over 3000 years of female beauty as dictated by their society at the time. As you can see, what constitutes female beauty changes regularly and vastly. My hope is that the next era is one where we appreciate all of our different types of beauty. Thoughts?
“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
― Walt Whitman
This made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. Isn’t it amazing?
This is from Gregory Alan Isakov, who I had never heard of before until an American friend of mine posted it on my wall this week with these words:
For my Aussie beauty Sara, who teaches me about the moon.
Aren’t I lucky?
Best Blog Post
I was waiting for something, I didn’t know what, before I published today. Everything was ready, except I knew something was missing. And then I found it. This is a beautiful blog post from Annabelle at Uncharted Ground, called Begin Where You Are. Annabelle is a mum of a toddler, she works part time, her husband works away from for long hours – and she was desperate to bring a sense of the sacred back into her life. Something for herself. So, this is what she did: she committed to 60 days of sitting meditation, and filmed herself. There is a beautiful three minute time lapse video of her commitment at the end of the post, which is more beautiful than I can say.
That’s all from me today – have a gorgeous day won’t you?
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