Thursday, November 16, 2017

Feng Shui and Your Senses!





What we see affects us positively or negatively, or even subconsciously so we may not be aware of the effect. If we surround ourselves with beautiful views, images, colors and an interesting environment, we are more likely to lead full and happy lives.

Wherever the ancient Chinese had a wall, there would be a window or "Moon Gate", so you could experience the views of the outside world and open up future possibilities. This is why it is so important to manicure your property so the image you see from your windows is a pleasant one.

What you see impacts you on so many levels. Take the time to choose your colors, artwork and other design accents with care. Make sure they are symbols that have meaning to you and are uplifting.


Sight Enhancers:



  • Natural Light Source: There is nothing better and more effective than natural light source when it comes to enhancing your environment. Clean windows, intact screens and window treatment that allows sunlight in during the day and can shield night light pollution in the evening is perfect.
  • Crystals: Color resonates with us on both a conscious and a subconscious level, and can effect our moods. The combination of crystal and light creates a wonderful dancing pattern within a room and bodes especially well in areas that are dark and stagnant.
  • Color Glass Panels: In a window can bring life to a room. These panels also provide a level of privacy and are ideal in bathrooms or side doors which look out on to a wall.

Sound:


Sound is such a powerful element in feng shui. We all connect to sound whether soothing background music, the rustle of leaves or birds chirping. They all have a therapeutic effect on us. Pleasant sounds soothe and refresh the mind, body and spirit.

Sound Enhancers:



  • Wind Chimes: Are fabulous to hang outdoors and bring energy to an otherwise stagnant area of the property. The sound can easily travel through open windows and create a relaxing internal environment.  
  • Grandfather Clock: The deep-toned, soothing ticking of a grandfather clock is a reassuring sound.
  • Water: The sound of gently bubbling water can be relaxing and energize an area with auspicious stars (flying star technique). Water does bode well in the north, east and southeast as it naturally assists and fuels the elements associated with those directions.
Touch:

Too often disregarded, touch is as vital as the other senses and is linked to our primeval desire to be in contact with the earth. The tactile sensations in our homes affect our feelings of comfort and security. The materials with which we surround ourselves in our homes make a considerable impact on us.

Touch Enhancers:




  • Velvet furnishings and accessories feel wonderfully luxurious.
  • Plants add sacred geometry to an environment along with texture.
  • Wooden objects are smooth to the touch and relax the body.
  • Different textured fabrics add character to a room and have tactile appeal.
  • Pets stimulate and relax the body and space.

    Taste:






    This is not a simple one to describe in terms of feng shui but it does impact our well-being. We are what we eat. Our diet directly affects our health. Using yin and yang and the 5 Chinese elements in the kitchen can have a tremendous impact on health. In my 4 Pillars Astrology assessments for clients, I can determine what elements are lacking or excessive. Food source is a way to balance out the element percentage you are born with. Buying local organic food makes a difference when it comes to a healthy environment and a healthy body.


    Smell:

    The power of the sense of smell is tremendous. Who can fail to be tempted by an aroma of freshly baked bread. Our homes also have a unique smell. First impressions make an impact and if our homes smell less than fresh, this can impact how comfortable we and our visitors feel there. It is fabulous when a subtle smell of flowers waft in from a nearby garden or essential oils.

    Smell Enhancers:



    • Fresh baked goods
    • Scented oils
    • Plants
    • Fruit
    • Fresh potpourri
    • Fresh flowers

    Color:

    Color is a vibration and we each respond to it on many levels. It can be used to enhance spaces or evoke emotions. When we use color we are also working with light since light contains all colors, each with its own frequency. The light quality depends on the aspect, the size of windows and how they are decorated. The materials we use on the floors and in décor have the ability to reflect , transmit and absorb light.

    Colors & Meaning:



    White: Symbolizes new beginnings, purity and innocence. It is fantastic color to support cleanliness and freshness. It bodes well in bathrooms and kitchens.

    Black: This is a mysterious and independent color. This color should only be used as an accent in décor.

    Brown: This is a color that grounds and stabilizes like the element of earth. Works well in areas that are compromised with water (laundry/bathroom), that are located in the center of the structure.

    Orange: This is a powerful and cheerful color and encourages communication and concentration. Living rooms and dining rooms work well in this color but best not to use in smaller spaces.

    Pink: Is linked with purity of thought and happiness. It bodes well for a girls room.

    Purple: Encourages vitality and has a dignified and spiritual essence. It is a perfect color for meditation rooms.

    Blue: This is a peaceful and soothing color linked also with spirituality. Meditation rooms, therapy rooms (office space) or in family rooms work well in with this color.

    Green: Symbolizes growth, fertility and harmony. It is a very optimistic color and does bode well in bedrooms, therapy rooms (office environment), conservatories and bathrooms.

    Yellow: This color is associated with enlightenment and intellect stimulating the brain and digestion. Suitable for hallways, offices and kitchens.

    Red: This is a very stimulating color that can reduce a size of a room and increase the size of objects. It is associated with warmth and prosperity. You should avoid this color in bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

    Every color is associated with the 5 core Chinese elements. These elements are also associated with the 8 compass directions. This makes it easier to choose your color palette when designing your rooms. For more details on how to design your home or office with the proper color choices refer to my Feng Shui Designs in a Flash CD for step-by-step instructions.


    Enjoy tapping in to your senses through your environment this spring. Make some changes inside and out and feel the difference in your mind, body and soul.

    Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng Shui Yoga Girl

    www.njfengshuitraining.com

    www.fengshuiyoganj.com

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    Willful Meditaion Wednesday!


      Welcome to Willful Meditation Wednesday. One of the most effective ways to incorporate meditation into your day is to start your day mindfully. Here are a few ideas of how to do just that.

    1. Wake up naturally, without an alarm clock, at least once a week if you can. This will help you reconnect with your bodily cycles (or circadian rhythms).
    2. Let the sun wake you up through open curtains or shades. Use the extra time gained to plan your day.
    3. Let music wake you up. Choose something that is soothing and slowly builds.
    4. Draw insights from your dreams in the morning while they are still fresh.
    5. Immediately upon waking, think about how you can give joy to at least one person today.
    6. Say a morning prayer giving thanks for the new day, for other people, and for yourself.
    7. Meditate on your breath immediately after getting out of bed. Focus on expanding your belly outwards on the inhalation with a still chest. As you breathe out, drop your shoulders and imagine squeezing out the air.

    After starting your day mindfully, try meditating on something in your environment such as the pattern on a plant leaf. First get a sense of the overall pattern by scanning its main features. Simply allow the shapes, lines and color penetrate your unconscious, aware that the image is both in front of you and inside your mind. Stay in this meditation for at least ten minutes.

    Om!
    Mary Jane Feng Shui Yoga Girl: www.fengshuiyoganj.com







    Monday, November 13, 2017

    Mindful Mondays!

      Happy Mindful Monday! Let's jump right in and discuss a few ways to practice being mindful. First, take notice of where your focus lies. Try to avoid the wandering mind trap. It is so easy to get caught up in your feelings of an upcoming event or things that have already occurred. When this happens, try to bring your attention back to the present moment.

    Mindfulness and awareness are similar, but aren't quite the same thing. For example, if you are in a conversation, it isn't enough to simply wait your turn to speak, but pay attention to what you say as well as your motivations of saying it in the first place. This is easier if you keep your attention on what is going on in the present moment. That is always challenge, but I tell my yogis to remain focus in their practice by always coming back to their breath. If you can use that same concept throughout the activities of your day, it becomes easier to maintain a mindful approach. 

    One of the most distracting aspects from being mindful is watching the clock. It is amazing how many times a day we can fall into the "time trap." We seem to think more is more. In other words, we place an emphasis on how much time has past since we started things, and how much time is left before we can move to the next thing. Talk about stress! Basically, when you stop worrying about how much longer you have to wait for something, you can appreciate what is going on right now.


    Om!
    Mary Jane Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com


    Wednesday, November 8, 2017

    Willful Meditation Wednesday!

                                                  Christina Garofalo Bonifacio - Oahu, Hawaii


    This is a month the trigram Gen is strong. This trigram represents inner knowledge and the voice of higher self. In nature, it represents the stillness of the mountain. The mind is a busy place that overshadows wisdom. Essentially, we walk around in a state of chaos; the mind playing out scenarios of how our day and life should be rather than seeking the eternal wisdom that lies within. It doesn't require sitting on a mountain top in Hawaii like my daughter is, albeit a tempting solution to quiet the mind; it only requires the will and commitment to carve out a few minutes in the day to sit and get quiet. Today, think about ways you can pull away from your busy life and move inward. Perhaps instead of taking that 15 minute break to grab some coffee or tea, decide to find a quiet area and simply let go, surrender, and just be. The result will far surpass that cup of coffee.


    Om!
    Mary Jane Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com


    Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Tell Me the Energy Tuesday!

    I love this quad picture I took walking at my favorite park!


    Let's delve right into the energy patterns for today. It is a suitable day for making proposals including business deals and advancement on the job. The day element is yang earth, so get busy digging deep to create a strong foundation on whatever you are currently working on. Earth is the great transformer. Therefore, it bodes well if you are looking to transform your life in any capacity. In nature, it acts as the intermediary between the seasons, as it has a tremendous ability to ground and stabilize. The dog energy is also on the rise today. It too has the quality of earth with the extra components of metal and fire. Besides the stabilizing main component of earth, the dog provides  mental acuity and outgoing nature. Principled and trustworthy, the dog is fantastic when it comes to receiving support or simply to lend an ear. This energy combination is perfect to set your long term plans into motion.

    In terms of the daily stars, the most troublesome of all the stars takes the center portent. It is best then not to engage in any major moves today. Instead, work up your plan of action and refine the details. Networking with others or seeking the advice of a mentor is strong for today. This is likely to advance career and impact resources. Be mindful however to contemplate in meditative practices today to really reap the benefits. 

    Mary Jane Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com






    Friday, November 3, 2017

    Feel Your Yoga Friday!

    Japanese Gardens Oregon

    A few years ago as I was walking through the Japanese Gardens in Oregon and had this sudden urge to move into warrior 1 pose. When I reflect back at that moment, I realize how simplistic yet powerful  warrior 1 is. The front leg activates earth energy of Ganesha so we can remove the obstacles imposed upon self and better understand the energy of the heavens. This pose reminds us to surrender the ego and give to the Divine essence of our being. The virtuous warrior that enters our life through this pose propels us towards our life mission and purpose. The next time you move into warrior 1, think about where you are holding back in your life and sink deeper into the pose to release it.

    Om!
    Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com