<![CDATA[Feng Shui Pathways - Blog]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:12:57 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Getting Back to Basics]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 01:09:10 GMThttp://fengshuipathways.com/blog/getting-back-to-basicsA new start in a new house also presents plenty of opportunity to redefine things and do  things differently.  I'm using all this fresh energy to get back to basics in the essential areas of my life.  I've admitted before that I've felt off center a bit sometimes.  I'm rushing through life, paying half attention to everything, and not enjoying most of it.  It's not how I want my days ... my life(!) to pass.

I usually like to blame it all on my kids;-)  They definitely play a role, because it's hard to stay focused when I'm hearing "mom, mum, mmoooomm" in stereo  all day long.  But honestly I can't keep using them as an excuse.  I know I'm feeling this way because I've stopped consistently doing the things that help me focus and stay grounded.  I'm not being mindful.  I'm not taking care of my body.  I'm not taking the time to connect with the guidance of my highest self. I haven't really even been fully harnessing the energies of my environment. (Hello?  Feng shui anyone!!)  Lately, I haven't been deliberate and purposeful about what's truly important to me and how I want to BE ... but that's about to change. 

To me there are 4 key foundational blocks in life - mind - body - spirit - and home.  When I give each of them a little bit of my attention each day, I'm much more focused, happy and successful.   I know what I should be doing! I've read books, taken courses, studied for certifications that all support a holistically balanced life.  The problem is, I'm not very accountable to myself.  I put clients first, family first, the to-do list first, and suddenly the things I really need for my well-being are neglected.  That's why I decided to make myself accountable by facilitating this whole change-process in a new online group program!

Back to Basics - Mind - Body - Spirit - Home starts this Monday, July 10th.  It's a four week online group program.  You can participate from the comfort of home or from where ever you're vacationing this summer.  The program is designed to be portable and revisited as necessary to make it easy during a summer in flex.  I'll be sharing daily prompts via email with tips and tools to help declutter, clarify and refocus in each of the four areas. 

I'm super excited to have four amazing contributors who will pop by during the program to share new techniques, support materials and inspiring stories:  Eileen Kelley Vallantini will share some energy exercises for mental clarity, Peg Doyle will share healthy recipes and tips for eating at summer events, Maria Salomao-Schmidt will guide us to reconnect to our higher knowledge and Kate Lanagan MacGregor will share her inspiring story of recovering from a broken back -- I've seen her do a cartwheel!  She'll inspire you to rethink your days so you can live boldly for a long time to come. 

My personal goal for the program is to give all these things I know 'should' work a try again, and to try all the new things presented by these talented contributors.  By the end of the program I hope to have created a short manageable and do-able daily routine that will help me give a bit of attention to the four foundational blocks - mind - body - spirit - and home -- so that I'm feeling clarity and focus and maybe even some joy(?!) as I move through  each day.  What would your personal goal be? 

I hope you'll join me and other group members as we take a collective step back for a few weeks this summer to clarify and connect with life again.  You can find out more details and registration information for the Back to Basics Program HERE.  Grab a friend and register together today.  Please feel free to share this post and information about the program with anyone you think may benefit.  Thanks!

<![CDATA[Feng shui Fix for Front Door Facing The Back Door]]>Sat, 01 Jul 2017 13:38:25 GMThttp://fengshuipathways.com/blog/feng-shui-fix-for-front-door-facing-the-back-doorPicture
We just moved (read about the move here) and this house has a big flaw according to traditional feng shui! In fact, many Feng Shui Masters would advise not living in this house at all because of this set up.  The picture on the right shows the view front the front door facing into the house -- notice how your eyes are drawn right to the back slider and out of the house?  That's what happens to all the fresh healthy chi that's coming in too!  Most of the chi will rush right out the back door, not sticking around long enough to vitalize the house or nourish the occupants inside.  Yikes! 
I think a basic knowledge of feng shui is so important so that you can be aware of issues like these and put some things in place to correct it.  Not paying attention to this problem can lead to many issues including feeling physically and mentally drained, or feeling like money (chi!) is rushing out faster than it's coming in.  We definitely don't want either of those happening in our new house!
I don't let feng shui flaws scare me off because there are plenty of positives about this house too.  I know there are several things we can do to alleviate the problem and I'll be putting them in place very soon.  If you have this similar issue where the back door is visible from the front door, there are several things you can do to fix it.  Here's what I have planned so far:
1) Distraction is the key -- we want to distract the chi by placing interesting stuff in and around it's path to call it in other directions so it doesn't rush right out the back door.  The ideal fix is to put a round table with a vase of beautiful flowers on it between the two doors.  We don't have enough room for that here, so I'll probably add a table to one side of the front door with some pretty stuff on it.  (Right now there are unpacked boxes there - also a distraction! Ha!) 
2) I'm in search of a runner with a busy pattern on it for the floor - rugs with swirly patterns are good for slowing down the chi (as opposed to striped patterns that might speed it along)
3)  I'll hang a faceted crystal from the ceiling and probably one on the slider too -- these help to lift and circulate the chi in all directions.
4)  Some type of window coverings are definitely planned - and/or I'll let the kids go to town on the glass with with their window markers.  Every little bit helps;-)
5) Once we get unpacked, we'll place other decor items through the rooms that will help call the chi away from the door - these types of pleasing items - photos, candles, and plants - all call the chi to them as well and will help create the distraction we need. 
Do you have this issue in your house?  Give some of these corrections a try!  Are you curious about whether your house presents other unseen challenges like this?  Schedule a consultation to get a full assessment and learn specific cures to put in place for your situation. 

New Online Program Starts July 10th:

A new start in a new house also seems to present plenty of opportunity to redefine things and do  things differently.  I'm using all this fresh energy to get back to basics in all areas of my life and I'm sharing my process in a new online group program:

A four week online group program that encourages s-l-o-w-i-n-g down and reconnecting with what's important in life. You'll receive daily prompts, tips and tools from me and several special contributors that will guide you to live deliberately and purposefully in each area - Mind, Body, Spirit and Home.  The program starts July 10th.  It's designed so you can participate from anywhere - even better if you're chilling on vacation for part of it!  Space is limited!  Register today to secure your spot.  Find more details HERE.  

Two Scheduling Notes:

1.) During summer vacation break my availability changes.  In July and August I'll only be booking a limited number of Feng Shui Consultations and Clutter Clearing sessions.  I know summer is the perfect time to undertake a project like this -- the season is energizing and most people have more time to commit to getting things done.  If you're interested in working with me in the next few months, please call soon to reserve an appointment before they fill up. 
2.) If you're in Cape Cod and are interested in working with me, I have two openings in that area during the summer.  Call me at 508-440-9357 to find out more. 

<![CDATA[Feng Shui And Moving ...]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:32:31 GMThttp://fengshuipathways.com/blog/feng-shui-and-movingPicture
We just moved our family of four this past weekend.  The first thing that happens when you begin the moving process is you disable all the good feng shui you've put in place.  In other words, chaos and disarray ensues.  Then you move and things are still out of wack until you get settled in.  We'll be unpacking and feng shui-ing for a while!  

Hubby and I seem to be pretty good at moving.  I think we're nomads at heart.  But this move seemed more daunting - maybe because we've added kids (and all their stuff!) to the mix since our last move.  Thank goodness as a family we've been working on thinning out what we own for the past couple of years.  Thank goodness!

Even though we've done that we still spent a tremendous amount of time before this move scouring our stuff and letting go of anything that wasn't being used or loved.  And despite my leading 3 or 4 fairly recent Clutter Clearing Challenges through Feng Shui Pathways, we were still able to find 88 lots(!) of things to auction off, sent triple loads of trash out for weeks in a row, and also donated 14 boxes of stuff to a charity. It's amazing what you carry around thinking you might need someday (life jackets, camping gear, garden tools ... oh my!) 

We let so much of it go in the past few months and yet as we were packing it still seemed like we had TONS too much to move!  But honestly all that releasing really did make it easier on the other end.  Unpacking has gone pretty smoothly and quickly.  (Disregard the 25 boxes we haven't gotten to yet in the basement!)  I know we'll let go of more as we figure out what fits in our new place.  I'm trying to be really conscious of not heading out to buy a bunch of new stuff we think we need. I'm already rethinking the toilet paper holder I purchased yesterday.  Old habits die hard and I need to remember that little purchases like that will just undo all of the hard work we've just done!! 

This isn't a forever house for us, so we'll likely be moving again.  I want to be conscious of not rooting in and weighing ourselves down.  There's great freedom in being able to pick up and go.  I want to consciously choose to be lighter and more flexible so we can go with the flow.  Feng Shui is all about movement and flow and deliberately choosing what you want to create.  This move has inspired me to clarify what's important to me and to my family.  I hope we'll be doing more and accumulating less for starters! 

New Online PRogram Begins JUly 10th:

A new start in a new house also seems to present plenty of opportunity to redefine things and do  things differently.  I'm using all this fresh energy to get back to basics in all areas of my life and I'm sharing my process in a new online group program:

A four week online group program that encourages s-l-o-w-i-n-g down and reconnecting with what's important in life. You'll receive daily prompts, tips and tools from me and several special contributors that will guide you to live deliberately and purposefully in each area - Mind, Body, Spirit and Home.  The program starts July 10th.  It's designed so you can participate from anywhere - even better if you're chilling on vacation for part of it!  Space is limited!  Register today to secure your spot.  Find more details HERE.  

Two Scheduling Notes:

1.) As the summer vacation break approaches my availability will be changing.  In July and August I'll only be booking a limited number of Feng Shui Consultations and Clutter Clearing sessions.  I know summer is the perfect time to undertake a project like this -- the season is energizing and most people have more time to commit to getting things done.  If you're interested in working with me in the next few months, please call soon to reserve an appointment before they fill up. 
2.) If you're in Cape Cod and are interested in working with me, I have two openings in that area during the summer.  Call me at 508-440-9357 to find out more. 

<![CDATA[Feng Shui and Your Wellness Goals]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:02:00 GMThttp://fengshuipathways.com/blog/feng-shui-and-your-wellness-goalsHave you ever tried to change a habit or behavior before?  Whether you want to create a positive change, shift a behavior, accomplish a new goal or attract something different, you need to find a way to consistently take different actions to create a different result.  Many people overlook how their surroundings can impact this -- either supporting your efforts or sabotaging your goals.   

In feng shui, everything is energy.  Each of us has our own unique energetic vibration and we tend to attract things with a similar resonance.  That's all good until you want to create change, and suddenly find yourself rooted in by the patterns you've set up around you that make it hard to operate differently.  In order to be successful, you need to shake up those external patterns too!   Failing to do so can make the process SO MUCH HARDER than it has to be! 

Creating better health and wellness is one of the areas that many of my clients ask for support with.  Some have been trying to create positive health changes for a while, and others are suddenly forced to adopt new routines because of a health crisis,  Either way they are all wide-eyed when I show them the ways their living space is holding them back.  It often takes just a few simple shifts in the space to create a supportive ease and flow that fosters success.   

It's very cool to watch people become empowered in this process of wellness.  That's why I'm really excited to be offering a program in partnership with Peg Doyle this week.  Peg is the owner of Wellness & You.  She's committed to helping people create lifelong wellness.  Join us this Thursday, June 8th at SheBreathes Balance and Wellness in Walpole from 6:30-8pm for "Supporting Lifelong Wellness".   Peg will share simple dishes with you that are packed full of nutrients, and I'll show you how atmosphere impacts everything from pantry to table. Those attending receive food samples, recipes and a template for arranging your space so it supports health and wellness.  Come on down and learn some tips to help you implement lifelong wellness with ease!   (This is my last program offering until the fall season!)     To Register click HERE or call 508-505-0023.

two Scheduling Notes:

1.) As the summer vacation break approaches my availability will be changing.  In July and August I'll only be booking a limited number of Feng Shui Consultations and Clutter Clearing sessions.  I know summer is the perfect time to undertake a project like this -- the season is energizing and most people have more time to commit to getting things done.  If you're interested in working with me in the next few months, please call soon to reserve an appointment before they fill up. 
2.) If you're in Cape Cod and are interested in working with me, I have two openings in that area during the summer.  Call me at 508-440-9357 to find out more. 

Happy Feng Shui-ing!
- Kerri

<![CDATA[Self Care Rituals To Practice when Clearing Clutter]]>Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:38:06 GMThttp://fengshuipathways.com/blog/self-care-rituals-to-practice-when-clearing-clutterPicture
In the last few years I've added a new service to my feng shui offerings: Clutter Clearing Sessions.  It's something that evolved out of need, really.  I'd get a call from someone who wanted to create a warm, welcoming and calm space, but they just had too much stuff distracting them from that goal.  They wanted things to be different but they didn't think they had the time or energy to change it.  Or they started and got distracted.  Good intentions aside, they would get overwhelmed and discouraged in no time. 

It was a big struggle for many of my clients, so I started helping by giving them an action plan and offering coaching and accountability through the process.  Let's face it.  The heavy physical work of sorting and purging is daunting on it's own.  Add in the hidden emotions that surface and the unease created when chi begins to shift and move again is unsettling.  Left unchecked it can manifest as confusion, apathy and even illness, all of which will delay or even derail the process.   Clearing clutter is a B----!    

I truly believe you have to set yourself up for success with a manageable plan, help and support where needed, and most importantly, extreme self care!   Here are some practices I encourage with my clients to help lessen the impact of the work and make the process a positive (yes, really!) experience: 

  1. Seal your own energy field before starting - imagine zipping yourself up in a protective force field that will keep your own chi from being drained and keep out any negativity.  It works!!  Try it:-)
  2.  Smudge the space and yourself after an intense session - open the windows and use some burning sage or a spritz of essential oils to carry away lower energies that have been shaken up.
  3. Take a salt bath or soak your feet in a salt bath after a session - cleansing, calming and rejuvenating.  Need I say more??
  4. Take breaks to rest, stretch or go for a walk - Pay attention to when the work is starting to drain you, you're feeling emotional, tired, confused or frustrated and WALK AWAY!!
  5. Eat well, drink plenty of water and take vitamins - give yourself the fuel you'll need for the extra physical and emotional output. 
  6. Consider keeping a journal during the process – note your accomplishments each evening and make a plan for the next day, and/or taking a moment each day before you begin to do morning pages or a “brain dump” so you can start the process with a clear mind
  7. Put on music, listen to a meditation or book on tape while you work - these will help keep you energized and provide distraction from the hard work at hand.  It doesn't have to be a miserable process .... 
  8. Diffuse an uplifting aromatherapy blend while you work – my favorites for clutter clearing include sweet orange, lemon, or grapefruit, lavender, chamomile, rosemary and peppermint.  Try a blend that will calm and motivate you for the task. 

If clutter is a struggle for you or someone you know:

Sign up for my workshop "Clutter:  Is it Really that Bad?" on May 3, 2017 at SheBreathes Wellness Studio in Walpole.

Order my new book "Feels Better.  Flows Better. Feng Shui for Inspired Living".  It has a whole section about clutter and how to clear it!

Contact me to discuss whether a Clutter Clearing Session and Coaching can work for you. 

Watch for upcoming Clutter Clearing Challenges and other on-line programs.

May & June Workshops

I've got a very busy schedule of workshops in May and June including some new offerings about Feng Shui for Health and Wellness with Peg Doyle of Wellness & You
Check out all the new offerings  HERE.

Happy Feng Shui-ing!
- Kerri

<![CDATA[Free Printable -- Using Aromatherapy to Shift the Energy of Your SpaceĀ ]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 01:30:12 GMThttp://fengshuipathways.com/blog/free-printable-using-aromatherapy-to-shift-the-energy-of-your-spaceI consistently bring my love of aromatherapy into my feng shui practice, both in my own home and with clients.  I think essential oils are a great tool to use to shift the energy of any space.  Adding these natural scents into is a proven way to change the mood of a space and also swiftly influence the mood of the occupants. A few drops of specific oils can create calm, help ground a space, or give a much needed pick me up.  Here are some suggested oils to use, depending on the shift you want to create within your space: 

For Calming a Room, try:
  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Marjoram
  • Frankincense
  • Bergamot
  • Sandalwood 
For Uplifting a Room, try:
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Bergamot
  • Rose
  • Ylang Ylang 
For Cleansing or Purifying a Room, try:
  • Lemon
  • Tea Tree
  • Pine
  • Sage
  • Cedar Wood
  • Eucalyptus
You can access a free printable version of this list HERE.

You can add essential oils to a space by diffusing them with an electric aromatherapy diffuser, by diluting them in water and spraying them with a spray bottle, or even by placing a few drops on a cotton ball and letting the scent spread out from there.  They're easy to use and pleasing to most people. Give the individual oils a try or blend some to make your own custom scent.

There's been some changes and additions to my workshop schedule.  Here are highlights:

New Date: 
Tues.  3/21  How to Attract Prosperity & Abundance with Feng Shui    at Kamala SoulCircles - The snow caused the new date so there is still time to sign up HERE

Book Signing: 
Sun. 3/26  I'll be at Fiskes General Store in Holliston      
Details HERE

New Venue: 
Weds.  5/3  Clutter: Is it Really so Bad?!!
at SheBreathes Wellness Studio in Walpole  - Find details HERE

for more details and other offerings. 

Happy Feng Shui-ing everyone!

<![CDATA[How to Change Your Luck with Feng Shui]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 23:51:02 GMThttp://fengshuipathways.com/blog/how-to-change-your-luck-with-feng-shuiMy Irish heritage always had me paying attention to luck.  As a kid I was always looking for the luck o' the Irish in the form of pots of gold at the end of the rainbow and four leaf clovers.  Luck was something that was hard to find.  You were either lucky or you weren't. 

Later in life I discovered that many cultures didn't share that belief.  Specifically eastern cultures, with feng shui behind them, act on the belief that you can change a good portion of your luck and destiny by harnessing and directing the invisible energy that surrounds you.  Improving your feng shui can actually help to change your luck! 

Can it make you win the lottery?  Well, that hasn't worked for me yet!   But it can create an ease and synchronicity in life that allows opportunity to easily reach you.  And every opportunity holds the chance for a lucky strike - whether that be in prosperous earnings, beneficial relationships, or rich inspirations.  

There are 3 key feng shui areas to focus on to help improve your luck:

1.  The approach to your house and front door (often the career area) -- this is where opportunity finds you.  Make sure your home is visible, approachable and welcoming.  You don't want that Publisher's Clearing House van containing a huge check in your name driving away because the driver couldn't find your address or because you missed them at the door when your doorbell failed to ring!  Keep that part of the house in ship shape always!!

2.  The money corner -- this is the back left corner of your house.  This area relates to money, prosperity and abundance.  Go check out what's going on there -- are you missing that corner of your house?  Is it full of clutter?  Does it look and feel like a rich area or is it sending a different message.  Shore up this area by de-cluttering, cleaning, and enhancing it with symbols of wealth.  (To learn how to find the different areas of your house and to learn what to do if you're missing an area go HERE and watch the video.)

3.  The support corner -- This is the front right corner of your house.  It's the area related to supportive and helpful people, travel/adventure, and all the synchronicity that comes from being in the right place at the right time.   Consider what kind of luck you're looking to change and also the people and places that you need to connect with to bring about that shift in fortune.  Place symbols supporting those connections in this part of the house and clear out any clutter that is holding your back.  

If you're really looking for a change in fortune these are the first three places I would start.  Give it a try and let me know if some lucky windfalls come your way!!

If changing your financial luck is appealing to you, join me next week in Holliston for a workshop on the topic of feng shui for prosperity.  Advance registration is required:  

“How to Attract More Prosperity & Abundance Using Feng Shui”
Tuesday, March 14th, 7pm - 9:30pm
Kamala SoulCircles, 747 Washington Street, Holliston
Limited Seating - Advance registration required - $28pp
Do you spend money as fast as you receive it?  Do prosperous opportunities seem to pass you by?  Do you seek more of the things money can’t buy like health, love, joy and opportunity?  If so, then join Feng Shui Practitioner Kerri Miller for a fun and interactive evening and learn to use the dynamic relationship between yourself and your environment to attract and keep more abundance.  We’ll discuss how to find the areas of your home related to wealth and prosperity and how to enhance those areas to attract abundance.  We’ll talk about how you carry and care for your money and how that affects your ability to keep it around.  During class, we’ll create a symbolic Wealth Pouch of crystals, coins, and hand-made symbols of abundance.  We’ll charge it with blessings and essential oils and then you can take it home and use to enhance your space for added prosperous energy.  Registration fee includes materials. 

Sign Up Now
Hope to see you there next week.  Happy Feng Shui-ing!
- Kerri

<![CDATA[A Feng Shui Practitioner Walks Into a Party...]]>Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:14:55 GMThttp://fengshuipathways.com/blog/a-feng-shui-practitioner-walks-into-a-partyPicture

... And the first thing she gets asked is, "So, is the feng shui in here good?". 

It happens all the time, at family gatherings, dinner parties, book club meetings, school volunteer planning sessions, birthday parties, business events and so on.   I love that the topic comes up, but I suspect my replies are pretty disappointing!

Usually my answer is polite and vague, "your home is beautiful",  "I love how open this room is", or "it's so comfortable in here".   Occasionally, if I'm on my game, I'll point out how a chair or desk could be placed better for more support.  On rare occasions I'll toss it back to the homeowner with "How is it working for you?  Do you have challenges with the space?  Are there areas of life that you're struggling with right now?"  In most cases, the conversation ends there - honestly, who wants to get into their problems in the middle of a room full of people!?   Most often I'll beg out, saying "I've gotta be in a totally different mindset for feng shui", which honestly is the closest to the truth. 

In many ways I think I miss  the boat on being able to talk up what I do and why it's important.  I've been given a stage, a wide opening, and many new ears to share some feng shui wisdom with ... and I play it down.   But the truth is, it's not an easy answer.  There's so much that goes into assessing the feng shui of a space!  It takes more than a quick look around to come up with the answer.  In fact, to do it right, I need to engage all parts of myself:  body, mind and spirit.  To understand how energy is flowing means to make a connection with the space.  My background in energy healing helps me do this with ease, but not on the fly and especially not in the middle of a crowd.   I need to be in "the zone".

On top of that, much of my analysis would come from what the owner tells me is going on in the space and in their life.  Their answers to questions I ask tell me where to look and what to look for.  The best feng shui improvements come when everything is laid out in the open - the good, the bad and the ugly.  Whether that's clutter that collects in a certain spot in the house, maintenance issues, legal troubles, creative blocks or stagnating relationships, it has to be seen in order to understand it and shift the energy around it.  But not by everyone at the party! 

Finally, as a guest I usually only get to see a small part of the space, but feng shui considers much more than just the social areas of a home.  The neighborhood, nearby structures, the shape and health of the property, the foot print of the building, ALL the areas inside the building (even closets, basements and garages), and all plumbing and utilities are considered ... in addition to the choice of decor and placement of furniture!   Without all that information behind my answer, all you're really getting is my opinion on aesthetics and hospitality rather than a professional feng shui thumbs up!   

Don't let this insight stop you from asking that question if you see me out and about ... I welcome the opportunity to practice a more clarified response.  But please don't be disappointed if I'm vague:-)  Feng shui is so much more than I can fit into a social setting sound bite!   Now you understand why!!


Want to learn more about Feng Shui?  Join me for one of these great events in March.  Some of them are free:-)

Thurs.  March 9th - Feng Shui Tips for the Home – FREE at Holliston Public Library
Tues. March 14th – How to Attract More Abundance & Prosperity using Feng Shui – $28 - Kamala SoulCircles
Weds.  March 15th – Spring Cleaning the Feng Shui Way/Energy Clearing – FREE at Millis Public Library
Sun.  March 26th – BOOK SIGNING for “Feels Better - Flows Better - Feng Shui for Inspired Living” at Fiske’s General Store
Find out details at http://www.fengshuipathways.com/upcoming-workshops.html

<![CDATA[Feng Shui Tips For Creating A Peaceful Home]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:27:24 GMThttp://fengshuipathways.com/blog/feng-shui-tips-for-creating-a-peaceful-homePicture
Have you watched the news lately?  Depressing right?!!  It’s impossible to hide from all the unsettling events going on these days.  As much as I want to look away from the screen to get relief from today’s troubles, I also want to be informed.  I want to understand all sides so I can be part of a positive solution.

As a family, we’ve probably watched more news and read more articles in the last few months than we had in the last several years combined.  At times it has made everything feel really heavy. Do you know what I mean?  That drained feeling, mixed with fear and hopelessness.  It’s been too much!  I think it’s important to limit your intake/exposure to the tv and internet in challenging times so your personal energy is not depleted.   I even wrote an article about this a few years back and it still feels relevant.  You can check it out here.  

The key for me has been to stay in touch with how I’m feeling as I watch/read and honor when I’ve reached my limit.  I’ve also begun countering that heaviness with plenty of lighter activities like reading for entertainment, connecting with family and friends, doing yoga and meditation, and eating better too.  In the beginning, when I wasn’t doing that, I really felt a toll on my mood and my overall well-being. With these practices in place I’ve been better able to look at all that is going on without taking it in personally.  I feel that makes me stronger and better equipped to help bring about positive change in the long run.

I’ve also renewed efforts to make our space feel really peaceful and uplifting.  I’m paying extra attention to the details, and adding touches that lift the chi.  I’ve pulled everything out of my holistic tool bag for this – aromatherapy, candles, incense, crystals, music, feng shui and décor touches that help make HOME feel like a peaceful retreat and a calm place to ride out the storm. 

I’ve always felt that we all have tremendous personal power and energy available to us.  We just have to remember to tap into it.  Using feng shui in our home is one way that I can harness this energy and use it to our advantage.  I also believe that if we each “up” the energy of our own personal space we can do a lot to tip the balance of energies across the nation and further.  So it may feel like things are out of control in the world around us right now, but we can still create a positive effect by keeping our own space uplifted. 

I created a free printable with some feng shui tips for creating a calm and peaceful home.  Feel free to download it and share it.  There are also plenty of useful tips to support a peaceful home in my book “Feels Better.  Flows Better.  Feng Shui for Inspired Living”.  The book is available online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble and can also be purchases locally at Fiske’s General Store and Coffee Haven in Holliston. 

Of course they say that LOVE conquers all!  So the next workshop I’m offering is one that will help us all learn to bring more loving and connecting energy into our space.  Check out the details and sign up below.  

New Workshop!
Invite Partnership, Love and Passion into Your Home

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<![CDATA[Key Routines to support good feng shui]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://fengshuipathways.com/blog/key-routines-to-support-good-feng-shuiEarlier this month  I sent out a blog post that ended up being a frustrated rant about feng shui and how it seemed to fail me for a prolonged time.  Of course feng shui wasn't the problem, it was all the excess stuff we were accumulating.  Letting go of that stuff has helped but something else has made a big difference too.  It was something that led me to a more empowered place around keeping house, and made me better at the practice of feng shui.  I want to share it with you in hopes it helps you get there too. 

First, I have to tell you that I've always been much more of the do-it-when-inspiration-strikes kind of person than the plan ahead kind.  I know now that this is a severe disadvantage once you add kids, their stuff and their schedules into the mix.  I floundered for a while and then I tried HARD to get on top of everything house and family related.  All of it.  At once.  Changing it.  Taking Charge.  Making a plan.  Getting ahead and staying ahead. 

It worked! We had wide open counters, clean floors, disinfected toilets, healthy food prepped, homework done on time ... it was GREAT ... for about 3 weeks.  And then it all fell apart again.  I couldn't maintain it.  This disciplined routine was not in my nature.  I was back at square one.  I was disappointed.  I wanted things to feel better.  I wanted things to flow better.  They always used to and I had to get there again.  

Feng shui is all about creating a space and a life that works for you.  As I thought about all of the things that were different in those 3 weeks, I realized that only a few of them really mattered to my well-being and to our home-life flowing in a manageable way.  Living in a mess had not worked for me.  Living like the pinterest board moms hadn't worked either.  I needed to figure out what would work for US and OUR HOME. 

I started by deciding what standards were essential for me - the person who is here most and has to make most of it happen. Those amazing have-it-all, do-it-all mom bloggers would not like my standards.  You may not like them. My mother-in-law and Nana definitely wouldn't like them.  Hell, my husband might not even agree with them.  But here's the deal.  None of them have to actually make it happen, here, under our circumstances, and with my skill set.  I do.  So I looked at what was critical to making us work, and that I could do in less than 30 minutes a day.  Here's what I came up with:

1.  Make the bed -- It just makes me happy to have a made bed!  I may not go in the bedroom much during the day but I feel extreme accomplishment when I walk in and the bed is made. (Even if the floor is covered in clothes.  Even if the nightstand is clouded in dust.)  That feeling is WELL worth the 3 minutes it takes in the morning to make the bed.   

2. Unload the dishwasher -- If the dishwasher doesn't get unloaded in the morning before my day gets underway then the kitchen becomes a total clusterf%^#.  Total!  Putting the dishes away takes me 5 minutes and can happen while my daughter puts butter on her waffle!  The kitchen stays maintained for the rest of the day because now there is a place for everything to go. Starting to do this one thing consistently at the same time each day has been a game changer. 

3.  Start or finish a load of laundry --  Back in the day I could just  dedicate a day every few weeks to handle the laundry. This does not work now that I'm handling laundry for four.  When laundry for 4 people gets backed up it becomes a monster job that affects all areas of the house for multiple days.  I thought it was crazy at first to be doing laundry every single day.  But it has worked.   And as long as I stay on top of it for at least 3-4 days a week by putting 15-20 minutes or so into keeping a load moving along, it makes a huge difference!!  I still fall back into old patterns with this one sometimes, but I see the energy it takes and commotion it causes and try to get back on track quickly!

I know I said 3 things but those three have worked so well that I'm trying to add a fourth quick and simple routine that will help make every afternoon smoother. 

4.  Take out something for dinner.    It takes two minutes to pull something out of the freezer!!!  When I don't do this first thing in the morning I end up fretting all afternoon about what I can make work for dinner with the limited time, energy and ingredients I have to put into it.  I'm trying to get a handle on the money we waste on take-out and the bad food we end up eating because I've skipped this step.  Please send me some good vibes on making this one work because I seem to sabotage it every few days!!

As the kid's have gotten older we've also put weekly family chores in place that help cover all of the other stuff like dusting, sweeping, vacuuming and disinfecting.   Everyone puts in about 20-30 minutes at one time and we end up with a better version of clean because of it.  I wish it all happened more often but for the most part it's fine (by my standards!)  To be honest, things don't fall apart if deep cleaning doesn't get done for a while, so here, in the Miller house, it takes a back burner to the daily routines .

So through this learning curve I've realized I need to have good feng shui placement in place, but I also need to keep a watchful eye over how much stuff we keep and also implement daily, basic routines that help it all keep flowing.  These are the things that help our home feel better and flow better.  Your choices,  about feng shui, about the stuff you keep, and about the routines that work for you are going to be different than mine, but I hope you'll consider them.  They've made a huge difference for me. 

I'd love to hear what routines you have in place that keep your world flowing well.  Please share in the comments below!

Happy Feng Shui-ing!


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