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Tao – The Way of Your Environment

Your environment is a mirror; it reflects the harmony or discord in your life. This is the flow of Feng Shui:

  • Your true self lives in your heart.
  • Your heart lives in your body.
  • Your body lives in your home.
  • Your home lives in your community.
  • Your community lives in your country.

Beloved belongings reflect and affirm who you are. They nurture your true self. There is a reason you are called belongings – you belong together.

Comfort and safety are the guardians of your personal wellbeing. Imagine comfort as the mother and safety as the father. Beauty is their child. Safety steers you away from sharp and dangerous things. Comfort embraces and nourishes you with favorite textures, colors, scents, flavors, and sounds. Let safety, comfort, and beauty being your guide; this is Feng Shui. Your heart responds to what is right for you, but remember what you respond to now may change in the future.

Honor and appreciate the contributions all things make in the world – even though in your garage. If your garage is in chaos, you are not honoring their things contributions. A home is meant to sing songs of the people who live there. You and your home share a living partnership.

Meditation quotes for transformation:

  • I am surrounded by a sacred space.
  • My heart is open.
  • I bless the things I do not resonate with and let them go to continue their journey.
  • My environment is filled with blessings.
  • I honor all of who I am.
  • I live with what I love.
  • My surroundings mirror my true nature.
  • Opportunities to dance with life are everywhere.
  • I embrace the fullness of my true nature.

EXERCISES:

  • Gather images from magazines, picture books, and greeting cards that capture aspects of your true self. Include fabrics, textures, objects, and other meaningful components. Arrange them as a collage or work of art and place the creation where you can see it every day. Add to it or create new art to express other aspects of your true self.
  • Consider ways you can dress or accessorize to reflect your true essence.
  • Describe your ideal lifestyle including the time you prefer to rise in the morning and retire in the evening, when you have your meals, and the general way in which you like your days and nights to unfold.
  • Set aside some uninterrupted times to walk through your living and work spaces. Make notes of any cluttered spaces or disorganized areas, and be aware of how you react to them. To correct:
  •            Label 3 boxes (throw away, give away, put away)
  •            Ask the following questions about items in the space:
  •            Do I love it?
  •            Do I need it?
  •            Does it support who I am?
  •            Does it elicit pleasant /unpleasant memories?
  •            Do I own duplicates of it?
  •            Does it need repair or restoration?

Name your home. Turn it into a living body who shelters and protects you. It has a name if you choose to know it.

Take a walk around your area and determine where creativity is evident.

References: The Three Sisters of the Tao: Essential Conversations with Chinese Medicine, I Ching, and Feng Shui by Terah Kathryn Collins, New York: Hay House 2010

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Author:

Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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