By Kathryn Weber
Feng shui is all about creating flow, energy, finding balance and unstopping blockages. This is true for your personal space, your office, your home, and, well, you.
You have energy (or maybe you don’t) and that energy impacts the way the world responds to you in the form of career, prosperity, health, wisdom, love, and happiness.
Applying feng shui to yourself is just as important as applying it to a home or office because you are the vessel that transports you through life.
Let’s talk about some ideas that will help you feng shui yourself – and help you get your personal feng shui in sync, in harmony, and in a productive and prosperous mode!
1. Subtle change is powerful change.
Rather than a huge, sweeping change, such as losing 50 pounds, resolve to stop drinking sodas or fruit juice every day, for example. I had a habit of eating hard candies while writing and it packed on the pounds over time. I stopped eating them and dropped five pounds rather quickly. Do small things and do them consistently. They take less effort but the reward is great.
2. Focus on the action – not the goal.
So, maybe your goal is to lose 50 pounds or run a marathon. But that puts the focus on the end result not the action — and this is what counts. A personal hero of mine is a young woman who needed to lose 100 pounds and she did it by running 30 seconds. Take that in: 30 seconds.
Each day she ran 30 seconds more than the day before. At the end of the year that amounts to about 3 hours of running – enough to run a marathon! Amazing, isn’t it? This woman lost more than 100 pounds in a year which landed her on national TV. What small action can you take every day to get you to your goal?
3. Remove labels.
We’ve all got them whether they were given to us, imposed on us by teachers or coworkers or siblings, or ones that we have given ourselves. Calling ourselves anything other than a positive statement is a putdown. Get your mental “goo remover” on and strip away any and all labels that are negative. Don’t repeat them, don’t call other people by labels, and correct yourself when you do it to yourself.
4. Move the chi and turn left.
You need to be challenged and a great way to stretch yourself is by rearranging your furnishings. Position the sofa in a new direction, put your bed on another wall, or simply change the accessories in your house and switch out pictures and other decorating objects. It will cause you to sit in a new way, see in a new way, and be affected by the placement because you will now notice the changes and notice the objects because you changed them — and this changes you.
To start your life going in a new direction, take a walk that starts by making three left turns. Make that walk daily for a month and see what happens. Another way to move the chi? Vitamin X. Get out and get moving. Walk, ride, do an exercise tape…just get your internal chi revved by getting going.
5. Learn something.
What do you want to learn? A new software program, a language, a new hobby? Learning is a great way to keep your internal energy growing. Can’t think of anything? How about using your computer keyboard differently? Learn some new keyboard shortcuts for browsing the Internet. Or, put a CD in your car stereo and learn a new language. I love Success Magazine because it comes with a CD each month and covers various topics that impact success. I listen to them in the car and come away inspired and enthusiastic — and often make modifications to my life based on what I hear.
6. Change your energy, change your luck.
Analyze where all your energy, or lack of energy, is going. Is it supporting you and helpful? Chances are it isn’t if you’re dragging and plodding in one area and frenetic and crazy in another. Try reversing these and you’ll be amazed at what happens.
If you’re going crazy in the morning getting ready for work, try waking up a little earlier and getting going slowly. Or, if you’re dragging your feet on a project, why not get in there and knock it out and put lots of energy into it and get it done? I bet you’d see a huge difference in your life if you had a slower start and a faster finish instead of the other way around!
7. Don’t tolerate annoyances.
How many little things do you tolerate? Really, day in and day out, what is it that constantly grates on your nerves? And, the next question is, why don’t you fix it? Right now…that’s right. Get up and fix that thing that’s annoying the heck out of you. In fact, make it your habit to fix any and everything that bugs you as soon as you notice it.
When we ignore little annoyances, we block the little surprises and niceties that can happen to us but don’t because the petty annoying stuff is blocking us. So, instead of walking past that pile of papers or putting up with the tag in your sweater that’s scratching you, fix it. Fix it NOW! 🙂 Then, watch as other nice things begin to happen once you can turn your focus away from annoyances.