It’s clear there’s a new paradigm in business. Today’s clients and customers are savvy, attuned and educated with a sensitivity (some might say allergy) to businesses that don’t offer them a unique business experience. They want better service, higher-quality products and more personalization.
The peach is a highly symbolic fruit in Chinese society and the Taoist religion. The plant is imbued with immortality and the wood is thought to keep away evil spirits and entities. The peach flower is also believed to be able to entrance men. Its petals were thought to possess the ability to cast a romantic spell on them and as such is seen as a romantic symbol by the Chinese.
Last year was a wild ride, and we’ve got a few surprises to contend with in the coming year. Yes, there are some difficulties ahead. But some of those big surprises are…. good! Indeed, there are opportunities to get ahead in 2010. The questions become: Will you work with the energy of the year? Are you ready to stop fighting the flow and rowing upstream? Did you know that by following the energy patterns, you can ride the tides like a nimble kayaker navigates the rushing whitewater with deft skill?
Relationships, like technology, are becoming more complicated all the time. There are so many factors to consider in relationships today that didn’t come into play in years past. Nowadays, the woman may be the breadwinner and it may be the man who stays at home with the kids. What hasn’t changed, though, is the importance and the need for close, secure relationships.We often use relationships continue to define us.
Many people fear feng shui consultations. They worry they’ll be told that they have to move out of their homes, do major renovations or stop using certain rooms. A qualified feng shui consultant rarely tells someone that their home is hopeless with regard to feng shui. Good feng shui consultants will also talk to you about your life in addition to your home. They’re trying to understand how the house is affecting you and they look at your life and your home at the same time.
Living in a home that promotes contentment, harmony, and success means creating a thoughtful environment. These days everyone understands the importance of environment because, after all, we are a product of our environment — and if that’s true, then what is your environment saying about you? If your home is messy, dirty, and disorganized, chances are you are tired, struggling, and frustrated. But this is just one correlation. However, even in homes that are seemingly “together”, there can still be things that work in the background to undermine our success.
Some of the best feng shui isn’t all about turtles and fountains, mountains and facing directions. It’s about fun. Good feng shui can change to great feng shui with the addition of fun, enjoyment, festivities and happy times. That’s because the vibrations of laughter and enjoyment permeate our surroundings and if you home is the location for happy gatherings full of festive people, then you’ve done a lot toward making your feng shui better – and that changes your outlook, your happiness, and your bottom line, too!
Wherever you go in Hong Kong — a city that loves business, money and prosperity — you see Chinese symbols of wealth and money. The ubiquitous symbol you see most often is the lucky Chinese coin. These coins are round with a square hole in the center. They represent both heaven (the circle) and earth (the square), and because of this, they’re deemed especially auspicious.
Many of my readers and even clients ask about working as a feng shui consultant. It’s a career that doesn’t have much written about it — especially from an insider’s view. And many people think it’s a New Age-y kind of career, but it’s much more than just good feelings! Feng shui is about black and white principles of placement, not just esoteric thoughts and holding the right kind of intentions.
Life is a series of ups and downs. It may seem like some people have it easier than others, but that’s rarely the case. Most people have their share of problems and their successes. The ones who get through the problems to make their life more successful, though, are those who have some common traits. And, with the economy the way it is, a successful person will be looking at how to adapt to the situation and capitalize on the times as they are – not as they wish they would be.