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My education in Feng Shui, or the art of placement,began in Japan in 1992. I was teaching English in Sendai, and my employers and his wife were trying to have a baby. One Feng Shui Master and 5 empty white picture frames later, they were expecting, and I was hooked. Over the next 20 years, I've consumed over 30 books on the subject, and have practiced 3 variations of Feng Shui from 3 schools of thought in my many consultations. I have arrived at a practice that combines the Form School, Flying Star elements, and Black Hat, or Western Feng Shui. I utilize traditional Feng Shui principles, but use a Western perspective with respect to architecture, property layout, and land location. I've completed a gold level Feng Shui practitioners program and am a graduate and professional member of the International Feng Shui Guild. My expertise lies in achieving a balance of all areas in a retail or personal space while maintaining the aesthetic integrity in order to achieve the client's goals. -Melissa Leib.

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shoganai – It can’t be helped; unavoidable; accepting one’s fate; accepting a situation with stoicism and dignity; moving on with acceptance and without drama or a meltdown. 

Twenty-five years after leaving my 2 year stint in Sendai, Japan, my recollection of the language is limited to a few odd, unrelated phrases. 

One of my favorites is Shoganai-it doesn’t translate neatly into English, but this is part of what I love about it.

It indicates that “it can’t be helped” whatever the situation; delayed deliveries, lost packages, anything that a person would argue the contrary. At the same time, Shoganai indicates that there is to be no more discussion on whatever conversation, argument or tantrum preceded-that’s it, that’s life, it’s done. 

In Feng Shui, this philosophy is adopted for many life events. The balanced approach is to move forward from where you are with the knowledge you’ve acquired prior. Shoganai embodies the spirit in which Feng Shui is meant to function-in Harmony.