Secrets/Lies and Meditation

Take a deep breath…

Last week I touched on what was a week packed full of emotions for me. Well, I made it! So how do I/we/you weather these crazy times? Bad weeks, bad years? 

First, I’m going to share another secret about me. I suffer from chronic anxiety. My trigger: If I wasn’t able to breath through my nose (cold, allergies etc), I’d have full-blown, gasping for air, paper bag breathing episodes.

But if you ask me, I was fine. I’m fine! 

For years, every mentor, practitioner, doctor kept telling me “you really should meditate.”

I finally said yes to a 6 week program which my Dr referred me to that is run through Stanford.

When I lived in Japan, I did learn how to meditate in my Aikido classes. I didn’t continue the practice once I got home, but really wish I had! 

I could go on and on about the benefits of consistent daily practice, but here are some facts:

After 8 weeks of consistent daily meditation, the structure of your brain changes…yes, really. 

You can repair your DNA through consistent meditation

You can extend your natural life by years through consistent meditation

You perform better on standardized tests

You can lower your blood pressure with consistent meditation

The list goes on and on and is quite impressive.

Almost anyone CAN do it-it’s a question of whether they will and when. 

There’s never a shortage of bad stuff going on, this is an inexpensive way to help mitigate our responses to the bad stuff.

So that’s my big reveal… my big advice. Don’t wait to get started if you want to see some positive change.

There is no shortage of free apps and videos that will guide you in meditation. I use Insight Timer (free) and Oura because the app accompanies purchase of an Oura ring. Oura ring is outstanding, btw. 

Here Come the Tigers: Feng Shui Tips for 2022

Happy end of 2021! These days, we no longer say that next year will be better, we say it will be different. In Feng Shui, certain people in certain houses will fair better than other by default.

It’s a complex process, but here are some tips you can use to assist you going into 2022.

2022 is coming like a huge wave. Water Tiger years are very active, so it is important to be deliberate and think things through. Not a year to be impetuous, or to act without thinking. Take a moment or many moments before making big decisions.

• Clear your inbox-2021 was year of the exploding email box. It is a great idea to clear everything out for 2022. Even creating a 2021 Archive file for all those straggler emails. Then they are not mixed with the new but still there if you need them. This helps clear space in your head and frees up time.

• Say goodbye to old/dead/dying plants. Dead anything is not a Feng Shui boost, so let them go. Buy new ones for 2021 and put them in the eastern area to soak up the am sun.

• Get a daily meditation/relaxation/stretching/quiet thought time. There are literally a million free YouTube videos/apps to help you find the right one for you. This is proven to lower blood pressure and lead to clearer thinking.

In general:

• Avoid breaking ground on renovations in the Northeast and Southwest of your home.

• The middle of the home is inauspicious this year (if you have a rectangle or square home). If your house is a U-shape and the center is missing, this will add an extra challenge to your year. The same goes for open concept homes. Keep the middle of your home as undisturbed as possible. If you’re having a rough time, you can implement a salt cure (for info on this, go to any of my social media accounts and I’ll be re-posting the salt cure).