Friday, June 28, 2013

Compassion

Be compassionate . . . and read "Are You Compassionate?", by Write It Down, Spit It Out.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  Dalai Lama.
 
Source: White Wings

Monday, June 24, 2013

Get Outside . . . and HEAL!

The earth laughs in flowers.  Ralph Waldo Emerson.



I absolutely love Summer . . .
the warmth of the sun, the summer storms, and the beautiful flowers.


Working outside in the flower beds has always been therapeutic for me.  The amount of weeds in my flower bed is usually a good indicator of the amount of stress in my life.  In fact, the amount of weeds is inversely proportional to my level of stress!  If I am extremely stressed, look out!  No clover, dandelion or chickweed can hide!

My flower beds would be in pristine condition . . . My life must be stress-free! ; )  This year I am taking time to enjoy the beauty of the flowers, so I thought I would share a few photos with you . . . nevermind the critters hiding in weeds!


I have really enjoyed the flower beds this year. We planted African Daisies last year out front, which are annuals.  They seeded and sprouted new babies this year . . . enough to line the entire front of the house in what is going to be a beautiful purple and white border once they grow enough to bloom.  How lovely of them to "volunteer" to decorate our flower bed!  Perhaps my favorite part of gardening this year has been my weekly stroll around the house to discover what has popped up!


We have had many "volunteers" this year (plants which have just "showed up" in our flowerbed that we didn't plant).  Other volunteers that have popped up this year include a Dogwood tree, several catnip plants (I think the cats conspired) and a sunflower planted by the birds.  Also, the dill and fennel have returned by the multitudes!

But the most stunning display in the yard so far has been the Day Lily varieties.  Our Lily patch has just been absolutely breathtaking so far!  We even have a volunteer Day Lily out front!  It was certainly a surprise to see her vivid orange radiance amongst the hues of perfectly planned shades of purple and white!


I spend my early mornings out on the back porch swing with my (huge) cup of java, listening to the birds sing and watching the squirrels frolic around the Dogwood where the bird feeders swing on the shepherd's hook.  Those little bandits can empty a newly filled bird feeder in a matter of hours!  But we just watch them steal for the sheer entertainment of it!  And when the feeders are bare, we fill them up and watch the acrobat squirrels hang upside down as they try to fill their cheeks once more!

In a world with many stresses, it's the simple things in life that bring a smile, a laugh . . . and peace to my soul!   So get outside and enjoy the healing power of nature . . .

Take time to stop and smell the flowers!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Reiki for PTSD



Reiki is a hopeful complementary therapy for veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

Please read "Reiki for Veterans" by Reiki Training Program for one Reiki Practitioner's experience with those suffering from PTSD.



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Friday, June 14, 2013

Enhancing Your Life with Feng Shui

The ancient practice of Feng shui is one of the oldest forms of geomancy in the world and can be traced back as far as 3500 years ago in ancient China. The word literally means wind and water and this practice believes in the notion that qi or vital energy can greatly influence and improve a person’s life by achieving balance and harmony in their surroundings.



To apply this practice means having to recognize the relationship between man and the environment he lives in. The key to this practice is locating the all important qi by arranging objects inside or outside of your home or even your office space so that qi continuously flows freely in the space thereby producing a positive impact in different aspects of your life. This ancient practice and belief is still being applied today and here are some methods where the art of balance and harmony can make a difference in a person’s life.

Using the Five Phases Method

The five phases method relies in the five elements or phases of fire, earth, metal, water and wood. These elements interrelate with each other through a creation cycle where fire produces earth, earth produces metal, metal produces water and water produces wood. Each element also corresponds to a particular direction where water is placed in the north, fire is the south, east is wood, west is metal and earth is the center.

The best way to apply this method is to make sure that your room or the space you live in has a balance of all these elements to produce good qi otherwise too much of a particular element might go against the other elements and produce harmful qi instead.

Using the Flying Stars Method

Probably the most difficult method to apply Feng shui is the flying star method which takes into account the date your house or office was built, a detailed floor plan and the outside environment of the place. It is similar to having a birth sign in astrology only this time it’s your property’s birth sign.

Although this method can be complex, it is the most accurate of methods and usually done by master practitioners of the craft. What this method aims to achieve is to harmonize your space by finding out the best elements to enhance it and the elements that need to be avoided.

Using the Eight Mansions Method

The most popular application of Feng shui is the eight mansions method or the Ba Zhai. This method requires you to calculate your kua number based on your birth date. This will help you determine your auspicious direction because each kua number corresponds to a particular direction.

This method aims to find out which directions are good for you and which to avoid. It also helps you find out if you are compatible with that particular area you’re living or staying in. Finding out the best direction for you and enhancing that space can help you become more productive in terms of career, relationships, health and luck.

Using Feng Shui to Enhance Your Life

Testimonies of the benefits of this ancient practice are many and its effectiveness can be traced from ancient times otherwise this practice would not have survived today. The concept is simple and everyone can benefit with some semblance of balance and harmony in their lives. It’s just a matter of recognizing the value of qi and making sure everything in your surroundings brings you peace.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Missing in Action

I have been M.I.A. for a few weeks now.  I wanted to share some good news with you all and let you know I have been gone, but have not forgotten about my blog.

I married my best friend!  And it is a beautiful ending to the pain I have been through in my life and also a beautiful beginning for me.  James and I have known each other since I was fourteen.  After almost twenty-eight years of hardship for both of us, we finally found our way back to each other for good.


He has been my encouragement to speak out against the violence I have been through, and to finally stand up for myself. He has been my support system and source of strength to be able to speak up. He has been there every step of the way in my becoming a Reiki Master/Teacher so I may find some an alternative way to peace and use it to help encourage others. He has encouraged me to write a book detailing my story and my journey to wholeness, and I am nearly finished with it.

James has encouraged me to embrace who I am and to walk through life without fear of what others will think if I speak up.  He has showed me that there is no shame in standing up for that which I believe.  He has been my confidant and my teacher.  He has taught me that, although I have been through the valley of the shadow of death, there is a beautiful place of love on the other side.  He has showed me that true, honest love does exist and that love has been waiting for me all along.

He is a long-awaited answered prayer. (Read the story!)

He has taught me how to look in the mirror and speak to my soul with confidence and say, "I am beautiful."

Love your soul!
Willow🍃





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Friday, June 7, 2013

6 Tips to De-Clutter with Feng Shui

Part of having good feng shui is clutter management. If anything, clutter is the biggest hindrance you can have for the best flow of chi, prosperity and goodness in your life. However, few people are able to manage their clutter wisely. On a daily basis, we get tons and tons of stuff we won’t be really using for a long time. Here are some tips for you to help reduce clutter and invite good Feng Shui.

De-Clutter Feng Shui Tip 1: Sort your mail as it comes in

Incoming mail is one of the top sources of clutter. All those bills are not just stressful if mismanaged and stashed somewhere in your home, but it is also contributory to clutter in your home. If you are really serious about getting good Feng Shui, make sure that you are able to screen your mail. Establish a system for sorting all your mail. And this also holds true for other papers you may be keeping in your home. If you neatly categorize them and throw away the ones you no longer need, you will be much better off.



De-Clutter Feng Shui Tip 2: Opt for daily cleanings than reliance on major general cleanings

A general cleaning schedule is good, but if you are still not in the habit of cleaning on a regular basis, you may still find yourself filled with a clutter problem. So the best thing to do when you are trying to apply good Feng Shui is by exercising your cleaning powers on a daily basis, not just on a schedule. It does not have to be too rigorous if done on a daily basis. You can just start with the cleaning per day one area at a time to accomplish it effectively.

De-Clutter Feng Shui Tip 3: Clean as you work

While working on a project, clean as you go. This means that you will not just leave stuff lying around on the table as you do your work. This ensures that the work space remains clean, and this also implies that you are open for more productive work in the future since the space is wiped free of any traces from previously done work.

De-Clutter Feng Shui Tip 4: Be generous about your stuff

Give away the stuff you don’t need. This is a rule of thumb when it comes to cleaning up and freeing from clutter. Being generous involves giving away stuff you don’t really get to use. What you won’t use for a long time and collect dust may actually be an answer to somebody else’s problems. Just make sure that you are not transferring clutter but something that can really be of use to the person you are giving it to.

De-Clutter Feng Shui Tip 5: Dust frequently

Dusting frequently helps keep your place clean. Dust, when accumulated also forms the clutter which we are really trying to avoid in Feng Shui.

De-Clutter Feng Shui Tip 6: Evaluate your stuff brutally

If at all possible, have a peer to help you evaluate your stuff at home. What you may hold dear and refuse to part with is not just a sign of bad Feng Shui but may also be a sign of a hoarding problem. Aside from addressing your Feng Shui issues, the mindset on clutter ma also have to be dealt with accordingly.

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