It is interesting to see how there are still teachers and parents believing in the power of putting their children facing the wall or sitting with their desk facing a wall in order to encourage concentration.
Often the moment children escape and put themselves in a corner facing a wall is when they don't like what they see, because perhaps they are scared and they roll as a gesture to protect the uncovered parts, head and back.
If this is recognised to be their instinctual behaviour to protect/ comfort thenselves from something happening outside i.e. punishment or fear why do we need to reproduce it to encourage concentration?
Shall we try to look at it from a different point of view? Why our child has lack of concentration? Noise? Enviroment? Temperature? Is the space cluttered? Light? Is the chair comfortable? Is the desk the right size for a growing child? What do they see? Are we sure we have done our best before choosing the wall? Which are the conditions we can change in the way we relate ourselves to our children and our children to the enviroment before taking a shortcut towards the wall?
It seems impossible to connect Christmas festivities to Feng Shui but when we look at things from a symbolic point of view then we can discover a fusion of common messages beliefs and rituals.
Mistletoe is one of the most popular ornamental plants used and associated to Christmas time.
One of the main reason it has been used from Pagan worship to Christian rituals is due to the matter that Mistletoe does not grow roots in the ground but between the branches of hosting trees, being always" suspended between earth and heaven' .
Also the ancient Greeks and Romans considered Mistletoe a sacred plant with divine power from fertility to immortality.
Therefore whichever is your personal" credo" in December do not be afraid to hang some Mistletoe over your entryway outside to ward off negative energies and invite fortune and good luck.
Even though in some parts of the globe the temperatures are still pleasant, in some other it is really Autumn. Are you ready for it?We just passed the Winter Equinox which plays an important role in Feng Shui.
More often parents tend to buy extendable beds for their toddlers, due to the lack of space in their houses.
They are great in terms of space because we can fit a bed in any small room we have in our houses but often they do not show the intention of the extention.
Often the way the beds are placed do not give the idea there is space to expand the bed at all.
A good advantage of extendable beds is that the body heat disperse less easily rather than the big bed and they feel cozy.
One cons is that if not placed properly they might create issues.
They might create fear of falling anytime because a short bed is also a narrow bed, approx 70 cm. It is a standard size but maybe not for a child who likes to move a lot during sleeping time.
The solution are endless but what is important is that when choosing a bed you open a dialogue between you, yourself and your child.
The concept is quite easy to understand if we think to a plant: the bigger is the vase the dipper the roots will grow. Vice versa the smaller is the vase, the smaller the plant.
In Feng Shui there are several schools you can follow and one of them is the Form School. I do use this method to approach a building, from the outside. The Form School is based on visual perception of the environment, focusing on configuration of the landscape and morphology of the territory, the influence of winds and weather conditions. This study involves careful observation of the place and of the forms around the property as well as plants, animal and mineral. A good Feng Shui property is surrounded and protected by the four mythical animals, associated with the four directions. These animal are:
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Number two- earth is considered the primal mother number and they are worker rather than innovators. Being caring and hard working, if a two- earth throws a party, they are very concerned about how things look and feel for others, making sure their guest are having a good time. Their power of observation can be very deep and sometime excessive as they do like to take note of details. The woman of this number will usually be drawn to man who are strong, athletic and in some way powerful and in their best form they can inspire the partner but the excessive tendencies can lead to unexpected separation.
Are you an officeless worker, using flex working spaces ? Are you working from home? Are you the lucky one having an office?
Nowadays is quite challenging to fit in a good feng shui space if you are a nomadic or officeless worker or working from home. I cannot avoid to think of a friend going to work in a flex working space moving with a trolley with all her business life in, she was very inspiring. Whichever is your own situation there are general roles we can consider before sitting to the a desk and start working and there are some basic questions you should be able to answer:
How do you feel when you enter a potential working space?
What do you see first? Do you like it?
Is your chair comfortable? is it solid? is it on wheels?
What do you see when you are sitting? A wall, a picture, a public space? Is it distracting you?
What is behind you? A Wall, more people working? Is It busy? Do you fell protected?
What does the place where you are, represent? Is it Inspiring? Does it Give breath to your thoughts?
Baring in mind these questions you can still find a good feng shui working place.
Once you found your answers you can open your trolley and if you like take out all the things that belong to you and inspires you. It is important in a changeable space to have some fixed point that gives you the sense of stability that you are actually missing in your officelss life.
The most common mistakes I can find in a bedroom are:
1. mobile phones next to you
2. computers, ipad etc
Can you spot them in your bedroom?
4000 years ago the electromagnetic pollution was not an existing issue but feng shui is also re balancing the natural state of nature, then electromagnetic pollution perfectly fits.
Lets look at it from both angles.
From a feng shui point of view, the bedroom is not meant for social networking, work, gym...can you imagine two activities which are allowed in your bedroom? Let say 3 if you like to read a bit to relax before turning the light off.
How can you sleep well if you know your mobile can ring anytime?
if you have a computer reminding you how much behind you are with work?
If you have a tv that talks when you are almost falling asleep?
Now let take the scientific perspective:
Do you know the use of a mobile phone for over five minutes overheats your brain of at least one degree? goes itself that this process in not natural and if repeated several times a day, as it is often done, it could lead to harmful consequences for your health. We are all already exposed inevitably to certain radiation so why we want to prolong the exposure also when we sleep?
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