An Attitude of Gratitude Enhances Our Life and Creates Balance, Just Like Feng Shui Does in Your Home

Gratitude Attitude

Gratitude Attitude

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, cultivating an attitude of gratitude can transform our existence, infusing it with a profound sense of peace and fulfillment. Gratitude isn’t just about saying thank you; it is a deep spiritual practice that aligns our energy with the abundance of the universe.

Embracing gratitude invites us to appreciate the small blessings that often go unnoticed. It’s about recognizing the beauty in the mundane and the magic in everyday moments. This spiritual practice helps us to shift our focus from what we lack to what we have, fostering a sense of contentment and inner peace.

In the ancient art of Feng Shui, the flow of energy, or chi, is essential for creating harmony and balance in our environments. Similarly, gratitude enhances the positive energy within us, transforming our inner landscape. By expressing thankfulness, we open ourselves to receiving more blessings, as like attracts like. This aligns perfectly with the principles of Feng Shui, where the placement and arrangement of our surroundings influence the energy that flows through our lives.

Consider creating a gratitude altar in your home, a sacred space where you can reflect on your blessings. Incorporate elements of Feng Shui by using symbols of abundance, like crystals, plants, and water features, to amplify the energy of gratitude. This practice not only enhances the positive chi in your living space but also serves as a daily reminder to cultivate an appreciative mindset.

In essence, an attitude of gratitude is a powerful spiritual tool that aligns our inner world with the harmonious energy promoted by Feng Shui. It invites us to live in a state of grace, appreciating the richness of life, and attracting more of what we cherish into our existence. By practicing gratitude, we not only elevate our own spirits but also contribute to a more compassionate and harmonious world.

Are You Comfortable With Your Home Interior Design Choices?

Have you ever made a poor choice in decorating your home? If you did, was it your choice or someone else’s opinion you followed?

Design Mistakes

Blue, single-cushion, extra-long sofa

Blue, single-cushion, extra-long sofa

It was 1970. The sheer draperies recently were installed in my living room when a ‘friend’ said, “What were you thinking when you chose that color?” I thought the color was fine. Afterall, it was basically white!

The interior designer from the big chain store told me they were a great choice based on the other furnishings. My friend proceeded to tell me they were “too grey” with the other yellow-based colors I had in the room.

I was so embarrassed! I’d spent a huge amount of money on those draperies and knew my husband would be furious if he ever found out “they were wrong for the room!”

That wasn’t my first design mistake. It was one in a series. Buying a 95” sofa was one of the worst since it didn’t fit anyplace. My then husband, who was 6’5” tall, insisted on it in order to stretch out on it.

Design Classes

My friend’s comment was the last straw. I looked for a class to teach me about interior design. I found one through the parks & recreation department being held in a church and taught by a teacher from the prestigious Parsons School of Design. What a learning experience!

I became fascinated with the many guidelines of design. Many were totally impractical since I had a 2-year-old daughter and was going to have another child later that year. I made a new life-long friend who helped me put things into perspective.

She said, “If you want your home to be a showplace, you might want to follow the rules. If you want to have a comfortable home where you can raise a family and not worry about the mishaps that happen with children, use your common sense.”

She was a wise woman who shared lots of sage advice on numerous topics throughout our 40-year friendship. Sometimes the most valuable lessons learned are not from “teachers,” but from friendships.

Design Business

Within a year I had started an interior design business with several neighborhood ladies. We all were taking interior design classes at the local college. Our company was called, It’s About Design.

Each one of us had specific qualities we brought to the company. I was great at teaching classes that brought us clients. My focus was on the PRACTICAL SIDE of design. If you had children, pets, and/or didn’t like to clean house, I was your gal!

Now I do know the difference between yellow-based and grey-based whites. I’ve trained my eye. I also know, life is too short to focus on material things. It’s family, friendships, experiences, and the beauty of nature that means the world to me.

But if you have design questions, I love to share the pros and cons, the practical, and what truly matters in life. I’m glad to share my stories, experiences, wisdom, and sage advice. Just ask me!

Interesting Connection Between International Woman’s Day & the Number 8

In learning Feng Shui nearly 40 years ago I learned about the energy of numbers, especially the power behind the Number 8.

Number 8

Number 8

The odd numbers are considered masculine, and the even numbers are considered feminine.

In many of the Asian cultures the pronunciation of the word for wealth and the word for “8” sound almost the same. There is just a slight difference in the intonation. Hence, 8 (eight) is considered the MONEY NUMBER!

Yet the power of eight goes far beyond money. It is a double container of creation. Most of the numbers are “open” when you write them numerically, except for 6, 8, and 9. With 6 and 9 you only have one closed circle. The number 8 has two closed circles or containers to hold potential.

Taking that one step further in relation to the feminine body, think of a pregnant woman with her enlarged belly, which holds a new creation. It is DOUBLE the life force!

Infinity

Infinity

Another interesting aspect happens when you turn 8 on its side. It becomes the symbol for infinity! (∞)

A fascinating tidbit in my Feng Shui training was the power of the numbers energetically in correlation with the yearly dates. This is aside from the Zodiac Animals and Period timeframes. It goes back to my statement about masculine (odd) and feminine numbers (even)

The whole of the 1900 century was “masculine” because the first number was a “1” or odd, masculine number. When 2000 started, the energy slowly started to shift to a more feminine quality. I’m not going to go into all of that right now, and I will say the shift does take time. Yet you can start to see nuances toward feminine-based ways of doing things happening if you pay attention.

Add that the larger the single-digit number, the more power it has. The year 2008 was considered the beginning of “the Feminine Millennium” according to my Asian-cultured masters.

Knowing about these qualities or facts regarding the number 8, I find it interesting that International Woman’s DAY is observed on the 8th day of March because March has been designated as “National Women’s History Month.”

Let’s take this one more step –

What if all the symbolism I’ve listed about number 8 brings those energies to life, like:

Women growing their wealth

Women sharing their female qualities

Women being the Creatrix of new ideas

Women stepping into their power

Women honoring their intuition (a quality often suggested as more female oriented)

Women growing in positions of power

Then we add this year (2024) is a year with 3 even-based numbers (2-0-2-4 – The number zero isn’t assigned a masculine or feminine quality), and you have a potentially very powerful year for women.

As I said, just interesting thoughts.

Becoming a Feng Shui Master on Tenerife Island, part of the Canary Islands – Part One

February 26, 2002 will always be a MAGICAL DAY for me!

Diploma Certification as Feng Shui Master

Diploma Certification as Feng Shui Master

It was the day I earned my Feng Shui Master’s degree/certification. Many things contributed to the “magic!”

The journey has been unexpected, long, interesting, terrifying, blissful, disconcerting, challenging, mystical, weird, expansive, and so much more – especially LIFE-CHANGING! Someday I’ll have written a book about it all, but for now I’ll share part of this particular day plus a few events that led up to it.

As I write this, I see it is going to be longer than what I want one post to be. Hence, this will be Part One.

I’d been taking courses on various topics including Feng Shui with Prof. Dr. Jes T.Y. Lim for several years. Because of his extensive and diverse education, these trainings encompassed so much more than Feng Shui. Since he has diplomas and degrees in psychology, medicine, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), hypnotherapy, and business administration, we’d learn all of these modalities and how to interconnect them.

Leading up to the 3-week course –

Culturally, as a student, it is disrespectful to arrive late to a class, and late could be as little as a couple of minutes. I was planning to attend this course when my “life-saving” best friend announced she was getting married. (I’ll share the “life-saving” story for another time also.) When the Twin Towers were attacked in September 2001, she was in Tahiti. That was a wake-up call for her to marry the love-of-her-life NOW! It was scheduled for February 9, which happened to be the first day of the Canary Island course.

It may sound strange, but back then many of us didn’t have, or use, email like we do now. It was still a very new technology and everyone was working out the bugs with it. I emailed the organizer to tell her I wouldn’t be attending after all – and why.

Arial View of Hotel - I believe it is Dreams Jardin Tropical

Arial View of Hotel – I believe it is Dreams Jardin Tropical

A couple days later I received a personal phone call from Dr. Lim from his home in Australia with this voice message: “Linda, you go to best friend’s wedding. Then you catch the first flight next morning out of San Francisco. When you arrive in Tenerife, you go straight to hotel, drop off bags, and come to class!”

WHAT?!!! That is totally unheard of!!! Many times I had seen a person kicked out of course, or even kicked out of the Feng Shui School, for being as late as an hour because it is such an insult or dishonoring to the Master when one is late. To be given permission to be almost 2 days late – actually to be given a directive to attend even though I was going to be 2 days late – I was in tears with gratitude!

I did exactly that.

I was stopped and searched in San Francisco because I was carrying eight 18″ hollow copper rods as part of the “tools” I needed for the training. Remember, this was about 4 months after 911 and security was exceptionally high.

I knew it might be challenging to get through security, even though I had contacted airport security telling them I was going to be traveling with the copper rods. I allowed plenty of time – at least I thought I had. I had allowed 4 hours and it took every bit of the four hours and then some – to the point where I did almost miss the flight!

Maybe this day stands out as magical to me because of the prelude. Yet when I tell you some of the rest of the story these following days, you just might see a Divine Directive was at play!

Exploring the Mystical World of Blue Herons: Spirituality and Science Merge

Blue herons: majestic creatures that gracefully glide through wetlands, captivating our hearts and minds with their beauty.

Blue Heron Unexpectedly Lands in the Tree in Front of Me When I Go to Get the Mail

Blue Heron Unexpectedly Lands in the Tree in Front of Me When I Go to Get the Mail

But beyond their physical allure, these birds hold deep spiritual and symbolic significance across various cultures. Let’s take a whimsical journey into the mystical realm of blue herons, blending spirituality with scientific marvels.

In many indigenous cultures, the blue heron symbolizes wisdom, patience, and inner reflection. Observing their deliberate movements as they hunt for prey in shallow waters, one can’t help but be reminded of the importance of mindfulness and perseverance in our own lives. Their solitary nature also reflects the value of introspection and solitude in spiritual growth.

From a scientific perspective, blue herons are marvels of adaptation and resilience. With their long legs and necks, they are perfectly equipped for navigating the marshy landscapes they call home. Their keen eyesight and sharp beaks enable them to hunt with precision, showcasing the wonders of evolutionary biology.

But it’s not just their physical attributes that make blue herons fascinating. Their role in the ecosystem as top predators helps maintain balance within wetland habitats. By controlling populations of fish and other small creatures, they contribute to the health and diversity of these ecosystems, highlighting the interconnectedness of all living beings.

In some cultures, blue herons are also associated with messages from the spirit world. Spotting a blue heron during a time of contemplation or decision-making is believed to be a sign of guidance and reassurance from the universe.

So, whether you view blue herons through a spiritual lens or appreciate them for their ecological importance, there’s no denying the enchantment they bring to our world. As we marvel at their beauty and grace, let’s also take a moment to reflect on the deeper lessons they impart about life, resilience, and the interconnectedness of all things. After all, in the dance between science and spirituality, there’s room for wonder and wisdom alike.

I’m Calling It A Blessing! – Part 2

Blessings

Blessings

Here is another example I wanted to share.

Second example:

In September I reached out on social media for prayers for my brother & husband. (My brother is doing well, and my husband is better.) Within the course of two days my husband was in such poor health he had an emergency blood transfusion.

They told us to head back home after waiting two days to make sure he didn’t have a negative reaction to the transfusion. Also, they made it clear we needed to see specialists within two weeks because they couldn’t find the cause of his anemia.

Over the next couple months numerous doctor’s appointments and tests lead to a medical procedure in December. Within 2 hours of returning home after the procedure, we found water on the laundry floor. Unbeknownst to us a small, non-detected leak within the walls was now a broken plumbing connection to the washer.

According to Feng Shui, our laundry room is the area related to the “oldest male” in the family; hence, the area associated with my husband. Ultimately, the procedure doctors had performed earlier that eventful day had found a “small, non-detected (blood) leak” in his plumbing.

The plumbers had arrived and fixed the washer problem quickly. I felt confident the doctors had found and fixed the leaky blood vessel within my husband. I felt the interactions of the household plumbers was a BLESSING to let me know the doctors had done the equivalent procedure with my husband.

Blessing a Home, Blesses Your Life

Blessing a Home, Blesses Your Life

Moral of the stories

Calling bad or challenging situations a BLESSING is not easy! FEAR loves to jump in immediately. Yet when I can change my mental state – my mindset – by saying, “This is a blessing,” it changes the energy I put out into the Universe!

These last few months have shown me when life goes sideways, I have choices and opportunities to grow, learn, gain a new perspective, discover my strengths, and make course corrections. They all start with my thoughts and mind! What we think about, we attract! I’m attracting BLESSINGS!

That’s what Feng Shui does also. When we can change any part of our home, we change the energy around us. We can change the “negative” into a “Blessing” just by shifting the mental picture of it.