Chinese New Year Chow Down

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This guy is gonna make sure you have a great year! Watch him make noodles here

Earlier this week you found out that one great thing to eat for Chinese New Year is long noodles.

That’s because long noodles symbolize long life. I know you knew that.

And I promised you that if you weren’t so kitchen savvy, that I’d help you out this week.

I’m not backing down on my promise. I’ve got that down pat as well as some other Delicious goodies that begin with the letter D.

The Fire Monkey is just 3 days away and he’s getting hungry!

Here are some things to eat (and places to feed you) to help you tame the hungry beast.

1) Hand Pulled Noodles – I will repeat. Long noodles = Long life. Eat long time.

This guy is gonna make sure you have a great year!

Bonus: Recommended noodle spots with some great reviews:

  • Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles: 1 Doyers Street, New York, NY 10038
  • Sheng Wang: 27 Eldridge Street, New York NY 10002
  • Lam Zhou: 144 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

2) Dumplings - These little packets of happiness symbolize exactly that, packets of happiness. Most often eaten during the Chinese New Year, it’s associated with happiness and celebration. Even the shape of Chinese dumpling is auspicious – the ample forms resemble  gold and silver ingots of ancient China’s currency. In modern day, people squish them in this shape to welcome in fortune and wealth.

Think of them as little money pouches.

Think of them as little money pouches.

Bonus: Recommended dumpling spots with some great reviews:

  • Prosperity Dumpling: 46 Eldridge Street, Chinatown prosperitydumpling.com
  • Tasty Dumpling:  42 Mulberry St, Chinatown. tastydumplingnyc.com
  • Kai Feng Fu Dumpling House: 4801 8th Ave, 48th/49th Streets in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • Pacificana: 813 55th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

3) Fish - Lastly, we have the food of the wealthy - Fish! The Chinese love eating fish since the word sounds like ‘surplus’ in Chinese (I’m sure it’s because fish is yummy too). According to the Chinese, it is encouraged to have an extra sumthin’ sumthin’ at the end of the year, since that little sumthin’ means that it’s possible for you to make sumthin’ even mo’ in the following year. So yeah, ditch the idea that fish only makes you smart. It will also make you rich!

The food of the rich and brainy.

The food of the rich and brainy.

Bonus: Recommended seafood spots with some great reviews:

  • Ping’s Seafood: 22 Mott St, Chinatown
  • China Pearl: 8222 45th Ave Elmhurst, Queens
  • Lucky Eight: 5204 8th Ave, Borough Park, Brooklyn

So remember, plan to prepare a wonderful meal or to have the meal prepared for you on Chinese New Year. Include a couple of these dishes to make sure that the Year of the Monkey starts off on the right foot.

Your turn!

Do you have a favorite Chinese restaurant that just kicks butt on these foods or another dish? Share it in the comments below and until then, happy eating!

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Chinese New Year Dos and Don’ts

Even this little guy knows what to do before the big day.

Even this little guy knows what to do before the big day.

You’ve cleaned your house, you’ve learned the symbolism of some popular Chinese New Year decorations.

Heck, you can even speak Chinese now.

What more can I ask of you in preparing for Chinese New Year?

I still have some little nuggets up my sleeve, of course, as the Year of the Fire Monkey is exactly one week away!

Yes the Chinese are a bit superstitious, but don’t you know that it’s for your own good?

Here are some final tips on what to do and not do for Chinese New Year.

I’ll start with the things to avoid first:

DON’Ts

1) Skip the Sweep - The Chinese believe that good fortune is swept out the door if you sweep on the New Year. Do yourself a favor and sweep your home at least a day before the New Year. I know it sounds like a funny superstition but my perspective is, why leave anything to chance?

2) Lock your Locks - Don’t wash your hair on New Year’s Day. It is believed that good luck and fortune can be washed out of your year if you wash your hair on Chinese New Year day. Imagine my groaning teenage self when we were reminded of this annual tradition on New Year’s morning. Mom, couldn’t you have reminded me the day before? So plan ahead, wash your locks on Feb 7th or even better, Feb 6th. And keep a can of dry shampoo nearby.

3) Hide your Wares - To avoid cutting off good luck for new year, you are not going to want display your knives. I don’t mind this tip. I’m a city girl and seeing knives displayed in kitchens always brought up the Psycho (the movie) paranoia in me. So keep em hidden from me please.

Put these babies out of sight for the week of Chinese New Year to ensure a great year! image: pinterest

Put these babies out of sight for the week of Chinese New Year to ensure a great year! image: pinterest

DOs

1) Push the Petals - Commonly used in Feng Shui remedies, fresh flowers in a home promote good energy. During Chinese New Year, inundate your home with fresh flowers, preferably red or pink ones to promote harmony, prosperity and good fortune.

Bring beauty into your home with fresh flowers. image: lifestyle asia

Bring beauty into your home with fresh flowers. image: lifestyle asia

2)  Pour Some Sugar on Me - Displaying trays of sweets and bowls of fresh fruit encourages sweetness to permeate your New Year. And the Monkey is going to need his sweet tooth satiated this year. Balance the candy with natural sweetness by putting out bowls of tangerines and pomegranates – symbols of prosperity and good fortune.

A regular staple at the house during Chinese New Year when growing up. image: four seasons magazine

A regular staples in the house during Chinese New Year while growing up. image: four seasons magazine

3) Pull a Fast one - The Chinese love eating foods that are symbolic for good fortune and one favorite dish involves long noodles because long noodles represent long life. Be sure to stock up on your noodles!! If you don’t have a culinary bone in your body, stay tuned for my next blog post later this week that will surely help you out.

Your turn!

Share with us what your final preparations are for the Chinese New Year and how it’s already changing the energy of your home.

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Your Answers are in Your Numbers

These numbers are more powerful that they appear. image: bradley keen

These numbers are more powerful that they appear. image: bradley keen

A friend the other day was telling me about the heated “discussion” that she had with her boyfriend.

It went something like this:

Friend: Whenever he gets stressed out from work, he shuts down. It’s like I’m not there. And all I want to do is make him feel better. But when he doesn’t respond, I get annoyed. It happens all the time and I don’t know what to do.

Me: That’s because when M is stressed, he’s goes up to his Mountain. When you see that, you want to nurture him which makes him go deeper into his cave. It makes TOOOTTALLLL sense.

Friend: (eyes the size of golf balls) OMG, exactly! How did you know that?

Me: Ancient Chinese Secret (glint in my eye)

I continued to tell my friend how she and her beau could better interact with each other these stressful moments, while honoring themselves and each other.

She also gained some crucial information, specific to her, that would help her navigate through this DYNAMIC Monkey year coming up.

With this insight, my friend skipped home, happy to have a better understanding of what to do to help move her business forward. She also knows now what to look out for the next time a stressful moment came up with her boyfriend.

Job done. Next! :)

I know, I’m always throwing you a curveball with new Chinese stuff, but you know, it’s my job.

There is so much information available to you that I would like to share so you can start living the most awesome version of your life!

So you already know what your Western sign and your Chinese animal are.

What else is there to know?

Your Chinese astrological numbers!

When I started working with these numbers with my clients years ago, I could not believe the accuracy and information that it provided.

Not only did Chinese Astrology help clients with getting to know themselves better in different situations such as with relationships or career, it even advised when to take (or not) take action for a certain activity in life.

To break it down in a nutshell, here is what you need to know:

Each person has specific numbers that correlate to their birthday and with that information, we can glean the information to better know yourself, better interact with others and learn how to use this information to your advantage.

THEN, you have the energetic number of the Universe. Let me explain. Each year, the Universe supports you in a very specific energetic way. Knowing what this energetic support is can help boost your career forward, strategically plan your year, alleviate potential health issues and be the deciding factor in potentially making or breaking your year.

So why wouldn’t you want to be in the know?

Using the Universe's help can make your year THAT much easier.

Using the Universe’s help can make your year THAT much easier.

The information is right at your fingertips. Cool right?

To find out more about about Chinese Astrology readings or to book a reading, contact me! I’d love to help provide the info you need to make this Year of the Monkey a super awesome one.

Your turn!

Have you already started noticing a shift in the energy of yourself or the energy around you last year (Nov-Dec?). That was the Goat already handing the baton to the Fire Monkey. Let us know what you’ve been experiencing because this shift is real! :)

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Visiting Chinatown

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Paper lanterns are good luck for Chinese new year. image: feng shui creative

Field Trip!

Glad I made it to Chinatown before the Blizzard of 2016!

Prepping for the Chinese New Year is no small task.

It was time to get out of the house and see what the kids were up to.

Watch this video to learn the symbolism behind some of Chinatown’s unusual decor and learn a useful phrase for Chinese New Year while you’re at it!

If there’s one thing that you take away from today’s video – it’s your first Chinese Lesson!

Repeat after me: “Gung Hay Fat Choi” 

Meaning: Wishing you Prosperity and Abundance. This phrase is commonly used as a greeting for Chinese New Year since prosperity and abundance are what people hope for in the new year.

If you are a language stickler, you can also say: “Sun Nen Fai Lok” which is literally, Happy New Year. I have usually heard it said AFTER the first Prosperity greeting.

Now say it all together:

“Gung Hay Fat Choi! Sun Nen Fai Lok!”

Have fun practicing your Chinese New Year Greetings!

Your turn!

Do you have decorations that you are use specifically for Chinese New Year or do you have a question about something you have seen and I have not addressed? Share your question here!

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The Secret to Speaking to the Monkey

I look as cheeky as the monkey will be this year

I look as cheeky as the monkey will be this year

Oh, Year of the Fire Monkey.

You’re so Cheeky!

Not only do we have to look for Elephants in our home just for you (see my last blog post to know what I’m talking about!), but the Fire you bring to 2016 is sure to bring about big transformations.

And let’s not forget the Metal that accompanies your Fire that will make sure it’s not a dull year. Oh my.

My theme word for the Fire Monkey 2016 is DYNAMIC.

Why Dynamic?

Because the elements Fire and Metal are usually clashing elements and that, in my opinion, forecasts an exciting year! (can you tell I’m an optimist?)

Don’t be alarmed. I’ve got you. A Chinese Astrology reading is a great way to find out the best way to use this Chinese new year to your advantage.

There are 12 animals, and if you are one of these 3 animals – Tiger, Dog or Monkey – let’s talk, since I have a few tricks up my sleeve to get on the Monkey’s good side :)

Watch this video now to get more info.

Regardless of what animal you are, here is ONE secret to help you ace the Monkey year:

Do a GOOD DEED once every day. You heard me. Just ONE good deed daily, every day for the new year.

Sound tough? It doesn’t have to be.

See someone who needs a door opened? Give them a hand. Buy someone lunch or coffee. Send someone a nice email or voicemail to brighten their day. Smile at the guy at the deli. When walking in New York city streets, slow your pace down so you don’t plow someone over, especially a tourist.

Yup, in my books, that’s a brownie point.

A good deed is as easy as pie and good for your Chi daily quotient! image:  ellenmmay.wordpress

A good deed is as easy as pie and good for your Chi daily quotient! image: ellenmmay.wordpress

So get creative. Make it a fun game. And watch your energy soar this year. And who knows, maybe the Monkey will come out to play with you too.

Your turn!

Share with us, what good deeds you are doing everyday. One up yourself everyday and spread the good Chi for this Chinese New Year!

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Clean Up Your Act for the Monkey

You know I'm all about styling, even when your cleaning! image: etsy.com

You know I’m all about being proud of your personal style, even when you’re cleaning! image: etsy.com

I promised you that I would not make you clean like a crazy person.

And I promise to stick to my promise.

In the weeks preceding Chinese New Year, the tradition of cleaning your home is very important. It prepares your home (and life!) for the energy and bounty of the upcoming year.

The “sweeping” action you do when you clean (I won’t tell that you use a vacuum or these groovy moppets), symbolically means that you are sweeping out the old energy of 2015′s Goat and welcoming in the new energy of the Monkey.

Here are some easy (I promise) home cleaning and nurturing tips:

1) Focus on the Elephant - I realize that we live in a busy society and that we can’t take the amount of time to clean that the Chinese do to prepare for the new year. Don’t worry. The Monkey totally gets it. Remember folks, it’s all about the intention.

So here’s your first easy task: find that ONE place in your home or office that has been bugging you for ages and take one small action to bring it to light. This area is what I call, the Elephant in the room. It’s that place that you always avoid that is dark, cluttered or just feels just…stagnant. Examples of Elephants can be cleaning out the top of your fridge (ick), downsizing the pile of shoes in the corner or replacing the burned out light bulb at your entry.

Make a commitment to donate/repair/clean/shred/organize the Elephant this week and see the Chi of the space, and you, change instantly. Remember this should be one EASY and focused action. I love Mari Kondo but I believe in making small changes that bring about big Chi rewards.

2) Have Better Vision - In Feng Shui, the windows represent your eyes, or more specifically how you see things. When windows are dirty, especially this time of year in the US, it can make for blurry vision, lack of clarity or not even noticing obvious things.

I know you don’t normally do windows (as the saying goes), but make this an exception. Clean all the windows in your home while setting the intention to see all the opportunities that come your way during the Monkey year and to have the clarity to make all the right decisions. Make Mr. Clean proud.

Help this guy out. He's been cleaning for eons. image: rageweb.info

Help this guy out. He’s been cleaning by himself for eons. image: rageweb.info

3) Roll out the Red Carpet – Don’t worry. This does not require you to buy a fancy gown or tux. You probably know that the color red is a very auspicious and lucky color in the Chinese culture. During Chinese New Year, it’s even more widespread. After you’re done with your Elephant cleaning (bravo!), you can move on to decorating or what I call, “embellishing.”

Buy or add something red to your space to welcome in the lucky and prosperous energy of the year. I understand if you don’t want Chinese lanterns or Monkeys hanging all over the place, so feel free to adapt this suggestion to your personal aesthetic. Candles, placemats, flowers are great inexpensive ways to add a splash of feisty color to your space.

Decking the Halls in Red Deco. Image: dfic.cn

Decking the Halls in Red Deco. Image: dfic.cn

Some easy ways to see red! image: apartment therapy

Some easy ways to see red. image: apartment therapy

I went easy on you guys this year but you never know, once you start cleaning, you may not want to stop. Plus you have 3 weeks to tackle the easy-paced cleaning of your home.

If you follow these 3 tips, the Monkey will be a happy little bugger. Just be sure to do all your cleaning and prepping in the next few weeks before Feb 8 but DEFINITELY NOT on Chinese New Year. More on that in a later post.

Now is the time to show the Monkey that you mean business. Do ONE thing today that you have been resisting. It is in the allowing and doing that you will see and feel an instant change of positive energy. And that’s what we want to welcome in 2016, right?

Your turn!

Share with us, what’s your Elephant and what is your ONE focused action you will take? And if you are inspired, take a picture of the red element you brought into your home to welcome in the Year of the Monkey.

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Another Chance at a New Year

New video to jumpstart Chinese New Year prepping

New video to jumpstart Chinese New Year prepping

It’s Good to be Chinese.

Well, you actually don’t need to be Chinese to watch this video or benefit from it.

The only thing you need to know is that you have a second chance to jumpstart your 2016.

That’s because the Chinese New Year, Year of the Fire Monkey, is coming up on February 8th.

If you are feeling panicked or just plain overwhelmed about your Western New Year resolutions list, not to fear, Chinese New Year is here!

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

The Chinese cherish these weeks leading up to Chinese New Year since it allows them to adequate time to get their homes and intentions prepared for the new energy that is coming in.

My family is already starting the preparations – making dinner plans with family and friends, purchasing “prosperity” symbols to place around the home and cleaning. Lots of cleaning.

I can’t wait to share with you in the next few weeks some tips to help you prepare. Not like a cleaning crazed Chinese person, but like a regular Jane/Joe.

Remember to leave a comment below on what you would like a second chance at starting in 2016.

If you liked this video, please share it with your friends and stay tuned for Chinese New Year preparation tips!

Here’s to prepping for the Monkey with you!

2016 New Years Ritual

How good can you stand it?

How good can you stand it?

It’s that time of year again!

The new year ritual below is so powerful and effective, I will be offering it for the start of each new year. The steps are below and I would love if you would share your ritual experience in the comments below and/or if you customized it in any way.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very, very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

2015 excerpt:

Last year I decided to change things up by creating a personal New Year’s Eve tradition. It started with acupuncture, followed by some quick bubbly (sshh, don’t tell my acupuncturist), and a ritual that involved setting clear intentions and vision for my upcoming year.

During my newly minted tradition, I remember thinking it was so cool that I didn’t need to peek at the clock to see when the clock struck midnight. The screams of “Happy New Year” from other homes clearly told me what time it was. 

This New Year’s ritual has changed my year (and life) in a big way. I am more comfortable and confident transitioning from old to new, clearer about what I want to create for my new year, all while feeling extremely peaceful.

Before you start, be sure to read through the following instructions ahead to time so you can prepare all the ingredients you’ll need for a fabulous and conscious Feng Shui New Year!

A Powerful Feng Shui New Year’s Ritual*:

Prepare to say Farewell to 2015:

1) Sit quietly and reflect upon 2015. Think about both the good things and the not-so-good things that happened. Maybe you lost your job, or experienced what seemed like an unfortunate event. Were you able to reframe it and learn a lesson? Did you recognize the opportunity it may have opened up for you? Perhaps you learned how resilient you were or how much support you have within your network. It’s important to remember that even the most challenging situations often bring along huge learning opportunities.

2) Change the energy of your home. It’s important to release the energy of 2015 in a loving and grateful way. Start by burning some sage or incense and walk it through your home while reflecting on what you were grateful for in 2015. Remember - every experience was an opportunity for growth!

Next, open all the windows of your home for approximately 9 minutes to release the old energy. Remember that the intention is to be grateful for 2015 while making room for good things in 2016. All the while, smile and let the year go. Say something that expresses gratitude such as, “Thank you 2015 for everything you have given and shown me. I now release you and welcome in the energy of 2016″.

3) Cleanse your own energy.  Now do the final cleansing – take a bath or shower to rinse away the old energy. Allow the water to collect and wash away all of the thoughts and energy that you need to let go of.

Now time to say Hello to 2016!:

4) Create your intentions for 2016. Sit quietly again and reflect on what you want to feel in 2016. Be clear - reflect not what you want in 2016, but how you want to feel in 2016. For example, if you want a new job, say “I want to go to a workplace everyday where I feel appreciated, heard and have fun with my colleagues.” Continue this list until you feel satisfied. Don’t limit yourself. Allow yourself to dream big. Remember that it’s all about the intention so smile, feel happy while you’re writing it and write it in the present tense as though it’s already happening.

Next put your intention in a red envelope and put it in the Benefactors section on your bedroom (see bagua positioning here).

5) Nourish yourself. When you’re all done, I suggest making yourself and your loved ones a nice meal. Nurture yourself with things that make your inner “home” feel good. Remember, your meal doesn’t have to be sinful to taste delicious. Chew slowly. Be present as you enjoy every single bite. It’s always a nice practice to be grateful for all the lovely ingredients that allow you to feel nurtured.

6) Meditate into the New Year. This is very different from the typical champagne-clinking kind of new year. The focus is on sharing an intimate moment with yourself and perhaps, loved ones. Around 11pm, light a candle, sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and enjoy the energy shift into the new year.

If you can only do 15 mins, do 15 mins. It’s not a perfect science. If you can’t stay up that late, that’s ok too. We are not grading you on being perfect. But if you do happen to stay up to the midnight mark, you can thank me later when you realize how cool it is to actually know it’s the new year without even opening your eyes. You’re welcome.

* If you don’t get a chance to do the ritual right on the 31st, that’s ok! Do it any time you like in the new year. Again, Feng Shui is all about intention. With intention alone, you can literally move mountains.

Enjoy this ritual and wishing you all a wonderful transition into 2016 and see you in the new year!

Saying Goodbye

The Blue Window dating back from 3600-700BC. You thought you were old. image: feng shui creative

The Blue Window in Gozo, giving us a different perspective. image: feng shui creative

I was standing at the edge of this cliff, wondering if I would jump.

It happened at the Azure window (the Blue window), which is on the island of Gozo, right off the beautiful island of Malta.

Many people have jumped illegally from this location (disclaimer: I am NOT promoting this behavior but ONLY using it as an example!) and it got me thinking about the items on my Bucket List.

Fortunately, illegally jumping off of cliffs is not one of them.

While I was standing, admiring the beauty of this natural rock formation, it had me thinking about the bigger picture.

Specifically, what steps I was going to take to finish 2015 with a bang, while creating a solid foundation for big-time Bucket-Listing in 2016. 

Since 2013, I have followed this end-of-year ritual that created some dramatic results in the upcoming year. If you are planning a quiet night at home, far away from Times Square, I would definitely recommend this powerful ritual as a way to set your intention for the New Year.

In the next 3 weeks, there are pre-steps that you can take to begin creating a foundation for the Fire Monkey who will be knocking on your door on February 8th, 2016.

Here are 3 ways to help close out 2015 in Feng Shui style:

1) Get high – It’s not what it sounds like. In quantum physics, everything is energy, including you. You know that it’s hard to get anything done when you’re feeling down, tired or uninspired. Your goal is to end the year on a high energetic level so that you can continue into 2016 with that uplifted vibration that sprouts from your 2015 actions. Think of it as a scoby, like in Kombucha.

Every day until Feb 7th, do what it takes to shift your energy to a higher vibration. Watch funny videos, visit with friends, dance to your favorite song, do a good deed, go for a run. Every day. By the time Chinese New Year rolls around, you’ll physically feel the cells in your body jumping for joy. That’s what we want.

2) Part Ways - I know many of you find this one to be very challenging. Excuse me for sounding like a broken record but, to bring in new energy, you need to create space for it. To create space (physical or energetic), you need to let go of what’s not working.

Walk around your home and be ruthless. Recycle, donate, trash any objects in your home that you don’t love or aren’t working. Feel happy when you are doing these tasks this because your intention for 2016 is to bring in something bigger and more awesome! Isn’t that FAB? Well, that is how you should feel when letting go. Who says letting go can’t be fun?

Pay special attention to the COMPLETION PART of your space - break out your handy-dandy Bagua map! Be sure that this area is clutter-free, beautiful, and a spot you absolutely love. Show the world that you know how to complete things. It’s only when the Universe sees that you can properly handle and complete projects, will it send new, awesome things your way. So get busy!

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Align the bottom of the bagua to the front door of your room. image: fengshuicreative

3) Get smart - Feb 8th is Year of the Fire Monkey, but, what the heck does that mean? For the Chinese, each Chinese New Year carries a very specific energy for each individual. Knowing what the Universe holds for you for that particular year can mean a make-it or break-it year. I kid you not.

You still have time to prepare for this dynamic Fire Monkey year that’s on its way!

Schedule a Chinese Astrology reading customized just for you! Book before Jan 31st and get the reduced price of $150 (regularly $200) PLUS a surprise gift!

Believe me, you won’t believe how just one reading will create such a large impact on your personal and professional life. Don’t believe me? Read what people are saying about their readings.

The Monkey says dance with me in 2016.

The Monkey says dance with me in 2016.

Your turn!

Share with us, how you are preparing to ring out your 2015. Would love to hear what your intentions are for 2016 and even your Bucket List!

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Have a great end of the year!

Death Can Make You Great

There is always something beautiful in dying. image: feng shui creative

The hidden beauty in dying. image: Feng Shui Creative

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”  

                                                                   - Mahatma Gandhi

Feng Shui is all about cycles.

Elemental cycles, seasonal cycles, energetic cycles.

Now, as we are moving into the Winter season, we are transitioning into the part of the cycle related to death and darkness.

Hold on! Not to fear.

So many people are scared to even hear the word death (Asians can be very sensitive around this topic), but in reality, death has many positive aspects.

Where there is death, there is inevitable birth.

You will be surprised that death is not what you typically think it is.

Here are 3 surprising ways you can celebrate death, the end of a cycle, or letting go, in your life and home:

1) Self Awareness/Spirituality - Sometimes it’s necessary for a behavior or thought pattern to die, in order to have a rebirth. There is no mistake that people, who have had near death experiences, completely transform their lives.

Thankfully, there is no need to have a near death experience to have positive results in your life. Activate the Knowledge/Spirituality area of your home or bedroom with objects that symbolize this section - books that enhance your knowledge, blue objects, or crystals such as Lapis Lazuli, that have specific healing properties. Empower this area with the intention to dissolve negative thinking that has not been serving you. Replace it with the intention of a healthier attitude, allowing you to access your deepest gifts and desires. This is where your Greatness lies.

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Align the bottom of this chart with the door of the room to find your Knowledge/Spirituality area. Image: Feng Shui Creative

2) Completion - You can celebrate one of two things in this area – the natural ending of a cycle or bringing something to completion that is no longer serving you. The former can be the death of a loved one and the latter may be the ending of a relationship or a project that was oh-so-painful. Take time to celebrate the person who is no longer in your life, and relish the wisdom the difficulties have taught you.

To honor this process, make sure that this Completion area of your home or bedroom is clean and clutter free. We want to allow this energy to easily pass on to the other side. Once clean, place your favorite flowers in this area, empowering it with the intention that what has been completed will allow bigger, greater things to come into your life. 

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Align the bottom of this chart with the door of the room to find your New Completion area. Image: Feng Shui Creative.

Mexicans have a wonderful perspective about death and even celebrate it on Nov 1st, or Dia de Muertos or literally, Day of the Dead. They dedicate this holiday by gathering with family and friends, to pray and remember those who have died, presenting offerings for their spiritual journey. 

The beauty in death. Image: dentonisd.org

There is much to celebrate in remembering your loved ones who have passed. Image: dentonisd.org

3- New Beginnings – Once you have accepted the ending of the cycle and are ready to let go, it’s time to activate your New Beginnings section of your home or bedroom.

Place things in this area that symbolize new beginnings, such as green or wood objects. A great option is a green plant since plants represent all the elements of this section. Empower this area of your space to invite new energy to come into your life and home.

Align the bottom of this chart with the door of the room to find your New Beginnings area. Image: Feng Shui Creative.

Life is a cycle. Seasons are a cycle. You also have your own cycle, your own rhythm. Pay attention to your own cycle and rhythm – what is going on around you and WITHIN you.

Ask yourself, what needs to “die” or be “done with” in order for you to birth something new? The most important thing is that you notice and honor your own personal cycle and rhythm. Perhaps you are in the thick of the “dying” process and it feels dark and icky. Sit with it. Perhaps you are just coming out of the dying cycle and are ready for something new. Sit with it.

I would love to hear how this all “sits” with you in these coming days. Move at your own rhythm with ease and awareness and share what you discover.