Cultivating Stillness

Leave it to us wacky Americans to take the most yin (quiet) time of the year and make it manic with socializing, shopping, decorating, cooking, cleaning, baking, greeting cards, etc. in preparation for the holiday season. Factor into that the financial stress of purchasing holiday gifts, and you've got yourself a perfect set up for drinking lots of martinis! May I suggest you consider cultivating some level of stillness without the assistance of vodka?


"All of the things I lost, I miss my mind the most." --Mark Twain

Outer Feng Shui Tip

Making space for all the new that comes into our homes this time of the year is important. This is a perfect time to gather up clothing, furnishings, toys, games etc. that you no longer use and donate them. Not only will you open up space for yourself and have more breathing room (literally), you may give someone else an opportunity to cherish something you no longer use. If doing that sounds overwhelming, consider dropping some to's do's of your list. Or tap into the Little Engine That Could for inspiration! Or drink some not really!

"I know I can, I know I can, I know I can."

Inner Feng Shui Tip

Commit to sitting quietly each day for 5 minutes. Set a timer minutes, sit in a comfortable position, and focus only on your breath.  As your mind wanders, return your awareness to your breath. If your thoughts are active like mine, you'll probably refocus on your breath about 100 times in the span of 5 minutes. That's it. Sounds simple, I guarantee the results can be very profound.

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