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Winter—A Time for Rest

Ensuring You Get a Good Night’s ZZZZZs!

Michele Lewis
November-December 2018 • Vol 3, No 101

It is so beautiful to witness nature going deep into her rest. We too, should be “resting” by slowing down and getting more sleep, beginning in the fall and especially in the winter cycles of nature. This initiates the process of building our energetic reserves as well as strengthening our immune system. Many people needlessly suffer because of a lack of sufficient, rejuvenating sleep. It is not just the number of hours. The quality of sleep — how deeply we go and the time cycle in which we get our sleep—are important determining factors in how we feel when the alarm goes off each morning.

Our health and spirit heal best in a night sleep cycle. In Chinese Medicine, the hours of 11:00 pm to 1:00 am benefit the gall bladder, 1:00 am to 3:00 am is when the liver cleanses, 3:00 am to 5:00 am is associated with the lungs, and 5:00 am to 7:00 am benefits the large intestine. The earlier you can go to bed during these long winter nights, the more highly beneficial it is. Nature is going to sleep earlier and rising later, and you should too! When you are awake and active, especially during gall bladder and liver time cycles, your body cannot detoxify and replenish.

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2018-11-08T10:58:58+00:00Feng Shui|

Feng Shui—The Joys of Fall

with a Qigong Lung-Clearing Exercise

Michele Lewis
September-October 2018 • Vol 3, No 100

As the warm days of late summer pass into autumn, nature is making her perennial transition from the yang months of spring and summer to the yin months of fall and winter. This change will be intuitively felt even before the Autumnal Equinox on September 22nd, as nature begins her transitions deep in the earth long before we see those changes visibly manifest. All of these shifts become more apparent with the increase in yin energy. Each passing day has less and less light, as the hours of light continue to get shorter. We feel this in our bodies and emotions; the organ associated with fall is the lungs and the feelings are sadness and grief. If our bodies or environments are not balanced, we will feel these emotions on a greater scale.

So what can you do? From a Feng Shui perspective, the area of the bagua that aligns with fall and the organ of the lungs is the NW sector of children and creativity. As the yin months progress, it is time for us to move more inward and do something to nurture our inner child and ourselves. The I Ching trigram is tui, it’s feeling being joyful and pleasurable. This is the time to do things that will bring you inner joy and boost your sense of creativity. Try taking classes where you are making or building things with your hands, cooking, painting, sculpture, or anything that makes you feel true happiness inside.

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2018-11-08T10:53:09+00:00Feng Shui|

2018 Lunar New Year— Year of the Earth Dog

Unconditional Love & Loyalty to All Living Things

Michele Lewis, CFSP
January-February 2018 • Vol 3, No 96

A very Happy Lunar New Year and welcome to the year of the Earth Dog! On February 16, 2018, we welcome a new beginning and a year of great opportunity. The dog is considered an auspicious sign in Chinese astrology. One of the most likeable signs, dogs are loyal and valiant, clever and intelligent, and always straightforward. Charismatic and attractive, they are also protective and take their assumed responsibilities most seriously.

And, of course, every sign has its weaknesses: sensitive and prone to cantankerous moods, stubborn and emotional, the dog will look for trouble around every corner. They also have a nose to discern who is friend and foe; if you’re a foe, watch out—as a dog threatened will defend his family, home turf, and causes with a passion and will bite if they feel threatened.

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2018-03-23T07:53:58+00:00Feng Shui|

The Feng Shui of Thanksgiving

Send Ripples of Good Qi Out Into the World

Michele Lewis, CFSP
November-December 2017 • Vol 3, No 95

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. —William Arthur Ward These words remind me of how powerful our thoughts and feelings are and how they affect our view of others, our environment, and ourselves. In Feng Shui, our personal and world views have an enormous impact on the energy that we create internally and externally for our homes and ourselves.

We can follow all the Feng shui “rules” regarding placement and use of space, but still not achieve the desired effect. There can be multiple energetic causes for problems in an environment, but attitude can have a profound effect on the efficaciousness of whatever we may do to change the energetics in a particular space or aspect of our lives.

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2018-03-16T14:06:53+00:00Feng Shui|

The Feng Shui of Fall’s Sights, Sounds & Scents

Making Your Home an Indoor Shelter of Good Energy

Michele Lewis, CFSP
September–October 2017 • Vol 3, No 94

As summer’s fiery qi makes its perennial transition to the earth energy of late summer and then to the metal qi of autumn, we are compelled by nature to go increasingly inward. The yang, active energy of summer, at its highest peak on summer solstice, has been gradually decreasing to make way for greater yin energy.

We experience this transition as the days still remain warm, but temperatures are much cooler at night, as the sun is setting much earlier and now rising later. All the fullness and abundance of nature we experienced in spring and summer has reached its peak as harvest time nears; the branches and vines are full and heavy, but will increase no more.

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2018-03-16T14:06:54+00:00Feng Shui|

Cut Flowers & Live Plants

Adding Vibrant Live Energy to Your Home

Michele Lewis, CFSP
July-August 2017 • Vol 3, No 93

Summer is in full bloom and what better way to be surrounded by good qi than bringing your garden into your home with fresh flowers, which bring color, beauty and fragrance into your home. Both flowers and live plants are carriers of rejuvenating yang energy.

Any room is enhanced with fresh flowers, although there are differing feng shui opinions as to their appropriateness in the bedroom. This is because the bedroom—as a place of rest—should be slightly yin to induce and enhance sleep. Personally, I can’t think of a nicer way to doze off and travel to the realms of sleep than being bathed in the fragrance of fresh roses!

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2018-03-19T13:33:05+00:00Feng Shui|

The Feng Shui of the Energy of Spring

It’s Time to Clean Things Up & Get Things Moving!

Michele Lewis, CFSP
March-April 2017 • Vol 3, No 91

Spring is coming… No, it’s still snowing! Spring is coming… Wait, wait, spring is here! It’s in our nature to know that this is a great time to get up, get moving, and clean things up. Cleaning and decluttering our environments have been favorite subjects of many Feng Shui practitioners and writers. Since we already know that this is the clearing season (ever heard the phrase spring cleaning?), I won’t give you the traditional de-cluttering advice!

But why is spring the time to clean and clear? From winter solstice onward, the days progress towards Spring Equinox—this year it’s on March 20. Yin energy decreases and yang energy begins to increase; the days begin to get longer and warmer once again and there is movement stirring at every level in the earth.

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2018-03-16T16:30:01+00:00Feng Shui|