Creating an Optimal Dining Experience with Feng Shui

Let Feng Shui help you have a wonderful Thanksgiving…

Feng Shui that Makes Sense by Cathleen McCandless

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This article is taken from my November 2016 Newsletter. To read the newsletter, please click here.

Thanksgiving time and on that day most Americans will be sitting around a table sharing a wonderful meal and giving thanks for all their blessings. When you’ve been lovingly cooking all day long, you want the meal to not only taste good, but be a wonderful experience for everyone there. While feng shui can’t do much to change whether or not you’re a great cook, it can help create an ambience that will make the meal even better. Feng Shui goes beyond how things look (and taste), and addresses how things feel. So with that knowledge in mind, here are some quick and easy ways to make your Thanksgiving meal (or any meal for that matter) as excellent as possible.

Table Shape
Most of the time a formal meal takes place around a rectangular-shaped table. While

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Feng Shui – Intuitive Collage

Making an intuitive collage sounds like so much fun and I can definitely see the benefits. I will be making mine. Let me know how yours goes!

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Feng Shui intuitive collage

When you don’t know what to do anymore… when you think that you are stuck in life… it is perfect timing for an intuitive Feng Shui collage! 🙂

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You can do this by yourself or invite some friends over, they’ll bring their own magazines and you’ll mix them all together!

My recipe is simple:

1. – Answer my Feng Shui Life Quiz to determine which area(s) of your life needs a boost ! Email me roseline (at) fengshuisteps.com and ask me for your free copy of my Feng Shui Life Quiz. The 9 areas of my Feng Shui Life Quiz correspond each to a part of your life (just like the Magic Square of Feng Shui).

2. –   Where you scored the weakest points, prepare 5 affirmations for scores below 8 or 10 points. Yes, you may have more than one or two weak scores indeed! – so you may…

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Feng Shui for Children

Have children? Here are a few tips to create a happy, nurturing environment for them. Do you have tips to add? Please comment and share them.

Feng Shui that Makes Sense by Cathleen McCandless

This article was taken from my June 2016 newsletter. All material is copyright protected and may not be copied without written consent. To read the newsletter, please click here.

In addition to this article, more information on feng shui can be found in my #1 best-selling book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense.

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Ten Ways to Help You Create an Optimal Environment for Your Child

While most feng shui information pertains to adult living and working environments, children can also benefit by applying feng shui principles to their sleeping, studying, and playing areas. Below you’ll find great feng shui tips for making your child’s room a nurturing place of happiness and comfort.

1. Wall Color
Color choices are highly subjective, but one study shows that rooms that are painted bright yellow tend to increase tension. Babies cry louder, longer, and more often in bright lemon yellow rooms and adults tend to argue more often in…

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Crucial Factors for Feng Shui Success

Cathleen makes Feng Shui so simple!

Feng Shui that Makes Sense by Cathleen McCandless

The article below is taken from my March 2016 newsletter. To read the newsletter, click here. Please note that this blog, and content in the newsletter are copyright protected. No material may be copied without permission.

Feng Shui is not an exact science, nor can it grant your every wish. What it can do is free up the energy to help things in your life run more smoothly and in a more positive direction. I’ve found from doing this work for over 20 years and with over 1,000 consultations, that when done properly, feng shui can truly help us to live a happier, healthier, and more successful life. The key words here are when done properly. In this article, I’m going to point out five important things to bear in mind when applying feng shui principles to your home.

1. You MUST have an accurate floor plan and accurate compass directions. 
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Let Feng Shui Make Your Wedding Lucky

Do you have a wedding planned for 2016? Is this the year you will “tie the knot?” If so, here are some simple ways that the Chinese balance of energy, Feng Shui, can help make that wedding lucky and lasting.

Plenty of natural light

Be sure to have the wedding and reception in a place with plenty of natural light to signify the bright future ahead for you and your spouse. If you’re having a beach or garden wedding you will probably have the natural light taken care (as long as the weather cooperates).

wedding at the beach

wedding at a botanical garden

If your nuptials will take place indoors, then shoot for lots of windows rather than the harsh, overhead fluorescent lights. Churches usually have beautiful, stained glass windows but if you’re stuck with a dingy, basement reception hall because your dear Uncle Fred is an elk or moose or something – don’t fret. A warm atmosphere can be created with light-colored tablecloths and decorations. If possible, candles give off a softer more natural light than the dreaded overheads.

No clocks

Even though everyone has the time on their cell phones these days, be sure there are no actual clocks at the reception, because you want your union to be timeless.

Round or oval tables

At your reception, try to arrange for round or oval tables to signify the endless union of the ring and to encourage socializing and harmony among your guests. If you must use the standard, rectangular renter tables cover them with tablecloths to soften the edges.

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Lucky color schemes

  • Red – Red creates a strong atmosphere of romance and love. Just what a wedding is all about, right? Chinese women’s wedding dress may be red, but if you are not comfortable with that, having the bridesmaids in red and groomsmen in black suits with red accents is a great look. wedding dress with red sash
  • Purple/Violet – This color scheme is best for the smaller more intimate wedding giving off plenty of sexy vibes. Imagine a spring wedding with the bridesmaids in soft violet dresses. Very pretty.
  • Black & White – Think yin and yang. Black and white represent a strong balanced relationship. This color scheme gives weddings elegance and style. yin yang symbol
  • Blue & Green – Nothing promotes calmness more than blues and greens. Think of the tall, green trees swaying in the breeze or the blue of a lake or ocean. So calming. If you are concerned with battling family relations, maybe using this color scheme will help smooth the troubled waters. This is also the color scheme suggested for a 2nd wedding.
  • Orange – If you will have a wedding of 250 guests or more, than an orange color scheme will promote a sense of warmth among your large gathering.

When you leave your wedding, consider having your guests:

  • Blow bubbles – this would bring the water element into your wedding. Water is the most powerful force in nature and will bring flow and freedom to your wedding.
  • Throw flower petals – this always looks nice especially rose petals symbolizing love.

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If you want to dive deeper into using Feng Shui to plan your wedding, even to the point of picking the perfect date, there are websites and books available.

For instance: Wedding Feng Shui: The Chinese Horoscopes Guide to Planning Your Wedding by Laura Lau & Theodora Lau

Websites to learn more about Feng Shui:

Chinese.weddings.com

Fengshuiforreallife.com

If you have any advice from your own wedding for someone planning theirs – please comment below. Something that worked extremely well or something you wished you had done differently.

Feng Shui Resolutions for 2016

As the year dwindles out, my thoughts turn to the new year and resolutions. A brand new year can be a fresh start. A new beginning. A new you.

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If you’ve read my Feng Shui posts before, you know a little bit about how it works. If you haven’t, click here. Or check out the websites listed at the end of this post.

What do you want in the new year? A new love?

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If what you want in 2016 is a new and lasting love – concentrate in your bedroom.

  • Is your bedroom cluttered? Is your closet so jammed packed you can’t even close the doors? Is you bed practically held up by everything you have shoved underneath it?
  • Is any art work or knickknacks in your bedroom of singular persuasion? In other words, do you have a picture hanging above your bed of someone walking on a beach alone? Or a ship in a storm? Or a single cute little giraffe statue on your dresser?
  • Do you sleep with whimsical bunnies on your sheets? Or dangerous jungle animals?

To attract love, you need to have an uncluttered bedroom with decorative items in pairs and “room” for that new someone. Make room in your closet, leave space on both sides of your bed and have matching night stands.

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Do you want a new job in 2016?

If you are seeking new or better employment – concentrate on your front entry.

  • Is your front door obscured by shrubs and overgrown trees?
  • Has the light above your front door been burned out since Reagan was president?
  • Is your inside entry cluttered with shoes, coats and bags?
  • Is your entryway dark and shadowed?

With a well-tended and brightly inviting front door opportunities will come knocking. Trim the plants around your door and mend any broken steps or pathways leading to your door. Make sure your front step is brightly lit and welcoming, inside and out.

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As with all resolutions, they can become overwhelming. If you can only do one thing, resolve to clear out the clutter in your home. Clutter signifies “baggage” both physical and emotional, that can interfere with our quality of life. You don’t have to do it all in one day. Start small. Start with one room then move to the next. You’ll be surprised at the changes in yourself and your life.

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Have you made any resolutions? If so, what are they? Could Feng Shui help you achieve those resolutions?

For information, tips and suggestions on Feng Shui, check out these websites:

http://www.fengshuidana.com

http://www.msfengshui.com

 

Time for Autumn Feng Shui

Apples and apple cider. Pumpkins and squash. Scarecrows and skeletons. Time for Autumn and Feng Shui.

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Many people like to decorate for the seasons. Dried cornstalks, bunches of Indian corn, pumpkins and skeletons can be great enhancements to home decor; however, you have to be careful where you place them and how.

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Make sure you do not block your doorways, limiting the good chi entering your home.

Make sure your decorations do not become cluttered because clutter creates an unsettled atmosphere.

Perhaps, put some of your everyday decor away to make room for your Halloween decorations.

Autumn may also be a good time to do some “Spring Cleaning.”

  • Your curtains could use refreshing after a summer of dust blowing through them.
  • You could wash up your blankets and afghan to get them ready for cooler nights and mornings.
  • Trim your perennials to get them ready for their winter sleep.
  • Replace your doormats.
  • Clean out leaves and debris from your gutters.

Feng Shui will help you prepare for a winter of balance and prosperity.

What is your favorite season?