The end of the year is upon us and as promised by the Chinese year of The “Learned” Water Snake it has been quite an education thus far. Have you found yourself enrolled in LIFE 101 as well? If so I would love to hear your story, email me!
My family and I are in the process of buying our home where we just relocated 11 months ago, or shall I say… in our second process. For months prior we had been trying to buy another house that we were certain we wanted more than life itself. I feverishly did all my affirmations, prayed, had my Feng Shui fine-tuned like never before, and felt it was in the bag. In the end the whole deal fell apart and we were crushed; for a stretch I questioned everything I have known to be gospel.
After much reflection it was an eye opening experience, a “learned” experience, that I will hold onto, use and share. The journey I have taken this year has enlightened me deeper into my understanding about The Law of Attraction and Feng Shui. It’s opened my heart and soul to such a level of ease and understanding that was all part of a teaching I could not have gotten except through a few uncomfortable experiences and shedding away of old patterns. In just a few days we will be getting the keys to our beautiful new home and will commence upon the most sacred of holidays with such a perfection of timing that confirms to me the universe knew exactly what it was doing all along.
From my tender heart to yours with love and a new deeper wisdom, I wish you good fortune and peace within your soul this holiday season~ S.G.
~Creating Peace & Harmony for your Holidays~
When I think of the Holidays two words come to mind, Simplicity & Connecting. If the two words that come to your mind are running and hiding then read on for some tips on “Creating Peace & Harmony for your Holiday.”
First choose to sew deep meaning into your holiday and instead of panicking focus on these 3 questions:
~What will I do (not buy) to make it meaningful to myself, my family, and friends?
~What is it that I want people to remember?
~What is the atmosphere I am wanting to create?
This is the time of year to CREATE sacred space for our family and friends to come together and can be accomplished by simply taking this approach.
Keep your Holiday Simple by keeping the food simple and with fewer choices
Don’t invite more guests than your space can hold, this makes people feel unimportant and creates a chaotic environment
Appropriately ask people for help with gatherings by dividing up the menu, shopping, party planning and decorating. People generally feel loved and needed when asked to do what they love to do, try not to do it all.
One of the aspects of Feng Shui is being grounded, to calm the nervous system and setting up an environment that is so. Your table and decor this holiday season should reflect this more than ever and by keeping things simple… less can be more. Connect with the season by bringing in that which nature has already provided like pine cones, abundant harvests, and greenery. Not only are these items easy on the budget but naturally sooth the spirit of your guest’s like a serene visit in nature.
When you want to invite something into your life you make space for it, do the same for friends and family and store things for the season so guest have room to move about while visiting. This creates an abundant flow of good Chi during your event.
Go with the flow , be open to a change, and don’t sweat the small stuff…what you and your guest remember should be fun times not a big blow out. Sometimes the biggest upsets make the funniest memories.
Lastly get people to connect to each other rather than television or who got what. Below is a list of creative activities that will make your entertaining memorable.
Wine Tasting or Food Tasting (have everyone bring a dish or wine, or the same dish but made their way)
Set up a puzzle for people to work on together
Have the kids work on and present a skit for the adults, or vice versa
Make a gratitude wall for arriving guests by having them put on a pre-made card, index card, or post it note what they are grateful for and place it in a designated area
Ask at the dinner table for everyone to take turns telling what they are grateful for or a meaningful experience they had this year, favorite experience, or even what they are looking forward too
Have each guest bring a fresh flower (just one) to put in a vase representing the beautiful assortment of people we are and how lovely it is when we come together
If you’re having a large event use name tags to make socializing easier
Have a re-gifting tree by bringing an item you don’t want to be donated to a local charity in your family’s name
Have a group photo taken and make this your yearly tradition that you can display the following years
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