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Eight Directions Feng Shui

The practice of feng shui is founded on basic principles that stress the importance of location. The eight compass directions – North, South, East, West, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest – signify eight different kinds of luck. Eight Directions Feng Shui (also known as Eight Mansions Feng Shui) is a personalized formula that categorizes people as belonging to one of two groups, either East or West. Both groups have four good (lucky) directions and four bad (unlucky) directions. And everyone has one particular direction best for personal growth. The directions are based on your kua number. Kua numbers are a system of numerology based on two things: your year of birth and your gender. Here is how to calculate your kua number:

1 – Add the last two digits of your birth year. If the result is a double digit, add the two digits so that you end up with a single digit number.

2 – If you are female, add 5. (For those born after 2000, add 6.) Reduce to a single digit if necessary. This is your kua number.

3 – If you are male, deduct your digit from 10. (For those born after 2000, deduct from 9.) This is your kua number.

If you end up with 1, 3, 4 or 9 you are in the East group. Your lucky directions are E, SE, N, S.

If you end up with 2, 5, 6, 7, or 8 you are in the West group. (The number 5 occupies the middle of the pa kua.) Your lucky directions are W, SW, NW, NE.

The pa kua symbol is basically a feng shui compass. It is an eight-sided figure that contains a kua number and its associations. Also known as the bagua map, it is used as a tool to locate the areas of positive and negative energy in a home or office (as defined by lucky and unlucky directions). Once the different areas are defined, you can apply feng shui “cures” where needed to ensure the flow of positive energy (chi).

The pa kua is comprised of trigrams – three rows of broken and unbroken lines which symbolize the aspirations of humankind. There are also specific colors and elements that go hand-in-hand with each kua number. If you understand the attributes of the eight directions, you can use them to arrange the layout of your home or office and incorporate their associated elements to ensure that you are bringing in the right kind of luck to your environment. (Check out my earlier post about the Bagua here.) You can use the pa kua on a small scale (i.e. in each room) or on a large scale (i.e. applied to an entire house or office building).

In my next post, I will explain the trigrams (the line symbols on the pa qua). In the meantime, use a compass and the diagram to find out where the auspicious rooms (or corners of each room) are located in your own home and office!

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Managing Stress in the Age of #Coronavirus

The New 2020 Fashion

What a world we are living in! I hope you are all staying safe at home, and keeping your social activity limited to immediate family and only those friends who are doing the same. #COVID-19 is serious.

I am so fortunate to 1- have a home office and 2- live in a warm climate. I am able to spend lots of time outdoors. I have been keeping myself occupied with real estate related work, reading, yoga, puzzles, pickle ball (in the driveway), and gardening. Some friends brought their kayaks over last week and left them on our dock, so I am going to try to make use of them – if I can get my family members out there with me!

Enjoying nature #CreekLife

If you are finding yourselves overwhelmed with worry, here are some things that might help. (I borrowed several from this list I found in a post by Caitlin Constantine, Deputy Managing Editor of The Penny Hoarder).

  • 1) Take Deep Breaths. Breathing exercises are common in yoga. They are great for calming you down. Simply breathe in to the count of four, and then breathe out to the same count. Or, you can try breathing through alternate nostrils: put your middle and index fingers of your right hand on your forehead and close your right nostril with your thumb; breathe in through your left nostril to four counts; close left nostril with your ring finger and open right nostril; breathe out of right nostril for four counts. Breathe in through right nostril to four counts, then close it with your thumb and breathe out left nostril. Do this for a few minutes, and you will be very relaxed. Some fresh oxygen to the brain is good for you!
  • 2) Get Outside. Spending time in nature has been proven to reduce stress as well as depression. Take a walk or do some gardening. If you can’t get outdoors, look through pictures of your favorite nature scenes – beaches, forests, mountains, etc. Or listen to ambient sounds like ocean waves or birdsong.
  • 3) Meditate. If you need guidance, here are some free Mindfulness Apps.
  • 4) Journal. Writing your thoughts and feelings down is a great way to deal with conflicting emotions. It helps to focus when there are a million things swirling around in your head. Here is a great post about journaling to soothe anxiety.
  • 5) Learn a New Skill. Learning something new occupies your brain, so there’s less room for anxious thoughts. And what better time than now, when we’re all sheltering in place!
  • 6) Work Out. Working out releases endorphins, the hormones that make you feel good. There are so many options available: dance, walk in place, do sit-ups or yoga. Just do what you like, three or four times a week. There are lots of free YouTube videos out there if you need ideas.
  • 7) Reach Out. You are not alone! Everyone is in the same boat here, so throw an anchor out to friends and family. Call or FaceTime someone. Or get in on the #Zoom craze. Zoom allows everyone to get in on the fun at the same time.
  • 8) Take a Break from Social Media. This is important! We are inundated with news, both on television and the internet. Be aware of how much time you spend on your electronics and plan breaks during the day, especially around mealtimes. Turn off alerts! Puzzles are a great way to take your mind off things. You don’t have to spend hours on them (although that’s easy to do); just find a piece or two at a time. It makes you feel good!
  • 9) Create a Schedule. Being stuck at home for days on end can lead us to lose track of time and even what day it is. We don’t have to wake up to go to work or school. Establishing a daily routine will help you prioritize the things that need to be done, and it will also help create normalcy in a world that has suddenly been turned on its axis.
2000 Pieces!!

Most importantly, stay safe! If your state is opening up businesses and you personally feel it is too soon, STAY AT HOME. I am.

Let me know if you have any other ideas for staying sane in this crazy time!

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