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Staying mindful can be hard if you're prone to depression. Many of us experience more depression as the days shorten as well. Here is an excerpt from an article Carole wrote for Essential Wellness a while back.  DEPRESSION ISN’T THE typical reason people want a Feng...

In case you missed it, Carole Hyder blogged about mindfulness and Feng Shui this past spring. Here's an excerpt and a link for your convenience! According to the dictionary, the word mindfulmeans “watchful, attentive, conscious, thoughtful.” Although mindfulness isn’t specifically a Feng Shui principle, it’s an implied attribute...

I remember at the end of summer excitedly checking off my list of school supplies. Yes, the Trapper Keeper with the fun design and a backpack in my favorite color! After all, who knew what adventures the new school year would bring? Each year brings with...

This all started because our neighbors sit out on their front patio and have coffee on weekend mornings and sometimes wine in the evenings. Their dog would wander around their front yard. I would watch them and think how sweet—–they would wave and talk to people walking by. Over the top of their newspaper they’d acknowledge someone with a smile. I suddenly realized that I wanted a place to sit in front of our house. One of our cats spends a lot of time in our front yard. Some of the most precious moments Angelique and I have is when I go out in front with her. Oh wait—-I have no place to sit. I’ll just make myself comfortable on this little sidewalk step. Meanwhile, our neighbors are smiling at us while they sit comfortably in their patio chairs—-I’m imagining that they’re feeling badly that I’m having to sit on the sidewalk while they’re enjoying respectful chairs. “I want a bench in front” became a mantra for the last couple of years.

One of the features that is almost a requirement in a Feng Shui garden is the element of water. "Shui” means water, after all, so it is appropriate to incorporate this element in some way. Water symbolizes flow and movement. It is the place from which all life arises and the place to which it returns. It symbolizes eternity since its flow is perpetual and eternal. Water represents renewal and is used in many ceremonies for that reason. Carole's garden was part of the Masters Gardeners tour in Hennepin County, Minnesota. It was unique because it is a Feng Shui garden. True to form, there are several expressions of water in her outdoor space. [gallery ids="1379,1378,1375,1377,1384,1376,1380"]