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Use Feng Shui to amp up your hopes and goals for the new year

PHEW! I think for most of us, 2020 was a year not to be forgotten. The pandemic shifted many of our priorities and several of us had to shift gears in multiple ways. As we look towards the beginning of the new Western Year, this is a good time to reflect on last year and think about our hopes and goals, both personally and professionally, for 2021. It can help to get in the right space mentally to start thinking about the future.
  • Set the stage: Find a favorite spot in your home to contemplate. Gather what you need (pen, paper, water, comfortable clothing, possibly a blanket).
  • Get tuned in: Start in a relaxed position and close your eyes. Begin to focus on your breathing, paying attention to your inhales and exhales. When you feel centered, open your eyes and grab your pen.
  • Free-write: Just start writing whatever comes to mind that you’d like to accomplish in the next year or so. Even if it seems far-off, still include it.
  • Prioritize: Figure out your top 3 goals or hopes for this coming year.
  • Plan: Write at least three things for each that you can do to help move those forward.
Once you have your top three, amp them up with some Feng Shui:
  • Use intention. Write your intention around one (or all three) and place it somewhere strategic in your home.
    • If you know the bagua, use a corresponding area. New job = career area.
    • You can also add to an area of your house that corresponds. New job = home office.
    • If you aren’t sure, place it near the front door, your bedroom, or on an altar if you have one.
  • Clear clutter. We have to release to allow room for the new. Anywhere you clear clutter is good; it lifts the energy. You can also do as above and relate to a specific area.
  • Re-arrange. Refresh the energy by moving some things around, it will also give you a new perspective.
  • Remove or edit. You don’t have to be a minimalist, but consider editing what you have out and removing some of it. It will lighten things up. Consider removing everything from your refrigerator or taking everything off a counter.
  • Pay attention. Start to really feel in your space and make relevant changes. Deal with the door that’s always sticking, an inefficient storage area, a ripped sheet that needs replacing. Taking care of the small annoyances will equal a big difference.
  • Practice gratitude. People who express joy feel more joy. You can (and should) allow yourself to feel all your emotions, but if you start to get “stuck,” this is a way to help you step forward from it.

With all that 2020 entailed, let us not not be too quick to forget that there were some “gifts” this year. Whether it was spending more time at home, slowing down, learning more about our relationships, understanding balance, or a renewed appreciation for things we took for granted – we all took something from it.

As we move into a new year, first Western and then Chinese (starts on February 12),  know that we are here to support you and your journey. Change is one of the constants in life, and although things will shift, you are right where you are suppose to be.