Keys to Success And Feng Shui

Astrology, Psychology, Relationships and Feng Shui Knarik 09.09.2011

Signs From The Universe

Ask for and recognize them
by Cortney Litwin

Have you ever mulled over an important choice, such as ending a relationship, only to have a strange "coincidence" or two appear that seemed to point you in the right direction? Perhaps you got into your car, turned on the ignition, and the song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" was playing on the radio. Or an ad for a matchmaking service unexpectedly arrived in your inbox. Maybe yoFFFFFFu ran into an old friend who informed you they were relieved to have ended a relationship that was going nowhere. Sound familiar? These are examples of sacred signs.

Divine messages Signs are messages from the universe that often come when we least expect them. However, they generally appear when we need them the most! You'll attract a sacred sign when you're focused on a choice, when you have a question that's been on your mind, or when you need clarity about something. The very act of focusing sets up an energetic "broadcast" that will evoke a response from the universe. Fortunately, consciously asking for a sign will get the attention of the divine as well. And it doesn't take a special talent to ask for and receive a sign. You just need a concise and sincere question, the openness to receiving an answer, the awareness to perceive the sign and the willingness to act upon the message. An immediate reply Here's a striking example of how a sign can provide guidance. Recently, after the stock market tumbled in September 2008, sending the Dow down 504 points, I was in a quandary over whether to liquidate my mother's stock portfolio. Feeling like I needed a sign, I asked, "Is it in my mother's best interests to leave her money in stocks?" Feeling restless, I decided to go for a stroll around the neighborhood. As I walked across the porch and down the stairs outside my condo, I saw, to my surprise, a note slipped under the outer door. This immediately got my attention. The president of the homeowner's association had written to ask me to remove the lavender bush I'd planted because it was blocking a sprinkler. I could plant it somewhere else, she said. This request would have annoyed me except that it was obviously the sign I had asked for. I was to "uproot" my mother's stock portfolio and put her money elsewhere. Guide to seeing signs To become adept at manifesting sacred signs of your own, follow these 6 simple steps.

you'll need to accept the answer you get. Signs can take just about any form. "Send me a sign that moving to Los Angeles fulfills the highest good for all concerned.. but instead a representation of a rose in a photo. which will be aligned with your true destiny. you can phrase the request as. "Send me a sign that staying in my relationship fulfills the highest good for all concerned. you might say. you might ask.. the latter is a common way that signs present themselves. you can ask for that symbol to be the sign. it may not be an actual rose that comes your way.. So be on the alert for anything out of the ordinary. Watch for it Spotting a sign takes a high level of awareness." Just remember. at least until you become skilled at reading signs. As mentioned above. it's appropriate to set a timeframe for the sign to appear. "Send me rose as a sign that I should. a fair trying to influence the powers that be toward the answer you want! Plus. or just via something that suddenly catches your attention. 3. postage stamp or lyrics. "Send me a sign that leaving my relationship. They can come through a person. like . Actually. The clearer you are in what you ask. especially if you intuitively link the incident or object with your question. ." Another example would be." Conversely. For instance. a question that requires a yes or no answer is best. they can be a song on the radio or an email message. For instance. To simplify things. Timing Also. Look for synchronistic events as well. "Send me a sign within the next 24 hours . the clearer the answer will be. You might say. Ask for it Forming a concise statement that includes one inquiry at a time is crucial. .1. You need to keep your eyes open." And if you have a favorite symbol. 2. a dream." You get it! It's essential to remain neutral about the question ..

not receiving a sign is a sign. That takes practice and keen inner awareness. if you get a negative reply. Act on it Perhaps the biggest leap of faith is actually acting upon the message. It will also open the door to more sacred signs from the universe. But what if you don't receive a sign? Actually. circumstances and people into your life. you'll get the message. just when you were thinking of taking art classes yourself. Just try not to rationalize away the sign and its message. 4. Believe it For those unused to being guided in this way. and you're not sure what it means. and no sign appears. 6. . but the timing is off. however. Be thankful for it One more thing: Be sure to thank the divine for the guidance. it's common to wonder if the sign that appears is truly a sign. ask for another sign to clarify the answer. Also. can help you analyze and interpret what the sign is telling you. which tell you if the Sign is a green light to "go for it" or a stop sign to "halt and desist" what you're doing or planning. 5. If you mix your intuition with clear-headed analysis.running into your kid's art teacher at the market. it may be that what you're wanting is appropriate for you. It's also perfectly fine to ask for clarity. If you ask if Ben is the right guy for you. You may also wonder if you have the skill to interpret it. What is the good of asking for a sign if you don't heed its message? Just don't do anything drastic unless you're very sure you're interpreting the message correctly. note your feelings about it. Gratitude opens your heart to attracting positive events. If you receive a sign. Rest assured that the universe will send you signs that are easily recognizable for you. Logic. Also. then the answer is no. The future may present another opportunity to go for it. when the Sign appears.

So be clear about what you need to know and ask for a sign. and keeping this in mind. that a shift in perspective is sometimes exactly what . the outcome of the situations we face is dictated by the way we see things.K. With a little practice. belief dictates reality! It follows then. Perspective is everything. signs will become a natural way for you to communicate with the universe. The Power of Perspective The Hanged Man says it's time for a new viewpoint by S.after all. Then watch your world for any signs that come though . Smith So often.and be thankful for the guidance. it's no wonder positive people tend to get what they want more often .

Pulling this card (or reaching a point of despair or block) implies that it's time to stop seeing things from a narrow. But how do we know when to let go of an old view in favor of a new one? It's usually when you're down .we need in order to solve our problems and change the probable outcome of the future (there will always be outside factors beyond our control). Despite its implications of death. it's important that each of us . and by releasing our own selfish motivations (which we may not see as selfish at all. We are all components of a universe much bigger than any one of our individual desires. And drawing the 13th card of the Major Arcana (The Hanged Man) clearly suggests you need to broaden your perspective regarding the matter in question. Spirit. completely personal perspective. uplifting thought! You hold the power to change your own destiny. In both. the death implied is one of the Ego -not a bad thing as Spirit and Ego rarely operate with the same intentions as motivators.that this need is most clearly expressed.or stuck in a situation . and it behooves us .whether we're students of the Tarot or simply students of life -. Rather. Ego takes its cues from the desire for immediate start with our common misperceptions. on the other hand seeks harmony. Nor does adopting a change for the better.a greater good and a clear. more connected point of view. The Hanged Man does not spell doom for the seeker who finds it in his or her Tarot spread.step back and open ourselves to a larger point of view. though even resistance to change arises from fear).particularly when we're struggling with a problem we can't seem to solve . we may find that we uncover a new way of being . And what a powerful. to get a new. All things considered. this is the core reason we consult psychics in the first place. . That's what it tells us -. The Hanged Man tells us this in no uncertain terms.whether we've drawn this card recently or not! But there's more to the mystery of this infamous card. optimal course of action.

time and time again.If you stop thinking about what you want and start thinking about what's actually good for you. you may also find that it's what's good for all parties involved. remember The Hanged order to reap the rewards. a person. It's important to keep in mind that The Hanged Man is not the card of change itself. there's a universal concept that says what's good for me is good for you… and when we operate from a pure place. but the card of the catalyst. You have to elect to make the shift . It offers your call to action.and actively employ it in all you do . but the work is not easily done. However. The next time you feel defeated by a situation. or a turn of events. Imagine what other ways you can frame your situation and make the effort to re-frame it. the saying holds true. you will find that it makes all the difference. Wheel of Fortune . This requires strength as it's much easier to see what we want than it is to see what we need. Slowly but surely.

Sometimes. when things get particularly hectic (or conversely. we turn to card 10. Smith Life is ever-changing. The Wheel of Fortune. in action or in our fundamental states of being. overly slow) it feels as if we've lost control… if we ever had it in the first place! When you're faced with this kind of thought. there is no questioning that a good portion of life is left up to chance. In this case in particular. . it's a great time to turn to the Tarot or at least take a lesson from its teachings. situations arise and things happen that change the way we experience life . Whether you believe in fate or destiny. The Wheel of Fortune represents this phenomena.K. But more importantly. it reminds us that everything has a season.What it means in a Tarot reading by S. Inevitably.

there is nothing more important that you can remember. you may feel lousy others. And when this card comes inversely it indicates being stuck in the negative aspects of a situation. Open to changes. Never do we want to hold too tightly to anything . Every endeavor you begin (from relationships to jobs to hobbies and activities) will eventually go through this cycle . you can choose to stay in one cycle for too long. or destiny . it also repeats and repeats over and over again in smaller ways throughout our lives. Things will ultimately change for the better. or fate.even our beliefs. Though this cycle does indeed correspond with the human life cycle. Clinging desperately (to a person. chance or luck. And when things feel overwhelming or life gets you down. open to possibilities.Spring brings with it new beginnings. open to the beginnings of new cycles and the developments (including the eventual ending) of those which are already set into motion. It may be sad sometimes. Psychic Success . as sometimes we can halt our own progress along the way.whatever you want to call it. Does that mean we should give up our morals or give in to others desires when they're not suited to us? Of course not! It simply indicates that one of the most valuable things we can do in this turn on earth is to be open.some more rapidly than others. while Summer brings growth and Autumn inspires reflection and maturity with Winter bringing rest and release. it's time to have faith. Being open leaves way for chance. situation or emotion) closes the doors. it also signifies that as always. but without the negative there can be no positive. While The Wheel of Fortune outwardly indicates fate. Now of course.

she'd lost her motivation. maintains Miss Krystal ext. that is. 9192. who has been a clairvoyant. Daisy (not her real name). "I landed this amazing opportunity and now I am doing poorly in school. Although she was appreciative that she'd landed a scholarship. was feeling helpless. and as a result she was flunking out of school. The student.until she spoke to Miss Krystal. standstills. Visualize your way beyond the detours. a 29-year-old studying in Vancouver needed to hear these important words for she was about to throw away her hopes . clairaudient and a paranormal medium since childhood.Keep your eye on your dreams Don't allow discouragement and doubt to blur your vision and wash away your dreams. I am ruining my future but I just haven't felt good in a long . who had moved from Seattle to Canada on an art history scholarship. and obstacles.

I saw it. "Again I told her not to worry that everything was now going to flow." explained Miss Krystal. Today. Daisy was both ecstatic and nervous. Something's wrong and I have no idea what it is. The psychic also saw the word "approval" written on an application. She had the power to turn her life around. Do it.time. there's really no point in even applying. she was invited to New York City to meet with the director of a prestigious art institution. "You have nothing to lose. And sure enough." says Miss Krystal. "That's craziness. She was worried that she wouldn't be able to find an affordable living situation where she could keep her cats. The meeting went smoothly and shortly after she was accepted. When she called back to share the news. . Miss Krystal got a visual of a map with a red line running from Vancouver to New York City." recalls Miss Krystal. "I saw her traveling across the line. After being infused with confidence and excitement. And the man resembled Miss Krystal's image." Miss Krystal urged. Sometimes a certain geographical location is not conducive to our well-being. Daisy is super happy. Daisy was blown away. I've wanted to go to study art in New York. She walked into a room with her portfolio tucked neatly under her arm just like Miss Krystal had predicted. "The problem was she wasn't meant to prosper in Vancouver. Do I even have the time?" Miss Krystal told Daisy to stop making excuses… she'd get a response sooner than she thought. I knew it. Finally she saw Daisy walking into a room with a portfolio and talking to a guy with a goatee and steel rimmed glasses. But with my grades. Daisy applied." As soon as she said this. "The deadline is March." The psychic reminded Daisy that she was a prolific artist and that she should believe in herself and her dreams.

you must continue on and believe in yourself. she didn't vibe with the city she was in. A formal metaphysics education led her to study across the globe. where her spiritual gifts were honed and her multi-cultural awareness grew. Post-Breakup Independence . "Even when you feel lost. for instance. alone or bewildered. "Daisy is proof that you must never give up on your dreams. where her psychic wisdom empowers many lives." Miss Krystal is an award-winning psychic who has been on television with celebrities and is currently on the radio in Los Angeles. everything opened up and flowed. Once she moved. you can't make it in every city.Explains Miss Krystal." says Miss Krystal. Take Daisy.

but when the blows of love befall you. But there is a way to start picking up the pieces. More than ever.the thing that got you into this situation in the first place .you believe in love. and it begins with that old cliché . the temptation is to give up on love. The consensus is that the suffering is worth it for a shot at ever-lasting happiness. now is the time to begin loving yourself into wholeness again! Instead of putting time into loving another. when your heart is broken into bits. "Never again!" (you may vow).5 ways to reclaim who you are by Jamie Nishi Most people will have more than one romantic relationship. The . go through multiple breakups. This is all well and good. put more time into loving you. "Why did I put myself through this?" (you may ask). endure countless disappointments and suffer numerous heartbreaks before finding their one and only.

Go for a walk. therapists. you may not be feeling very loveable. but neither do you want to waste them. think about what you can do in the next ten minutes to make life a little better. Here are five tips to get you through the night: Be righteous Depending on the kind of breakup. try to think about what you can do to improve your immediate situation. new acquaintances and anyone who will lend a sympathetic ear are for! When you talk about it. an inspirational speaker. It's all about exercising self-respect from moment to moment. This could be something as simple as washing the dishes or putting something pretty on a bare table." It may also be helpful to channel the energy of any anger you may be feeling toward taking on the challenge. You can extend this exercise to what you can do in the next hour to improve your situation. shopping or sports are excellent ways to get out of the house. Plenty of people will be willing and able to offer you compassion and consolation. For instance. you unburden yourself. Socialize Socializing during this time is like medicine . a farmer's market. You don't want to abuse your privileges. family. Make yourself a healthy meal. Call friends and try to make plans for the weekend. Being amongst others will not only . There is no reason why you need to bear the weight on your own. but then you start to feel better.first step is psychologically preparing yourself to heal through love. "If she doesn't love me. book clubs. hike or run. Neighborhood gatherings. then I'll find happiness somewhere else if it's the last thing I do!" Your righteousness will help you through this difficult time. Get a move on Instead of dwelling perpetually on the past relationship. Let it out That's what friends. It can be helpful to look at your present situation as a challenge. "If I can't be happy with tastes terrible at first. then I'll love me.

help take your mind off the breakup. Invest in you Whether you choose Spanish lessons. "I have value and great promise. By making the choice to better yourself. and your hope swiftly slipping away." Clean Your House. but will open the door to forming new relationships. you are saying. Your heart is broken. computer classes or yoga instruction. your dreams shattered. . Clean Your Mind! A new space can help you heal by Theresa Danna There's no getting around it: Breaking up is hard to do. investing in your personal and professional development is a great way to boost your self-respect during this time.

cards.anything and everything! And. This means photos.That's why starting over after a breakup can be daunting. gifts. but once you get going you'll feel relieved! The first. take a moment to give thanks for the lessons learned from that relationship and the breakup. At that point.or creating a new space where you already live .and you will have them!). After three months. . if any. and probably toughest. Are you still highly emotional? Go ahead and allow the tears to fall. music. This will be a good gauge as to how fast you're healing. Keep those and then either throw an opportunity to heal. Starting anew requires a willingness to let go of the past. But life does go on. continue every three months until you can sort through your relationship stuff without crying. Crying cleanses the soul. you will regret any messages or emails you send at weak moments . enhance your current life. yes. and if you view moving . go through these items and observe your feelings as you sort. put them in a box that you don't see very often (in a garage or the back of your closet). clothes. that means getting rid of their email in your address book and deleting their number from your cell phone (trust us. If it was a particularly bad breakup. if necessary. DVDs. even if you're feeling angry about the breakup. Hang on Don't toss all those relationship items into the trash. block their email address and change your phone number. Wish your ex the best and truly shut the door. bit of housecleaning is gathering up all of the items that remind you of your ex-lover. As you get rid of them. text messages and emails . you'll actually be inspired to move on! Emotional cleanse Sure it sucks. Is it time to throw away this stuff? If the answer is no. decide which items. Instead. put it all out of sight again and repeat the ritual in another three months. sell or donate the rest. Then. something you can do.

Once you're left with only the things that are presently important to you. Look to the immediate right. the kind you need to start fresh. your life and yourself." Does some day ever really come? Could someone else use that stuff now? Hanging on to things from the past keeps you in the past. positive energy. Be brave and burn some calories! Don't just vacuum the carpet. The general rule of thumb is that if you haven't used or worn something in a year. Be realistic about clutter that you think you might need or read "some day. apply principles of feng shui to encourage harmony in your burning sage smudge sticks and sweet grass. That's not where the healing happens. Dust the high places. Wash or replace window coverings and shower curtains. To find the specific power places in each room. stand in the main door and look in. Then the corner in your far . Burn incense to bring in sacred energy and buy new candles to create white light and calming energy. The middle of the wall along the doorway represents your career. The wall directly opposite of where you're standing is for fame or other recognition. it's time to clear the air literally . and sweet grass attracts new. shampoo it. Your sacred space When the physical cleaning is done. of course. That corner empowers benefactors (representing help from other people). it's an annual holiday item). Sage clears away old energy. Move the furniture and clean under it.Physical cleanse Whether you're moving to a new home or rearranging your current one. deep clean your home. That far right corner represents marriage. Feng shui Finally. So you think it's all useful? Think again. get rid of it (unless. now is a good time to clear out items you don't use. Then the space between that corner and the corner in the far right is related to children. With each dustpan of dirt or bucket of dirty water that you dump. you'll feel the particles of the past disappearing.

The last power place is the corner to your immediate left. moving objects (such as mobiles). two matching solid items. or white in the marriage corner. Try to eliminate or at least soften any sharp points or jagged edges. call one of our psychics today for a reading. Enhancements Besides making sure each area is clean and free of clutter. Also.left is the wealth spot. Continuing around the left. Curves are the key to gently flowing energy. the wall between the wealth corner and the corner to your immediate left is the family area. in the marriage corner will reinforce the idea of partnership. was it? With a clean house and clear mind. Now. sound (such as chimes) and items that either produce light or reflect it (such as mirrors or crystals). pink. To find out who is on the horizon to share your new home with. such as a set of bookends. That wasn't so bad. which is the knowledge spot. Smell Skinny! . you can enhance the energy flow by adding live plants. you're completely ready to attract new love into your life! Be sure to put the colors red. your heart will heal faster and feel light again.

the hardest part of dating is feeling that your imperfections will be your downfall . have you cancelled a date because you just didn't feel attractive in any way shape or form that day? Ah. men rated women (as shown to them in photos) as more attractive. But have we got news for you! The next time the dreaded wheel of what-to-wear-when-you'refeeling-less-than-gorgeous brings you down. successful . intelligent.Your scent can influence perception Have you ever had a night where you've changed outfits ten times before heading out the door (and weren't even satisfied with the final choice)? Or worse.and it can be a selffulfilling prophecy. researchers at The Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago found that. the perils of being a woman… most of us have felt this way in varying degrees at one time or another.your scent! In one study. Sometimes. stick to a standby that makes you feel comfortable and change something else .

according to the a mystery. Probably because they're so good at estimating their own weights! Birth Twins . Women's perceptions of weight weren't fooled by fragrance.and trustworthy when looked at in the presence of both cinnamon and lavender aromas. Most perfumes had no effect. Intrigued by this information. But whatever the mechanism. though the researcher in charge of the study has several theories including that the smell puts men in a good mood and that the fragrance may be sexually appealing. guys hoping to disguise a beer belly are out of luck. she may feel more confident and be more likely to socialize and attract men. one researcher decided to look further into the effects of smell on perception. men perceived her to be as much as 12 pounds lighter than she actually was! The reasoning behind this .how a scent can have a slenderizing effect . But when she wore a spicy-floral fragrance. but the self-esteem boost it provides. His team then sprayed an overweight woman with a different fragrance each day and asked men to guess her weight. "If a woman feels she's being viewed as slim." Unfortunately for me. he concedes that what's important isn't how slender someone appears.

An interesting fact: two historical greats were born on the same day. shared February 12. but both taught . into completely different environments. the similarities didn't stop with their date of birth.. it's no surprise that Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. 1809 as their date of birth. Neither was very impressive when it came to academics. Both men were raised as Christians.. see how their fates were simliar! According to a recent article in the Australian. Darwin and Lincoln were born on different sides of the Atlantic. Yet. All one would have to do to see it is trace the paths their lives took! Though on the same date. Upper-crust Darwin arrived into a stately manor while Lincoln was a man of humble beginnings whose childhood abode was a log cabin. two of the great figures of the 19th century. though Darwin died an atheist and Lincoln was reportedly an outspoken non-believer.

and yes. have more than a few things in common. history changing turning points in their 20s: Lincoln entered politics. it is more than just coincidence that these two giants were born on the same day." was published in 1859 ." Astrological statistics suggest that "birth twins".just one year before Lincoln was elected US president. And." says Sydney astrologer Mary-Anne Reid when interviewed. the two men each experienced vital. "On the Origin of Species. Darwin and Lincoln both detested slavery. as they are called. And Then Live Again . "There are certain similarities of temperament." To Die... Eventually.. Two events that challeged the status quo. which inspired his theory of evolution. and Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands. Both were not only able to embrace change but create it. Charles Darwin was denounced and Abraham Lincoln was assasinated.themselves to reached the peak of their professions. Darwin's greatest work.. understanding and approach to life. changed the world and created enemies among the conservatives of the time. "I have actually helped people with career guidance based on their charts . it does work. As reporter Mark Juddery writes: "According to astrologers and numerologists.

He was given a life review and when he awoke. he needed to go back. Individuals who bite the dust and then come back to life to talk about are said to have had a Near Death Experience (NDE). When he looked down." he thought. he could see himself slumped over the wheel. During this time. "It would be nice to stay here forever. and this usually . the spirit momentarily leaves the body. Almost suddenly he felt his spirit leave his body and climb up into the heavens. soon after. Slowly.The facts about Near Death Experiences (NDE's) by Maryam Henein Rowen was heading to his girlfriend's house when his car skidded along the icy road and smashed into a pole. But a voice warned him that it wasn't time just yet for him to stay. paramedics were pulling him out of his car. he drifted toward a white light and as he got closer he felt a tremendous sense of peace.

resembling a dream-like state. What's amazing is that many of the stories share common elements. problems in surgery. but at a higher degree of intensity so to better cope with (perhaps even completely escape from) the physical distress. approximately eight million Americans claim to have had a near-death experience. For example. whole-heartedly believe in the authenticity of their experience.happens after a major trauma has occurred due to an accident. these folk feel that their lives are now infused with a wonderful sense of "aliveness. cardiac arrest. dismiss these accounts. or are made to understand that. After all. etc. 'it is not their time yet' and that they still have things to do on the earthly plane. of course. Surprisingly. They argue that great physical strain provokes the brain to shut down to a very basic level of consciousness." Skeptics. And yet when they do return they all possess: 1) A reduced fear of death 2) A sense of relative imperviousness 3) A feeling of special importance or destiny . Many hear. there is frequent talk of the infamous tunnel. According to a Gallup Poll. meanwhile. They are shown a review of their life and it is often at this point that people feel reluctant to return to their bodies. They believe that the experience associated with near death is simply a biological reaction. And often NDE'rs encounter deceased loved ones or entities likened to a Higher Power. illness. More often than not it is life-changing. how is it that they are able to describe in full detail what was happening to them unless they were truly out of their body at the time? Visit The Near Death Experience Research Foundation and you can access hundreds of accounts of NDE's from people worldwide. NDE'ers. or an indescribable light.

What’s Your Power Number? Numerology's fascinating insights by Psychic Verbena Figuring out your power number in numerology is as easy as adding up 1 and 2 and 3 . but be prepared to find another power . your power number is simply the sum of the month. 1962. you're on your way to learning a lot more.literally. but about loved ones. the ones out in front of the pack who may not even notice the pack following along behind. Death-related visions can give faith and confidence to survivors to trust their own spiritual intuitions and reaffirm their religious faith (Morse. 1991. and then again. 1's are the idea people. You add 1 (January is month number one) + 31+ 1962. Each reveals skills and gifts that you can call on any time. You want to start a new branch or department? Get a 1. add your birth date numbers together. which you then add together to get 5 and presto… you have your power number. And once you've figured it out. 1 = creation and individuality. as described in the sketches below. The only exception would be if you end up with the numbers 11 or 22 those are master numbers with an added dimension. To unlock a whole universe of fascinating insights. Let's say you were born on January 31. day and year you were born. Then add 1+9+9+4. like an ace in the hole or a secret weapon. until you have a single digit. Also known as your life path or destiny number. This can be extraordinarily comforting to many. so write them as 11/2 and 22/4. and you have 23. co-workers and friends. Morse & Perry. anywhere.Many people who experience an NDE tend to see it as a verification of the existence of an afterlife. 1992). the startup entrepreneurs. which equals 1994. not only about yourself.

8. 7. and charging at life with renewed zest. and their loyalty. 3's are charming. 6. however. keep in mind that their eyes always return to the distant horizon. They don't have to seek the spotlight. Most compatible with 2. Their home and roots are vital to them. get to know a 5. 11/2 and 22/4. 3 and 9. 11/2 and 22/4. versatile. 5. 4's enjoy putting their skills to work on the practicalities of life. Although they're very sexy. Most compatible with 1. 5 = freedom and change. is unshakeable. 2 = cooperation and diplomacy. Most compatible with 4. With their profound insight into the nuances of people's behavior. performers and public speakers. 9 11/2 and 22/4. 4 = self discipline. Relationships are supremely important to 2's. Hard working. 6 = service and social consciousness. often beautiful and masters of the art of conversation. and they can be counted on to keep things running like a well tuned machine. business partners and mediators. 9. parents. At their very best as teachers. They are great writers. reliable and organized. they make wonderful. If you want to learn the art of picking yourself up. Most compatible with 2. and 22/4. 6. giving mates. They are resourceful. adaptable and love change and surprises. once given. and they have a gift for enjoying life and helping others have just as much fun. it automatically picks them out of a crowd. 3.11/2 and 22/4. creative. 6 9. 6's are devoted to both their personal families and the larger family of Earth dwellers. . 8. dusting yourself off. deeply emotional and sometimes quite shy. 5. 3 = self-expression. Most compatible with 3.number to keep it running later. human and otherwise. 8. They are sensitive. Most compatible with 1. 4. healers and counselors. receptive. Their concern for truth and justice doesn't. keep them from being enthusiastic and talented homebodies. 8.

Blessed with good judgment. Most compatible with 1. Most compatible with 1. Most compatible with 1. 3. They are found in the highest echelons of government throughout the world. 9's have an active. so do 9's represent the completion of a cycle of learning. 6. or metaphysics. philosophy. 8. they're most excited when they explore the secrets of the universe. 2. and their mastery of the material world enables them to put their charisma and personal power to work in service to all mankind. 8 = material success. Most compatible with 1. and can be accomplished artists and thinkers.7 = intellectual and spiritual development. 6. 5. 11/2 = visionary idealism. The artistic and inventive genius of 11/2 is married to the sensitivity and intuition of its base number. exceptional executive ability. 22/4 = practical idealism. These visionaries see outside the boundaries of society and culture and literally and figuratively paint alternative futures for us. often spiritual concern for glabl health and well being. 7. 9 = universal awareness. 3. 9 and especially 11/2. 4. tolerant and generous. They are compassionate. 8 and 22/4. 4. The ultimate ivory tower dwellers. 8. Whether their intense scrutiny is focused on science. 2. having lived each of the other power numbers in previous lives. 3. they create it. 6. 9 and particularly 22/4. They work best when grounded by a practical partner. This power number opens the door to high achievement in business and finance. . 2. These geniuses not only see the future. 11/2 and 22/4. Their orientation is universal. 6. Most compatible with 4. and a talent for turning a profit. wise 7's are much more familiar with the inner space of the mind than the external world. 2. 8's at their best wield their natural authority for the benefit of their employees and the community. As the number 9 represents the mathematical completion of a cycle.

And your life evolves through challenges. There are even karmic numbers. As you'll learn when you tinker with this Power Number information. "Is this the one?" Given all that tingly joy. of your partner. pinnacles and personal years. one of the easiest divination systems to learn and use at many levels. numerology has many layers you can explore. it's hard to think clearly and assess the worth. . numerology is rich with insights and. Your name can reveal three layers of your personality.Like any divination system. Here's an introductory guide to help you know if your connection is for real. and worthiness. Blinded by Love 7 tips for a lasting connection by Martine Jeanne Craughley Your heart skips a beat every time they approach and you wonder. even better.

this is a skill that needs to be acquired to keep your relationship afloat through high and low tides. Care You may take great care of your lover. you don't value this person enough to make a go of it. this is for the real-deal. Communication It's not important to see eye-to-eye. What is important is whether you resolve issues together fairly. you won't get through the long haul. Yet. or curl up in the warm softness of their beds for comfort. advise next and critique later? If not. lengthy relationship.Forget crushes and boyfriend material. heart-stopping infatuation is what brought you together. it's not even important how often you fight. Chemistry Presumably head-turning. of your children and friends. Sometimes best friends become lovers and the security of the match outweighs the lack of a spark. lifelong love connection. but do you take good care of yourself? If you take good care of . Comfort While many women turn to their best friend. but if there's not a quivering of physical desire beware. If not. you'll need to learn how to fight constructively. check in with yourself to see whether you're protecting your heart or are you just not into the relationship. you'll be able to work through the problems that strike even the most devoted lovebirds. it should be an essential element of your love relationship. or your boss goes off on you. name-calling and hurling insults? If so. When you're sick. if hanging out with "the girls" or your family is always a higher priority. Companionship If you prefer the 11pm booty-call. If not. without that little shiver of juicy anticipation. does your lover comfort first. your beloved needs to be your favorite person to spend time with. We're talking about a long-term. Can you fight without contempt. For a fulfilling.

if they don't speak of a future with you or you're not introduced as "my partner. your relationships with your boss. Commitment This is a tough call in the early stages of a relationship. Sooner rather than later. it can be hard to know if any troublesome aspects will be resolved as your love grows. you can trust that actions speak louder than words." this person is not committed to you. Even after running your relationship through the seven points above. And just like in . But in a good relationship. When something isn't working. Does your partner make taking care of you a priority? If your partner is there when things are tough. Work it at Work Tips for workplace relationships Relationships in the workplace demand a particular kind of balance. and this demands creativity and flexibility. How do you know if you're really committed to your lover? One way is to imagine yourself at 70. Can you see your love still by your side? Does your heart warm or sink at the thought? As far as your partner is concerned.. co-workers and subordinates are probably most like those with your family members . walking away isn't always a valid option. but you can't really avoid them.yourself you're much more likely to have a healthy relationship. you need to accommodate what works for your partner. In fact. too. you've got some serious work to attend to. In many ways. they are less flexible than friendships and romances. How true is this of you? How true is it of your love? If either of you are rigid. Creativity It's natural for each of you to do what has always may not always get along. Sometimes needs are in opposition. well. and emotional outbursts are hardly advisable.

but this will never work" and "You're right." And if for some reason your boss's way wasn't the best way. You'd be surprised how much more respect "please" and "thank you" attracts than "Do I have to do everything?" Abusing authority sends the message that you don't actually have it or are uncomfortable managing it. Also. When the boss issues a questionable directive. Make sure to have a discussion with your subordinate . it's usually your communication style that makes the difference between suffering people you work around and building relationships that work for you. try responses that are agreeable. you manage to avoid playing the "yes-man or mam. so you need to respect your boss." Treat coworkers with respect You can get along with others and still respect your own authority. That way. but not necessarily in agreement like. we can try that" or "That's another way to go. They are also more comfortable communicating their ideas. calmly assent to the changes without making an about-face on your own opinion. If you're in a position to modestly point out the virtues of doing things your way. avoid responses like "Okay. but that doesn't mean you have to do a 180 if the boss says no.about their lack of . or suggest a potentially disastrous rewrite to that memo. Requests are almost always more effective than demands. which may prove valuable to you in the long run. do so. That's a much better plan that mine. Speak to your subordinates as you would any other co-worker. Respect authority Okay. even if it's wrong. but expect cooperation. you're not stuck backing a plan you weren't really behind. When your boss disagrees with you. don't let it slide. Communication choices are also essential. When they turn the schedule upside down.the world outside the workplace. On the other hand. what they say is generally what goes. "Alright. when treated with respect. and generally more cooperative. unnecessary displays of temper are counter-productive.while maintaining courtesy . but remember to stick to your guns. People are more productive. if you're reasonable and courteously worded requests are disregarded." Instead.

but avoid bringing your personal life back into the office. your co-workers probably comprise the majority of your human contact. Friendships will naturally develop and bleed into your social life. Of course. As tempting as it can be to unload your grievances about the establishment with your co-workers. As long as your social circle can survive the fluctuations between casual and work environments. Try asking what you can do to facilitate the task. A person may be a dreadful multi-tasker. Having appropriate personal. Imagine your co-workers as utilities with strengths and weaknesses you must navigate. as well as professional. most of us will struggle with coworkers with whom we are less than friendly. but perhaps that is offset by their attention to detail. which is healthy. This way you maintain authority without becoming unnecessarily argumentative. it's a lot easier to censor information before you share it than after. at some point or another. so try to view them as a challenge to your professionalism. However. can help you maintain the distance you need for your professional relationships to thrive. rather than your personal differences. Be friendly and get back to work In the workplace. Again. or why they are having a difficult time. relationships at work can make work both more productive and more enjoyable. don't forget to respect boundaries when you re-don your professional roles. but can always be counted on to manage a difficult customer. It can be challenging. And as comfortable as you are letting loose at the game. it can enrich your work. so that further problems can merit stronger action. your vent-session may be more appropriately (and confidentially) shared with your non-work friends. You've also managed to put the ball in their court. it is important that the roles you play after hours remain outside of work. but concentrating on strengths and weaknesses.cooperation or insubordination the first time it occurs. You may be able to gush for hours over drinks. Also remember. as well as your life. . you probably don't have the luxury of avoiding them. Or maybe they have difficulty expressing requests respectfully.

. Start planning early. And sure. don't just think about your own feelings. she says. But luckily. Your honey has traditions he or she feels close to. too. it would be ideal for you to have this outlined already seeing as we're in mid-december. Remember. Greer suggests figuring this out before the holidays even come. a marriage and family therapist in New York City. it's not too late to tone down the disagreement if there is one.Where to Spend the Holidays A couple's struggle made a little bit easier Speaking to msn. Jane Greer. suggests the following four steps for figuring out where to spend your holidays when you're part of a couple. If you're married. this is a touchy subject .

if you have the same holiday priorities. Greer says that both of you should list the pros and cons of spending each holiday at each place. Don't talk until you've found a compromise. If none of these work for you. Greer suggested the following options to her interviewer at msn: Switch years (her family's house for 2005. he gets the day). stay quiet and write things down. Start out by figuring out which holidays are priorities for each of you and your respective families. switch papers. You want your Aunt's special recipe lasagne that she only serves on Christmas and the idea that you may not have it is upsetting. Dr. the two of you are now a team of your own (even though your part of each other's "original teams"). Dr. so get going! Stay calm and compromise. if you've got a sibling who travels from far away to be with your family on Thanksgiving. read each other's notes and choose at least one thing you'll agree to. swap them (she gets New Year's this year. So. drive a lot (she gets the eve. This is not the last year you'll be celebrating. Making your holiday schedule should not be a power struggle. When breaking the bad news to your parents. However. then you'll have to divide evenly. he gets it next). and suggest an itinerary that respects both of your needs. Either way. he always gets Hanukkah). leave out any negative comments and use the pronoun "we" while addressing what "we can do so that both of us are happy. It's understandable. For instance. it's key to remember that there will be many more holidays to come." Greer also says to make sure you remind your families when you'll . If you're in a long term relationship and especially if you're married. try hosting yourself! You can invite everyone from both sides and let them decide where to go. planning ahead saves issues in the long run. While it's the moment that counts. if things get tense while you're figuring out your plans. his for 2006).Work out a long-term schedule. If talking is out of the question because things are particularly heated. you should celebrate with her. stick to a day (she always gets T-Day. Remember you're a family.

they naturally begin to take second place to your partner. No matter how much you love your parents. your priorities change. Dealing with Your Partner's Family How to handle your loved one's loved ones When you forge a partnership. and . While most parents understand this in theory. She says that this is a major step in learning to balance both your worlds to find a happy medium. You focus your time and energy on the relationship and turn to each other for advice. some have a hard time when it comes time to actually let go. The key to dealing with your partner's family actually lies within your relationship: you and your partner must set the ground rules for dealing with family. support and celebrating with them.

Set boundaries Another common problem with in-laws is interference. your parents may never each other in making them work. make a commitment to sticking to them. it may seem natural to vent to family. It's important that you and your partner negotiate the rules for family. Wellmeaning mothers (and fathers) often try to insert themselves into your relationship . As a couple. Establish expectations When you and your partner commit to a relationship. Most problems with in-laws arise when couples assume they feel the same way about the role of their families and don't communicate their expectations. you are joining two different families who often have two very different ways of living. Will you turn to them for advice as a couple? Will you share your problems with them individually? Or will you stay silent when there is conflict? Your families will only know the details of your relationship if you share them. But remember that once you've shared your problems. you have to set boundaries for how involved they will be in your relationship. This interference is dictated by how much you share with your parents and in-laws.usually to offer "help" and advice when you're having problems. Even if you can move on and forgive your partner. you can't take them back. Take the time to ask specific questions: How much time will you spend with them? Where will you spend holidays? Will they be involved in your decision-making? Will they contribute to your finances? Once you've established those ground rules. If you're frustrated with your partner. Stick together .

No matter what. Change of Itinerary On the long road to love Most people call for a reading when they are stressed out or going through a crisis . at the end of the day.but if it happens.In many ways. never gang up against him. While the goal may be to diffuse the situation without taking sides. And if there is conflict between your partner and your family. your loyalties should always remain with your partner.not knowing where to begin looking for answers. you and your partner should stay united. Avoid arguing in front of parents -. don't allow the family to weigh in on the matter. If you are happy with your partner. be sure to communicate that with your families through actions and words. you are ambassadors for your relationship. Other callers are intuitive themselves and what they're really looking .

So. "Is it time yet?" She wondered if the intuitive could possibly see a wonderful man on her horizon? This time Raven answered. The choices and decisions that needed to be made (before the doors of her new "green" boutique could open) became more than she could focus on. but Raven promised she would look again .for in a reading is a confirmation of what they already sense." Raven explains. Holly admitted to the Clairvoyant and Clairsentient. but do you see a long-term love relationship." the psychic did not see a specific love interest for Holly." Several months later. somewhere down the road?" she asked hesitantly. Holly confirmed were definite possibilities. she began relying on Raven's great insight to help her simplify the process of decision making. She was disappointed that "her guy" had not shown up in the reading. tells Raven ext.. "Ooh. Instead. She consulted Raven on everything from color schemes to personnel and travel plans. she planned to let things happen in their own time. "Sometimes I wonder if I will ever find a permanent partner? I almost hate to jinx anything by asking because life is so good. 8652 Holly (not her real name) had been calling the Clairvoyant and Tarot reader with questions about her new business for months. Holly asked Raven impishly. all of which. She just knew it.and they laughed together about the possibilities.soon . a long weekend with old friends and travel to business conferences to promote her new store. Within the next six to eight months. "Holly had a confident sense that love was coming her way. the cards and her guides revealed a trip overseas.. which Raven says is within her "reading span. Just before her thirty-fifth birthday. and now in love. "She also understood that the universe has its own sense of timing and in work. he's getting closer! .

But." Raven revealed. because a mistake could cost her client a good deal of money. a calm temperament. he's not quite here." Raven's prediction made sense to Holly as she often traveled to Great Britain. You'll meet him a long distance from home. and for some irrational reason. but… What if he's in Wales." she told Raven repeatedly. Ireland in particular. The next time Holly asked Raven about love. but he won't come on strong. He would have chestnut colored hair. the psychic received a frantic." Weeks later. for pleasure. She sometimes wondered if she hadn't lived there in another lifetime. Her guides told her that Holly would be able to make the flight changes without much trouble. panicky call from her client who was in a London airport debating whether or not to change her vacation itinerary. but what if he's in Ireland? And. what if he's not in either place… and I'm just nutty?" she laughed. "He's not an American. She wanted to be 100 percent right. Holly told her that she began to believe that she really needed be there instead. "You can change your travel plans if you want to…" Raven assured her. "My whole trip is planned and paid for. was perhaps a bit stubborn and a hard worker. the psychic saw that "it" appeared to be right around the corner. ." Raven described. "You'll know someone in common… This could be a wonderful relationship. "You'll notice each other immediately. Raven did a card spread for both destinations. blue eyes. "It feels like home to me. She was about to take a connecting flight to Wales when she spotted a later flight to Dublin.

nothing is set in stone. it's going well!" But Holly still calls about business questions."But I have this feeling about being in the right place at the right time." Three days later. "This is him. Raven said. it's doing well. Dublin. when two intuitives are better than one!" Nothing Stays The Same How to embrace change Change is the one true constant in life." "Are you sure?" "They're all telling me yes. Holly is crazy about Michael and vice versa. "I would go to Ireland. and she is now looking into opening a second one in. It has no boundaries. but Holly (being the intuitive that she is) knows that what's meant to be will be. she reminds me when she calls. confides Raven. "This is clearly a case. as she says. You were right about the circumstances… we have a mutual friend and he's just as you described. but remember you have free-will. If this was your choice and you got those cards what would you do?" she asked her trusted consultant. Raven heard back from Holly. with confidence... "because. "I met someone very special. She opened her store. Holly gave Raven his name and birth date." Raven reminded her longtime client. of course! Her client no longer asks about love. it challenges us all and it frightens many of us. But without change life .

"The future belongs to those who not only accept change. believing that the outcome will be for the highest good. I now look at change as transformative and as constant as the seasons. "The more optimistic we are." tells Paisley ext. déjà vu. the more difficult the changes become. When we . The force of change shakes up our comfort zone and puts pressure on us to reexamine long held beliefs that force us to let go of the things in life that no longer work for us. whether we want to change or not. financial difficulties… are formidable changes to wrap our heads and hearts around. synchronistic events. Change keeps us evolving toward our highest goals and enlightens us as to why we are here on this earth." One of the most productive ways to embrace change is to approach it positively. "finally realizing that there isn't a thing I can do to stop it. divorce. My perspective has evolved from pure fear to a sense of adventure. but embrace it. Resisting change will only make you miserable over the inevitable. "More often than not the winds of change are breathed to us through gut feelings. "Open your mind to contemplate what benefits could come of the new reality. job loss. so embracing change takes courage." Cheryl ext." Skylar ext. "Though being on the front end of change isn't for the faint of heart. But change is often challenging. you are rewarded with possibilities. 9778 lists. the more the universe allows us to experience new opportunities in static . "I have worked hard with the phenomenon of change myself." If you are able to see or intuit changes coming your way you can grasp and work with them more effectively. according to our psychics. Death. 9887 suggests. There is no progress and we will not evolve. as well as readings. 9883. "When you listen." she aptly describes. our psychics concur." states Yvonne ext. yet the more we resist. 9661.we cannot grow and we cannot learn.

who is going though or has done what you need to do. Scorpio or Pisces) the more resistant one may be to moving forward. reflect on the good things that have happened in the past. 9615 reports. Psychic Yvonne suggests. She has guided clients. (like the moon in Cancer. the psychic knew that by nature her client might let the challenges of change fall where they may.ignore these signs we run the risk of suffering circumstances that are dumped into our lap. "Find a role model or a personal change hero. "Callers who are encountering extreme difficulty may be experiencing astrological activity that is moving their energies." Shelby ext. Sophia ext. . Because of the forces in her chart. "I helped by showing her two possible outcomes. like her caller MaryEllen (with her moon in Cancer) told by her husband that he was in love with another woman." When unexpected change seems too merciless to even contemplate. "When I communicate this in readings. 9885 knows that the more water signs that are present in a chart." Verbena ext. Look at your collage daily. She put her house on the market and used the money to start over. She made the choice as to what to do next. to regain trust that your future will include more positive experiences. clients feel better… especially when they understand that cooperating with the energies rather than fighting them. instead of taking the bull by the horns. Two years later she was married again and had a great job in the medical field. 9040 promotes meditating on potential positive outcomes instead of worrying about worst case scenarios. 9882 tells clients to look for support. into making choices rather than being paralyzed in the presence of change. Make a collage of this person and yourself surrounded by images that represent the changes and positive words or phrases." Some find embracing change tougher than others. can help guide the changes in the direction of their choice. when change forces its way into your life. He offered MaryEllen their house and enough money to get by for a year. Astrologer Alison ext.

get excited about the possibilities. our psychics advise in conclusion. Jesse ext.wallowing in the information for a while. 9027 concludes. expansion and achievement that it's hard to remember that Earth is a place of cycles and that. look for the joy of growth. cycles affect us every . because in the end. "Change always takes us where we need to be!" Life's Cycles Insight into their ups and downs by Psychic Verbena Our culture is so powerfully focused on growth. to insure that decisions made in the face of change lead to a preferred future reality. use your sense of adventure. When fate steps in and rocks your life. no matter how we struggle and kick.

. to look closely at what you're planting. whether it's a job or relationship or new exercise program. life cycles. watering. What's to learn? The lesson of pausing to check everything. but how can those lessons apply today? Spring lessons Spring looks easy. trimming and thinning all can make for more abundant crops. attention to detail. your star is on the rise at work.. work and play. Crops are shooting up. Seasons cycle from spring to summer to fall to winter and back to spring every year. Economic cycles. opportunities and possibilities are everywhere. Ancient peoples had to learn to work with seasonal cycles to survive.weeding. relationship wanes to darkness and waxes to full light again. The challenge of spring is discernment. With that in mind. Look at what's new and ask yourself: "Will this be something I want to harvest in the fall?" Could a new lover's possessive behavior lead to a crop of unpleasantness? Could this new employer's eagerness to keep me busy be a way to prevent my asking some important questions about compensation.. Here's how: Start by looking out your window. job description. the sun is inviting you out to play. Flowers are blooming. have you ever observed your personal cycles and used the unique energies of each phase to create a better life experience? It's really quite easy. The moon waxes. Perhaps you're planning to be married. Even cycles affecting weather. responsibilities? Summer lessons Everything's going gangbusters. fertilizing. The wedding's set. days are longer. gifts are arriving. everything's taken on a life of its own . health. the lesson of tending to each part of a project're having cold . You get so excited about grabbing all the goodies that you forget to ask questions. Spring teaches you that care in the beginning is important.

while looking back at fond summer memories . and deepened their family and community relationships. Think of it as if you're going back to school (and maybe you are!) and planning for the year ahead. you may be doing so well at work that people are piling on new projects at a mad rate. where there is life there will be renewal. spring always follows behind winter so remember. In fact. Time to do some weeding. First. Ancients repaired tools. You made it! It's "count your blessings" time . but you're starting to falter. Winter lessons There are two important winter lessons. green shoots that will show in spring actually begin to sprout underground when the winter season begins. etc). with loved ones. It signals the beginning of the end of this particular cycle. Then it's time to do some thinning! Fall lessons There's plenty to celebrate in the fall . Or. your opportunity for reflection. There's also something poignant about fall which is important to remember. a quiet time which supports reflection and honest assessment of what's working in your relationship and what's not. re-evaluation. You could do a retreat or weekend trip together.feet. and begin to plan what you'll do in the next cycle. Winter is a rest stop of sorts. what's no longer useful? Clashing cycles Things can get tricky when you have more than one cycle in your life at a critical point at the same time and they aren't in the same . and your next cycle will be more successful if you take the time to evaluate what's gone before. Applying winter's lessons to your marriage or other relationships could mean a renewal that might have seemed impossible.time to share the glory. realignment and letting go. your child is going off to college. time to store what you'll need for winter.reflecting on what you're taking away from them (time spend in nature. sorted seeds. What do you want to keep and re-plant in spring.a project completed successfully. and what you'll want to replant in spring. an anniversary. Or.

phase. and if necessary build relationships at work to allow you to delegate some of the day to day tasks at work so you are free to deal with your health issue. re-evaluate. Always remember. Your health forces you to reflect. Say your star's rising at work and you suddenly have a health problem that seriously affects your energy levels. spring will come. Is Yoga Right For You? 4 styles of yoga demystified by Ramona Ticco . no matter how rough your winter cycles have been. sort your priorities. Where there is life. it has the energy to take care of itself for awhile. Your health challenge gives you the opportunity to apply winter lessons to the whole situation. there is always renewal. and because your job is in a summer cycle.

strength. many people prefer yoga to conventional exercise because of its holistic approach to well being. It focuses primarily on asanas or yoga postures. Meditating for long periods of time certainly requires physical and mental discipline. Learn about the forms of yoga practiced today and their specific focus and benefits. But yoga's beginnings can be traced back 5. this is a popular yoga in California and amongst celebrities. It is also known for its positive effects on those with chronic illness. In fact.Yoga has been all the rage for years now. Hatha yoga This is probably the most practiced form of yoga in the Western world. The idea is to get the body in peak condition and purification that enables one to achieve higher meditation. breathing and gestures. Created by Bikram Choudhury. Amongst its many attributes. body and spirit. the benefits of yoga are increased due to the extreme heat. this practice involves 26 yoga postures and 2 breathing exercises. The heat of the room allows one to work deeper in the body's muscles while improving circulation. try them all and see which one works best for your physical and spiritual needs. This ancient practice is known to have numerous benefits for body and mind. If you're one of those people. If you are drawn to this ancient form of exercise for mind. as well as. meditation. stamina and breathing. Some may find the heat uncomfortable but once you are accustomed to it. If you're looking for a simple holistic approach to exercise. only continuing to increase in popularity. Definitely make sure the room is not too crowded and you have a qualified instructor. In a room with the temperature at 105 F. And . yoga practice can improve flexibility. this is a wonderful option. Bikram yoga Some like it hot. The word Hatha means sun and moon and is essentially referring to channelling one's energy properly.000 years or more. you might opt for Bikram yoga.

You begin by renewing your whole being by transferring energies to a higher spiritual plane. Love (of self!) and devotion are a primary element of this form of yoga as well. This focuses on delving deeper than the flesh for intimacy in body and spirit. The practice of Kundalini is meant to awaken this coiled serpent so that it may pass upward through all the body's chakras. There is an emphasis on ridding yourself of bad habits that are toxic for your health like smoking and excessive drinking. Tantric yoga If you're looking for a form of exercise that will also bring about spiritual awakening and cosmic consciousness then Tantric yoga is for you. So if you're looking for enlightenment and increasing sexual ." The powers developed from this form of yoga are said to be so strong. it is an emotional work out you must be prepared for as the form of a coiled serpent. then try this unique and intense path. it is not just another exercise class. In the yoga landscape one would say that about Kundalini yoga. Well it's all about heart. If you are ready to tap into your full potential in a responsible. It is considered essential to be pure and sincere in this practice seeking "divine love. that it is imperative they are not misused. In seeking consciousness and spirituality. loving way. But remember. These methods are also applied to something that has gained some recognition in the Western world and that is Tantric Sex. you don't have to live in Beverly Hills to appreciate this yoga's benefits. It is even believed that continued practice which includes mantras and meditation will help in developing psychic powers. these things are considered obstacles to your goal. chakras and kundalini energy which is thought to be one's power laying dormant within . Kundalini yoga You've heard the expression "They're all heart…". It is this concentration on the core of the life energy that makes Kundalini one of the most challenging forms of yoga but it also can make it the most beneficial yoga overall.

this is not an uncommon phenomenon. then trying Tantric may be just what the yogi ordered. In today's world. Spirituality Check-Up 7 ways to nourish your spiritual self by Jamie Nishi Imagine that the spirit is a deep water well . no matter how much is drawn from it. many of us have not made time to visit the well and have become very.function and that always stays full. very thirsty. But because daily life is so demanding. Many people go through their daily lives .

what you feel. and this will allow you to feel more connected and to experience greater joy in everything you do! Here are just a few ideas to get you started on a path to greater spiritual health: 1. .the way you want to experience all the other activities in your life. Do you want to be more patient with others. less stressed in your daily activities. The slow rhythm of walking relaxes the body and mind. If you don't know where to begin. In today's increasingly secular society. Be sure to take deep breaths and sigh aloud if you need to. Your partner. 3. what you smell.Try to think in terms of sensory detail . It's time to turn that around and join the many who have found out that making time for one's spiritual self will actually help you become a better. sweet waters of the spirit. what you hear. feel closer to your god or self? Having a list will help you identify what activities will be the most beneficial for you. Nourishing the spirit isn't difficult . very little emphasis is placed on spiritual health and well-being. Spend the day in nature writing in your journal. it's quite easy and pleasurable.what you see. you will notice that your thirst has been quenched. As you do this. happier person all around. Go for a walk in a walking-friendly place. If anything 2.suffering. and allows you time to take notice of your surroundings .in fact. But most importantly. children and friends will notice it. simply because they have not gone to drink deeply of the clear. you will experience walking more fully . Make a list of spiritual goals. Your boss will notice it. even the fastpaced ones. What's difficult is making it a priority. a park or your own neighborhood.the flowers blooming in someone's garden or light shining on the water. This could be the beach. start with plain observation and see what evolves.

and see if anything calls to you. Set yourself up with a candlelit bath. Talk with older members of your family or older friends. You might learn some surprising things about them and about yourself! Read a book or watch a DVD by your favorite spiritual author. even if it seems unrelated. such as meditation.else pops into your head. 5. selfenrichment and even classes on topics such as the use of plant and flower essences. 7. Spending any time alone can be one of the greatest spiritual activities of all! Mind and Body Awareness for Kids Changing lives with meditation and yoga . as long as you are really listening. 6. Allow yourself free flow. Connect with elders. Do some gentle stretching. Spend just ten minutes a day with their words of wisdom. Check out your local studios and schools. Even listening to meditation or relaxation music can be called silence. Sit quietly for fifteen minutes in the morning or just before bedtime. begin writing about it. Make silence a part of your everyday life. It could be something new or something you want to revisit. Many yoga studios and even community colleges now offer classes with a focus on spiritual health. It's been an important facet of human development since ancient times. Ask them what their life was like when they were your age. 4. then lie down in a relaxing position for ten minutes and enjoy the flow of energy through your body. Take a class to focus your spiritual commitment.

Take a moment to focus on your breath 3. it's time to literally take a step back. but since those tranquil moments can be few and far between.whatever's most comfortable for you. Let your focus return to your breath 5. There is almost nothing in this world that can't be experienced more easily. you're missing the only thing you've really got: the present moment. the advice is always the same: 1. breathe. note what you're thinking about let it pass .one has experienced what it is to be pulled in a zillion directions. we're usually rushing from one thing to the next and madly multi-tasking as we go. Notice when your mind begins racing. Close your eyes 2. when you're living in ten places at once (most often past problems and what needs to be accomplished in the future). Over time. even the most surprising changes will be less unsettling. When living under constant stress any setback can totally overwhelm you and set you spinning . If you can find a way to center yourself however. 6. mystics from every spiritual and religious tradition have advocated a practice of turning inward as a way of managing the stresses and struggles of life. overall? After all. It may feel productive. more fully. Notice your emotional and physical sensations 4. and fully absorb it without attachment.even more out of the moment than usual. Concentrate on breathing deeply (in through the nose. being pulled in many directions is stressful. out through the nose or mouth . it's pretty much a state of being for most of us. yet what's the emotional and mental toll. For untold centuries. No matter what the day is made of. When you're feeling like you're going to snap. Essentially. mentally and emotionally. and less painfully by taking a moment to pause. The ideal time to get into the now is when you're not terribly stressed. your need for the now may not hit you until you're nearing the edge. In fact.

And it may be the most de-stressing. they embrace life with all their energy and abilities are available to them. When your mind is racing.even if it's just ten minutes before you begin your day. Return your attention to your breath 10. it's meditation. the feel of your feet on the floor. Need help finding your focus? Let one of our Psychic Advisors help.waiting until after your meal may actually make you sleepy) and experience a reduction in your stress levels and an increase in your ability to cope with the day . and make a decision to let them go 9. Call 1. As thoughts arise.800.7. a holy man or the Dalai Lama. again and again. Ah. You will begin to actually experience your experiences rather than going through the motions while thinking about what you've got to do next. Those ten minutes will wind up giving you infinite peace of mind by intimating you with your present.7495 now! . Getting into the now will deepen your appreciation of every moment of life. and you will have grounded yourself enough to focus on your breath. but you wonder… when do I have the time? The answer is. In the thick of your day.even when it brings unfair or painful things your way. note them. By remaining focused in the moment. or if you're standing. this can be shortened to simple deep breathing. you've got to make it . Repeat. Take a few minutes at lunch (before you eat . one way to focus is to turn attention to your body. and then being aware everything around you.572. Return your focus to your breath 8. recentering activity you'll ever experience. the most impressive thing about them is their intense focus on everyone they meet. Basically. If you've ever seen footage of a guru. on their surroundings and their clear energy. Observe the weight in your chair. too. You can live that way.

. the principal text of Taoism (the philosophy/religion from which the phrase "go with the flow" stems) dictates that we must empty to be full.and the practice of meditation is just about as old! Even Lao Tzu's 2500 year old book Tao Te Ching.Empty and Be Full Mind-clearing meditation The need to clear out our thoughts has been an issue since the beginning of time .

Don't stress if it takes you time to calm your mind . By contrast. the purity of the mind achieved during meditation is essential to gain access to Higher Self. we focus our full undivided attention on a specific thought. tai-chi and visualization.meditation. post-millennium. are more than our thoughts and our bodies . A meditative state may be maintained for a few seconds or a few hours. by deeply relaxing the physical body and then trying to keep the mind completely "blank" with no thoughts whatsoever. goal or skill. meditation is an exercise aiming to prevent thoughts in a natural way. In exercises such as yoga. while based on a simplistic ideal. According to Buddhist traditions. Western mind.What is meditation? Meditation is frequently confused with various forms of concentration.we are the state of being. It takes time The idea is that we. depending on your skill. is a really hard state to achieve particularly for the fast paced. as humans. Mystical Uses of Tea .

there is a tea for everyone. Cultivating your tea Whether you're a novice or a connoisseur. And rightfully so! In recent years.and psychic readings! Therefore we'd like to help you appreciate the fine art of tea from the information below. numerous studies have been conducted showing that the antioxidants found in teas can aid in reducing cardiovascular disease.Reading tea leaves and more! by Jen Tartaglione The can also aid in stress relieving meditation .right behind water. The best way to start your own tea collection is to be adventurous and try out different types that maybe you've never heard of. Do a . But tea is more than just a wonder tonic . soothing aura of tea has propelled this centuries old drink to be the second most commonly consumed beverage in the world . preventing cancer and improving overall immune system health.

is an age old practice of divination in which a person's future is foretold based on gazing at and interpreting the shapes formed by used tea leaves. swirl the cup three times from left to right. Reading tea leaves A tea leaf reading. Where they are in the cup determines when they will happen with the rim being the present. A cat signals deception or a false friend. A forked line means there is a decision to be made.they tend to have the most varied collection of premium teas.and pampering yourself. A crescent moon means prosperity or good fortune. A fish signals good fortune. you'll notice that the leaves clinging to the sides form different shapes. the addition of tea to your routine is a great alternative method of relaxation . A heart represents pleasures and of your neighborhood and find out if there is a tea house or vendor near you . While the processes vary from culture to culture and person to person. Some of the most common symbols are listed below: An acorn means prosperity or good health. An eye means caution. If that's not an option. After steeping and drinking the tea (leave just a little bit of liquid). the side being the near future.start your search there! Like yoga or meditation. tea's rise in popularity has commanded an expansive position in the super market . When you then gaze into the cup. Then turn the cup upside down over the saucer allowing the water to drain. A chain symbolizes an engagement or wedding. . The bottom of the cup is the distant future. Birds mean good news or a journey. the first step is to put a pinch of tea leaves into a cup and pour boiling water over them. The shapes that you see and their placement make up your reading. known as Tasseography.

9208 began her psychic career through the use of tea readings. there are many other uses of tea as a tool for relaxation. or you'll learn that you are your own best psychic! Relax with tea If reading your future or a personalized ceremony doesn't quite cut it for you. Next. In fact. Take your used tea leaves (or bag) and wrap them in either a cloth or paper towel. be mindful of your current feelings and surroundings and then follow the steps above to do your own tea reading.something that has a design or striking color that appeals to you.A knife symbolizes a broken friendship. then place them over your eyes for a tea spa treatment. and make the space as inviting as possible. Create your own tea ceremony! Whether you enjoy British high tea or a Japanese tea ceremony. A tower symbolizes disappointment. or listen to alluring music and go into a meditative state. The best part is it works like aroma therapy and is a great stress reliever for your eyes! If you're partial to . or a lazy Sunday afternoon on your patio.maybe over time your feelings will change. A straight line means progress whereas a wavy line signals an uncertain path. What does your interpretation say about you and your current state of mind? Record your feelings and observations in a journal . A snake can mean either an enemy or wisdom. Choose a tea set that speaks to you . Bring a book or magazine. find your own spot of serenity. Pour hot water over them. Wings represent messages. participating in a tea ritual is a great stress reliever. But don't feel bound to carry on the traditions of yesteryear. If you need more information. A spider is a reward for work. Jayzie ext. whether it be at the kitchen table five minutes before work. make up your own ceremony. ask one of our gifted psychics. When you've finished your tea.

According to the publication. purity and versatility. Likewise. . the Dalai Lama says that in his current dealings politically and otherwise. realized he had to make a choice." While Buddhism taught him to respect the moon as a generator of light. While American judiciaries battle over religion-free science education.and no we're not talking about a Long Island Iced Tea. He suggested a healthy dose of skepticism toward religious pronouncements according to the publication. We think they were on to something. the Dalai Lama's scientific awakening came when he "looked through a telescope and on seeing the shadows in the craters of the moon. You can find recipes on the Internet or at your local tea shop or bookstore. In the end. the Dalai Lama expressed what some may find a surprising stance on the debate over science and religion. he chose to believe science. while supporting faith. more detailed research into the benefits of meditation on the brain. he favors scientific evidence over classical Buddhist concepts. but he didn't give up his religion. science showed him that the moon reflected the sun's rays. Whether you want to know your future. But he says the two needn't cancel each other out. When he visited the Society for Neuroscience to discuss pursuing further. the Lama urges people to take a path of peace between the perspectives. Science and Spirituality The Dalai Lama's philosophy When the Dalai Lama speaks on the relationship of science and religion. Make a green tea margarita or take your favorite herbal blend and make a martini out of it. you're looking for a way to chill out or you want to be healthy. you may be surprised by what he says. take a tip from the ancients drink tea.spiking your coffee. Tea is an ancient drink known for simplicity. you can do that with tea also .

"Although science can overturn spiritual teachings, people can benefit from scientific understanding without losing faith," he reasoned. The Tibetan leader also emphasized that religion can help science, not just hinder it, using meditation as his example. Specifically, he urged neuroscientists not to discount the role of the Buddhist tradition on the brain. "Try to find reality with an open mind," he said, referring both to investigations in science as well as to studies in Buddhist thought. "Without investigation, we can't see reality."

Healing Hands

Reiki can restore your flow of energy

Multiple news outlets ranging from Malaysia to Canada have recently run reports on Reiki, an alternative healing method wherein the practitioner lays hands on the client sending healing energy to affected areas. Skeptics say it's just "esoteric mumbo-jumbo," but advocates argue that there is a universal energy which can be accessed by all people we just don't all know how to do it! Reiki relates to the chakras (or energy centers) of the human body, and the practice of laying hands itself is said to cleanse the chakras, leaving them open and in balance. For Michael Weiss, a Reiki teacher in the German city of Bielefeld, Reiki has become essential. "Normally the person lies on a couch and I place my hands on different parts of the body like the head, chest, stomach, legs and back," Weiss tells a Malaysian newspaper. "It is like being a radio receiver for energy and passing it on." Experts say that Reiki can be learned by anyone. However, Weiss warns that Reiki is not an alternative to seeing a doctor. "It is important to see a doctor first. The course is not enough to reach a diagnosis," he says. A typical session lasts between 30 minutes to an hour, and according to Weiss "is based on the free will of the individual. He who wants to receive Reiki, receives it. He who does not want it will not get it." Enhance your spiritual self In any case, Reiki is a holistic approach to wellness that requires using the mind, body and spirit connection.

Welcoming Wealth to Your Home

Feng Shui for prosperity
by Maryam Henein

Feng Shui, which means wind and water, is all about the mellifluous flow of energy. This ancient art of placement brings balance and harmony to a physical space. Feng represents the wind that carries the universal life force -- also known as Chi -- through space. Shui is the water that meanders underneath the earth, transporting Chi. Unbalanced and stuck energy affects your life. Not to mention your pockets. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to regain stability, bring money into the house and increase your having-ness potential. Home Sweet Home

eight gold and one black. The idea is to have things running smoothly. fish ponds and fish tanks come into play. Stand at your front door facing into the house. we'd all live in a home with a view of the water -. Location. your wealth area is at the back of the . "If you choose a fish tank. Additionally. happiness and wealth. Ideally. A puddle is as close as we's considered a magnet for good luck. Alas. Location. Wealth Area Do you know where your financial "power spot" is? Prosperity is associated with the back left corner of any space. consider finally fixing those broken things around the house. but living in a large space actually promotes more wealth. it should be large enough to contain nine fish -. That's when artificial sources such as fountains. Even if you live in a nice neighborhood but in a small crammed apartment. The gold attracts wealth." says Richard Webster. like that busted smoke detector in the hallway or the leaky faucet in the bathroom. many of us don't have that luxury. This is because it makes the land abundant and fertile." adds Wittrock. Go With the Flow Gently flowing water has always been related to money in Feng Shui. living on a dead-end street speaks for itself. "It might sound ironic. author of several books including Feng Shui for Beginners. says Feng Shui Specialist Valentina Wittrock. and the black provides protection. (Drips denote a loss of wealth). you are restricting your potential. Obviously living in a ramshackle neighborhood is not conducive to success. These are known as "silent affirmations" as the Chinese automatically think of money when they see the fish. Energy has to be able to dance. The first suggestion is to live in the right place. If moving is not an option. Meanwhile size apparently does matter.

and clutter in your money power spots can clog up your cash flow. If you don't yet have ample money to share. Also." affirms Wittrock. Meanwhile. Increasing the lighting in this part of the room. trash bins. or too much clutter. "Clutter is a sign of stagnant energy. Handle the Green How do you handle your money? Is your cashola neatly sorted in your wallet or clip or are there crumpled bills all over the place? Clean out your purse and start handling your money as though you truly value it. and it needs to flow through your life. not just into it. It takes about six weeks to remove negative thought patterns. First off. do you believe that money is evil? Or that having money means that someone will do without? These beliefs have got to go! Repeat: I am worthy to have money. Giving within your means makes space for even greater abundance -. live're telling the universe that you trust that you are taken care of. . crystals and chandeliers. give of your time. it's useless. There should be no big/heavy furniture. consider writing your thoughts about money and wealth in a journal. Money is coming my way! Repeat these phrases or similar ones while you are waiting at the bank or while driving to have on the left-hand side. This can be accomplished with mirrors. Every thought you have about wealth from the past influences the present. energy and appreciation. Review the journal after the week and reflect on the underlying theme about money and wealth. Money is a form of energy. each room also has a wealth area. or house can also encourage wealth. It's time to reprogram your mind and bolster your worthiness. Meanwhile. Check and Change That 'Tude Your attitude about wealth and prosperity is vital. You can do all the Feng Shui things in the world but without the proper perspective beliefs.

express gratitude. Actualize Your Goals Feng Shui your next promotion by A. It's about taking control of your environment and adapting it to reflect who you'd like to be and what you'd like to achieve. take a look at the space in which you're working. The more you notice and express appreciation for blessings received (no matter how small).K. It's about making conscious. Boyle Feng Shui is more than an ancient Chinese art of harnessing energies. If you're looking for career success and wondering what to do to precipitate that long-awaited promotion. including money. . and make sure it is helping you to realize your goals.Last but certainly not least. It can be intricate and involved or serve as a simple guiding principle. the more good things will come your way. deliberate choices for change.

Wealth and career are clear target areas. This corner of your desk is also ideal for thoughtfully chosen power symbols. If you share an office with a co-worker. then papers begin to accumulate on your desk. arrange your desk so it is facing the door at a diagonal. Wealth and Prosperity are represented in the far left corner. When you eliminate clutter in your space. the essential grid of Feng Shui.Eliminate clutter Clutter is a negative influence on the way we see ourselves and our work. You know it's something you need to address. but there are other. your bookshelves. It's easier to arrange your priorities and you feel more at ease and in control. You may be surprised to find the corresponding area of your life is exactly what needed clarification. and leads to a permissive attitude about disorganization in other parts of our lives. According to the bagua map. It makes us less effective and breeds feelings of confusion. try to make sure you are facing the same direction. hopelessness and impotence. Career is the middle of the front wall . Pay special attention to which areas in your office tend to gather clutter and compare it to a Feng Shui bagua map. possibly unexpected areas of your life that contribute to the advancement of your career. and the way others see us. there are two primary areas of your office where you would focus to actualize a promotion. If you're facing into your office from the door. Clutter breeds more clutter. Adorn this corner with symbols of money. you are also clearing your mind for new direction. Think direction Whenever possible. but you move on to other more pressing tasks. even the floor. and soon the many half-finished projects in your mind look much like the disheveled office around you. Perhaps a manager recommends you for a promotion or a co-worker mentions an impressive accomplishment in front of your . so as not to create any symbolic tension or conflict.the wall closest to you. First your books have arranged themselves haphazardly on the shelf.

in the center of the back wall. Plants are known to represent wealth. Think about the kind of change you would like to bring into your life. Oftentimes the symbols that will work best for you are those that are personally appealing. and Fame and Reputation. efficient. however. Welcome Your Success Use Feng Shui to open the door . and concentrate on making those areas bright. Crystals are said to be great organizers. you are ready to empower those spaces with strategic symbols. just that you are surrounded by reminders of your personal power. horses. powerful or simply relaxed. These symbols may take the form of token reminders of your specific goals. your intentions and the promise you've made to welcome certain energies into your life. ships. children whose college education you are planning or a painting of a beach where you plan to vacation. If you strategically place an item in your office that makes you feel organized. and inviting prosperity into that space. that symbols are just that. which may very well leave you more productive and put clients or executives who frequent your office at ease.boss. such as a picture of a new home you'd like to buy. Maybe the promotion (or new career) that would bring most prosperity is high-profile. birds. will become your most notable influence. and can also improve mood and reduce stress. It's not crucial that you adorn your door with a bell fashioned from seven metals. It is important to understand. There are many other items that traditionally represent wealth or power: dragons. bells and water are much loved harbingers of prosperity. you are adorning your workplace with positive Feng Shui. Power symbols Once you've determined which areas are essential to your career goals. and metal coins bring additional income. Helpful People & Travel are represented in the front right corner. uncluttered and symbolic of success.

or don't particularly like the sound of wind chimes? Think of other ways to reflect the same sentiment. consider this: Feng Shui is simply a way of telling the universe you're ready to accept your desires as a part of your life. You may be surprised at the result! Welcome energy Feng Shui experts suggest that you hang wind chimes outside near the front door and place a birdbath or bird feeder in your front yard if you're looking to advance in your career. whether it's by getting a new job. For instance. But if you literally make room for whatever it is you want it follows that the chances you'll get it certainly aren't going to be hurt. if you're looking to move forward in your career. If you don't welcome abundance. it's a long shot to pour in. consider playing more music around . So. shifting gears altogether or finding a way to be happy where you are. even if only by shifting your perspective. armed as we are with the power to create our own realities. Smith Feeling stuck in a work related situation? You're not alone. Job issues continue to be high on the list of problems we all face as citizens of the S. While the idea of moving your household around in order to achieve a certain end may sound a little far out to some. Why? Both are examples of ways to enhance the amount of energy surrounding your home. we've got a few pointers from the ancients. Take just a few of these Feng Shui tips and you may see your luck . one has to conclude that it will help. But if you're tapped out of resources and feel like you just can't possibly be any more proactive than you already are. consider making the following changes around your home and office. So what do you do if you don't have a front yard. In fact. getting a promotion.and your energy change! The Chinese have been using Feng Shui to enhance all areas of their lives for literally thousands of years.K.

is that you go through your home and find at least 30 . Don't take those you don't truly want . Belief creates reality. imagine the peace you'll feel with the gentle sound of water flowing laying the backdrop to your days. A welcome mat or colorful flag are other common signs of a Feng Shui home. Ah.things you no longer need that you can donate to charity or throw away. One of the first things financial expert Suze Orman recommends in her book.and if finances dictate you've got no choice. water One of the first elements of a Feng Shui home is running water.that you can and will earn the money to replace things that are broken. Then. The same goes for opportunities. And there's a method to her your life. When we let things we don't need pile up it's as if we're telling the universe we've got to hold on to the unnecessary for fear we'll never be able to replace it. In other words. The basic . First. Whatever you do. Make room for the new There's no better way to clear the clutter of your mind than to clear the clutter of your home! Clean lines and minimal furnishings are the hallmarks of a Feng Shui state of being . Thought-action is one of the most important elements for those who practice Feng Shui. There's a reason (probably several!) that spas and relaxation centers often have flowing fountains. these symbols serve to remind you of what you're seeking (and welcoming). installing walkway lights or burning incense near your front door.and with good reason! Think about it. it's a soothing sound. don't stay in them any longer than you have to. you will make that happen. remember what it stands for. On top of that. worn or simply no longer of use or necessary.that's right 30 . Placed near your front door it symbolizes the flowing of money abundance .with every fiber of your being . By accepting and believing .the house. an inviting atmosphere (from the point of entrance) is the key to bringing new elements (like money and success) to your door. The Courage To Be Rich.

consider the advice of the ancients. Live it. This last recommendation takes that quite literally! Feng Shui experts suggest making lists of your career goals. learn it.and happiness. it usually takes illness to acknowledge how important physical wellbeing is in our day to day lives. love it. But don't stop there. there's nothing like reminding yourself of what you want and what your intentions are. Consider what you'd do if you never had to work again. being sick on any level sucks. In turn. it's not always preventable. gladly. over the sink come to mind). and place your lists in key spots of your home (the office. Chinese Secrets 5 ways to boost your life force by S. Smith Select an RSS reader Health is something we all take for granted . they would have done it. you will be more fulfilled and thereby.root of this tip: empty and be full. And unfortunately. Ask anyone who's been sick for any length of time and they'll probably tell you if there was something they could have done differently to prevent prolonged illness. The Chinese art of Feng Shui has been practiced for centuries and it offers some tips for . It's a basic key to success .until we lose it! Whether it's to a common cold or something far more serious. Wish list If you haven't caught on yet. The idea is that you'll be more likely to start incorporating these aspects of yourself into your day to day if you remember that they exist. If money were no object. to increase your energy and improve your general state of well-being. Simply put. near a mirror. more successful. But if you're looking for a way to boost your life force.K. how would you spend your time? Where would you find satisfaction? Write these things down too.

will do the trick. so obviously. Fresh flowers and plants will work wonders for your mind. live plants are optimal. most of us are familiar with the soothing quality of scents. one of the best ways you can encourage your own state of well being is to surround yourself with life energy. physical healing effect on us. Animal magnetism If you really want to take this up another notch. Just be sure to keep them healthy. but the idea is to surround yourself with life force. And Feng Shui practitioners recommend that you put plenty around the house and yard (or whatever space you've got). Dried flowers are considered bad for your energy (after all. which naturally generates even more positive energy in your home and in your life. or whatever other houseappropriate animal will help to stimulate your energy and re-root you. on the other hand. Not only can smells have an actual. especially if you have an allergy or can't spend weekly on the fresh stuff. A dog.or maintaining . Related Articles Scent-sational By now. and the Chinese recommend that those seeking to improve their overall health use incense and aromatherapy candles regularly.your health! Plants and flowers According to the experts. There are "scentual" cures for every ailment. body and spirit in this tradition. but the calming energy of a welcoming home is only enhanced by pleasing aromas. Silk flowers.improving . By taking the time to surround yourself in health-promoting properties . They are champions of people who love unconditionally. they're dead) and may allow you to stay trapped in old energy or hold onto old patterns that are making you sick in some way (or at least not letting you blossom). Feng Shui experts recommend getting a pet. Same goes for dying or wilting plants. cat.

the Chinese believe that certain colors can promote health and spirituality. but make sure you fix any leaky faucets (inside and out) and always turn the water all the way off! Likewise. your health center . that would be green with healthy. Likewise. put the toilet seat down when you leave the room. Green. In Feng Shui tradition.down the toilet! All about the message Like all things. in particular is said to soothe and replenish the soul. you need to pay attention to your body if you want to be healthy… and you need to send that message to the universe as well. most attributes to a life well-lived have an area of the house dedicated to them. donning yellow stimulates the mind and putting on a little something blue promotes tranquility. not only is it advisable to decorate your bathrooms in earth tones ("to figuratively dam the leak" as one expert puts it). bathrooms can drain your health and your finances. You may find yourself on the sunnier side of things when the day is done! Down the drain In Feng Shui tradition. Note which areas you feel you could use a little help with and dress accordingly. On the other hand. Like many other groups. The health area of your home should not be cluttered in anyway. they believe that wearing pink melts anger. Make sure this area is tended to.or your well being . and they suggest that those who are ailing or simply concerned about health wear it often and place it in key areas of their homes. right? Well in Feng Shui tradition.(energetically scents do qualify) you welcome well-being and optimal health. Go green You've heard the saying green with envy. nor should it be the place you store garbage of any sort. Health finds its home in the left-center section of each room and (if you have a yard) in the leftcenter section of your property (considered when standing at your front door). You don't want to flush your money . To prevent this from happening. since green is the color of health.

put energy into maintaining this area of your home.a key component to lasting health and a life well-lived! Clean Green . and watch your energy levels increase .shouldn't be completely empty either! Plants and other green items are highly recommended inhabitants of your health space. Whatever you decide.

" And even though she was joking. the wafts of ammonia and chlorine were not particularly pleasing." This particular writer was then inspired to do some research.Is disinfectant disrupting your inner peace? An article in the Tufts Daily begins: "As we stretched out and prepared for another early yoga class. "the Lysol is disrupting my inner peace. It's pretty common knowledge that the ingredients in common daily household supplies contain skin and eye irritants and may even cause allergic reactions. but for many. the school of thought has been "what's the alternative?" But there is another option for getting your house spic and span without using any products that may impede your well-being. and what she found out might be a little surprising… or not. a student in front of me said. .

Recharge Your Chakras Enhance your spiritual self Chakras are energy centers in your body and according to Ayurveda. The Sacral Chakra (or Svadhisthana) is right below your belly button. It is said to connect us to the earth and create our personal boundaries. easily distracted or confused. Connecting to your core and strengthening your spine would be helpful. Your root chakra may be clogged if you're feeling disconnected from others (or yourself). tropospheric ozone and poor indoor air quality. blocked creativity or feelings of powerlessness. When one gets clogged. . Taking care of your chakras will help optimize your energy flow. and get the most out of your day to day. The Root Chakra (or Muladhara) is at the base of your tail bone. If you're experiencing low sex drive. emotional and spiritual health. And with more and more stores carrying products that don't contain substances that contribute significantly to the production of photochemical smog. there are seven of them governing physical. It's mean to be our sexual center and the root of all creativity. green cleaning is an option in the home as well. Institutions including Harvard University are implementing environmentally sound cleaning programs for their custodial services (improving the health of custodians and building occupants alike).Green cleaning is sweeping the country. your sacral chakra's flow may be off. so do the others and your flow is interrupted. These chakra-specific signs of imbalance will help you determine the sources of issues as they arise for you. They work individually and together to form the chakra system. Exercises that help you feel firmly rooted to the ground are beneficial.

or bridge pose) will help get things going again. This chakra is the control center for communication and controls our ability to speak and listen open and honestly. your throat chakra may be in need of some attention. This is the governing chakra of thoughts which also allows us to distinguish between fantasy and reality. you can tell if it's out of whack if you're having trouble letting go of the past (relationships or events) and experiencing an inability to trust or get close to others. just above the eyebrows. The Heart Chakra (or Anahata) is right in the center of your chest. Wringing out your middle (for example with twist poses in yoga. heartbreak. Spiritual energy enters our minds and bodies through this chakra. Loss of focus. Salt water gargles and shoulder stands will help set you on the path to a healthier energy flow. It's the source of intuition (or gut feelings) and the seat of our egos. Nightmares are a symptom of imbalance as well. The Brow Chakra (or Ajna) is the so called third eye. located between your eyes. Opening your heart and chest (as in sun salutations) may make the difference you need to re-charge this chakra. the Crown Chakra isn't working properly if you're feeling disconnected or pessimistic and avoiding any new experiences or . grief and fear. If you're feeling overwhelmed or insignificant.The Solar Plexus Chakra (or Manipura) is at the "v" where your lower ribs meet (between your chest and your navel). daydreaming and mild forgetfulness signal that something's up with your Brow Chakra. The Crown Chakra (or Sahasrara) is located on the top of the head. The Throat Chakra (or Visuddha) is right where it sounds like it should be . Often symbolized by an open lotus flower. and you can't make a decision. If you're having trouble speaking up for yourself. when it's working the center of the neck. Meditation and balanced alignment are two ways to properly energize this chakra. The focus point of love. this is the chakra that you should focus on. are experiencing a lot of miscommunication or are even lying a lot. like you don't matter.

the grass is green or brown (depending on how much water it gets)… Color is part of the underlying essence of the universe. color is universal.ways of seeing things. you may find that you feel more focused instantly. And indeed. then relax all the muscles in your body beginning at your feet. the colors you give off (and take in) say something about you too! Here comes the sun Have you ever noticed the way a day in the sun drains you . Red or Yellow? How colors and your aura work Color is nature's language . Now the aura The saying goes that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. surrounding us every day. In fact.and yet makes you feel so good? Color is part of what emanates from the sun. When you come back into your body. Deeper relaxation may be key to correcting the problem. most people can say that we get immediate feelings when being introduced to others for the first time. We're comfortable or uncomfortable. filling our bodies and interacting with our own matter where you're from or what you do each day. Greece. In recent years. Take slow deep breaths and tense. It has been used since early times to facilitate health and well-being. All of these processes take work and regular maintenance. We feel immediate connections and . Care for your chakras and you'll see how they care for you. The sky is blue (in various shades). China and Tibet. Feeling Blue. People have energetic components as well. the scientific community has come to accept that the human body is more than just flesh and bone. color healing was taught in the great temples of Egypt. And it's not just in nature that color creates mood. It's important to remember that energy flow is constant.

It puts your life back into action with the burning desire to get somewhere. lust) at first site. giving us the courage to face the consequence of our actions and see things through to completion. This is the same scientific data that accounts for the order the colors appear in a prism or a rainbow (red is fastest and first. The red personality is that of the pioneer and the go-getter. Red energy quickens the spirit and is exhilarating but practical. etc). and more specifically the color of someone's aura. Orange energy expands and break down barriers. PINK: BASE/HEART CHAKRA The color of love Pink is a gentler version of red.the only difference between different people is in the speed of vibration. We are all made up of energy and light . A warm and caring color it represents awakening. we even experience love (or for skeptics. it indicates that your attention is currently focused on a particular area of your body.repulsions. If your vibration is of a certain color. your chakra: RED: BASE CHAKRA The color of courage Red is a fiery force. The pink personality is tender. Your automatic internal response upon meeting someone is a consequence of feeling the other person's energy field or color vibration. Your color. The orange personality is a lover of freedom. Occasionally. ORANGE: SACRAL CHAKRA The color of opportunity Orange is the color of material opportunity. . The colors of a person's aura are also associated with the activity of the chakras. giving and vulnerable with a strong feminine side. Well it all relates to colors.

The yellow personality has the latest information and is very precise. Green energy indicates dependability. Yellow energy assimilates. unravels and reveals. The blue personality values honor and sincerity above anything else and is the calming opposite of red. a sociable nature. BLUE: THROAT CHAKRA The spirit of truth Blue is the color of expression and requires caution to think before it leaps. The indigo personality can reconcile science and religion. selflessness and a love of the good life. VIOLET: CROWN CHAKRA The colour of peace Purple or violet is the color of aristocracy of the spirit. The purple personality is a visionary working with the highest levels of thought and prefers to be self-employed. Purple indicates acute psychic perception on a day to day basis. A person relating to the green aspect will strive to bring harmony to any situation. GREEN: HEART CHAKRA The color of balance Green is the color of progress with willingness to share its prosperity. it is flexible and adaptable. Feng Shui For Simplicity Make room for a clutter-free mind . Dominant yellow energy produces a great communicator.YELLOW: SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA The color of intellect Yellow is the brightest color in the spectrum. INDIGO: THIRD EYE CHAKRA The color of perception Indigo inspires to be the spiritual master. The great writers and creators relate to this color.

author of the Feng Shui Anthology. "Have nothing in your home unless it's beautiful. functional or beneficially symbolic. That way "things don't even stand a chance of getting together. dust. It seems that muddle is the price of living in a fastpaced society such as ours. no mercy." insists Jami Lin. your car and anything else that calls your name. Simplicity comes with the territory.and why not just read your .by Maryam Henein Feng Shui is a holistic and metaphysical study of self and environment. this likely isn't the case. we tend to collect stuff and it just ends up getting stored somewhere. "My favorite two words are. here are some suggestions that should help: Weekly clean up "In America. Make it a habit so when the week rolls to a close you are ready and willing to organize your purse. Same goes for newspapers . Because. Alas. as you can already attest. But.not to mention all the work that we constantly need to churn out. Ban stacks and nick naks Clear the clutter! Clear the madness! If you're a victim of stacks likemost people. The result? Piles and piles. consider tackling scarier spaces such as garages and closets. Lin suggests only having two books or magazines going at the same time. One way to achieve this in your life is to remember that less is definitely more. your desk. if you look around at your surroundings. Many of us barely have time to keep up with all the things that accumulate: bills. energy needs space to move and flow. It will take time and effort but you will feel lighter and clearer afterward. Besides. Also. as does neatness and clarity. a clutterfree environment is synonymous with a clutter-free mind. every six months. Get rid of the stacks by your bed or in your living room. paperwork . in this land of immediate gratification." To oblige to this phrase." adds Lin. Lin suggests making the effort to clear things out on a weekly basis.

and so it's a good idea to feature some empty space in every room. simplicity doesn't mean minimalism. they have to be in proportion with the area you've chosen to display. Nothing should be blocking or cutting Chi. And of course. recyle your magazines away. you know the drill. Navigate Your home should not resemble a furniture store. This also prevents the energy to flow through. give it away to the Salvation Army or other charities you are connected with. You need space to navigate. show "no mercy. You want simplicity not chaos." says Wittrock. It's time to make room. Finally. remember that letting go tells the universe that you trust . co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Feng Shui. If you tend to hoard. adds Feng Shui Expert Valentina Wittrock. Remember.and that you are ready to fill that space with something more enriching. "Objects don't have to be plain. confirms Val Biktashev. strike a balance between stuff and space." As far as nick naks go. With that said. don't put large furniture in the middle of the room. Feng Shui for Partnership .news online? As much as it hurts. Lin suggests only placing three accessories on any surface. rather whatever you place in your home should symbolize prosperity for yourself. If you don't use it. And.

then you attract a ten into your life.Here are some tips to consider: The yin and the yang of things Life is all about balance. the ancient art and science of Feng Shui can certainly help. If you see yourself as a ten. giving and receiving need to be on par. and you need to allow yourself to receive. or you want to enhance an existing partnership that seems to be lacking the zipididoodah that it once had. Are you an opportunist who takes and takes but never gives? Or do you give selflessly without speaking your needs? The energy in a relationship (and life in general) needs to move in both directions. You need to give your heart knowing you are taken care of. In order to get that Chi (Qi) to flow freely in your life and bring health and strength. signaling to the universe that you know your self-worth.Use this Ancient Art to Spruce Things Up by Maryam Henein If you want to attract a partner into your life. Are you being loving with your .

lover? Give him a gift simply because he has graced your life. The location of the lovenasium Anytime relationship issues are at hand, especially personal ones, we have to consider the Lovenasium (a.k.a the bedroom). Ideally when you move into your home you should make sure that your bedroom faces a direction/aspect that is synonymous with auspicious flying star energies, says Feng Shui expert Jami Lin, author of the Feng Shui Anthology. ! Flying Star Feng Shui studies how time and space affect your health, wealth and relationships with others. So the magnetic orientation of a dwelling, along with the year the home was built are important factors that determine the innate character of the house, according to The Complete Idiot's Guide to Feng Shui. For instance, you wouldn't want your bedroom to be situated in Severed Fate or Burglary with Fire. The partnership will bloom if you are lying down in a positive aspect such as Youthful and Bright Future. You can also figure out which direction to place your bed based on his and hers birthdays. An expert can help you figure out what Flying Star energies correlate with your home. Make space and live life clutter-free Obviously, your bedroom is associated with the intimacy of a romantic relationship. As we've mentioned before, clutter is a big nono in Feng Shui. Clutter anywhere inside the bedroom (and this means under the bed as well as hidden in drawers) will create a traffic jam of chi that won't allow the love to flow, says Feng Shui expert Ellen Whitehurst. It can contribute to fatigue, lack of focus, and difficulty sleeping. When you and your partner are tired, cranky, and distracted much of the time, your relationship is probably not getting the quality attention it needs and deserves. If you are single, a cluttered bedroom will make it more difficult for a new relationship to get started.

If you don't have a partner yet, it may be a good idea to clear a space for them. "That special someone who may be just around the corner might need a little extra shove from the Shui and the quickest yet most effective way to do that is to empty a drawer, make some room in the closet and push aside a little space in the medicine cabinet," adds Whitehurst. Acting "as if" your partner is getting ready to make their move, will actually create energies that will help call in your partner-to-be. It's also important, if you're looking for a new love, to get rid of anything that exists from any old ones. Love letters, pictures of the two of you together, old stuffed animals won at the county fair, they all have to go, says Whitehurst. Tea for two and two for tea Be sure to place everything in pairs around this room as well as this notifies the universe that you are willing to work in a partnership. Two nightstands, two candlesticks, and two sets of pillows say that 'there's no room for loneliness inside this space.' If you have three of something, (three pillows on the bed?) remember that three is a crowd!

Yin, Yang and You

Be true to you in relationships
Whether you know it or not, you or someone you know has probably been victim of the "maybe if I like what they like, they'll like me syndrome." It starts off with a newfound interest in your date's favorite sport (you mean they actually put poker on TV?) or giving into their Friday night movie selection (yet another romantic comedy!) and before you know it, you've forgotten who you were as an individual before your new love came your way. Worse still is the situation where a person is not even yours yet and you find yourself bending. Unfortunately, when love finally comes your way, the tendency can be to lose part - if not all - of yourself. The problem with that is becoming someone you aren't doesn't work in love any better than demanding your way all the time does. The key to a successful relationship is maintaining a healthy balance. This may seem like a new idea, but balance as an ideal goes all the way back to 500 BC

perfect circle where harmony is achieved. While you're at it. black and white circle known as the yin-yang symbol was born. When it comes to balancing your relationship. be sure to take time for yourself. when all is said and done. then maybe you can compromise and change plans altogether. A complete.when Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching and the familiar. utilize both your yin and yang energy to nicely assert yourself and your needs. minigolf. if it's not to your liking. Choose an activity you both enjoy (hike. While they may have to get used to not having you at their beck and call.. cook. share and instead pro-actively. independent of your love. Don't forget your friends. they don't need to come . share. clear and balanced experience that being together provides. whatever) and without discussing it. Take a look at the symbol itself. your passions or your aspirations.. share the mutually receptive. the next time you have the burning desire to have yet another conversation defining your relationship when your love is happy just spending time together. So the next time your love makes the assumption that you'll be going to a buddy's place for football on Saturday. stifle your urge to verbally share. Two halves of a whole (notice one is not bigger than the other) with yin being black with some white in it and yang being white with some black in it. If your desire is to go shopping. . physically experience something together. they'll appreciate the companionship of the whole person you've turned out to be! Who Finds What Attractive? The votes are in. having both yin and yang is a great place to start. and do the things you used to do. Conversely.if it's to do something together.

the Internet was not a popular method of dating. Eighty percent of Brazilian and Mexican men said they had lied about their marital or relationship status. But despite this gender gap. But as much as men and women are different. Thirty percent of Spanish men. Bad boys and girls Australians and British men frequently admitted drinking too much. as did 70 percent of German women. And in France. But no matter the country of residence. Brains or looks Almost all men placed higher importance on looks over brains in a .If you had to choose. would you rather your lover be good looking or funny? Where does honesty fall on your list? Do you expect a mate to have money? Canadian romance publisher Harlequin Enterprises recently conducted a survey asking people on six continents (in 16 countries) about traits they liked or disliked and how they went about trying to meet "the one. 40 percent of men but only 10 percent of women attended parties. bars and clubs to meet someone. the majority of people preferred to meet someone via introductions by mutual friends. Online romance Aside from Portugal (where about half of men and women say they go online for love). while about half of German and Italian men said they had lied about their finances. the study revealed how residents of different countries varied in the way they tried to impress the opposite sex. admitted trying Internet dating. but no Spanish women. women prefer someone who makes them laugh while men opt for those who catch their eye. The men of Spain were the most likely to use sex to catch a paramour's attentions. according to Reuters." Venus and Mars It's probably not a surprise to learn that when it comes to romance. both French men and French women rated looks as more important than their counterparts in other countries.

Brazil. getting 63 and 73 percent of the vote respectively. We think these five top the list! . no Australian men did the same. check out these expressions of love thorughout history. Love is Grand Top 5 romantic gestures of all time Ever heard the expression that a picture (or a song) is worth a thousand words? Well. women put a sense of humor at the top of their list. while once again. The two exceptions: Surprise. But while 40 percent of Portuguese men rated intelligence over looks in a first encounter. Japan and Britain. Greece. humor was considered the most important trait by both men and women. surprise! In the United States and Canada. according to the report. Physical attraction was the top priority for men in France.first meeting.

19-carat diamond ring in 1968. He tried to get her to leave his friend for ages.000 ($30. His heartache led him to write the song Layla. but there's no denying the undying love expressed for the Shah's lost beloved. based on the ancient Persian love poem The Story of Layla and Majnun. to no avail.1) The Taj Mahal Emperor Shah Jahan had this tomb built after his wife. Richard's first jewelry purchase for Liz was a 33." By far the best known of Richard Burton's purchases for Elizabeth was the 69.42-carat pear-shape "TaylorBurton Diamond. Layla While it's a rare occasion that wooing a married man or woman is advisable.000). Eric Clapton fell madly in love with his friend George Harrison's wife. For Elizabeth's 40th birthday in 1972 he gave her a heartshaped diamond known as the Taj-Mahal. 3) Please. 2) A girl's best friend Who can forget the chemistry of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra? Their love extended far beyond the film and will probably last several lifetimes if his love is measured by the jewels he bestowed upon his beloved. Mumtaz Mahal died while giving birth to their 14th child. this is one case where it worked. "I would have liked to buy her the Taj-Mahal but it would cost too much to transport. Rumor has it that after construction was complete the Shah had the chief mason's right hand chopped off so the Taj Mahal would remain truly one of a kind. The two enjoyed nine years of . The song was a hit and Pattie soon left Harrison to marry Clapton. You can see her wearing it in a number of post-1968 films." Elizabeth debuted the Taylor-Burton diamond for the first time when she attended Princess Grace's 40th birthday party in Monaco. For that he remarked. Pattie Boyd. Her next bauble was the La Peregrina Pearl for which Burton paid £15. A little extreme. Twenty thousand workmen spent 22 years building the marble and jewel studded tribute.

The man sells his grandfather's gold watch to buy his wife tortoise shell combs for her beautiful hair. they're even more grateful to simply have each other. Apparently. 4) The Gift of the Magi O. Wow! 5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Health . Henry's short story is considered by some to be the most generous . Joe DiMaggio never lost his love for Marilyn Monroe..albeit cheapest . Ah.romantic gestures ever. l'amour..marriage before separating.or addiction. even the biggest romantic gestures can't trump Karma . In the end. The Gift of the Magi is about a poor but desperately in love couple who secretly make huge sacrifices to buy each other Christmas gifts. When she died in 1962. The woman cuts off her hair and sells it to a wig maker in order to buy her husband a platinum chain for his watch. he placed a 20-year standing order with a flower shop to have long stemmed roses placed on her grave three times a week. 5) Flowers for Marilyn While they were married for just nine months.

Smith Stress. it affects everyone. Your health has even been affected. but you're too busy to do anything about it -. your romantic life has got you in knots or your unending questions about life in general are causing your mind to twirl faster than your washer's spin cycle (and for a whole lot longer at a clip).quick! by S. The great news is. Put them to use and in turn. you'll feel better -- . and you know you don't feel the same as you used to. In today's culture. exhausted even.or so you think! The good news is you're not alone. more than ever before. you're not actually too busy to fix the problem. You find yourself tired.Take these tips and get results -. Millions of people let stress damage their well being.K. you know that it's got to stop -. Whether your job is driving you crazy.but you can't imagine how to make that happen. These five simple suggestions take very little time from your schedule but do a lot to take the edge off your elevated stress levels.

a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We found that you could reverse those mood changes with carbohydrate-rich foods. but it's true. "Eating carbohydrates had a profound and dramatic effect in improving mood. Judith Wurtman. science has recently shown that not getting enough sun can be just as bad! Prostate Cancer and MS have recently been linked to Vitamin D deficiency -." Wurtman said. Consider that the flowers and trees can't grow without the sun's rays. difficulty concentrating. think again! A balanced diet is key to lowered stress levels. consider upping your good carb intake. in about 30 minutes. what you eat directly impacts your emotions on a daily basis! "You can manipulate your mood and your mental acuity just by what you eat and when. In fact. Whether it's half an hour at lunch or part of your weekend afternoon.inside and out! The Sunny Side of Life While we all know that too much sun (particularly on unprotected skin) can be detrimental to your health." . recent science proves it! So if you're one of those super busy types who thinks that fast food is all you can squeeze in. "I'm talking about anger.something that can be solved by getting out of the office (or the living room) and into the Sun. Not only that. exposing yourself more often will just make you feel better. What makes you think you're any different? You Are What You Eat It's an old saying." Dr. mental fuzziness. If you're feeling blah. depression. irritability. and the effects can happen very quickly. and author of Managing Your Mind and Mood Through Food tells MSN. make an effort to get more sun! In addition to the Vitamin D factor.

it's not like we'll stop 'til we're dead. make smart choices for your quick pick-me-up foods and you will see the difference. To avoid the dreaded desk job doldrums. After all. there's no better way to get it than to get the blood flowing in your body! Breathe It's so simple we take it for granted. While that may be true. and if not. it's not whether we breathe that's the problem. you may feel a little silly rolling your shoulders back in your office. and if your mind and spirit are in need of rejuvenation. try to get in some activity where you sit. try getting up more often throughout the day. Sure. breathing is involuntary -. Take walks around the office every two hours or so if you can. Skeptical? Consider that breath brings oxygen to your blood and by breathing more consciously and more deeply you increase blood flow to your extremities. Don't Stay Chained to a Desk! Days spent in an office in front of a computer will make even the sunniest healthy eaters irritable. consider that fatty-foods combined with carbs inhibit your digestion and reduce that "feel-good response" according to MSN. but what you actually are is smart! Science has proven the mind-body connection is a real and vital part of health. long. Whatever your individual needs are. as we all learned in grammar school science.But before you go reaching for cream cheese or peanut butter to pile onto that wheat bagel. deep breath and let the air really fill your lungs? By becoming aware of your breath -drawing it in through your nose and letting it flow out evenly (through your nose or your mouth). And Wurtman says protein is best for those facing longer periods of mental strain. When was the last time you took a good. you will do a lot to increase your energy. It's how we breathe. Make sense now? .

but you'll find that you're doing a much better job at the things you commit to wholeheartedly than you were when you had more to do and less to give to each task. The sign on the second house cusp reveals what you value most in life. and if you're trying. or what you must have to feel fulfilled. emotional or creative? Or do you feel that you have in abundance what others lack? Do you have a good sense of self-worth or do you wonder what that means? In all cases. our personal resources. you're no doubt failing to please yourself! Make it a practice to say yes only when you can truly deliver -. financial.without burning the candle at both ends. sensual. are revealed by the second house. this is a hard one. you'll be seen as someone who is practical.more effectively -. after all). not to mention that you'll feel a lot less stressed when you're not overloaded with commitments you can't really keep! Astrology Basics: Second House How you'll prosper lies here by Martine Jeanne Craughley Do you wonder why you are always worried about money? Or why you never have any? Do you feel that you lack resources. Instead of frazzled or moody (or holding it all in). energy and general mood.Breathe more consciously -. whether intellectual or material. eventempered and reliable. the steady. Believe it or not. . particularly if like so many of us. This is the house of Taurus. you'll make a much more lasting impression as well. It may seem hard when you start (you don't want to let anyone down. Learn to Say No Oh.and you will notice a shift in your consciousness levels. you're a people pleaser. strong bull of the zodiac and presided over by Venus the goddess of beauty. But the simple truth is that you can't please all of the people all of the time. art and values.

yet you're also a bit too tempted by luxury. you may try to find emotional security through your material possessions. Look for the planets in your second house and read the interpretation below and you'll have a much better idea of how to manage this essential area of your life: Sun You're likely to earn money from your radiant creativity. visually or through writing you'll go far. Moon The moon rules emotions. Mars Independent. That translates into real abilities with aesthetics: interior decorating. Jupiter The planet of good fortune has settled in your house of resources. and that is where you'll find your wealth. Your wealth may be 'easy come. Your only weakness is impulsiveness.your fortune will find you as long as you follow your true interests.Examining your birthchart can reveal the hidden strengths. However. she also lives here. Venus Venus is at home here. . You're competitive and confident . whether you use your ability to communicate verbally. Transform your need for security by developing a trusting relationship with yourself and those important people in your life. Mercury Your quick mind is your fortune. Lucky you. design or the arts. as she naturally rules the second house. active Mars in residence in your second house grants you a bent for entrepreneurship or leadership. decisive. easy go' until you learn self-control. which you'll have to learn to rein in or you'll lose financially. and this leaves you vulnerable. so it's likely that emotional security trumps everything else for you. challenges and weaknesses of this area of your life.

After all. If you find a way to harness your intuitive flashes. Uranus The planet of radical change. you'll be blessed with fortune. stubborn and . his incomparable powerful magnetism. Neptune Whoops! The planet of dreams. the planet of drive and ambition lives in your second house. Manage your money conservatively and you'll never have to worry about the poorhouse. let it turn grasping and fearful and you won't. his tendency to destroy everything in one passionate sweep of the arm. when it comes so easily. If you idle away your time dreaming of wealth to come. Yet. it's hard to believe that won't always be true. revolutions and sudden opportunities is a mixed blessing in the second house. illusions and creativity has taken up residence in the area of your life governing resources. You'll need to learn to merge your talents with the efforts of others without becoming dependent or resentful. not to cling to others for security. unique creativity and your soulfulness in right-livelihood.use your ambition well and you'll prosper. This is your challenge this lifetime. You'll have to develop the ability to ride out booms and busts but if you learn to manage unexpected change and reversals you'll live a life of unique opportunity.making you lucky with money but also likely to overspend. rainy days come for everyone. your deep. Pluto What a mixed bag! Pluto lends you his depth of insight. you'll find yourself older and poorer than your fertile imagination could have ever pictured. Yet this powerhouse is plagued with dark thoughts and fears . Saturn Ambitious and skittish. The lesson for you this lifetime is to see yourself as a resource. and unfortunately. You also have to learn to manage a tendency to be lazy.

Saturn. the financial advisor and TV personality who is best known for her popular books on building wealth. A childhood speech impediment and difficulty with reading made learning and self-expression a chore. Mars and possibly the Moon (depending on her time of birth) in Gemini. 1951.. The twins are the brainiacs of the zodiac because Gemini rules learning.and back to waitressing. was to blame. This man became her benefactor. So you would think that having an abundance of brainy influences would have made learning and self-expression a breeze for Orman. Rags to Riches: Suze Orman Astrology of a financial guru by Cortney Litwin How did a struggling waitress from a working-class family become a wildly successful financial guru-. and then gathered more checks from other customers. Saturn strikes again The second blow from Saturn occurred after she had finally graduated college.. He immediately wrote her a check for $2. insights and passions will be the fount of your fortune. The checks were accompanied by a note that read: . well into adulthood. If you learn to navigate these challenges.with a net worth of $10 million? It's all revealed in the chart of Suze Orman.000. information and communication. totaling $50.000. She told a man who frequented the restaurant where she worked about her dream of opening up a restaurant of her own. Then along came a windfall. Orman has Sun. A repressive square aspect between her Moon and Saturn in Virgo depleted her self-confidence. the planet of discipline and hardship.argumentative. Pluto's depths. only to find herself suffering from low selfesteem again . Not so. Let's take a peek at her astrological influences to discover the secret of her success. Destiny born of hardship Born on June 5.

So perhaps the key to Orman's success is her ability to share her combined financial and spiritual knowledge. an unscrupulous Merrill Lynch broker. much of her own prosperity comes from being a pioneer in her field. The feminine factor Another unusual aspect of Orman's work is her focus on financial issues unique to women. part of her karma is indicated by the North Node in Pisces. Orman's . the sign ruled by Neptune. one of the most interesting things about Orman's chart is her strong Neptune. if you can. This reinforces her spiritual destiny.) Obviously. which give her a talent for finances and the desire to help others. She discovered early on in her career that women are often hesitant to handle their own money. Also. who Orman had hired to invest her money." Orman has written books that offer practical information along with life lessons and spiritual insights that can improve your ability to attract prosperity. It's certainly not an influence you'd expect in a successful financial advisor. the sign of service. So how did she do it? Twin destinies One good thing came out of the investment fiasco: Orman went to work for Merrill Lynch. so that your dreams can come true. and Saturn in Virgo. With the guidance of her Neptune "twin. (Eventually she made enough money to pay back the loans. lost it all from risky investments. Orman had to overcome tremendous internal and external obstacles to fulfill her destiny as a communicator of financial know-how. However. To be paid back in ten years. the sign of money. It's the two faces of the Gemini twins. Plus." Losing it all Unfortunately. Within three months she was broke again. with no interest. which is where her financial career was launched. which trines her Sun and Mars. Spiritually oriented Neptune is the anti-materialism planet. Her practical "twin" manifests through Mercury in Taurus. as indicated by Jupiter in trailblazing Aries."This is for people like you.

And. place and time of birth. reveal many of your moneymaking talents and opportunities. But becoming familiar with your 2nd House is the best first step to creating prosperity. You can see Orman's Cancer influence in both her desire to own a restaurant and in her work teaching women about financial planning. Orman may have had a rough road to travel. First. this gives you enormous power over your finances. and which sign is on the cusp. Living your destiny brings emotional. women obviously play an important role in her love life as well. By knowing your 2nd House . Of can identify which endeavors will most likely lead to your financial success. check to see if you have any planets in your 2nd House. the sign of food. the planet of love and money. the 2nd House isn't the only financial indicator in a chart. The planet(s) in that House. spiritual and material fulfillment.male or female! Your Prosperity Potential Astrology can reveal your talents by Cortney Litwin Are you headed in the right direction to create prosperity? Does money come to you easily. family and women. but she finally fulfilled her Gemini destiny by sharing her knowledge and wisdom with others. along with the sign on its cusp. or is it an uphill battle to stay financially afloat? In your astrology chart. the 2nd House is your earning indicator.Venus. is in Cancer. Needless to say. you'll need an accurate chart based on your the most natural way for can learn by getting your astrological chart done . These influences point the way to creating wealth through your own efforts . being a lesbian. When you have your chart in hand. Then read the pertinent influences below to . Now she is one of the most admired financial and spiritual role models to all .

marketing. web design. casinos. children's activities or products and the hospitality industry. Venus in the 2nd House (or Taurus or Libra on the cusp): Your creativity attracts financial opportunities. Taking the lead in projects. mediation. upscale enterprises. interior decorating. radio. advertising. jewelry. clerical work. physical which activities will most likely open doors to financial success for you. martial arts. interior design and products for the home. sports. hotels. family-friendly activities. journalism. graphic design. Mercury in the 2nd House (or Gemini or Virgo on the cusp): Capitalizing on your logical side and developing your communications skills will bring financial gains. teaching. telecommunications. motivational speaking. women's activities or products. management. especially ones that use your creative gifts. and clothing design. Sun in the 2nd House (or Leo on the cusp): This is one of the best indicators for having your own business because you like to be in charge. Mars in the 2nd House (or Aries on the cusp): You're a go-getter when it comes to making money. which can come through the arts such as music. politics. counseling. will bring financial gains. public relations. sales. marriage counseling. domestic endeavors. . painting. public speaking. the beauty industry. yoga. party planning. advising. Look for opportunities through kinesiology. dealing with the public. cultural activities. transportation and the healing arts (if Virgo is on the cusp). Look for opportunities through catering. Also. research. Look for opportunities through writing. libraries. plumbing. matchmaking services. engineering. restaurants (and other food-related enterprises). Moon in the 2nd House (or Cancer on the cusp): Realizing your earning potential is connected strongly with activities that provide emotional fulfillment. the travel industry. acting. Look for opportunities through the entertainment field. landscaping and retail.

astrology and antiquities. ships. Also. law enforcement. acting. publishing and counseling. Look for opportunities through professional pursuits such as college-level teaching. although money may also burn a hole in your pocket. counseling. . governments. mining. Also. law. yoga and pharmaceuticals. such as music. foreign affairs. automobiles. holistic healing. archeology. Pluto in the 2nd House (or Scorpio on the cusp): You have a strong entrepreneurial drive and work best on your own. physical labor. military and working with machinery. accounting. electronics. philanthropy and religious/philosophical endeavors. charity work. real estate. Look for opportunities through the arts or healing. management. science. archeology and undercover work. Uranus in the 2nd House (or Aquarius on the cusp): You prefer to do things your own way and are talented at finding unusual financial avenues. filmmaking. and cruising. sex products. business. manufacturing. community affairs. Neptune in the 2nd House (or Pisces on the cusp): You have an idealistic approach to money and need to align your financial goals with your spiritual values. medicine. Opportunities can come through computer programming. the defense industry. efficiency work. psychology. politics. mass production. research. financial advising. insurance. gemstones. photography.promotion. human relations. banking. web design. electrical engineering. psychology. Saturn in the 2nd House (or Capricorn on the cusp): You're willing to work hard for what you get and are adept at stretching your money to the max. environmental activities. nursing. corporations. oceanography. physical labor and construction. graphic arts. television. the death industry. Look for opportunities through medicine. Look for opportunities through business. Jupiter in the 2nd House (or Sagittarius on the cusp): You always seem to attract what you need financially. architecture. import/export. spiritual endeavors.

but rather the combination of stocks. CNN Money experts advise people to mix it up when it comes to moolah. but keep in mind when you begin that the sooner you'll need the money you've put in. Sound complicated? It doesn't have to be. Begin by asking yourself the following questions: How far away is the goal? In the long run. the less you should hold in stocks." Whew! 1. And the first thing they say is "Getting the right mix is not rocket science. bonds and cash. .Mix Up Your Money! More investing tips from experts Studies show that it's not the specific stocks or funds that determine a portfolio's performance over time. As part of their 10 Finanical Resolutions. Do research to find out the specifics. but they're a riskier choice. stocks will most likely make you the most money.

For the specifics of how to invest consult your finanical advisor. but not terribly aggressive): Subtract your age from 110. What else do I own? One of the most important things to consider when deciding how or where to invest is the total mix of investments you already hold. For instance (but not solely) your 401(k). fixedincome investments will smooth out short-term highs and lows. but give you lower returns over time. So. adjust your mix for when you plan to retire. Use these rules of thumb: Armed with a complete picture of your goals and expectations. the more aggressive you can be. If you want to be safe/conservative with your investments: Subtract your age from 100. determine what percentage of your portfolio should be in stocks. Know what you're getting into and how much up and down you can expect. If you want to invest with moderate returns (a little riskier than the conservative option. The longer you can wait to tap your savings. Afterall. Once you've done that. potential for biggest return): Subtract your age from 120. some investments fluctuate and a lot depends on when you decide to cash in on them. CNN Money experts suggest increasing your stock allocation by one percentage point for every year you expect to work after the age of 65. If you want to invest aggressively (bigger fluctuation. Ways to Get Unstuck 5 steps to get life's juices flowing again . 2. For instance.How much risk can I handle? Assess what you're comfortable with in terms of risk.

but it's like you're wading through drying cement. shake If you're in a rut. Learn to stay present with the's normal. call another one for a change. Take a deep and slow breath and stop pulling your hair. Whatever is causing it . You feel trapped. If you always go to the same place for lunch. "What is keeping me stuck?"'re blocked. you have energy that needs to move. If you usually drive to your nearby grocery store. So. But have no fear. Become one The Japanese have a concept called "Wabi Sabi" or the art of imperfection. Being stuck is part of the process of life .by Maryam Henein Do you feel like you're spinning your wheels. Ask yourself: "What is really going on?" If you're just momentarily stuck. because you're stuck in a rut? Perhaps life's demands or disappointments have prompted you to collapse into exhaustion void of any psychic or physical energy… you try to move. If you always talk to the same psychic. The important question isn't "Why am I stuck?" because getting stuck is a part of the human condition. Remember: the object in motion tends to stay in motion… and even gain momentum. . It's important to accept this state without judgment so whatever is holding you back can lose its power and slowly dissolve. hope is just around the corner. walk or drive a little further and try out another eatery. The solution to getting unstuck begins with awareness. go back through your day and get in touch with the incident that upset you. consciously try to do something outside of "your own box" every day. Shaking things up a bit will help you get some movement into all that stale energy that's holding up your happiness.plain and simple . digging a hole deeper and deeper. shake. when stuck happens. Instead it's. bike there instead. The first thing you need to do is acknowledge that you're stuck and accept it. as though suddenly your world is no bigger than the size of a postage stamp.

a way to Feng Shui yourself to fluidity! While you're at it. A new career may represent creativity. find ways to capture its energetic qualities in ways that are comfortable for you. If your hope for career represents creativity. If an exercise program represents self-nurture. a satisfying relationship." says Levine. Remove items from your home. and Spiritual Abundance.Clean up If you feel cluttered or trapped on the inside. author of Stop Procrastinating Now. Moving energy this way. An exercise program may represent self-nurture. You will find that . life coach and the author of Magnetizing: The Guidebook To Achieving Financial. is in effect. your drawers. says Terri Levine. your files… that no longer serve you and streamline the rest. or making a difference in the lives of others. ask yourself if you have limiting beliefs that you can get rid of too. you are actually bringing yourself into vibrational resonance with what you want for yourself. Rethink those worn out ideas that may be keeping you in that rut. it may be time to do some cleaning on the outside. do a little redecorating or a simple art project. says Kerul Kassel. She recommends asking yourself what energetic qualities your goal represents. Rather than focusing on accomplishing the goal itself. but can't seem to get moving towards your goal. or a consistent exercise program. get a massage. You may want a new career. Tune in to the single word or short phrase that best describes the energy of your goal. Do you really believe that you need to be thin to join a gym… rich to treat yourself to a new wardrobe… or ten years younger to find a new love? Meditate on the possibilities that can shift your mental energy. Emotional. Vibrate One of the best ways of getting unstuck is to connect with the energy of your desired outcome. Imagine Now think of ways to create that energy in your life today. "By creating the energy of your goal right now.

they're likely to get your motor running and put you straight on course to a more energized and exciting you For your body.. Naturally. From your body.. While there's something comforting about knowing what to expect each day. And if . the better you look the better you feel. the goal itself suddenly becomes more attainable and taking forward steps becomes easier.. most likely the feeling good is what makes you look good in the first place! Third on the physical improvement suggestions is obvious. The omega-3's are found in fish (most commonly Salmon) and nuts (walnuts are particularly good) and will help your heart stay healthy as well as improving your skin. stress (or more likely. Good luck! A Little Bit of Change 50 ways to improve your life You know the feeling. News & World Report. it's easier to get shaken up.. Upping your exercise will undoubtedly improve your well being.. take these tips from U. somehow. depression) arises from boredom .even when you're seemingly busy as can be! If you're looking for a jolt to help you perk up and feel more alive. mind and spirit to your home and your wallet. in fact. Two of the top three tips include upping your daily vitamin intake (specifically Vitamin D) and including Omega-3 oils in your diet. nails and joint mobility and helping any depression you're experiencing (the fatty supplement is currently being used to treat depression and Alzheimers)! The Vitamin D will also help your bones and reduce your risk of skin cancer whether you're exposing it to the sun regularly or simply the glare of your computer. without a little in the way of a shake up. Sometimes.S. You've fallen into a routine and life feels less than exciting.within a week or so..

you're sitting there saying you just don't have time, there's great news: adding as little as ten minutes to your workout burns an extra 75 to 100 calories! Doing this just three times a week over a year will add up to an extra four pounds of weight loss over the year. Really pressed for time? Up your current workout intensity. The little bit of push will make a big difference! For your mind... While we sometimes forget it, our bodies aren't our only parts that need exercising! Research indicates that if we don't use our brain power regularly, it's harder to access our thinking and reasoning skills when we need them. In order to ensure we're functioning at maximum capacity and feeling sharp, U.S. News & World Report recommends learning to apply scientific reasoning to our daily lives. This may sound convoluded, but it doesn't have to be - thinking scientifically is not a skill solely for the laboratory or research library. It's important to learn to differentiate between what's real and what's phony. When you think critically, analyzing whether or not something you've read/been told/heard can be true and actually testing if it's true, your results will be more scientific - or, in other words, tried, true and tested. Apply this the next time a chain email tells you something that sounds preposterous and you're a lot less likely to forward false information! Another way to do this is to master the skill of arguing. Sound strange? The next time you're involved in a debate, make your point nicely, with a sincere smile and see how much further it gets you (and how much more on top of your game you feel when you're done)! In addition, the publication recommends a skill we've been touting for ages - meditation! Clear your mind and experience its full capacity. It's an ancient practice and it works! For your spirit... While the Report offers several suggestions for ways to improve

your spirit (including Cliff's Notes to some hot movies and books to save you time and keep you in the cultural loop), the most valuable from our perspective are: be wary of lying, don't rush to racial judgments and make room on your Ipod for Marion (late gospel singer Marion Williams, that is). The first two have obvious benefits: it's a very, very rare occasion when one can feel good at all after lying - and there's no point in doing so in almost any situation, and snap judgments based on race have never lead anywhere positive we're all human beings, after all. But if you're wondering what the perk to adding some soulful gospel to your rotation (or whatever your personal musical uplift may be)is, give it a go. You may find yourself feeling recharged almost instantly. Music can reconnect you with yourself and the world around you, and in the case of Marion, as U.S. News and World Report puts it, "her glorious, four-octave voice had the power to soothe and inspire." And who couldn't use a little inspiration? For your home... Feeling controlled by your television? It's a common scenario (you know, the old "I'm sorry, I can't make dinner tonight - 24 is on"). But believe it or not, U.S. News & World Report includes upgrading to a DVR or Digital Video Recorder (Tivo is one name brand) on its "50 Ways to Improve Your Life" list. With a DVR, not only will you be able to pause your program when the phone rings or to tuck the kids in, but you can watch your favorite shows and movies at your own convenience (and as many times as you want)! Never worry about forgetting or missing an episode - you can record the whole season with a single press of a button. For just ten bucks a month, you can keep up with your shows and keep up with your life - what feels better than that. For your wallet... Ah, the neverending quest to master your finances. You know it well and so do most of us. But if you want to feel in control of your money instead of controlled by your bills, U.S. News & World

Report has some great ideas. Amond them: choosing the right credit card. While it's easy to assume that credit card debt is bad (and it can be, if you don't manage it properly), establishing and maintaining good credit is only possible when you have debt. However, if you get the lowest interest rate possible, always pay on time (more than the minimum whenever possible) and never let the grace period fool you, you'll get the most out of your credit rather than letting it get the best of you! Also recommended: setting up online bill payments. By training your mouse to pay your bills as the Report puts it, you remove the effort from staying on top of your expenses. In addition, the magazine suggests giving to charity - once you've done the homework and know which charities suit you. Visit and get the skinny on your causes - then contribute what you can afford! Sounds a little like Karma if you ask us!

The Art of Mindful Walking
Steps to change your life
by Calliope Hart

Taking a walk to clear your head - putting some distance between you and the things that are stressing you out, at home or at work even if it's just a quick jog around the block, is a simple way to ease tension. Add some focus to your meanderings (like breath awareness, affirmations, walking meditation or meaningful conversation) and you'll find that you can stretch your mind while you're stretching your legs. Mindful walking can help you take giant steps towards greater emotional awareness. It can enhance your personal problem solving ability, boost creativity, ease tension and help you build better connections with family and friends. And since walking (like vitamins and your nutritional intake) has its own daily recommended guidelines (10,000 steps per day - that's about 5 miles total), why not reap even more mind/body/spirit benefits while burning up calories

suggests Thom Hartmann in his book Walk Your Blues Away. Next. consider how you might tell the story to someone since you've "walked on it. you'll be breathing in and out through your nose. Think of ways you may have learned from the experience. connect your inner experiences to your outer ones. write down any change of perspective to help make it stick. Concentrate on relaxing each area as you scan your body." or "He left. if you can) where there's little to distract you from doing a little emotional healing. Vary your breaths and your steps. Give it a storyline .and keeping your health in check? You can do it simply by taking those steps mindfully! Walk your troubles away Take your problems for a walk. As you head "I can't believe my oldest friend would betray me. Put your questions to yourself more than one way. In walking meditation you reconnect your mind and body by losing yourself in the rhythm of the movements of walking or in your breath.just a sentence or two . take it outside and focus on it throughout your walk. which is based on yoga breathing techniques. To "breath" walk. (a mile or two. Walking meditation Meditation doesn't have to be done sitting down. Some people find it easier to clear their mind when they're not sitting still. change it up a bit and take two to four steps per one long inhale or exhale. Then pay attention to your feelings. Stay focused and it won't be long before you lose the chatter in your head in the rhythm of the synchronized movements To take a meditative walk." Has your reaction changed? Do you feel better? When you get back. Simply walk naturally and match your pace to your breath. Next. Focus from your feet up to your head gaining an awareness of how your body feels in motion. two years ago. first pay attention to how your feet move along the ground. . Finally. and I'm still crushed…" and catch the reaction you have to the story. Pick your issue before you leave. a long one.

Many couples walk together for exercise and find that it also eases their communication and helps keep family ties stronger and eases household tensions. On this walk. You can mix in some breath walking or meditative walking at the beginning. happiness and clarity are the rewards. Add mindfulness to your strolls and you may have just the motivation you need to get in your daily 10. affirmations and to release creative blocks. before you move on to other activities. get them to listen. Walking with a spouse or children is a mindless way of drawing them out. amps up your mental acuity and makes it the perfect time to practice speeches or presentations. and when your head is clear. Things always seem better after a good walk. All Emotions Are Good . with it's relaxing effects.000 steps in.A sense of calm. Stop and relax or stretch slowly. allowing them to speak their peace. the focus is on each other. or make plans without household distractions. take on your project. (Leave cell phones and iPods at home!) Creativity walks All that blood flowing to the brain from a walk. Family talk-walks Just as meditation can be easier on foot. so can a meeting of the minds when matters of the day need some attention.

Turn the table on depression. K. believe it or not. fear and hurt… just for starters).like the emotional plague! Yet. our instincts. excited and in love all of the time. Based on these categorizations. amusement. is reasonably simple. we tend to place our feelings into two categories: good and bad. Also known as acceptable and avoidable or the light side of existence (where happiness. In other words. anger. we usually want to live on the light end and steer clear of the dark . no one ever manages to be happy. We need them and they ALL have value. fear and sadness by S. excitement and a myriad of other positive sensations live) and the dark side (home to depression. Why is that? The answer. the senses we're given in order to make our way through the world. Smith As humans. Our emotions are our guide. amused. all feelings are intrinsically good (or at least good for .

anger may actually mean you've let some things build up and you need a purge! Rather than give into your more self-destructive (or worse. All the endorphins you release will help you to solve your situation . be aware that you may be fostering it. Life is not all sunshine and roses. have a good workout session. focus on how you're going to make things better . the next time you're feeling out of sorts (in other words. fear or depression? Of course not! A healthy dose of the downs isn't a perpetual one… But if it seems that way. whether our experience of them seems that way or not. Since sadness usually makes us reflective (or we should allow it to anyway) it allows us to grow. consider that you . Here are some ways to re-frame your negative feelings and reclaim your life! Cry and cry some more We all get sad sometimes.That's what this emotion is for . change and appreciate the happier times. Much like sadness. violent) inclinations when you're angry. While it doesn't necessarily feel good. you're probably energized .a cleanse. Prepare for catharsis. You'll get the emotion out and probably have some time to think. it can lead us to make better decisions that don't lead to the same sadness in the future. afloat in a sea of negative feelings). So.anger is nature's amphetamine. you'd get bored! And while it can be difficult to handle the blues. it will feel good to dispel it. get energized If someone or something has pissed you off to the point of anger. and it's certainly no place to stay for the long-haul. Does that mean it's healthy to live in a state of anger.can shift your perspective and your experience. they're a necessary part of existence.and purge yourself of your at . After all. At best. So while you're sad. If it were.and only you . let's face it. sometimes nothing feels better than a good cry! Don't get mad.

and face up! When you get down to it.not experiencing the present. fear is usually our mind and body's way of predicting future events . fear is the base of most negative emotions. If you're afraid. you're not too late to make sure your fear doesn't come true. As such..good and bad alike . anxiety and a host of other un-fun your cue to create even more positivity is the first step to a more balanced and happy existence! Appropriate Anger . So what is it you're afraid of? And would it be the worst thing in the world if it happened? How can you prevent things from taking that turn? No matter what the feeling. and kick it from your long-term experience. fear allows us to sense when we're in a dangerous situation. is to face it.. that we just don't measure up… it all leads to depression.least get to the bottom of it. you are the master of your experience. that we'll never have enough money. And taking your emotions . The best way to defeat fear. that we'll end up alone. Sum up your fears. Whether we fear someone will leave us. insecurity. odds are. But why is it so powerful? At its root.

it's a natural emotion that can be healthy when it alerts us that something is off and needs to be tended to. Once you take . both physically and mentally. I wouldn't have punched him in the nose. "If only the driver hadn't cut me off." Don't rationalize your actions in this way. Instead of seeing yourself as a victim. Therefore what are appropriate ways to simultaneously honor yourself and deal with anger? Underpinnings First off. if only he hadn't called me a jerk. you have to acknowledge that you have anger issues. however. own it! It's not what happens to you but what you do with it that counts.. Many angry people have a tendency to blame. You can't head butt the chest of every person who makes you mad.. In fact. is another story. To deny your emotions can only cause more distress. etc.How to blow off steam in a healthy way by Maryam Henein There's nothing wrong with anger. How you express your anger.

responsibility. you can move on and understand your anger and yourself on a deeper level. Allan offers some questions to ask yourself to better hone in on your needs: In what way do I feel violated right now? Is it a lack of respect or a violation of territory that's making me angry? How would I change the situation if I could? What is my need at this moment? What would have to happen to make me feel that my needs for respect or territory are once again intact? What is my goal .either physical or psychological. the needs most frequently embedded in anger-provoking situations can be broadly grouped into two categories: 1) respect or a desire to be understood 2) territory . Roots There are two psychological needs that fuel anger. "Beyond basic needs for food. but in future interactions with this person or future occurrences of this situation? Do I feel hurt right now? Am I using anger to disguise my true feelings? Hooks . author of Getting Control of Your Anger. People also use anger .to cover up and deal with sadness and hurt.probably unconsciously . Ph.D. Grasping this can help clarify precisely what needs of yours must be fulfilled. clothing and shelter. according to Robert Allan." Anger is triggered when we feel disrespected or when our turf is being encroached upon.not just for the moment.

Do you lose it when you're sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic or facing delays on public transportation? Or when you find out that your HMO won't cover your condition? Injustices such as these trigger anger as well. with whom and under what conditions? If this feels like a familiar hook." or get angry. but you only realize this later when you're climbing up the walls and unable to sleep. Ask yourself Have I encountered this particular hook before? When. . "There is no passion that so shakes the clarity of our judgment as anger" .You must figure out what your hook is. Aye. that's a biggie! For instance. "We have a tendency to " the saying goes. Unfortunately. many people blow their top off instead. Responses The key is to respond not react. aye." says Allan. Oh. aye. Ideally you should allow your anger to wash over you like a passing storm. Or you order a decaf latte and the Barista brews you a caffeinated drink. whenever we encounter a circumstance that we perceive as unfair or a situation that puts us at the mercy of someone inept. We can express our anger in a more subtle mature way once we know what hooks set us off. or as soon as possible thereafter. Then there's incompetence. what happened when I encountered it in the past? Did I get really angry? Did any damaging or enduring consequences occur? The idea is to ask yourself the questions before you get hooked. the list can go on and on. you wait 30 minutes to get routed to the computer tech support person and then after all of that the technician "accidentally" hangs up on you instead of placing you on hold.

Here's another suggestion. anger is contagious just like an insiduous virus. After all. "The technique is designed to help you collect your thoughts. only to regret it later. Take a step back and have a laugh. Before you know it. Then try. Easier said than done. advises Allan. "You are trying to adopt a new way of responding and retooling the habits you've developed over a lifetime. the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. try writing a letter in the heat of the moment and then tearing it up." suggests Allan. go for a walk. you'll press short do whatever it takes to remove yourself from the anger-provoking scenario. thereby throwing the baby out with the bathwater.if the circumstances allow. Pauses So breathe deep and manage your anger rather than directly expressing it. since your judgment is clouded. the other person will likely respond to your anger rather than the issue that's at hand." says Allan. Directly expressed anger is the emotion that generally makes a bad situation worse."It's far better to think things through before blasting someone. suggests regarding your anger as your baby. Undoubtedly there will be times when you will lose it. Think of expressing your anger in an appropriate manner as hard work." adds Allan. sharpen your focus and hopefully express your rage in a harmless way. see a movie . but from the other person's as well. So go easy on yourself. to be certain that you understand the circumstances not only from your perspective. Treat your anger with the sensitivity and gentleness you would an infant. Take a bath. If you don't." And by the way emails are a no-no. try again! Positivity is Possible . In his book Anger. right? "Thinking of your anger as a baby can be an extremely helpful thought when you are about to blast someone.

or an aunt that made you feel particularly special. The next time you feel particularly stressed. not worse. but you can't remove it altogether. . most of us could think more positively most of the time. And if we did. in the end! Remember your joy One self-help expert talks about creating a memory bank. So. In fact. Each and every one of us goes through ups and downs and that's normal.but in the meantime.5 steps to a brighter life You can't be happy everyday. turn your focus to one of these uplifting thoughts. you can look back on them and you'll find you experience a sense of calm . After all. you'll need new coping mechanisms . Then. Make a conscious effort to do this instead of reaching for that ice cream or a cigarette. Think about your favorite vacation spots. This is a place where you write down things that bring you joy as they happen. or your last workout high. one thing is for sure.the kind that make you feel better. we couldn't appreciate the good. This is a great thing to start doing . when you're feeling down.person! Cope with stress How do you cope with stress? Do you head straight for the chocolate when things get you down? Or perhaps that glass of wine to unwind turns into three? Whatever your stress-reactions are. Whether you believe this or not. Consider a pet you adore.a little bit of the happiness associated with that moment returns. we'd be happier more often! Here are five practical steps to becoming a more positive . there's an entire school of thought devoted to the idea that without the bad times. stress is a part of life .you may be able to reduce it.and thereby more satisfied . Only when you're aware of a behavior can you take steps to replace it with another. make a list of some people or experiences that make you feel good and calm. make note of them.

A simplified. You made the kids' lunches and still had time to eat breakfast yourself .Be aware of negativity This one sounds easy. Not that we've necessarily done anything wrong. but it's not. The word accomplishment should not be reserved for huge projects. Take a breath and consider the situation. You washed off your makeup before bed and took the time to use face cream . whether your boss has pissed you off. stop yourself. refocus and recognize that negativity will get you nowhere. you're stuck in what seems like endless traffic. except maybe a little "me" time.amen. Is it a chance to practice patience or communication skills? Is your energy better spent somewhere else . Give yourself credit Each day. It requires a shift in perspective. and you'll feel more productive without actually adding anything to your plate. If you begin to see the little things you do through the eyes of accomplishment. make a list of what you've accomplished. give yourself credit for doing the things you need to do to take care of you. Express your love There's an ideology that says we're all part of the same energy .you're taking care of you. Part of this flow is accepting that love is energy. we're probably the problem. or you're simply experiencing the desire to tell the entire world to stick it where the sun doesn't shine.big accomplishment. you'll feel the urge to accomplish more. .a universal flow. One of the most important things we can do to improve our quality of life is realize if everything is making us angry. Remain calm.The next time you find yourself feeling particularly negative.other than stressing about this? The answer is probably yes to both of these questions. You got up on time and had a calm morning . but it's useless to be controlled by external occurrences. but rather. redux explanation of Taoist philosophy is that if we go with the flow we will find peace.

Hug the people that mean something to you. It is loving yourself. And it will spread to everyone around you. "paste on a smile when you want something" way.Contrary to cultural obsession. It is feeling and being loving .your happiness . but in a "we are all one. The Pursuit of Happiness . true love is not simply romantic love. Smile at that guy on the street for no reason other than that you feel like it.not in a phony.sometimes what is good for you is not necessarily what you desire (anyone who has spent time chasing the wrong mate knows this one)! What it does mean is being free with your love . As you express the positivity you do feel. the amount you experience will grow. and what's good for me is good for the whole" kind of way. This does not mean being selfish .your energy. Don't be afraid to pay compliments. It is taking glory in each moment of your day.

with all these methods for determining/ensuring your own well-being .spiritual and otherwise .3 simple steps to be content by S.K.promise to help you achieve it. The Secret proposes that you simply have to think positively and positivity will follow. Smith It seems like everywhere you turn these days. Why is this? The good news is It's not because some of these theories/methods/strategies aren't . where they live and what they do for a living. Gurus .specifically. someone is discussing the idea of happiness. Books outline strategies for finding and maintaining it. a happy state of mind . And yet.floating out there in the greater consciousness. Surveys seek to answer who is happiest. few of us describe ourselves as being genuinely happy.

they say they're happy because they have faith. or anything else for that matter. but the following steps will definitely help put you on the path to an easier . a partner to share your life with.existence. after all. Not in any specific spiritual tradition or religion.whether you're seeking money. wages are stagnating and people seem to be growing more and more disconnected thanks in part to technology and our misplaced emphasis on material acquisitions .logic (the very thing we spend time trying to cultivate in order to solve our problems) can get in the way of contentment . in the hustle and bustle of modern life . . happy. those who report being happiest often attribute their overall state to something altogether different .and happier .and smell the roses. you've already got all the tools you need at your immediate disposal. Denial Of course this doesn't mean you should abandon all reasonable.effective or don't work.can you put fear aside and settle into something divine?The answer(s) may be easier said than implored.where the bills are rising. Life. most of the time is the ability to stop . An ancient goal and a difficult task .no matter how you define it or seek to achieve it. The answer So how then. The best part is. but in the fact that ultimately. As such. That's right .occasionally at least . does require some logic. everything is going to be okay. rational thought if you want to find your so-called nirvana. peace. But one common factor reported among those who say that they are in fact. a combination of these things. They can! It's just that happiness is defined individually and there are many individual paths taken to get to it. In the moment Happy people worry less about the future and dwell less frequently in the past. However. necessarily. Their lack of effectiveness can simply be attributed to our inability to escape rational thought. they live their lives in the present.

So. which brings clarity. While it's easy to make note of our link to other living things. meditation. The easiest way to cultivate both of these connections.and we human animals do too. 2) On that note. rules to follow… trying to keep it all straight is enough to stress anyone out!). whatever you want. You will never steer yourself wrong. responsibilities to heed. unlike most animals (who exist in their natural environments) society and its demands have muddied human processing powers in this department. believe it or not. after all. Rather than getting caught up in the rat race inside our own heads (bills to pay. Call it god's gift. breathe. cultivate your gut feelings. Things rarely seem so bad when you're operating from a place of calm. a sixth sense. if you're going to learn to interpret your instincts. once you've mastered telling the difference between outside influences and inner-wisdom. report a strong sense of self as well as a fundamental connection to the universe. It's at the core of yoga and meditation and has been scientifically linked to overall well-being. not all of us are psychic. Animals have instincts for a reason . guided relaxation or simply taking a few minutes out each day to clear your mind and feel the air you breathe as it goes in and out of your nostrils). but all of us do have a certain amount of intuition. you've got to start by connecting to yourself. 3) Separate your negative thoughts from reality… and let them go. If you practice some form of attention to breath (through yoga. you will find yourself more grounded. It may sound simplistic. Now. And part of being happy entails learning to listen to it. but the very breath that gives us life also has the power to center us. Then abide by them. is to just breathe.1) Listen to your gut .not your head. Happy people. granted. .

by the very nature of life. What are your fears. With your head clear and your breath that true. Which is the very place from which hope… and in hope. it's forever gone. it's time to take an inventory. your worries. torture themselves by staying fixated on "what might have been. be absent from practicality. If you're feeling dark. To see your energy rebound dramatically. Make a list. zero in on the thoughts that recur for you.or at least what it should be!). You may need to do this frequently with the rapid pace of daily life. Not there yet? There are seven big ways to waste and deplete your energies without even noticing. or based on someone else's fear or thought pattern? For better or worse. Many people. 7 Essential Life Lessons Master these and find purpose and joy by Martine Jeanne Craughley Living your life well is living with purpose and joy. we open ourselves up to a different kind of existence. it need not be dictated by it. happiness grows. down and drained it'll prevent you from reaching your dreams. here are seven important things to address: Cancel Regrets The past is irreversible. While it cannot. your desires and the doubts you experience about them? From these things. instead of licking their wounds and moving forward a little wiser. we often let ourselves become the sum total of our experiences.Now that you're calm and connected (in your natural state . But if we take what we can from our experiences and then let them go .choosing to live in the energy of pure possibility (what we were before external life got to us!). if only…" There is no surer way to prevent yourself from having the energy to move towards your dreams than by allowing yourself to stay mired . what rings true and what is the result of external experience? If you grew up being told you couldn't do something .

usenets or internet forums? Have people accused you of being self-righteous. Stamp Out Repeated Patterns If you've ever heard yourself say. Next. it's a sign you're not setting appropriate limits. you're not giving yourself adequate rest and recovery time. If. This means you've got some learning to do. If you're allowing yourself to work 70 hours a week. you'll feel on top of the world! Unmask Your Anger Do you erupt with anger when you're cut off in traffic? Or do you 'flame' people on the past. Start by writing down a list of the similarities in every reoccurrence of your pattern. then your anger is telling you it's time . "Stood up = No go". If you spend too much time cleaning up after your co-workers and kids. However. leave it where you'll see it everyday. and each time it started with you waiting in vain for him to show up. relatively early in the process. It usually only takes a few minutes to unearth the causes of boiling frustration. You should see a point in each situation. difficult or confrontational more than twice? Then your anger is telling you that you need to do something. Indulging in regret roots you in the past and limits your energy today. for example. figure out how you convinced yourself to stick with it despite your intuition that something was amiss. When you're in charge of yourself. Just taking this small action to unravel your patterns will make you more in charge of your life. "I don't know what it is. where you noted something and yet still convinced yourself to stay the course. it's the bad boyfriend situation. Tell your best friend and ask her to remind you if it happens again. Write down on a card. Then write down the first moment you began to wonder if it was happening again. if it's something big from the past. I always pick such losers" or "This always happens to me" then you've got a repeating pattern.

This often shows you where you're letting yourself down either by not speaking up for yourself. act on that knowledge and it will release an enormous amount of stored energy. Once you know your inner wisdom on the situation. Curb Negative Energy Pay attention to when you feel blame or envy and complain about others. write down the first song lyric. And when it's bullying. and "Love it or leave it" is what comes to mind. Then. If your co-workers work habits drive you to distraction. or by not honoring your own values. "I'm such an idiot" then your mind has let in the bully. and you'll find your energy levels surge. much closer. which will energize your entire life. is it that you hate to watch procrastination in action? Are you a procrastinator yourself? Be honest. saps your energy and damages your relationships. And your mind will be free to be creative and playful again. act on what you learn. First. For example. not the kid that picked on you on the school grounds. without thinking. "Next time I'll spend more time preparing my presentation. by not letting your light shine. Get a handle on your anger and your overall energy should skyrocket. If it's something get professional help. replace it with the truth. The next time you make a mistake listen to how your mind reacts. The bully that drains your energy and stamps on your dreams is much. grab a pen. . it erodes your health. you need to catch the bully in action. Kick Down the Bully No. What areas of your life are bothering you? Make a list. proverb or cliché that pops into your mind. Anger is hard on the body and mind. instead of invective about being stupid. Notice what you say to yourself. This is a direct way of accessing your subconscious wisdom. Say that you're having turbulence in your love life. then that's how you really regard the issue." Eventually your bully will get sick of being blindsided by the truth and will leave you alone. tell yourself. Make an Attitude Adjustment Quick.

good or bad. Clearing your energy by using the seven habits of mind should do wonders for you. making time for something that feeds your soul will make this holiday enjoyable and memorable for you. No matter what's happening. Do this when you're not stressed and it'll come more naturally when you are. Take a long. steal moments. That way you'll be treating yourself as an artist. double purpose tasks . ready or not! Whether you're filled with holiday cheer or grumpy as a Grinch. take a moment to feel your weight on the floor or in your chair. Here are 7 ways to increase your creativity: . plan to take 20 minutes at a gallery or at a coffee shop in addition. if you have to go Christmas shopping.Be Here Now This is the hardest to remember and the easiest to do. To become a more productive.make creativity your hard and fast priority. For this holiday season it means: be very assertive with your calendar . slow deep breathe starting from your belly. Settling into the present moment frees up so much energy. Ways to Increase Your Creativity Feed your soul so your spirit can soar! by Martine Jeanne Craughley Here come the holiday festivities.mark time off for yourself. In other words. so now is the best possible time to start making disciplined use of time. If you need more encouragement. soon the New Year will follow with its attendant resolutions. so much focus and so much joy that it's amazing how little time we spend there. not just a fulfiller of lists (and this applies no matter what you do for a living!). creative person the key is in the little mental shifts in attitude and shifts in how you spend time that will make this goal a reality. and then push it out slowly using your abdominal muscles.

a gallery. Use creativity to make holiday goods There are a lot of things that really do have to get accomplished over the next few weeks. If you want to derive maximum benefit from this type of exercise. oxygenates the blood and makes you more receptive to the still. unless it's a big enough accident to demand a visit to the hospital. There's almost nothing more refreshing and simple than stopping for a few moments and just breathing deeply. Is there a way to use your creative abilities to make unique gifts.. Take a sensual break A little sensory stimulation does wonders for the soul and the creative spirit. Do something different While you're on your gift purchasing holiday rounds. No excuses. slip into to a fabric store.grab a fat crayon and scrawl something ugly and . no exceptions. Guaranteed. dig in. you'll become more creative. burn chocolate scented candles. Do something badly (seriously!) Go somewhere alone and dance as inelegantly and spastically as possible . a design or a garden store.. and bring a glass of champagne or nibble on gingersnaps. just add a splash of vanilla to your bath. Take a deep breath. If you treat this as your job. an art store.Make creative time sacrosanct Write it in your calendar and honor it. It stimulates the mind. And then another! Repeat for 5 minutes. small voice that is the source of your creativity. the ancient yogic form of breathing that powerfully changes the body and mind. read about Pranayama. or holiday cards? If so. Even a few moments looking at unusual things will stimulate your senses and get your creative engine purring. and an important job. or specialized gift wrap. And it's easy to do. Throw in some rose petals and just enjoy yourself.

that "gut feeling." pay attention to it! With a bit of consciousness and practice you can learn to understand the whisperings of your gut. intuition An instinct is an unlearned behavior or reaction to stimuli. Every human being has creative abilities and it's time to let yours out to play. If you're in a situation that allows you to watch them draw or paint.shapeless. Why? Sometimes it is just as simple as my gut telling me it is the right thing to do. and use this phenomenon to your advantage. They don't judge or question their talent. They are like Buddhas in our midst . Slop some paint around a sheet of paper choosing the most jarring. this is a piece of advice that I have given to many people over the years. Offer to babysit for a family member or a friend with children.follow their example and your Muse will alight on your shoulder. The world needs more creativity in a thousand ways to solve the problems that beset it. This can be one of the most creatively freeing things a perfectionist can do. Is That My Gut Talking? How to tell if it's fear or intuition by Red "Follow your gut. Find a child Any child 7 or under will do." As a psychic. clashing colors you can find. note their total absorption in their activity. usually . It's often the only way to begin recovering the spontaneous creativity you had as a child. Give yourself permission to do things without judging them. I've learned to trust mine… do you trust yours? When you walk into a room or situation and you have that physical reaction. Let your creative journey lead you into a better New Year and inspire everyone around you. Instinct vs. Give yourself the freedom of being bad at something. they just do it.

and utilize logic and reasoning to weave our way through life. the sense of danger lurking in our midst. many of us avoid potentially bad situations because of a "sinking feeling" in the pit of our stomach that caused us to take a different course of action than what we originally set out to do. or be taught. and won . Most of us logically know that playing the lottery is statistically stacked against us.. While these examples of actions and reactions may not be logical at the time. the response to the ring of a phone when a loved-one is hospitalized. There are also those days we just wake up with that uneasy feeling twirling . we are all born with our natural instincts intact but we can learn. they usually prove to be beneficial. the better decisions we can make based on what is tangible and provable. and one part intuition. Likewise. footsteps behind us in an empty parking garage.simply because they followed their gut. Intuition is different than instinct.geared toward the sole purpose of survival. Much like animals in the wild. as a response from our logical mind. our gut is talking to us." bought a ticket. but we've all heard the stories of someone who just "had a feeling. I believe that when we get that stirring in our abdomen. Personally. A cold knot of fear Every one of us has experienced the physical manifestation of fear in our gut. It makes sense… the more facts we have. and it may have something very telling to say. Getting called into the boss's office for reasons unknown. Either way. Intuition is more of an emotional response the ability to feel or know something without logic or reasoning. or gut reaction. The odds of winning big are rather unlikely.. to override these natural instincts. All of these things are prone to set off a physical. I've got a hunch… We are taught to use our head. Most of us will have at least one relationship in our life that began simply because we met someone who gave us "butterflies" in our stomach. it is a combination of one part instinct. tap into the resources of our brain.

mind. When your gut is talking to you. that uneasy feeling probably served its purpose. Dealing With Fear . even if that something was only as minor as paying closer attention to the details of your day. but sometimes that is intrinsically hinged on your personal definition of what is correct. Look at what caused the feeling. check the rest of your body while you are thinking about it. I'm willing to bet you did something differently because of it. but they work together to try and guide us. That doesn't always mean that we have made the "correct" choice. and gut working together can help you learn to interpret what you are feeling and to use those sensations as a guide to a better life. and how did it help or hinder you? Did you get the message it was sending. try and listen to what it is really saying. you'll just never know. Sometimes. "Nothing" may have come of that feeling. or what caused you to notice it. Understand the whispers of your gut We all do things and make some decisions simply because it "felt" right. simply because you averted the danger because of it. If you really take the time to think about it. Sometimes this feeling is validated. other times it's written off as an over-reaction. Are your muscles tense or relaxed? Are you breathing deep and easily? Is your pulse racing. or did you misinterpret the feeling? The mind and body are more connected than most of us realize or understand. and spend the entire day trying to figure out what is or could be our abdomen. Is your gut having a reaction based on past experiences or memories? Does the feeling in your gut change or fluctuate with your thought processes? Can you logically understand and apply a reason for the feeling? Have you had this particular feeling before. When you have a gut feeling. or slow and steady? Paying attention to the subtleties of body.

which is "False Evidence Appearing Real. and whether it is real or perceived. "If it is a person who is causing this pain then I suggest clients visualize this person in front of them. faced. "Then see yourself picking up this bag and feeling its weight. we must see what fear is actually doing to our lives. "Imagine yourself collecting all of your fears relating to any situation (past and present) in a bag.' See the person walk away and then actually pull your energy back into yourself with your arms. 3 fear-releasing tips Time alone isn't enough to release emotional baggage that causes fear according to one psychic." She adds. If we don't face our fears. All of us have experienced life-stopping terror." explains a California Psychic. challenged and phased out. (When I do this with clients. they can keep us from traveling a more meaningful life path for years and years to come. catch yourself and repeat the visualization as needed. Then I tell them to say. our team of psychics agree that all fear needs to be pinpointed. Whenever you fall back into a negative/fearful thinking mode.Psychics share ways to control it There's that old acronym people love to use to define fear. "Next. they tell me they are shocked at how heavy . I also recommend some great reading material which reinforces these ideas in more detail: The Heart of Soul by Gary Zukov and The Law of Attraction by Ester and Jerry Hicks. not what you fear and don't want." But that doesn't mean that fear should be approached as silly or unimportant just because it's often based on old trauma or a long-gone relationship. 'I release you from my energy field and I wish you well. focus on what you want. in order for us to live to our fullest potential. Do this visualization as often as needed. Our psychics advise that before we can begin to change the pattern of negativity that fear attracts.

"so you don't dwell on it and attract even more of the negativity that comes with fear. 9389). Repeat until the exercise allows you to feel lighter emotionally.) Next. "I suggest that you look for ways to regain your strength and personal power. I use this on myself. "Then do some serious meditation to find what's necessary for you to prepare to make the necessary changes that will release you from your fears. it challenges us all and it frightens many of us." says Frances (ext." "Weigh your fearful situations by writing down the pros and cons.where you're not dealing with a fear that has been blown out of proportion in a person's mind . Taking action has the wonderful effect of shutting off that terrifying tape loop in your head. Then. It has no boundaries. Disown any bad feelings related to the garbage you had collected. I recently helped a woman who was having dreadful repetitive depressing dreams." "The challenge is to keep fear away from you. take a few deep breaths and visualize yourself lugging your bag out to the trash or even driving it to a dump.creating a fully researched plan of action will help you redirect your personal power." Leveling the fear field "In the event there is a serious threat such as losing kids in a custody case or stalking…" explains another psychic. It's amazing how well it works. 9407)." says Serafina (ext. I had her focus on her energy just before she went to sleep. In situations like this . I had her sort out the negative and positive thoughts." Nothing Stays The Same How to embrace change Change is the one true constant in life.their bag is. close your eyes. But without change life . asking her to release the negative ones and spend time meditating on the positive ones. focus on what you would like to see yourself do now that all you have feared is no longer with you.

" One of the most productive ways to embrace change is to approach it positively. The force of change shakes up our comfort zone and puts pressure on us to reexamine long held beliefs that force us to let go of the things in life that no longer work for us.we cannot grow and we cannot learn. déjà vu. 9778 lists." If you are able to see or intuit changes coming your way you can grasp and work with them more effectively. Death. the more difficult the changes become. Resisting change will only make you miserable over the inevitable. "I have worked hard with the phenomenon of change myself." Skylar ext. yet the more we resist. "The future belongs to those who not only accept change." Cheryl ext." tells Paisley static . the more the universe allows us to experience new opportunities in life. so embracing change takes courage. believing that the outcome will be for the highest good. When we . "The more optimistic we are. "Though being on the front end of change isn't for the faint of heart. My perspective has evolved from pure fear to a sense of adventure. 9661. There is no progress and we will not evolve. I now look at change as transformative and as constant as the seasons. "When you listen. 9883. "finally realizing that there isn't a thing I can do to stop it. as well as readings. synchronistic events. "Open your mind to contemplate what benefits could come of the new reality. job loss. but embrace it. you are rewarded with possibilities. according to our psychics. Change keeps us evolving toward our highest goals and enlightens us as to why we are here on this earth. divorce." she aptly describes. "More often than not the winds of change are breathed to us through gut feelings. 9887 suggests." states Yvonne ext. whether we want to change or not. our psychics concur. financial difficulties… are formidable changes to wrap our heads and hearts around. But change is often challenging.

She has guided clients. 9885 knows that the more water signs that are present in a chart. into making choices rather than being paralyzed in the presence of change. Sophia ext.ignore these signs we run the risk of suffering circumstances that are dumped into our lap. Make a collage of this person and yourself surrounded by images that represent the changes and positive words or phrases. (like the moon in Cancer." When unexpected change seems too merciless to even contemplate." Some find embracing change tougher than others. the psychic knew that by nature her client might let the challenges of change fall where they may. 9040 promotes meditating on potential positive outcomes instead of worrying about worst case scenarios. reflect on the good things that have happened in the past." Verbena ext. 9882 tells clients to look for support. She made the choice as to what to do next. Look at your collage daily. Astrologer Alison ext. 9615 reports. Two years later she was married again and had a great job in the medical field." Shelby ext. "When I communicate this in readings. to regain trust that your future will include more positive experiences. clients feel better… especially when they understand that cooperating with the energies rather than fighting them. "Find a role model or a personal change hero. . Scorpio or Pisces) the more resistant one may be to moving forward. when change forces its way into your life. instead of taking the bull by the horns. who is going though or has done what you need to do. can help guide the changes in the direction of their choice. He offered MaryEllen their house and enough money to get by for a year. She put her house on the market and used the money to start over. "Callers who are encountering extreme difficulty may be experiencing astrological activity that is moving their energies. like her caller MaryEllen (with her moon in Cancer) told by her husband that he was in love with another woman. Psychic Yvonne suggests. Because of the forces in her chart. "I helped by showing her two possible outcomes.

Here's how to guide your lover to the ultimate roll in the hay. When fate steps in and rocks your life. our psychics advise in conclusion.wallowing in the information for a while. Put on some Nina Simone or sultry house music. the more pleasure both of you will feel come Oh-time. beer . pate and other finger food to feed your lover. Den of seduction Make sure your place is clean. The more build up you create. kiss. look for the joy of growth. because in the end. figs. with candles burning (day or night). to insure that decisions made in the face of change lead to a preferred future reality. "Change always takes us where we need to be!" Amp Up Your Foreplay! Tips on how to get what you really want There's nothing worse than a lazy lover. crystal stemwear . It's not about pressing the right buttons in a particular order. fresh bed and bath linens.all can be served in slender. champagne.cheeses. Jesse ext.actually seducing your mate all day long. long and sensual foreplay is a prerequisite for steamy sexy sex. their caress. the feel of their skin next to yours. and a fridge stocked with bubbly water. In fact. Use mental stimulation to make your lover yearn for you sexually. Leave a text message to tell them how much you're looking forward to their. It's about giving pleasure and creating anticipation . wine. use your sense of adventure. 9027 concludes. get excited about the possibilities. grapes. Start building the passion even before the evening begins. Foreplay 24 hours a day There is no such thing as definitive foreplay. one who's perfectly willing to skip the main course to go directly to dessert! What your partner may not realize is that foreplay is an essential part of lovemaking. If . Place a note in their pocket in the morning telling them of your fantasy for the evening.

Welcome mat Greet your love at the door showered. a string of light kisses from head to toe. And. move through your evening taking a pause to give your mate a touch or caress that says you want more. Make the evening more about your quality time together. Ask your partner to kiss you again. Discuss subjects that are light rather than going over the problems of the day. Put together that simple meal that doesn't require stress or energy to prep or clean up. serve dinner (try broiled salmon with mango salsa accompanied by asparagas and endive salad) in your best lingerie. fresh and naked under a robe.a chilled bottle of wine. messages. The obvious clues of a planned romantic encounter .can set off the promises of good things to come any time of day. then again. before actual intercourse begins. Or. If they're rushing to a finish. Get what you want by leading by example. Communication If you've had trouble communicating your intimate needs to your partner. until you are both ready to come to completion. whether you plan to watch a movie or television before you settle in for the night. . and again. or wearing just a top or bottom. flowers. an aromatic candle that you both enjoy . be responsible for taking it slow. post-it notes on the refrigerator or their computer can describe the intimacies you're looking forward too. Make love to each other with your eyes first. notes on their're really ambitious. Ask them what would arouse them even further. sexy cards. or a fantasy play. Tell them what feels good to you and where you'd like more. begin with a massage. images. sensual music. Keep it slow When the actual intimacy begins. tell them that you want this moment to last and slow them down in ways that only you know how.

Even if your lover isn't an old-hand at leisurely arousing foreplay. Thank your partner for their foreplay by describing the specifics of the mind-blowing erotic moves that drove you wild. will most definitely lead to great pleasure.Ask for an encore After your evening has come to a perfect ending. . the first time around. Then ask for a replay tonight or tomorrow. don't be blasé about how well your lovemaking went. giving them a lot of opportunities to practice.

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