Monday's Course in Miracles

My daily spiritual practice includes reading and meditating  with the Course in Miracles. Each Monday I post the day's lesson.

       Let all things be exactly as they are. ACIM

Friday's Feng Shui: Start with the clutter, 10 Tricks

I am dedicating Friday's blog to all things Feng Shui. I love utilizing Feng Shui in my own life and in my coaching practice.

Feng Shui is a 3000 year old Chinese practice of how our environment effects us physically, emotionally and spiritually. The goal of good feng shui is to arrange your space so energy can flow freely. While the principles of Feng Shui are important. They are not as important as to how you feel in a particular room and how your space is being utilized. I once had a ping pong table in the middle of my living room. It was perfect feng shui because my family spent an entire winter playing together.Feng Shui is not a one time fix because life is always changing and energy is always shifting.

As I have stated in a previous blog posts, getting rid of clutter is the most important aspect of Good Feng Shui.

10 Tricks to Getting Rid of Clutter

1. Keep the kitchen counters clean.
2. Set a timer for 15 minutes. Clean something. Stop when the buzzer rings
3. Make your bed
4. Something goes out before something comes in.
5.Before you leave a room look back and see if you can pick up.
6. A place for everything
7. I keep a red basket in the kitchen for stuff I can't deal with at the moment. I go through it every week.
8. Teach your children to pick up after themselves. (But know 80% of the time they won't ha)
9. Take baby steps. Tackling your entire house in a day will overwhelm you.
10. Take time for yourself. Clearing out brain clutter and filling your soul is the most loving act you can do.

A Present From God

I love September. For me it symbolizes new beginnings.

This year the new beginning has hit especially hard as I am adjusting to having my eldest away at college. Much of my thinking is of days ahead and the questions swirl in my brain.
               "What will it be like when E goes to college?"
                "What will it be like when S goes to college?"
                "What will it be like when I have an empty nest?"

The thoughts that follow are both exciting and scary. I plot and plan and then change my mind and plot and plan and change my mind as I think of my future life. Today as I was out running with those thoughts rushing through my head.

I stopped.

I love setting goals and creating a vision of how I want to live. We all need to do that. However all of those thoughts were taking me away from now.

                                                 Now is our present from God          

Monday's Course in Miracles

My daily spiritual practice includes reading and meditating with A Course of Miracles. Each Monday I share the day's lesson.

Creation's gentleness is all I see. ACIM

Robbing time

When I was in my 20s, I remember my dad reminiscing about years gone by. It was just the two of us sitting in the living room together. He was telling me stories of when my nine older siblings and I were small children.

His eyes glistened as he stated, "Those were the best years of my life, Gin-Gin."

His sadness bothered me. I wanted my dad with me at that moment, not lost in days gone by. I simply couldn't wrap my 20 year old brain around then being better than now.

I dropped my eldest off to college last week.

My emotions have been all over the place. I have spent many hours reminiscing of years past. I am guilty of feeling just as my dad did 30 years ago. As I look at all of the pictures of us on the walls I wonder, "Were those really the best years of my life?"

Memories are tricky and selective. Pictures are snapshots of  happy times.

Then is not better than now.

Looking back can be fun, but too much looking back robs time to appreciate now,

Monday's Course in Miracles

My daily spiritual practice includes reading and meditating to The Course in Miracles. Each Monday I share the days lesson.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I. ACIM