Isn’t this a glorious time of the year?

Trees were just bursting with color, giving thanks for life as they prepared to hibernate.

All the colors remind me of how blessed we are, and how diverse existence is — people, animals, the land, buildings … everything that being on Mother Earth affords us. And all those things are affected by Feng Shui since Feng Shui is about environments (home, work, travel, mind, body, spirit, etc.). Keep this in mind … manage your energy consciously, or unconsciously it manages you©.

Take this time to thank those who are in your life.

Even if the relationship isn’t the best, it is a lesson. Every person you encounter is a brushstroke in your life. My philosophy — life is a canvas, color me up!

How are you approaching Thanksgiving decorations?

Here are some ideas:

  • Decide on a theme, and stick to it.
    This can influence who you invite, activities that take place, and the menu. As an example, let’s say your theme is gratitude. Use different colored paper and create a set of two cards for each person. It’s important for this exercise to fill your heart with joy and not have an ulterior motive with the questions. Include a set for you!

    • On the first card of each color write the questions. Fold it and place a question mark on it. On the second card, write action items. Fold it and place “BIN” on it (be i”N” actio”N”). Place them in a bowl. After dinner, pass the bowl and each person takes two cards of the same color. They first open the question card and read it aloud. After answering, they open the BIN card and answers it. Examples:
      • ? = Who is someone I am grateful for that I haven’t told? BIN = Why am I grateful for them? When will I tell them?
      • ? = Who is someone that needs help? BIN = How will I help them? When?
      • ? = What is something I wish someone would say to me? BIN = Say it out loud now.
    • For this exercise, it helps to think about responses that will answer who, what, when, where, why, and how.
  • Activate the five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell).
    Sight, taste, touch, and smell are taken care of by food that is served. Some of the best sounds are prayer and laughter. If you’d like to set an intention for the event, consider our sprays.
  • Keep in mind moderation (less is more).
    Being authentic is more meaningful than being ostentatious.
  • Use the five elements (fire, earth, metal, water, and wood).
    Fire might be candles or a cozy fireplace. If you use the color red, realize it activates the appetite (people consume more or too much) and can be considered an aggressive color. Earth can be ceramic cookware or serving dishes. Earth colors (yellow, tan and brown) help ground the event. Metal can be eating utensils or serving trays. Water can be beverages. For wood, I like to bring the outdoors in by placing leaves on the table and using fragrant sprigs of pine or juniper in table arrangements.
  • We all know that clutter isn’t desirable so clear away dishes when everyone has eaten.
  • Conserve energy; in other words, it’s okay to accept help.
    Allow others to help with the dishes. Some of the greatest conversations take place in the kitchen.

Place a personal strategy session on your holiday wish list. It’s going to be an interesting year, and you can be proactive to make it the best it can be.

May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed,©   ~Diana