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Top Feng Shui No-Nos

Before you start reshaping your lives with Feng Shui principles and hanging up crystals, consider these basic feng shui no-nos that could be representing major blocks in your life.

Change an unwelcoming front entrance.

Make a shift. Make it happy. Your front entrance is also known as the “mouth of chi,” and it’s your face to the world. Make sure your doormat is relatively clean and new, and that your porch is clutter free. Having the colour red there is a boon, or perhaps a fountain or flowering plant. When your front entrance is attractive, it attracts good things into your life.

Clear items under the bed.  

In feng shui, your bedroom is one of the most important rooms of the house. Why? Because good sleep is key to a good life. Keep the area under your bed free of clutter so that healthy, happy chi (energy) can circulate.

Chairs, beds, and appliances are arranged so that your back is to the door.

Whether it’s your bed, your desk, or your stove, it’s best to be in the “command” position, where you have a view of the door of the room. This way you can be fully present in what you are doing.

Make sure mirrors are not positioned poorly.

Yes, mirrors can be tremendously beneficial, but they can also be harmful. If it’s cutting your head off when you walk by, reflecting something unpleasant (i.e. the toilet or clutter), or facing your bed, please adjust it.

Keep in mind that fragmented or warped mirrors may give you a “fragmented” or “warped” sense of self, and while antique mirrors are in vogue, sometimes they can be a problem because you’re not seeing yourself clearly.

Cleanliness is Godliness

If your house is dirty, you’re letting negative chi collect.

If your house is cluttered and you have a lot of stuff that you don’t love or use, you’re creating very real blocks for yourself. Let it go.

This applies to clothes you don’t wear, broken electronics you’ve been meaning to fix, that project that you’ve been meaning to get to for five years, and things you’re holding on to for emotional reasons. When you release them, you are sending a message to the universe that you want something better — and that you trust the universe to deliver. Clean up, and see how much easier you can breathe!

By K.Nagori

pan-of-pizza asked:

If I'm white, how can I avoid being racist, and be an ally for people of color instead? And I'm very sorry if any of this comes off as offensive

I am not offended. I also do not subscribe to the notion of “ally,” in the sense of how it is used here.

Ally implies partnerships, agreements to combine or unite as a force, to receive mutual benefits. One group can still dominate, or receive unequal benefits, though both may receive “mutual” benefits. Mutual and equal do not mean the same thing. Mutual can still leave the aggrieved party (in the context of your question, this would be black/brown people) lacking, though both parties “got something,” (a mutual benefit).

As such, “allies” fail to realize that even when mutual benefits are received, the dominant culture can, and often does, benefit MORE. In this sense, I just don’t use the term “ally.” It simply does not represent a complete tearing asunder of racist systems of oppression. People are either willing to do the necessary anti-racism work, or they are not. The word “ally” does not fit into this for me. Don’t misunderstand; I don’t have a “problem” with the word. I just do not use it this way. If you are doing the work, and “doing it right,” you are anti-racist (not my ally). You do it because it is the right thing to do and not because of any benefits you may receive. In actuality, if you are “doing it right,” you will probably LOSE benefits, and this is why so many people do not seriously try to eradicate racism.

Things you can do: Speak up, no matter how uncomfortable you are, no matter where you are, and call out racist crap when you see it. Educate yourself about oppression and racism. This means READ… a LOT. Boost (amplify) the voices of those black and brown people who talk about racism. Amplifying doesn’t mean you add your thoughts to what you amplify. Just share the material.  When you read about someone who made racist comments, take the time to call or email their school, employer, etc, and voice your outrage. Hold these cretins accountable. Perhaps, most importantly, remember these conversations and actions need to start with you… in YOUR spaces… at home, school, work, relationships, circles, etc. In the USA, racism started with white people, so address it at its root.

I want to apologize to you because I am dealing with a dying grandmother, and I will not be able to respond to any further inquiries you may have in the coming days. In fact, this is the last thing I saw before leaving the house. Feel free to ask further questions in a week or so. It took a lot of brain power to respond to you, but I didn’t want to leave you waiting. I’m headed to the hospice center now. 

Thank you for dropping by my inbox.

just read

read whatever you want. don’t let society tell you what you should or shouldn’t read. don’t let people make you feel bad about a particular genre, series, etc. being your favorite because “it wasn’t meant for you! you’re too old! or you’re too young!” The important thing is that you you are reading. just read! 

why?

because reading helps with…

  1. stress reduction
  2. increasing your knowledge! You can learn all kinds of things from every type of book no matter how simple or complex!
  3. increasing your vocabulary. (insult those nay-sayers with words they won’t even understand!)
  4. improving your memory.
  5. improving your focus and concentration.
  6. slow the development of things like alzheimer’s or dementia by keeping your brain active!
  7. it can even help you sleep better through the stress reduction (although you may find yourself skipping sleep to finish that one book!)
  8. can increase your ability to sympathize. (you can experience through character’s lives situations you have no prior knowledge of and see the tolls it takes on their lives.)
  9. improve your creativity!
  10. decrease boredom!
  11. books can change your life and allow you to experience amazing things and worlds you otherwise would never get to experience.

and last but not least, it’s fun.

Why Drug Testing Poor People is a Waste of Time and Money

What’s worse is that the logic of drug testing welfare recipients has no factual grounding. In reality, the data tells us that poor people use drugs less often. Data in 2011 showed that only 3.6 percent of welfare recipients were “using drugs illicitly or suffering from drug abuse or dependence.” (Interestingly, alcohol abuse among the poor is a much bigger problem. But that’s not the concern of state legislators because alcohol is legal.)

Nothing is as bad as it seems. Nothing. There is a benefit and a blessing hidden in the folds of every experience and every outcome. That includes every and any ‘bad’ thing that may be happening to you right now. Change your perspective. Know that nothing happens ever that is not for your highest good. All that needs to change for you to see this…is your definition of ‘Highest Good.’
—  Neale Donald Walsch