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Taking Care of Yourself is Good Feng Shui

Do you ever find yourself playing mind numbing games just because? Or, do you catch yourself staring out of a window for what seems like hours on end only to finally come to and scold yourself for wasting so much time? Have you ever watched hours of television and not remembered anything you saw?

We all find ourselves in similar situations on occasion. But when it starts happening on a regular basis it is time to take notice. Your body and mind are trying to tell you something and that something is; you are running low on energy. You can go for days and days, weeks and weeks, sometimes even years and years without reenergizing and then all of a sudden your body says STOP, PAY ATTENTION TO ME!

One of the first clues you will have when you are running low on energy has to do with your ability to concentrate, stay focused and get things done in a timely fashion. Have you ever tried really hard to get a major project done and the harder you tried the less you accomplished? In fact the more you forced yourself the more difficult the project became.

Is Your Tide Out

I call this “your tide is out” malady. It is truly a lapse of ability to stay focused and concentrate because you are incredibly low on energy. Your body is trying to tell you to rest and allow it and your mind to re-energize. The more you ignore your tide out symptoms the further out your tide will go eventually forcing you to recognize that something is wrong.

For a writer a tide out symptom would be a writer’s block. For an artist it would take the form of “I just can’t paint, don’t know what to paint or my painting looks awful.” For others of us it may take the form of constantly getting a little bit sick all of the time or never quite feeling well. Or, it may even take the form of not liking what you do for a living and wandering from job to job, not being able to stay focused long enough to really perform well or decide you really do like where you work and what you are doing. These are all symptoms of your tide being out and your body telling you to take notice and listen to its message.

Taking Care of You Now

If you think you can wait out these symptoms and return to normal, you can’t; your body won’t allow that to happen. Even if we humans do not recognize the need to care for our physical, mental and spiritual selves our body does. Think about it. We take very good care of our automobiles; we give them fuel regularly, we change their oil, lubricate their joints, take them in for a checkup every 20,000 miles and put new tires on every thirty or forty thousand miles. Do you pay that much attention to caring for you? Yes, I know many people go to gyms to workout or walk every day but that is not the same as taking care of you.

What your body is looking for is complete quiet and rest; no telephones ringing, no television constantly blaring, no electronic games distracting you, no internet surfing, just rest. In order for your body to regenerate and re-energize itself it needs to find balance among all of the things it is bombarded with on a daily basis and it does this by complete unadulterated rest. With everything you need to accomplish on a daily basis I know you are wondering just how to do this.

For those of you whose body’s are really overly exhausted you will have no choice but to make time and rest. If you don’t create time to regenerate your energy, your body will find ways to force you to do so. For those of you who are not quite in the desperate stage, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Once every week for 6 weeks create a one hour re-energizing break and get a massage, or

  2. Go to a park or a beach, sit in the sun and listen to the birds sing

  3. Sit on your back porch or lanai and watch the clouds float by

  4. Sit in your favorite chair holding your dog or cat and gently pet it

  5. Do nothing in your favorite spot

The important thing here is to do nothing and let your mind and body slip into a complete rest mode for at least one hour for a total of six weeks. Would it do more good if you could do nothing for more than one hour at a time or more often than once a week, absolutely? Could you do it longer than six weeks, yes? Six weeks is the minimum amount of rest that one needs to re-energize enough to be able to concentrate again and focus on those things that matter in your world.

It is very easy to unbalance your body and deplete its energy. You can indeed reverse the process by using some basic Feng Shui balancing principles on your body but it takes a deliberate plan and action on your part to do so. Since each of us is given only one body to live in while on planet earth, we need to take good care of it. If we don’t, who will?


© Pat Heydlauff, All Rights Reserved

Pat Heydlauff, president of Energy Design, uses Feng Shui design principles to eliminate chaos and stress at home and within oneself. More than a Feng Shui expert, Pat is a consultant and speaker who helps remove clutter and negativity while encouraging personal growth, improved relationships and prosperity. Her new book, “Feng Shui: So Easy a Child Can Do It,” shows how to achieve a better tomorrow. For information on her consulting, speaking and artwork,  call: 561-408-2708.

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