Happy New Year, everyone!
As we come off of the holidays, I hope you're feeling refreshed, excited, and ready for the new year, which we entered into a couple of weeks ago.
I, myself, am still shaking off some of the holiday madness and getting into the swing of the new year. Like with anything, I'm giving this process its time. The older I get, I suppose the wiser I get: I know that nothing in life happens overnight, and anything that does, I should be weary of.
In the last few months, I had a lot of airport/ airplane time, which meant I picked up some new airport literature. Airport literature is the literature that I wouldn't necessarily gravitate to outside of an airport but that makes for light, bubble gum-reading while I'm traveling: just what I need to calm my frayed nerves while moving about and dealing with the normal travel stresses.
The book "The Happiness Project" came my way at LAX, and I found it to be a fun read. The author Gretchen Rubin sets out, in the course of a year, to define and live out certain resolutions for each month, writing about her journey along the way. It was a good idea, I thought, and I thus decided to use it as a springboard for my own resolution project.
How could I combine a year of resolutions with feng shui?
By using the Chinese bagua as a foundation for my resolutions. The bagua, used in feng shui to segment homes into their respective arenas for analysis and remedy, consists of eight trigrams and nine areas. Each one of the nine areas is representative of some facet of life.
1.) Health (Good Fortune)
2.) Love and Partnership
3.) Creativity (Projects, Children)
4.) Synchronicity (Helpful People, Travel)
5.) Career (Life Mission, Individuality)
6.) Knowledge & Spirituality (Wisdom, Self-Knowledge, Rest)
7.) Family (Community)
8.) Wealth & Prosperity (Self-Worth)
9.) Fame (Reputation, Social Life, Accomplishment)
The concepts in parentheses are ones that are often associated with the main concept of any given trigram. For example, the "fame trigram" is often called just that: the "fame trigram," but it relates perhaps more to the idea of reputation and social life. Why this matters is that with a good reputation and strong social bonds, we are a lot more empowered than we are with a bad reputation and poor social ties, obviously. Have you ever seen someone who's burned ALL of his bridges go on to great success? I can't think of an example. Reputation matters. And so do the other eight areas.
Feng shui aims to pay due attention to each one of the nine areas in our lives through thoughtful, holistic design and element balance. But our conscientiousness towards the bagua does not have to be limited to a floor plan. It can be something we're attentive to each day of our lives, affecting our priorities, our conduct, and ultimately, how we experience life.
For this reason, I've created a bagua-based resolution chart. Each month, I'll tune into a different area of my life with extra focus to make sure I'm giving it all of my heart. Since there are only nine areas, and there are twelve months in a year, I'm dividing some of the areas up into two months in a way that made sense to me.
As a result, my resolution chart looks like this:
January : Health (Feel better!)
February: Love (Just give it!)
March: Partnership (Love him!)
April: Creation (Open space!)
May: Synchronicity (Get out!)
June: Career (Enjoy it!)
July: Knowledge (Expand it!)
August: Spirituality (Go in!)
September: Family (Be the easy one!)
October: Wealth (Spend out!)
November: Prosperity (Share a lot!)
December: Accomplishments (Own it!)
The mottos help me to think about how to tangibly apply these concepts in my life, and the exclamation points just give me extra umph.
I'm making concrete action items under each month, but I'll be sharing those with you as we go through the year together. I hope you'll feel compelled to share this journey with me and maybe even start your own bagua resolutions chart.
When we pay attention to the nine areas of our lives, we create balance and harmony in our environment. We're more in tune with ourselves; we know our priorities; we act with conviction; and we take care of the people and things around us. This, of course, creates a strong resonance in our surroundings that in turn, comes back to us. Through the process of resonant synchronicity or entrainment, we all feed off of each other's energy. Just one person's positive resonance, if the person's strong enough, can drastically change an environment.
So this is my little part in that process. And that makes me happy.