Greetings from sunny California, friends.
For my feng shui resolutions, I've made February into the month of love, the kind of love that isn't isolated to just partnerships, rather, a universal love. This is the love we show in our interactions with strangers, our acceptance of people who differ from us, and our ability to engage with perceived "others."
Showing love to our own family, friends, and inner circle can be easy (though even this can be challenging for us all at times), but how do we do when it comes to showing love to those we don't know?
For some, the very concept of "showing love" to strangers seems odd. Why should we be loving to people we don't even know? Or why should we be loving to people we do know, but with whom we really don't get along or even like?
To help with this effort, I try to imagine interactions with others during the course of the day as opportunities to show love and light. Whether interacting with a grocery store cashier, on the phone with an invisible call center attendant, or talking to anyone in my community, I have a chance with each interaction to make someone's day a little brighter, a little better.
Don't be mistaken; this doesn't mean you have to bare your soul to every person you come in contact with, nor does it mean you have to be inauthentically happy. It simply means you do everything in your power to be kind, courteous, humane, and decent. Even when things aren't going your way. Of course, tension can still appear. Conflicts can still happen. But having this attitude eases things.
Each interaction is a micro-moment of love. A glimpse of goodness. An exercise in finding common ground. And if common ground really can't be found, we wish one another well and part ways respectfully.
If you don't already do this, try it. Be kind. Listen to people. Smile when you talk. See others' humanity. You may realize it's harder than you think, but that never made anything that's right not worth doing.
As is understood in feng shui, love is one of the major nine arenas of life. Without it, we shrivel. With it, we flourish.
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 is strong enough, can drastically change an environment.
Never forget, of course, to take care of yourself. Self-love is absolutely part of the universal love equation.
Wishing you all good luck with universal love.