Hello, beautiful friends!
July was the month of knowledge on my feng shui resolutions chart.
Knowledge goes hand in hand with skills, resourcefulness, self-control, and intelligence.
Going along with the month's theme, I began learning a new skill. I started studying Bahasa Indonesian again, a language I studied while I was living in Bali. As a polyglot who dedicated most of the last decade to linguistics and anthropology, I know how much I thrive on language learning, but I also know the long, slow haul required to move from beginner to master of a language. It takes an incredible amount of dedication, immersion, and drive to get to fluency. And that's ok. Sometimes starting is what matters, so I was happy to start building this new skill that will surely be relevant to my life. Bali always awaits.
On enhancing other skills, I also spent a great deal of time this month on building my portfolio of design skills. AutoCAD adventures happened. Restaurant design classes allowed me to tap into a deep part of my personal design philosophy: that's the combination of cultural anthropology and holistic design. And a a result, I manifested what I believe to be a truly powerful and inspiring space. I'm pleased with the progress that was made in this arena. Skill and dedication begets more skill and dedication begets more skill and dedication. My years in Japan very much have me in a "shokunin" mentality, one in which I feel I am a true craftsman and artisan operating with extreme focus. Maybe we're not at "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" epic levels of shokunin die-hard dedication to craft, but we're actually pretty damn close! Ain't nothin' wrong with that.
On attracting opportunities, it's amazing how when you're in your element, focusing on your thing, you attract all kinds of opportunities. This month was definitely the month of magnetism. I felt as though opportunity was gravitating towards me without even having to look for it. This has not always been the case; my life, like everyone else's has gone through major dry spells, DROUGHT-like dry spells for opportunity, but continuous personal efforts towards my goals built enough inertia for some major windfall to be experienced. For those who are in a dry spell, let me tell you: everything changes. Keep it movin'. Keep working hard. Keep doing what you do. You will reap what you sow.
On having self-control, I believe we have to be mindful of balance at all times. In the midst of so much hustle and focus, it can be easy to experience a loss of peace. We are so concentrated on moving things forward that we can forget to stop and breathe. This is where I find Taoism and its philosophy of wu wei to be particularly helpful. Wu wei means natural action or actions that align with the flow of life. That often means no action. This is the balance of life. Never forget it.
And so that was the knowledge month, dear friends.
Remember that when we pay attention to the nine bagua 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.
Good luck, friends, with your knowledge-related endeavors.