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Beauty Feng Shui

“Life is a reflection of your thoughts.  If you change your thinking, you change your life.”
Hummm, can I really change how I look and how people see me by making Feng  Shui adjustments?  I was curious after finding some articles on Feng Shui for beauty and only found minimal information on it,  so I bought several books to learn more about it.  It makes sense because we are always reading people’s energy whether we know it or not and Feng Shui beauty is reading people’s energy and reflecting that on the outside.  It enhances the energy that is our true beauty.
Enthusiasts of the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui say happiness and prosperity can be achieved by arranging your home in a certain way, but Feng Shui not just for the house anymore.  In fact, the origins of Feng Shui is really the mind-body connection and how we align ourselves to all areas of our lives.  People think of magic, superstition or religion when they hear the word Feng Shui but it is not any of those things.  It’s about ENERGY and how it affects everything in our lives.  Energy (chi) flows in, around and through our bodies every minute of every day. Everything in the world according to Feng Shui belongs to one of the five elements or energies, being fire, earth, metal, water and wood and we can change how it flows by doing certain adjustments. The physical adjustments are not the most important part of Feng Shui, they just give us visible reminders to change how we think consciously and unconsciously.
How we dress, wear make up, or not, wear our hair and the food we eat, have a direct result on our chi and that has a direct impact on how people see and relate to us.  If we want to  radiate authentic beauty it is important to align and harmonize the flow of our chi.  While blood carries oxygen and nutrients, chi carries thoughts, ideas, emotions and dreams.  What you think and the way that you think have a great deal of influence on outcomes in our lives.  Chi is an energy force that is flavored by our thoughts, emotions and feelings and people around us intuitively pick up on, and base their responses on it.

What are the effects of dis-harmonized chi? Here are three prominent examples.

• Negative chi, caused by excessive light and artificial energy (such as air conditioning), can cause mental and physical exhaustion.

• Strong chi (like that produced by dampness and drafts) can result in two polarized attitudes, depending on the person: either excessive emotion and over-excitement, or depression and lack of direction.

• Fast-flowing chi (which you can feel on very windy days) can make one over talkative and paranoid, fearful of personal attack

Feng Shui Beauty is understanding and enhancing your energy/chi through the five elements.  Billy Yamaguchi pioneered the concept of applying the principles of these elements to your hair, makeup and personal lifestyle.  According to Yamaguchi, all five elements are present in everyone but two elements are usually dominate.

If you were to consult a beauty Feng Shui practitioner they would the would look at the sum of your parts; spiritual, mental and physical, to create a wardrobe that is fulfilling, fortifying, flattering and functional.  As long as we are going with all the ‘f’s’ lets add Fun to the mix.  They might use the Transformational Triad.

The Transformational Triad concept leads us to balance our essence with our intention that changes over time to create a harmonious appearance.
  • Essential Energy (ESSENCE) is unconsciously expressed. It is the energetic lens through which you see the world, the assimilation of your core (driving force), character (emotional nature), and conduct (way of being) – the unique “essence”… that is you.
  • Intentional Energy (INTENTION) is consciously created. It is the energy attached to what you have “in mind” to be, do and have.
  • Visual Energy (APPEARANCE) is physically transmitted. It is the vibrational pattern created by “how you look,” influenced by the energies inherent in your physical coloring and body shape, and the colors, patterns, textures, fabrics and silhouettes of the clothes you wear.

It makes sense to me that if we look at our self from this prospective and enhance our inherent strengths we will project more of our authentic beauty.  It sounds like a fun thing to experiment with to see if anyone notices.

RESOURCES FOR FURTHER EXPLORING BEAUTY FENG SHUI

What this video about Fashion Feng Shui for a better understanding of what it is.  Sue Donnelly is a Fashion Feng Shui expert from London

There are several streams of thought when it comes to your personal beauty Feng Shui.  Yamaguchi uses an intuitive approach to determining you elements as you will see in his test. Other systems use your birth date to determine your elements.  For fun take Yamaguchi’s Beauty Feng Shui Test.

Here are some fun and interesting Feng Shui Beauty adjustments to try:

http://fengshui-tips.blogspot.com/2011/06/feng-shui-beauty-anti-aging.html

Diane Alba-Means, founder and owner of Hawaii Feng Shui shares tips on her website:

http://www.hawaiifengshui.com/index.htm

Here are some books to explore too:

Billy Yamaguchi Feng Shui Beauty

Feng Shui Chic by Carole Swann Meltzer

Fashion Feng Shui, the power of dressing with intention by Evana Maggiori

Websites about Beauty Feng Shui

Fashion Feng Shui International

Billy Yamaguchi

 

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The Body is a Temple

“In your heart you know you are beautiful and divine”

Did you know that beauty and health go hand in hand?  If we give our body what it needs to be healthy it will allow our true beauty to shine through.  It has nothing to do with age and more to do with how you treat your body.   I am sure you have heard the saying that your body is a temple.  I love to think of it that way because of what our bodies are capable is so miraculous and sacred.

If we treated our bodies like temples, like sacred, precious, magnificent vessels, that were capable of miracles I wonder what different choices we would make.  Just thinking about the amazing things our bodies do everyday and how our bodies can do to heal themselves brings me a sense of awe.  When I think about it that way, my body deserves the best nutrition, exercise, fresh air, water and to be treated like a temple.  It deserves it!

If we thought about our bodies as a temple would we still eat diet foods to look a certain way? Would we have intrusive cosmetic surgeries to change the way we look?  Would we subscribe to the no pain/no gain mentality of exercise? Would we stay up all night partying?  Would we continue yo-yo dieting? Would we let others take advantage of us? Would we feel ashamed of our body’s appearance?

If we thought of our bodies as a temple would we want to give our bodies the best of nutrients? Wouldn’t we make sure others never crossed our boundaries or did things to deliberately hurt us? Wouldn’t we find physical activities that we enjoyed and felt invigorating by instead of ones we dread.  Wouldn’t we  focus more on how your body felt than how it looked? We would be gentler to our bodies and proud of how amazing it is.  And as a result of doing those things we would end up looking and radiating more beauty.

Kimber has an awesome blog about honoring your body called Finding Fullness.  In one of her posts she shares this exercise for treating your body like a temple:

1. Recognize its beauty. See how extraordinary your body truly is.

2. Approach your body with respect and awe. “Oh Nobly Born,” (as the Buddha says), be gentle with and dignified toward your body. Offer your body loving rituals of cleansing.

3. Treat your body the way you would any other sacred space.Don’t throw mental, emotional, and psychological “garbage” on it. Be kind and responsible.

4. Honor it. Listen to what food, movement, rest, and attention it needs and meet those needs appropriately. Dress your body with attention to the comfort and beauty that allows its beauty to shine fully.

5. Protect it. Avoid people who don’t treat your body with the respect it deserves, and situations which endanger its well-being.

6. Pause and enjoy it. Experience and appreciate your own aliveness. Slow down and savor your life.

Imagine for a moment spending an entire week acting as if your body was a temple.  What would you do differently?

Beauty is a Social Crisis!

“A woman’s self-image is the very foundation of her personality, and hence, she acts like the sort of person she thinks and believes she is.”

If you are a women and you have body image issues you are not alone.  I did some research to see what women were saying and was saddened by what I found.  Women around the world struggle with body image.

According to Synovate’s global survey on beauty, two thirds of all people say that beauty is primarily about non-physical attributes, yet as many as 40% would change their looks if they could.

“Synovate tackled a range of beauty issues in a global survey of over 7,000 people in nine markets – Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Korea, India, Singapore, Spain, South Africa and the United States. The survey asked people to spill their beauty secrets … how do people define beauty? Where do people from different cultures see themselves on the beauty scale? And would they want to do anything to change their looks?

The Synovate survey picked up some intriguing attitudes across cultures and across gender.

  • Nearly one in five respondents would have plastic surgery if they had the money but another 30% would do absolutely nothing differently if money were no object
  • The Spaniards desire darker skin and the Koreans strive for paler skin
  • According to our findings, fewer women are resorting to dangerous weight-control tactics. Just 16 percent of women today say they’ve taken diet pills to lose weight versus 50 percent in 1984—and the number of women who’ve starved themselves or purged to slim down has fallen by 24 and 20 percent, respectively.
  • More South African men than women would use a personal shopping / style service if they could
  • Wash’n’go Canadians spend less time in front of the mirror than people in other parts of the globe, yet are more likely than nearly everyone else to feel inadequate courtesy of beauty advertisements
  • Americans have the poorest self image when it comes to beauty with seven percent saying they are not beautiful and want to change
  • Beauty doesn’t buy you any extra kudos in Korea where 96% disagreed that beautiful people do not have to work as hard.”

According to a study by Succeed Foundation and the  University of West of England, 30 percent of women would trade at least one year of their life to achieve their ideal body weight and shape.

The research has also found that in order to achieve their ideal body weight and shape:

  • 16% would trade 1 year of their life
  • 10% would trade 2-5 years of their life
  • 2% would trade 6-10 years of their life
  • 1% would trade 21 years or more of their life

How did this happen!  And how would they decide what the ideal body weight and shape was in the first place?  It makes me want to create a Beauty Revolution.  How about you?

Glamour Magazine polled 16000 women and they found more than 40 percent of women are unhappy with their bodies, a number virtually unchanged since their first body image survey in 1984.  The good news in the survey:

” According to our findings, fewer women are resorting to dangerous weight-control tactics. Just 16 percent of women today say they’ve taken diet pills to lose weight versus 50 percent in 1984—and the number of women who’ve starved themselves or purged to slim down has fallen by 24 and 20 percent, respectively.”

The Female Body Survey found 67% of women said they would definitely or possibly have plastic surgery now or in the future to improve their bodies.
Some interesting links:
The Psychology of the Ideal Body Image  This is extremely interesting
Wow!  How sad is that? How did this happen?  Why did this happen?  What can we do to change it?
So if a women’s self image is the foundation of her personality, and there is so much distortion around beauty and body image, how does she reconcile all of this so she can be her authentic self and in her power?  Lots of questions and lots of things to ponder through this blog.   I would love to hear your thoughts on this issue.