Take A Picture…Good Fortune

by Tania Ginoza on December 11, 2012 · 8 comments

At the end of each year I select a new calendar for my desk at home.  It doesn’t have to be big but it does have to be aesthetically pleasing and make me smile.  Next year’s calendar is the 2013 Feng Shui Almanac.

The feng shui almanac is a beautifully illustrated calendar from the World of Feng Shui. Each day is marked with icons that indicate if there is a full moon or new moon and whether it is a good or bad day for travel, renovation, business and relationships.  On the back of each month is an article or guide. Auspicious astrology grouping by season, affinity triangles by sign and the five elements of the human body are a few of the topics. The almanac is ~8″ x 7″ and is a standing flip calendar.


About a decade ago, I began a burgeoning interest in feng shui that began with my desperate search for restful sleep.  I’ve been an insomniac my entire life.  I either sleep poorly, wake up with anxiety or don’t sleep at all.  So, I did what I always do when I’m trying to improve my life. I read everything I could find on the subject and stumbled upon feng shui.  Following basic principles I rearranged my bedroom furniture, removed items stored under the bed, added a pair of lamps to the nightstand and moved my digital clock to another room.  I slept better but never felt there was anything mystical involved. The idea that freeing your mind by surrounding yourself with open space, decreasing light disturbance and placing your bed in a place where you feel safe and secure made logical sense to me.  Although I read many books and articles on feng shui, my efforts never extended past my bedroom.  I didn’t consciously incorporate any of the practices to bring and maintain good fortune in my life in the areas of health and prosperity.

Although I’m not an avid participant, I find feng shui and its history interesting. I believe that ensuring our buildings are placed properly considering natural elements can affect the comfort and health of a dwelling’s occupants.  I know that improper placement of furniture or too many distractions in a workspace or sleeping area can affect our subconscious creating stress and anxiety or make it difficult to rest or focus.  I also believe there are years that we need to exercise more caution than others and other years are perfect for change and a bit more risk.  I feel positive energy can enable us to take full advantage when an opportunity for good fortune arises while negative energy can distract us from seeing the opportunity directly in our path or leave us ill prepared for it.  However, I don’t embrace the practice of placing plastic figurines or other objects in my home in the hopes they will bring positive energy and good fortune.

What are your feelings about feng shui?

The 2013 Feng Shui Almanac is available at Longs Drug in the Maui Mall or at the World of Feng Shui.

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Sarah P December 11, 2012

Like you’ve I’ve struggled with insomnia for a long time and I also employed some feng shui principles like getting electronics out of the room, and having my bed out of direct sight of the door. I think it really helped for the same reason you mention: it just makes sense! I’ve also worked really hard to keep my office arranged well – back to a corner, never turning my back to a door. It helps me feel less trapped. Great post – and I love the calendar too!


Tania December 17, 2012

Thanks Sarah! Yes, I never put my desk with my back to the door as I don’t like to be suddenly startled or feel like someone was looking over my shoulder (although I suspect a back to the door in some ways it discourages unnecessary interruptions!).


kathy December 12, 2012

i think it helps promote tranquility but it didn’t help me sleep. what helped me sleep so much better was a better diet and plenty of exercise.


Tania December 17, 2012

At the time I gave my boudoir the feng shui treatment, I was at a point in my life that my lifestyle was the most healthy it’s ever been. It helped a bit but I still had trouble falling and staying asleep. Removing or covering up electronics that emit a constant light (digital clock, cable box) was the other big factor to me.

I’d also add in addition to a healthy diet is not eating a few hours before bedtime (to prevent being woken up by reflex and prevent GERD).


another jennifer December 12, 2012

I don’t know about feng shui, but I’d like to know more. I’m the type that if I don’t have a room set up just right, I feel off. This goes for my home office in particular. I should do some reading up.


Tania December 17, 2012

I follow getting things done methodology for task tracking and it has struck me more than once how GTD and feng shui both touch upon getting distractions, anxiety and clutter out of our headspace. Especially in a workspace. I also agree with you that some of it is instinctual (we just have to listen!).


lisacng @ expandng.com December 19, 2012

I think the calendar is lovely, whether you ascribe to feng shui or not. I think that the principle of knowing your environment and taking advantage of natural elements is spot-on. I don’t believe in the spiritual aspects of feng shui, but most of the actions they recommended certainly are logical. Have fun! Hope your sleeps improves!


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