Greetings to all who share the wisdom of feng shui!
It is still summer, and you deserve a day of rest!
In feng shui we try to strike a balance between the yang of activity-laden periods and yin, the calm and peaceful periods of relaxation. All too often yin is short-changed with the overwhelming demands of yang. Wired or not, we are still on call with all the devices that monitor what we do.
When my housekeepers inadvertently unplugged the modem in my house, I unexpectedly experienced a leisurely day of peace. I had no dial tone, no internet connection, and the cell phone was not charged. Recognizing the sudden reprieve, I did not turn on the TV or radio and settled in for a day of reading and writing. Being unplugged turned into having a day off from schedules and responsibilities. There was nothing to check or reply to, there were no beeps and the phone never rang. There was even time left over to tackle the pile of papers waiting to be filed.
The only other time I felt this kind of peace was on a retreat in Bali, where the remoteness of Dancing Dragon Cottages had no connection to our wired world. The panic we feel when we forget or lose our cell phone is the modern syndrome of a disconnect from a potential field of needs. It is the constant tug of yang and its unknown dimensions demanding that we do something. Allowing the seed of yin to expand and grow for a while is the antidote to the stress of being wired and plugged in.
On a recent flight, the passenger next to me had on his lap, his I-Pad, his I-Phone, his Blackberry, and on top of it all, his Bose head phones for blocking out noises. I always looked forward to flights as another mode of escaping it all for the duration of being on board. Now I have to listen to business plans, marketing strategies or household issues. Maybe I also need a set of Bose ear phones as my yin escape from the wi fi of other passengers’ yang addictions.
Unplug for a Day
With Pyramid Feng Shui!
Feng Shui Certification Courses: Level I – Saturday Aug. 21, 2010; Level II – Saturday Sept 25, 2010; Level III – Saturday Oct 30, 2010