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PAGE 4B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 27, 2009 i The art of f',ng shui: Bringing balance to your home and life By Robin Friedman New Jersey Jewish News With its emphasis on tran- quility, order, and balance, feng ghui has a growing body of followers. Meaning "wind- water," feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice believed to utilize the laws of astronomy and geography to achieve harmony. Today' s feng shui Absolute power Power spots are the areas of your home that are most directly related to your key issues. When you know where your power spots are, you know where to focus your energy. Expect your power spots to change over time. As you address the issues that are most important to you now, you will move on to focus on other areas of your life. Six months or a year from now, your power spots should be different from where they are today, because feng shui is all about creating change in your life. Certain rooms are associated with certain life issues based on their use and function. Part of the task of locating your power spots is to identify which places in your home are most closely associated with your key issue through symbolic association. Typically these are: Career: front door--home office--any space where you work at home Money: home office kitchen--wherever you usually pay bills Creativity: home office Relationships: bedroom--living room--anyplace where you and your partner frequently spend time together Family: living room--den/family room--dining room Health: bedroom--kitchen (pronounced FENG-shwee) revolves around arranging objects, such as the placeqent of furniture in a home. The goal of feng shui is to receive positive qi (pronounced"chi"), meaning "air" and referring to the flow of positive energy. Much of feng shui is about alignment, or more to the point, realignment. Propo- nents claim feng shui has an effect on health and wealth; critics consider it a NewAge pseudoscience. The history of feng shui covers at least 3,500 years before the invention of the magnetic compass. Vil- lagers studied landscape formations, and monitored wind and water, to best de- termine the most bountiful harvests, healthy livestock, and abundant life. They listened to nature and tried to understand the earth's rhythms. This became the foundation of feng shui. The basic premise that humans Stuck energy Feng shui recognizes that small problems can have a major effect on your life. A well-kept home will always have better qi than one where maintenance has been allowed to pile up. Clutter is both a cause and a symptom of stuck energy. It blocks the smooth flow of qi through your space. Make a note of any new or overdue maintenance, and make it a priority. For example: Doors that are difficult to open make it difficult for you to progress in life. Dirty windows make it hard to see things clearly. Burned light fixtures contribute to a lack of vision. Clutter makes it very difficult to make changes, take advan- tage of new opportunities, or welcome friends into your life. Clutter makes it harder to keep your house clean. Dust clogs the flow of qijust as effectively as a glut of personal possessions. can be healthy and happy only when living in tune with nature evolved into a complex body of knowledge with many different schools. Since the 1970s, feng shui has been reinvented for Western consumption. Many people react skepti- cally toward the benefits of crystals, chimes, and fountains on one's life and relationships. Others em- brace its tribute to magic, mystery, and peacefulness. Fengshui proponents believe the heavens influence earth; that is, the electromagnetic systems of the natural world (weather, solar and lunar cycles, polar movements, internal faculties of migrat- ing birds and other creatures) can have profound effects on the man-made world [power grids, communication and navigation systems, pipe- lines, market fluctuations). Feng shui is sometimescalled "acupuncture for the home" because it opens, adjusts, and aligns the flow of qi. Reprinted with permission from the New Jersey Jewish News, www.njjewishnews. com. .Treating patients in Central Florida for over 25 Years Winter Park Orlando 407-678-4040 407-370-3705 Altamonte Springs 407-331-6244 Steven Rosenberg, M;D. Carlos M. 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