My dear friend, Carolyn, came for a visit last week, and it was great to catch up after a long hiatus. Our friendship goes all the way back to sophomore year in college, when we would hang out in her tiny -- but “single” -- dorm room on Bay State Road in Boston. I always loved escaping to Carolyn’s space because she had made it magical, whimsical, inviting, and cool – my first taste of Feng Shui, as I look back on it. I remember being surprised and delighted by how a few objects and images, thoughtfully placed, could awaken a space to life.
Feng Shui uses an imaginary map, called the Bagua, to enhance and gather information about living and working environments. Looking like a tic-tac-toe board, with nine equal areas, called guas, the Bagua adjusts to the shape of any floorplan. If you are standing at the front door and looking into the space, the area at the bottom right corner is called “Heaven”, and is also known as the “Helpful Friends” area. This is where friendships may be honored, loyal and trustworthy help may be requested, and those companions who watch over and assist us (“angels”, if you will) – are recognized. From this energetic viewpoint, we are nudged and encouraged to be at the right place at the right time, to pick up on the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle ways) the universe is speaking to us, and to find our flow.
As the Olympic Games in
are drawing to a close, the world is savoring the display of truly amazing physical prowess of athletes from every nation. The celebration of Olympic gold, silver, and bronze brings to mind an old camping song about friendships, new and old --“one is silver, the other – gold!” London