The word "wealth" as understood in traditional Chinese thought has a complex meaning, encompassing an abundance of material posessions, an abundance of community connections and an abundance of skills. All of these give us a sense of Wealth, Prosperity and Self Worth.
Unlike self esteem -- which varies widely from person to person and is largely influenced by achievements or the lack thereof -- self love is equal, endless and eternal, only our access to this love or our lack of acceptance can vary. The more we open our hearts to Universal Love, the more we can accept its gifts.
For a series of instructions on what you can do to increase wealth, prosperity and a sense of self worth in your life check the Feng Shui for Us journey for Weatlh:
Self Love, Clothes and Weight
I often meet people who try to motivate themselves to lose weight by buying clothes that are too small for them. This rarely works. Other people punish themselves by withdrawing self love when they find they have gained weight, and start wearing ugly baggy clothes that hide their figure or black clothes to try to look slimmer. This works against them.
My clients' greatest successes in losing weight happened when they let go of any clothes in their closets that didn't fit right... right now, and replace them with a few outfits that make them feel beautiful right here right now. Then a few months later they have the joy of letting go of these outfits in favor of smaller sizes!
The Nine Steps to Feng Shui
applied to Food!
I was born in a family of slim people, but didn't quite get the slim gene. By age 10 I already wore clothes larger than my mom's. I have these pictures of our family at the beach when I was 14 wearing a one piece black suit while my 34 year old mom looked like a beach goddess in a bikini. She is still the same size today at 61.
I wasn't fat. I was the same height (not quite 5') I am today and I weighed 107 pounds, but next to my mom (100 lbs) I always felt fat. By age 16 I was bulimic. I felt I was a slave of food and couldn't control my eating habits.
When I found a macrobiotics restaurant at age 24 and learned how to cook... well, that was FREEDOM! For the first time iin my life I knew how to feed myself and how to give my body what it needed and be satisfied and not hungry all the time. For the first time in my relationship to food I was the master and not the slave. In about a year of eating this way I fulfilled my life long dream of being skinny... and feeling great! It was a wonderful time in my life.
All that changed when I moved to the US. I was 93 pounds (slightly underweight) when I got on that plane but I GAINED 25 LB my first year in this country and then some more over the next few years. Then came the babies and the weight gain that came with that. All in all it took me 10 years to figure out how to eat to stay healthy and have a healthy weight in the US.
One of the biggest challenges has been how to adapt the cooking and eating principles I learned with macrobiotics to the US life style. I love cooking but I don't want to spend my whole life in the kitchen. I sometimes think that I went through this struggle with weight again in the US, when I had really thought that was a thing of the past, so I could teach other people to control their weight and be healthy here. There is so much need!
Three Sundays in July I will be teaching a "lazy" cooking class in Knoxville, TN, that applies the principles of Macrobiotics and Traditional Chinese Medicine to preparing foods with little effort. The dates are July 13, 20 and 27, from 3 to 6 PM at The Well.
Please click on this link for more information:
Nine steps to healthy eating -- a freebie:
1 Eat whole foods, or make them whole through food combinations
2 Keep your blood slightly alkaline by combining yin and yang foods
3 Make sure to preserve the chi (life force) in the foods you eat
4 Eat principally foods that are local and are in season
5 Include the five colors and the five flavors in your food every day
6 Choose foods that are congruent with your beliefs about life and responsibility towards the environment
7 Eat foods that are healthy in themselves, (no pesticides and not genetically modified)
8 Plan your meals ahead of time, so you don't end up eating on impulse
9 Eat mindfully, in a peaceful environment.
Love, Gratitude and Blessings,
Monica P. Castaneda
7786 Emory Chase Ln.
Knoxville, TN 37918