In a recent interview Terah Kathryn Collins, founder of the Western School of Feng Shui, spoke of the importance of kindness to ourselves, and kindness to those all around us.

Terah mentioned what happens when we become aware of our relationship with our surroundings, and offers her insightful stories of Feng Shui as a way for us to regain balance in our lives. You can read her experiences of Feng Shui in her book, The Western Guide to Feng Shui. There is an array of informational tools to download to explore and play with the art of placement, which is another explanation of Feng Shui.

It can be that when we look at the big picture of life, or even within our home we can become overwhelmed with the enormity of it all. When working with Feng Shui for a home, at times it is necessary to scale the energy work down to baby steps. Rather than focusing on everything big, work within each room and the enhancements for the area that you are focusing on. A classic example is that you might want a huge water fountain in your back yard but at present you just don’t have the funds to do it. Instead, find the wealth section in each room of your house and add some intention to each of these areas.

Using western form Feng Shui or non-directional as taught by Terah, you will know that the wealth sector is at the far back left corner of your house. In turn, on a smaller scale, this can be translated to the wealth corner being in every left hand back corner of every room in your house. Place something you treasure in that corner area of every room to work as an enhancement. This can be an affirmation card, a vase with flowers or even a piece of jewelry. It is important to work with the moment in front of you when you are put in these types of situations. This can keep the flow of energy moving and you will be the beneficiary of feeling happy because of your attention you have invested in your environment.

On the other hand you may be reading this and be in a different situation altogether. You may not have a house to live in at all. Your reality may be far away from wanting a water feature for your backyard and actually you may be wondering how you are going to pay your rent and tomorrow seems like a long way away.

This inspires me to share the book by Viktor Frankl M.D., Ph.D., Man’s Search for
Meaning. (1905-1997, Vienna). He was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. According to a survey conducted by the Library of Congress, Man’s Search for Meaning belongs to a list of “the ten most influential books in the United States.” At the time of the author’s death in 1997, the book had sold 10 million copies in twenty-four languages.

Dr. Frankl chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate based on his psychotherapeutic method of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most sordid ones, and thus a reason to continue living.

The biggest point that I took away from this book (and I have to confess I read the book back in the 1990’s but I still remember to this day) is that we are not defined by our external condition in order to keep our inner happiness. He sums it up by saying that the inner hold a person has on his spiritual self relies on having a faith in the future.

In a summary written in the book, Dr. Frankl shares from his experience that a person’s psychological reactions are not solely the result of the condition of his life, but also from the freedom of choice he always has. He concludes that the meaning of life is in every moment of living; life never ceases to have meaning.

Dr. Frankl was one of the key figures in existential therapy and a prominent source of inspiration for humanistic psychologists. I remember so clearly the day I picked that book up in the bookstore and thought to myself, “What a skinny book-what could be so important in such a small book?”

So my offering to you with this posting is to ask where your wealth sector is in your inner self? What kind thought to yourself can you place in your mind to enhance your wealth of happiness. Oprah used to comment that just being able to breathe in and out is a great place to start.

Have a beautiful day,


Photo: ‘together’ PKM


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