Guest Blog by Valerie Delong

Valerie is the owner of Feng Shui Concepts, she is a Certified Feng Shui
Practitioner, a student of the Nine Harmonies School of Feng Shui under Carol Bridges.  She has studied under Master Lin Yun, founder of the BTB school of feng shui, as well as other experts in the field of feng shui.You can find Val at
http://www.fengshuiconcepts.net/home.html

Can you believe it’s November already?  Time seems to be speeding up, and some say it truly is, so we may have fewer minutes in a day.  Add this to the fact that most people are busier (and more stressed) than ever, and it approaches a “perfect storm.”
Sandy turned out to be just such an event.  Mother Nature is having her own issues and we are an unwilling participant in these actions.  Feng shui speaks about balance, and this includes all of nature.  Storms are nature’s way of bringing life back into balance.  If Sandy is an indication of how out of balance things are, hang onto your hats, because we may be in for a wild ride. 
Life is a cycle, and cycles like to keep moving.  If there is an imbalance in one or more areas of your life, this means that the whole cycle is out of balance, wobbling like a spinning top that’s slowing down.  We may think that our careers are most important to pay attention to right now, but focusing more in that area means there is less energy to put toward other areas of our lives, so something must suffer.  The cycle begins to wobble.
In feng shui this cycle is called the Bagua; it takes into consideration nine different areas of a person’s life.  When all these areas are in balance, the cycle is moving and things feel good.  What I find most interesting is that the center of this cycle is health.  This means both that good health is critical to all other areas of life, but also that an imbalance in another area can affect one’s health.  It’s all connected and one always affects the other.
This is a great time to get in touch with any parts of our lives where there are “cobwebs”, areas that may need some TLC .  One way to shift energy is gratitude; find something in those cobwebs to be thankful for (it’s in there somewhere).  When we focus on being thankful and then get in touch with what that feels like, it literally changes something inside – and therefore outside as well, because it’s all connected….it begins with how it feels.