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7 Tips To A Happy and Unique Feng Shui Thanksgiving

According to Thrillist.com, the number one holiday celebrated in America is, Thanksgiving. With that said, I have to admit, the origins of this holiday for me seem a bit unsettling having knowledge about the history of conflict between Native Americans and Europeans. Being aware of this, I have chosen to approach this National holiday by giving thanks and sharing a day of appreciation with family whom I may not always be able to see. Segwaying from this brief introduction, below are 7 Unique Feng Shui Thanksgiving Tips To Consider:

 

1. Surrender to the Chaos of the Holidays 

The modern day translation for the word holiday means to rest and relax. Yet, the irony of this is, before getting to that state of mind, there is a bit of chaos that unfolds. It seems the collective consciousness of this country projects a mad dash to grab the necessary food ingredients for cooking a ‘traditional’ Thanksgiving dinner, along with possibly experiencing hectic travel schedules by car, bus, plane or train to be with family. To avoid this unnecessary polarization, pre-plan your travel methods ahead of time and understand you may still get caught up in the ‘travel rush hour.’ If cooking at home, its recommended to make a list of what you need and go to the grocery store at least two or three days prior to Thanksgiving. If you’re not in the mood to cook, be sure to book reservations at your choice of a restaurant in advance (if possible). But, what if you can’t plan ahead? Feng Shui Tip number 2 and 7 could be of help.

 

2. Center Yourself

Just because the holidays are here, does not mean you throw out your daily practices of wellbeing. If anything, this is the time to really maintain healthy body, mind, and spirit routines. For me, I start my day off with a brief meditation, eat my breakfast, and then get in my daily exercise which releases endorphins to help reduce stress. Because life does not always allow for this lovely routine to unfold exactly as written, adaptations are made when needed. 

Also, pay mind to your own breathing patterns. Even this observation can help shift your energy and attitude for the better. Ask yourself, are you a shallow breather? Most of us these days tend to be so, and that is not good. Become conscious of this and allow your lungs to be filled with solid breaths of air. Scientific studies have shown that controlling your breath can help to manage stress and stress-related conditions. 

Another component to Centering Yourself is to simply practice gratitude. Yes, this is cliche, but it’s TRUE! Practicing gratitude reminds us to be present with today. And that sets the tone for tomorrow.

 

 

3. Be Playful

Growing up, I remember holiday gatherings provided awesome opportunities for PLAYFULNESS! As kids we would run around my grandmother’s home playing tag and in the evening, we would gather around the dinner table after dessert to play cards or board games. So yes, as an ADULT, please remember to be playful! 

 

4. Conduct A Mini Space Clearing Ceremony Inside Your Home Prior to Thanksgiving

Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving or not, it’s always a great idea to Space Clear your home. Why? As you get charged up from the holiday energy (let that be positively or negatively), those thoughts and emotions are projected into your home. Ideally, in Feng Shui, you are aiming to cultivate an environment that offers a sense of neutrality. This means, the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual atmosphere of your home and self have become grounded and peaceful. 

A very easy method of space clearing could be done through lite burning of Native American White Sage: 

  • Before burning any ceremonial white sage, set an intention for why this ceremony is being performed. And example could be, “I am clearing away old stagnant energy to welcome in warm, heart centered energy for my Thanksgiving gathering.”
  • Once your intention has been stated, burn a little bit of the Native American White Sage between 10am - 2pm. Why within that specific time frame? According to the alchemy of Feng Shui, this is when the sun offers the strongest blessings along the Earth plane. Ideally, this type of mini Space Clearing could take about 20 - 30 mins or a little more, depending on the size of your home.
  • Starting at your front door, walk through your entire home to smudge (clear) the space. Allow the smoke of the white sage to be wafted into all the rooms throughout your home. To complete the space clearing, return back to the front door (where you began).
  • To conclude the mini Space Clearing ceremony, recite short prayer of thanks either out loud or within your mind. An example of this could be, “ Thank you universe for your assistance in preparing my home and self for a pleasant and peaceful Thanksgiving celebration.”

 

5.  Conduct a MIni Space Clearing of Your Home AGAIN After Your Guests Leave

Because energy never disappears, it needs to be transmuted. After you celebrate with friends and family (especially if you are hosting Thanksgiving) it is a good idea to Space Clear your home again. This helps to shift the energy left behind from your guests to a level of neutrality while allowing you to reclaim your homes energy as your own. Do you need to Space Clear right away? No. Yet, it is suggested to do so within a weeks time span after Thanksgiving. 

 

6. Reiki Your Food

Reiki, just like with Feng Shui, is utilized to help shift the energy that surrounds you and is within you. In short, Reiki is a Japanese method of energy healing that allows the human body to consciously become a channel for energy to immediately be directed for healing purposes. This healing method could be directed toward all living organisms (humans, animals and the environment), your home, inanimate objects, and even food that is being grown, cooked, or about to be eaten. 

Keep this in mind in regard to your Thanksgiving dinner. Anyone who handles the food is transferring their energy onto it. So, pay attention to the mood of those preparing, cooking, and serving you. If for some reason they are not in the best of spirits, Reiki your food. 

 

Simple Reiki Technique To Do Before Eating Your Meal: 

  • This is one of the simplest options in how to add Reiki to your food right before you eat. Place your hands just above your plate of food, hovering over it, about an inch or two in distance.
  • Channel Reiki, meaning saying the word Reiki or thinking the word Reiki.  By doing this, you hold the intention to, “clear away any unbeneficial energy from the food and make it healthy, right down to its cellular level.”
  • For those of you who practice Reiki, feel free to include the drawing of the Mental/Emotional Reiki Symbol toward your food. This provides a deeper energetic clearing. 

 

7. Maybe choose NOT To Follow Tradition Of Thanksgiving

Maybe take a break from the tradition of Thanksgiving all together and go camping, hiking, or travel someplace new within the United States or outside of the country, just for the sake of traveling. If you stay local, perhaps you could create your own unique menu for the day. Or, just treat Thanksgiving as another lovely day. 

 

Bonus Tip!!

Please don’t wait for the holidays to appear in order to give yourself permission to be good to you. Be kind, be gentle, show love and appreciation, to yourself as often as you can. The more you practice self-love and care, chances are, you will raise the bar of respect, positive boundaries and assertiveness. And this can come in handy when dealing with challenging personalities. In the metaphysical community, this is also referred to as, stepping into your personal power. 

 

So with that, from our family at Feng Shui Manhattan, we wish your family a very warm, happy and safe Thanksgiving!!

 

Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 

 

Comment balloon 8 commentsLaura Cerrano • November 22 2018 04:49PM

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Laura,

Nice tips, and we both love Thanksgiving.  It is not religious, has no gifts to be given, and a time to count our blessings. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 24 days ago

Wisdom in your words Laura, thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thankgiving from our family to yours, hoping you are having an amazing year!

Bob

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) 24 days ago

Laura, I do so appreciate your point about embracing the spirit of playfulness!  I had such a good time watching the young children play together so well and had the opportunity to play with a couple of the children batting their balloons back and forth.  Such fun!!!

Posted by Sharon & Bruce Walter, West Lafayette homes for sale (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN) 24 days ago

Laura, thank you for sharing this, and definitely enjoyed being thankful with friends.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 21 days ago

Thanks for the tips, Laura.  I will keep these for next year.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 18 days ago

We went traditional and were thankful for the blessings in our lives this year.  Not any chaos for us this year though.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 6 days ago

I do not surrender to crowds, I simply try to stay away from them as much as possible:) 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 4 hours ago

And to tell the truth, thanksgiving for me exactly what the name is, it is about gratitude and giving thanks, not really about food:)

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 4 hours ago

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