Ready for transformation? All that you need is right there before you. Remember on SNL the skit where the “suave playboy” character would say something like “It is better to look good than to feel good”? Well as silly as it may sound, we can transform our inner essence by purposefully creating and aligning with our outer essence.
What we wear definitely affects how we show up in the world. For example, when we want to disappear, we dress to blend into the background which in turn pulls our energy inward, hence; we become invisible. What if we want to change that decision? What if we are tired of being invisible but are not comfortable stepping into the center of the spotlight, is there a happy medium?
We can turn to Mother Nature, my mentor – in all her divine wisdom she is always giving us guidance, all we need to do is look around. The 5 elements in Nature are speaking to us all the time, these elements in our physical environment are also in our person, a very important part of who we are, our inner voice of expression, the core of our inner essence. Let’s take a look how we can tap into these elements to put some cha cha into our chi!
Spring has sprung, we are surrounded by lush green and the blooming of May flowers!
We are optimistic, feeling renewed and refreshed after a long winter. We are feeling “sporty” “adventurous” ready to go go go. This is the element of“Tree.” Tree is the element that actually has a life of its own. Colors of bright greens and florals reflect this springtime energy. Vertical patterns, ribs, columnar and of course natural fibers. Always practical, this element will choose the right athletic gear when going out on a hike, a run or to the gym. No skimping on style or performance, it has to be right to ensure the best results!
Can’t seem to get moving, take a break and go outside, breathe in a fresh spring day and embrace this vibrant energy the Trees are offering!
Feeling a bit bored? Rigid? Serious? Add a little “Fire” to your life! Fire is transformational, the one element which takes the tree and creates ash to nourish the earth. Fun, eclectic and dramatic style will soften up any serious mood. Douse yourself in the brilliance of reds, yellows, orange and fuchsias. Angular shapes, whimsical details, such as feathers, sequins, animal prints, whether separate or combined create fun with an unexpected eclectic statement. Follow your curiosity, get inspired and tap into the passionate element of Fire. Not too comfortable in full-fledged drama.. A red accent (socks, tie, scarf) a fun spiky shoe or a dash of bright red lipstick will do.
Need some comfort and grounding, connect to the energy of “Earth.” Nurturing is the number 1 quality of earth, supporting us through life, creating a solid foundation on which we stand. Earth is sturdy and strong yet comfy and cozy. Whether your favorite sweater or yummy throw, everything feels better when wrapped in earthy comfort. We feel safe and grounded embraced with the colors of terracotta, chocolate, ochre, khaki and warm sand. Comfy and easy dressing, boxy shapes, traditional style and accents of plaids and checks, horizontal patterns and nubby textures support this earthy element.
Feeling scattered, out of control? Metal is your element of choice. Metal brings clarity precision and focus. Clean and refined, less is more. Elegance is key, from the sound of your voice to the simplicity of your style. Silk, shimmer, polished and lux are the fabrics of choice as the “feel” is almost more important than the elegance of the style. These clean refined lines breathe an essence of confidence and control. The colors are monochromatic, whitened tints of color and of course the accents of diamond, pearl, platinum, gold, silver and refined metals. Shapes are clean and linear and curved.
Are you ready to express your free spirit, embrace your flowing essence? Do your best ideas come from your daydreams? You are the spirit of Water. Connect to your inner water with flowing style, handkerchief, asymmetrical and bias cut. Fluid and abstract, printed sheers flow over a solid base. Colors of rich turquoise, aqua, blues and blackened jewel tones. Movement is key here, restrictions do not apply! Feel the flow of the patterns, the colors and style, allowing your creativity to flow with the ease of a stream meandering along a wavy path. This reflective energy accents with shiny style, mirror palliates, beading and of course fringe to capture the movement and flow. Allow you spirituality to rise.
We have the ability to enhance or direct our energy to what is best for us on any given day. On a cloudy dark day we may choose to align with the watery element connecting to an inner energy of thinking, planning, writing – “inner doing” or light our fires with bright vibrant colors of fun and light, “shake it up to wake it up”! Find the expression of your inner essence which you resonate and wear it proudly for all the world to see as you shine from the inside out.
Green, the color of Spring, the brilliance of the sprouts just peeking out from a long long winter sleep.
I cannot help but hear Ed Sheeran singing in my ear, although a love song between two, I feel this is a metaphor for a song within myself.
“Ever Green” more powerful than “evergreen”
I can feel the ability to awaken each day, brand new, fresh and “green” filled with the essence of new beginnings, like a sprout smiling up into the morning sun.
Can you feel YOUR Ever Green ?
Feel your emerging sprout smiling with the breath of spring.
Chinese New Year’s Day
I love these traditional tips, and we don’t have wait for Chinese New Year to implement, in fact if you are reading this and are saying to yourself, “Oy! I missed the date!” Erase that thought –
It is never to late to begin anew.. Doing something always feels so much better than doing nothing.
Enjoy these traditional tips for celebrating Chinese New Year’s Day and begin to incorporate the principles you resonate with into your daily life.
I have shared my thoughts below each tip, I would love to hear your ideas for each.
1.The first words we speak should be sweet and filled with love to insure each day will be such.
We can do this every morning, begin with our first thoughts before we even open our eyes..
2.The first thing we eat should be sweet, (yes ok to brush our teeth first) to ensure we will have only sweetness filling up all days of the New Year.
We can also approach this from a nourishment point of view, be sure we take care of ourselves with a healthy breakfast to begin the day filled with energy and sustainable vitality.
3.Wear new clothes; include something red, whether it is seen or unseen – it is still auspicious!
Red is an auspicious color, associated with the element fire, our passion, our inspiration, our recognition. As we connect to this energy we are confident, express from our hearts, we exude excitement, so having this element as a part of us from something we are wearing, to something in our wallet or purse, whenever we connect to this red power color, we FEEL It!
4.As all the preparation has been completed, there are no chores to be done on New Year’s Day to ensure we will not be burdened with hard work this year. We will prosper smooth and easy.
We should choose one day each week to embrace enjoying the day without the distraction of chores or burdens, and plan do what makes us feel good. If we cannot find a full day, begin with putting aside some “me time” even just for a few hours. Reflect on all that is full and joyful, planting the seeds to cultivate an infinite garden of love, peace and joy.
~ “Gung Hey Fat Choy” ~
“Wishing You Prosperity & Wealth” or “May Your New Year Be Fortunate”
~My Favorite Wish for All ~
“Wan Shi Ru Yi” “May Everything Go As You Wish, May Everything Go Smoothly”
“May All Your Heart’s Desires Be Fulfilled Swift and Sweet”
Today is Chinese New Year.. The question I am asked most..is it the year of goat, sheep or ram?
Depending on your culture, country or form that is followed any one of these is correct.
From my perspective, The most important part of this is that each Chinese animal represents an archetype, understanding the nature paired with the elemental aspect is the heart of the information. The archetype of the sheep brings their nature of pleasing, generous and love of being in a circle of friends.. combined with the “tree element” new beginnings and emphasis on family relationships bring an opportunity for families to reunite, spending time together and cultivate love together. There will be a strong sense of humanitarianism throughout the world with the emphasis on ending suffering for all. A perfect year for creativity to flourish, look for new trends in art and fashion… embrace the energy of new beginnings!
Wan Shi Ru Yi – May All Your Hearts Desires Be Fulfilled Swift an Sweet. Namaste
Movement should be effortless throughout your home,
meandering as if you are a stream of water
flowing easily from room to room with ample space around furniture and objects.
We are coming into the season of winter, the element of water, the energy of adaptability and flow.
It is a perfect time to dream of our hearts desires and make plans for the coming New Year.
Connecting to the feelings of our thoughts and dreams,
we find we can make it so!
Our Front door is our face to the world.
Do you find it welcoming not only to your guests, but to you?
Do you use it?
How easily does it open?
In many cases our front door is a metaphor for how we are moving along in our life journey.
Create a front door that represents you ~ how you are feeling during this holiday season or better yet – how you want to feel.
Add some color, sparkle and light to create a joyous welcoming experience.
You want to be sure Santa finds your house – Gifts from the Universe await you!
Sometimes we just need some happy, no reason, no rational explanation required.
Take a Happy 30 Second Vacation with Lois
“When I Let go of what I am I become what I might be..” ~ Lao Tzu