Happy Holidays from the FSIM Board
Happy holidays to all of you from the FSIM Board of Directors! We wish you peace and happiness in whatever holidays you celebrate and hope that you'll be with family/friends that bring you joy!
Happy holidays, and Happy New Year!
Join us for the FSIM 2023 Annual Meeting
Susan Shehata and Carole Hyder
"Home: Creating Comfort and Safety in Your Space During Uncertain Times"
"The Year of the Water Rabbit"
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (CDT)
Where: Via Zoom
Program starts at 7:00 pm
With Special Guest Speakers:
Susan Shehata: "Home: Creating Comfort and Safety in Your Space During Uncertain Times"
Carole Hyder: "The Year of the Water Rabbit"
Since we are not able to meet in person, we are excited to mail a gift package to each person who registers (available to continental US addresses only). Due to potential USPS delivery delays, register ASAP to receive your package in a timely manner.
Fee: $0 for FSIM Members; $27 for Guests
This meeting is via Zoom and will be recorded and distributed to all registrants.
Create a Calm Corner
by Susan Shehata
In this collectively stressful time, it is important to have things that help regulate your brain and body at your fingertips. This is a prime example of creating a space that better supports you.
Regulation refers to the fact that when we are stressed, or triggered into past trauma, our nervous system goes out of balance. This results in restlessness, anxiety, irritability, pain and various other manifestations. Regulation is what we can do to get us back in balance. There is self-regulation, where we provide ourselves with what we need and there is co-regulation, which is when another person helps us come back to balance (such as a parent/child or a partner, friend or professional).
Your Calm Corner can provide tools for regulation for both yourself, and, if relevant, your whole household. This is often something that people think of for children, but adults need this, as well. And, in fact, if you had your own, you might be surprised how much that naturally helps your kiddos, as they are often just processing our stress (more dramatically!).
Why a Corner?
Well, really, most of us have things all around our homes that help us with comfort and emotional regulation. But creating an intentional space, shelf or corner in your home means that you know EXACTLY where to go when you get out of sorts. So, items can live in this area and be easily accessed when needed or provide visual prompts. Or this can be a specific area where you stay to decompress. Or both.
What should I put in my Calm Corner?
This is completely up to you, of course! You likely know best what you or your people need and what works. But here are my suggestions for things that would either go in the area or get stored for easy access:
- Salt lamp or other low lighting
- Fountain or fish tank (water sounds)
- Bean bag
- Happy Light
- A weighted blanket
- A fuzzy blanket
- Fuzzy socks
- Small sensory objects, like fidgets, clay, smooth objects that are nice to hold (think worry stone, stress balls etc.)
- Noise canceling headphones
- Sound machine
- Essential oils
- Massage oils
- Face roller, dry brush, bath salts (to grab and use elsewhere)
- Coloring books
- Yoga blocks, foam roller, yoga ball
- Uplifting books: poetry, humor, spiritual, etc.
You get the idea. Now, go make your own Calm Corner and watch the impact it has on your feelings of comfort and safety.
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2023 FSIM Quarterly Meetings
(Free to members, open to the public).
FSIM looks forward to celebrating the tail end of the Year of the Water Tiger and the incoming Year of the Water Rabbit with the following exciting upcoming programs:
Tuesday, January 10: Susan Shehata: "Home: Creating Comfort and Safety in Your Space During Uncertain Times"; Carole Hyder: "The Year of the Water Rabbit" (Via Zoom)
Tuesday, April 11: Becky Iott: The I Ching and the Bagua for Feng Shui" (via Zoom)
Tuesday, July 11: Michelle Skally Doilney: Writing With Your Space" (via Zoom)
Saturday, October 7: Fall Field Trip - Caring for Cats Shelter Tour (In-person)
Community Circle Events:
Friday, March 24: Spring Equinox (topic and location TBD)
Friday, June 23: Summer Solstice (topic and location TBD)
Friday, September 22: Fall Equinox (topic and location TBD)
NOTE: Meeting locations and dates are subject to change - check for up-to-date information when you register for an event.
Become an FSIM Member!
If you are not already an FSIM Practitioner or Friend member, go to: fsim.org/Membershipinformation
and register as a member today; your membership will allow you to register for the annual meeting at the member rate ($0) and receive the gift package at no additional cost.
Your membership will cover all FSIM events for one year (additional special events could be subject to charge). Even if you aren't a Practitioner, the Friend Membership is a great deal, as the $72 fee covers the annual meeting and each of the quarterly meetings for one year (from the date of your membership); you would otherwise pay $81 to pay separately for each meeting.
Note: The FSIM Friend membership level is open to all; the FSIM Practitioner membership level has eligibility requirements. See the FSIM Membership page
for further information on membership levels and fees.
Wind & Water Center News:
As most of you (hopefully) know by now, we are dissolving at the end of this year. Thank you for being a vital part of our community and for all your support through the years. Although this is our last Center update, we hope to stay in touch with you personally.
- Save the date as we, personally not through the Center, will be offering a Chinese New Year Retreat on Saturday, January 21 via Zoom. If you are interested, reach out to either Carole or Lisa to get on the list to find out more.
Feng Shui Lifestyle with Carole Hyder
is in its tenth year as a membership program. It consists of two emails per month with Feng Shui suggestions, historical background and auspicious and challenging dates for the month. A private Facebook group is the perfect forum for asking questions, studying blueprints, and examining the details behind Feng Shui adjustments. A monthly or annual option available. For more details and to sign up, go to https://www.carolehyder.com/feng-shui-lifestyle-with-carole-hyder/
Diana DiCristina: Wind Water Harmony
In 2023, The Year of the Rabbit, the dog is the six harmony “secret friend” to the rabbit; carry a personal dog gemstone charm during the year of the rabbit to help avert misfortune, bring blessings and attract wealth. Personal dog gemstone charms are available again this year from Diana DiCristina, Wind Water Harmony; call or text Diana today at 612-242-2428 to place your order today – click here for more information
Debbie Miller: Energetic Adjustments
Energetic Adjustments is a great resource to find Feng Shui adjustments for yourself and your clients. Many of the items are handmade and include an organza gift bag. Free shipping on everything! For more information, contact Debbie Miller: DomicleDesign@gmail.com
Are you looking for a Feng Shui Professional?