Gratitude Season ~By Jane Petrich, FSIM Membership Coordinator
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
~ Meister Eckhart
Before my mother-in-law died last year, I had family members select a stone, then had them draw a heart on their stone. Before dinner, we went around the room and shared what we were thankful for. It was a touching, special time to hear thankful words at this gathering.
The plan was for everyone to take their stone and place it in a special setting in their home or office so that when they looked at their stone it would be a reminder of what they were thankful for. I placed my mother-in-law's stone on the ledge of a kitchen window - near our table - so I can be reminded of her touching words at every meal. This Thanksgiving Day, our family will remember those who have died over this past year, by saying a blessing in their honor.
As I was reminded about the stone symbol, I connected to my Feng Shui world and thought of ways in which we can (all) be intentional about being thankful or grateful. Below, are a few tips on how we can work at being intentional about ways to give thanks and (intentionally) express thanks and gratitude.
Feng Shui tips to create gratitude:
- Find the simple things in life that are meaningful. Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings. Find joy in your work - change ordinary opportunities into blessings. Be thankful for all you have now.
- Create a gratitude journal - Each day or night, make a list of things you are grateful for Recognize events and people that you are thankful for. Or start a gratitude jar. Once a day for a period of time you choose - write down what you are grateful for and put it in the jar. After your chosen time frame, you should be able to notice a (positive) change in your life...and for the better.
- Make a list of all the accomplishments you have completed over the past year. As we go into the "yin" time of year, you can appreciate and be thankful for all you have done this past year.
- In Feng Shui, the Wealth area is also about cultivating gratitude. The color related to this area is purple. Make a list of all the reminders of good fortune or feelings of gratitude that you have experienced this past year. Possibly, your list could include friends, health, family and good fortune. Find a symbol that reminds you of the list you have made. Place the list in the wealth corner... (far left corner from your front door.) That symbol will remind you of all that you are grateful for.
- As a new Feng Shui friend stated, "Commit to Thanksgiving every day. Give thanks every day. 365 days = thanks. Send notes to people, hug them, smile at people and say thank you. It's awesome and enlivening to feel grateful."
Blessings to everyone as we enter a season of Thanksgiving!
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~ Melody Beattie
Winter Solstice Blessing with Jaime Meyer
~By Elaine Anderson, FSIM President
In these last few years, lots of you have joined FSIM as we have hosted casual equinox and solstice events at members' homes. The seasons rotate, the weather changes, the food varies, but the community camaraderie is always palpable.
This year, for something new, FSIM is partnering with shaman/healer/drummer/teacher/performer, Jaime Meyer, of Drumming the Soul Awake, for our members to attend his 16th Annual Winter Solstice Blessing. Some of us have been to this event and are always awestruck by its potency! See Jaime's website for details.
Jaime has generously offered FSIM members to receive a $5 discount each on 25 tickets. (Please limit your own discounted purchase to 2 tickets to allow others to benefit as well!.) To take advantage of this gift, use the link to register and enter FSIM as the Coupon Code. You may use this discount code for any of the 3 performances (Thursday 12/20, Friday 12/21, Saturday 12/22).
The FSIM board and friends are planning to attend the Friday night performance - but tickets are selling fast! Possible FSIM early Happy Hour at a restaurant nearby prior to the event - check our Facebook page for details.
Friday December 21; (Box Office opens at 6:15)
The House opens and drumming begins at 7 PM. Show starts at 7:30.
Part Theater Performance. Part Shamanic Ceremony. Participatory. Communal. Solstice Sacred Wahoo
2019 FSIM January Annual Meeting
"Intention, Attention, No-Tension: Harnessing the power of the mind, heart and will to live the life you choose" with Paul Scheele, Ph.D.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Registration, Social Hour: Appetizers & Vendors
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Meeting, Presentations & Prizes
The Marsh 15000 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN
Open to the public: Members $27; Non-Members $45
(1.5 CEU Credit)
To achieve a goal, you must establish the intention to attain it. Clear vision for where you are going is a starting point, but the best ways and means for getting there will only become apparent as you begin the journey. Dr. Scheele shares his findings on transformational learning and change so you can proceed to your destination with grace and ease. He'll guide you through experiences that help you maintain a habit of positive expectancy - a "relentless knowing" - that you can achieve what you set your mind upon.
Paul R. Scheele, Ph.D., is the CEO of Scheele Learning Systems, a company dedicated to helping leaders create more brilliant results through transformative learning. His expertise in human development, leadership and transformational change has influenced leaders around the world for more than 35 years. His programs in accelerated learning, problem solving, creativity, communications and leadership development have been used by individuals and organizations worldwide. He is the author of the bestselling books, PhotoReading, Natural Brilliance and Drop Into Genius.
Dr. Scheele is also the founding partner of Learning Strategies Corporation, a premier publisher of personal development programs. His published work includes over 70 learning programs that have been translated into more than 19 languages and purchased by enthusiastic clients in 185 countries.
Learn more about Dr. Scheele's work by visiting, https://scheelelearning.com/about/paul-scheele/
Guest speaker: Carole Hyder
Carole Hyder, FSIM president emerita, will once again be providing information on what to expect in the Year of the Pig. She will outline what animals will be positively supported and which ones will be challenged, along with appropriate adjustments for the 2019 Flying Star.
To post your classes or events in the next
Pineal Gland/Third Eye Activation Workshop with Carolyn Vinup
Orchestrated with Sacred Sound and Light
Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:00 AM-11:00 PM; $54 (Limited to 8 people)
House of Joy Retreat Center
7184 Irvine Circle, Eden Prairie, MN
Register by calling Carolyn at 612-325-5162
Workshop Details here
Change Your Space - Change Your Life - A New Class Series with Julie Ann Segal
Infinite Possibilities - The Art of Living Your Dreams
Saturday, January 12, 2019,
Saturday, January 19, 2019,
The Cambria Gallery on 7th, 625 Ave S, #101, Minneapolis, MN
Healthy living starts with your home. Learn tips to create spaces that support your health, increase your abundance and improve your relationships.
Health, Wealth, & Relationships Workshop with Michele Heisler
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM; $27
Inspiring Actions Wellness Center, Hudson, WI
Details for registering
2019 FSIM Annual Meeting: (Open to the public)
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - FSIM Annual Meeting - Speaker: Paul Scheele
Topic: Intention, attention, no tension: Harnessing the power of the mind, heart, and will to live the life you choose
2019 FSIM Quarterly Meetings: (Open to the public, free to members)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - Sarah Seidelmann, a presentation based on her book "Swimming with Elephants: My Unexpected Pilgrimage from Physician to Healer".
July 2019 - TBD
October 2019 - TBD