This month's tip will not only take the bite out of Turkey Day, but also allow you to avoid the "ouch" of unkind words while letting you keep gratitude where it belongs -- front and center with the big bird and gravy!
My tip for you? Use yellow mums as the floral decor of choice at your table ... but don't stop there! Plant them strategically all throughout your home as well. Yellow mums, along with other assorted fresh-cut flowers, are known to usher in tranquility and peace, while also peppering your place with a handy dash of recognition for your peacekeeping efforts.
According to Feng Shui, yellow flowers are often used to "wake up" a room, much like the rising sun does for each new day. Keeping with that last idea, yellow flowers are also believed to bring a sunshine spirit to any room -- lightening, brightening, and creating a cozier climate!
Want a helpful Feng Shui fashionista tip for the upcoming holiday season? Leave the wearing o' the red to jolly old Saint Nick, and don some cooling, relaxing, and, yes, even healing green apparel instead!
Although red, a primary color, is considered to be a grounding hue according to Feng Shui, it can also trigger materialism and an unhealthy reliance on survival mechanisms. And -- uh-oh -- it can even activate fear. While red can provide the enthusiasm and positive, passionate energy you need to stay motivated, it can also subconsciously trigger invisible energies of anger and anxiety. And face it: During the hectic holiday season, you need to remain as calm, cool, and collected as possible!
So, choose green over red when you step into your wardrobe this month. After all, wearing green is not only believed to attract wealth, but also freshness, tranquility, dependability, and hope. Reducing your red footprint and going green -- literally -- this holiday season is a truly healthier decision for both yourself and the planet!
Looking for an age-old, quick, and powerfully effective Taoist remedy for belching and bloating? Peel a tangerine, then boil the pieces of the peel in two cups of water for five minutes. Then, strain out all the peel pieces, let the liquid cool, and drink down this "tangerine tea." It will prevent any episodes of belching, while getting rid of bloating as well.
Added bonus: For a digestive panacea, Taoist scripture recommends that you eat the tangerine peel pieces after boiling them!
With Thanksgiving approaching later this month, you might expect in this space a sensationally delicious recipe for mouth-watering turkey, or perhaps garlic mashed potatoes studded with bits of bacon.
Well ... guess again.
Every year, right after Halloween, a good friend of mine has a chili cook-off. And every year, I don't win -- until last year, that is!
That's right, last year I won that chili contest, and this marks the first time I've shared my victorious recipe!
ELLEN CON CARNE
1 1/2 pounds of very lean stewed beef
1 12-ounce can of plum tomatoes
1 1-pound can of pinto beans, drained
1 1-pound can of black beans, drained
1 small can of green chiles
4 tablespoons of sunflower oil
1 large red onion, peeled and chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored and chopped
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
3 teaspoons of chile powder
3/4 teaspoon of ground cumin
2 tablespoons of dried parsley
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon of dried mint
1 1/2 teaspoons of paprika
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
12 drops of your favorite hot sauce
3 tablespoons of flour
1/2 cup of water
2/3 cup of cabernet sauvignon or merlot wine
2 beef bouillon cubes
Grated Cheddar cheese
1. Heat sunflower oil in a large saucepan. Add green bell pepper, red onion; cook until softened.
2. Add beef and brown it lightly. Fork or crumble bouillon cubes, then add to saucepan. Stir in wine, then cook for five minutes on medium-to-high heat.
3. Gently break up plum tomatoes with fork, then stir in with garlic, salt, and all herbs and spices listed above. Bring to boil over high heat, then reduce to low. Cover and simmer for 90 minutes, occasionally stirring throughout.
4. After 90 minutes, stir in beans, green chiles, and hot sauce. Continue to simmer on low heat for another 30 minutes.
5. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and water until smooth, then stir into chili. Cook for an additional 10 minutes.
Garnish with shredded lettuce and grated Cheddar cheese to taste.
Consider this my way of saying thanks for following my Feng Shui advice all these years!
Now that the holiday season is here, it's over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house you go!
But before you leave home, you might want to make sure you've packed some sea salt to erase icky energies left behind by anyone who's stayed in grandmother's spare room before you. You never know -- you might be following on the heels of a wolf in sheep's clothing who kept trying to pull the wool over sweet old granny's eyes with flattery such as, "Oh my, what big teeth you have!," or some such nonsense.
Whenever you travel and stay in a space that's not your own, you can always get rid of any negative "predecessor energies" by placing a half-cup of sea salt in the immediate space where you'll be sleeping. The salt will absorb anxious, toxic, or otherwise undesirable energies and allow you to dream of sugar plums and all sorts of other lovely holiday things.
So, whether or not the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through white and drifted snow, you now know the way to shoo negative energies away as you travel to and fro. And this will surely make for some mighty happy holidays!
Gratitude and good luck go hand in hand, right? So, in a month steeped in the former, let's see exactly how we can put thanks to work to garner more of the lucky latter!
Metaphysical techniques suggest that, in order to manifest something we want in our lives, we not only have to act "as if," we should also feel emotionally grateful for receiving our lucky largesse -- even if it's still on its way.
So, the next time you want to manifest something specific in your life, visualize how you would feel if that dream or desire had already come true. Connect with the emotions associated with receiving your good fortune, then express an appropriate amount of gratitude.
That's all. But my, oh my, is it ever enough!