Archive for: December 2007

A Tribute to Trees

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We didn’t get our Christmas tree until the week before Christmas.

I had a gallbladder attack with intense abdominal pain at Thanksgiving and it took me three weeks to fully recover. Thanksgiving marks the starting gate into the holiday season, and I didn’t leap through that gate, I crawled. Before we knew it, the calendar said December 17th, and we didn’t yet have our Christmas tree.

Once we got our Christmas tree, there was a palpable shift. We finally had a host to set a friendly tone for the Christmas holidays. The pine scent freshened our living room and our breathing opened. We felt protected and emotionally soothed, adorned with the warm presence of the pine tree.

This Yueltide companion does more than provide a decorative centerpiece for a family holiday. Pine trees with their earthy, fresh-forest fragrance offer emotional support. The pine tree is a Grandfather and with his warm outstretched arms he serves as a noble guardian at Christmastime and throughout the year.

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The Pregnant Pause

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Trying to decide which college to go to, the right job to take, or whether to move to the east coast?

Your intellect, your life sparring partner, attacks problems by digging and digging. Before you know it, your problem is buried and hiding in the sand. Instead of clarity, there is that dizzy visual blur and pounding headache, and you may have forgotten what the question is in the first place.

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Reading the Story Within the Story

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When Feng Shui Master, Dr. Baolin Wu first steps into a house, he takes an energy reading. He observes a child’s behavior while playing in a room of the house:

“If he is happy and willing to stay longer, playing away contentedly, then you know this is a good spot. If he cries or says he is scared, or if he obviously doesn’t want to be there, then you don’t want to be there either. If he asks for a drink of water or wants to go to the bathroom, that is bad sign as well. The place is not good.”

– Dr. Baolin Wu, author of Lighting the Eye of the Dragon: Inner Secrets of Taoist Feng Shui

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