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Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

I was introduced to the principles of Feng Shui a few decades ago, and I have read numerous books and articles on it since. Not familiar with Feng Shui? Simply put, it is a Chinese belief in an energy force called chi that flows and has both positive and negative effects on you. A home or office with strong Feng Shui is in harmony with its surroundings and makes its occupants feel better. Hundreds of basic methods exist to create a flow of this positive energy.

Think I’m crazy? You may be right. But just wait, as I share a few of the simplest ideas.

Feng Shui says your front door is where the most energy enters your home or office, which means it plays a huge role with the potential of positive energy. Basic Feng Shui principles say the front door should be the largest in your home, and you should maintain it properly. No squeaks or flaking paint, and it should open freely. A poorly maintained front door can drain positive energy from your home.

What about Feng Shui in the bedroom? Well, your bedroom has a massive impact on your energy because it is the place for rest — and romance. As such, your bed should be placed away from your entry door and windows. Placing your bed in front of a window can zap your energy while you sleep. To help ground you while you snooze, put it where you can see the door and where you can place your headboard against a wall. As for the TV in the bedroom, get rid of it. TVs emit ions that drain your energy. Don’t store junk under your bed either, or use electric blankets. And don’t hang mirrors where you can see yourself from the bed, as this can be disruptive. Pink champagne on ice? That’s OK.

Feng Shui can also be effective in your office if you place your desk so that you can see the door when sitting behind it. This allows you to take command of the room. You should not have your back toward the door, and you should avoid being in front of large mirrors or windows that will distract you and drain your energy.

Feng Shui is about energy flow, and doorways are how energy goes from one room to another. As such, don’t align your front door with your back door, as all the energy will then flow directly in and out of your home. You should also not align your bathroom door with your kitchen door, as you don’t want those two energies mixing together. It’s a “don’t cross the beams” thing.

Do a little Feng Shui research and have some fun with this. You might be surprised how understanding energy flow can make you feel. Just be careful, though, or you might become hooked, too.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

From the Food Dude

Des Moines superchef Big Moe Cason's new TV series,"World of Flavor with Big Moe Cason," debuted late Monday on the National Geographic channel with that station's super production values and travel budget. This is the biggest TV deal ever for a local chef.

Big Grove Brewery of Iowa City opens its Des Moines taproom Wednesday at 3 p.m. with full kitchen. The facility is on 17th Street between Ingersoll and High.

— Jim Duncan


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Plenty of sunshine and moderate temperatures before a warm up moves in over the weekend, along with a chance of rain.

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Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

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A barber’s life in 3 yellow pages

By Joe Weeg

“I actually thought I’d die with the shears in my hands.”

The old man stands behind his barber chair — his podium for an audience of one. He looks at me. He looks down at his notes. He reads carefully.

“But a young barber came to me and said he’d like to start his own business. ‘The best time to sell is when you have a buyer,’ is an old saying in real estate. I have an old clientele because I, too, am old, and with that, it made me think maybe it is time.”

... Read More From the July issue of CITYVIEW.

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