Published January 30th, 2015 by

Chinese New Year is coming and it’s the year of the goat.  I don’t practice that particular astrological system, but I do practice Chinese Feng Shui, just about everyday.  It’s a gift to know where and how to make a small adjustment to tweak the movement of chi in my life. I am grateful.   Feng shui has brought amazing and noticable results in my personal life and for my clients as well.

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Feng Shui teaches us many things. Mostly, it teaches us how to look at the world outside of our personal selves and align with what is harmonious, peaceful, and beautiful. But, that’s probably not what’s in your mind as you gaze upon the bushels of unfolded laundry blocking the bathroom door….

In ancient times when a change appeared in the local landscape the feng shui master would be called in to interpret this *change* in the environment. Change precipitates change. It’s a universal truth. If we learn to look at our surroundings and the environment beyond our walls as a ‘story unfolding’ another perspective begins to reveal itself. The art of feng shui allows us to direct the flow of chi using intention, provided that the proper conditions for manifestation exist in the time/space location. The time element is revealed thru astrology.

Feng Shui is also about looking beyond our personal self to see things that go un-noticed. Un-noticed, not because they’re hard to see (which is possible), but un-noticed because we have probably become habituated or quite accustomed to the sight of what we’re looking at. We who live on coastlines and in cities are well aware of how important a feng shui perspective can be. But, I digress. Come to my workshop…..attract good fortune for 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published January 26th, 2015 by

……I’ve given myself some time & space to write/tell some about my dear Aunt Em.  She is auntema sister to my mother, and also to Uncle Sam….he’s the one I storytold about at the Hamilton Grounds for Sculpture.  Blog post here. What’s so interesting is that since I told that story in September new information has come to me that sheds more light on my connection to civil rights issues…    and, We all need more light, you know?

The topic for the telling is Romance….which is a pretty wide open subject that can be interpreted in so many ways.  However, I knew immediately that this story about my aunt needed to be the first ‘romantic’ story I must tell.  Although, it is very tempting to fly open and tell some tales of my own romantic adventures.   But,most of the characters are still alive to contradict my perspective….which isn’t necessarily a bad thing……..and, now is not the time for that…..or is it?   (pardon my confusion……neptune hovers endlessly around my moon/mars/venus……

Telling the tales of my long departed family feels safe, and even important, since these people provided me with most of my DNA.  It’s good to know your roots and where you come from.  It’s good to see how the stories of our childhood have shaped us, molded us and continue to show us parts of ourselves that may go unnoticed.   But, I digress.   I learned a tune month’s ago at the Harper’s Escape and it’s perfect for this story and provides a perfect title as well…..The Factory Girl.  Don’t know if I’m bringing the harp though….the weather outside is frightful.

I’m going over to the Schedule page now to publish dates and times in case you are local and want to attend.  All Welcome…..

 

Published January 20th, 2015 by

 

Which means that, right now the moon is passing through the balsamic phase.  It’s important.  Read this and come back later for more information.

May all beings live in peace.

Oh, and…..Mercury goes retrograde tomorrow.  Look in the ‘rear view mirror’ and clean up the stuff you skipped over because of:  time, money, illness, deaths, births, or ________ (fill in the blank)   There’s so much  written out here in cyberspace on this topic…..it’s been amazing to watch the evolution of astrology in this still new century…….   om, shanti.

 

Published December 16th, 2014 by

December Doodle…so, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything of substance and I don’t think that’s going to happen now either.  But, I’m feeling the need to reach into this worldwide web and connect with other like-minded souls.

The headlines today are atrocious.  Reading them is an assault upon an assault.

Meanwhile, the holidays are upon us and it’s time to work on things like gratitude, compassion, joy & equanimity.

May all beings know peace…….soon

Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.

Published December 4th, 2014 by

Yoga and Meditation are still at the top of my list for managing change and achieving a well-balanced life. Scroll down for my current schedule of classes. I’ve also added a Google Calendar here.

I’ve been getting quite a few calls recently for people looking for Kripalu Yoga.   More and more of you are visiting Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA and feeling the energy, so to speak.  To that note, we are going there on a field trip,  Dec 26-29 and all are welcome to join us.  Details on the schedule page.

Workshops and Programs for Jan/Feb will be listed soon.  Please consider attending a workshop/intensive/retreat at The Sanctuary to take your yoga practice further.   And, if you’re interested in Personal Yoga Therapy go here.

Group Yoga classes are multi-level and suitable for all bodies.  . If you are a beginner to yoga call ahead and let me know you’re coming. I’ll be happy to meet with you before/after class. Just show up if that’s the best you can do. 732.531.9013 is the number to leave a message if you wish to speak to me. Be patient. It may take a few days to return your call. Email/text is best. (ida@ifcullen.com)

Astrological Knowledge is also at the top of my list as an unparalleled tool for self-study, self-diagnosis, time-management, and spiritual guidance. Look for more experiential workshops this winter.  No prerequisite needed.

View the Schedule Page here

Published October 17th, 2014 by

Well, I am simply filled to the brim with joy and gratitude for last weekend’s Harper’s Escape.  It was fabulous and I promise to gift myself more harp events.  Meanwhile, last week I  also learned how to lightly edit an audio file and upload it to the internet.  I know it’s no big deal anymore to do that, but for me this feels really cool!   Uh oh…..I do see  YouTube in my future!  Uranus is flooding my chart right now  with ‘breakthrough energy’ so this seems like a good way to use it.

That said,  here is a piece of my harp practice that will certainly make you smile if you can hang in there for a few minutes.   I’m not posting this piece necessarily for the music…..  it’s about the birds and it’s worth a listen.  Promise.   The first 30 seconds are just me talking as I set the levers on the harp preparing to practice and warm up my hands.    (Recorded on my ipod)