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Romance is in the air, it must be February!
are filled with displays of heart-shaped everything in anticipation of Valentine's Day, February 14th.
The history of Valentine's Day is somewhat elusive and complex and many legends surround its origins:Legends of St. Valentine's Day
. The most popular theory dates back to the time of the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II, 270 AD. Claudius believed single men made better soldiers so he refused to allow them to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret wedding ceremonies. For this, Valentine was jailed and then executed by order of the Emperor on February 14. While in jail, he wrote a love note to the jailor's daughter signing it, "From your Valentine."
Today, Valentine's Day is an opportunity to demonstrate - usually with flowers or candy - devotion to our romantic partner. When I became single again, this day was an "in your face" reminder that I was no longer part of a couple. I wanted only to ignore it. However, as I began to incorporate the principles of Feng Shui in my life, I gained a new perspective on this holiday.Feng Shui uses an energy template
to analyze the layout of any space you occupy. This template is called the Bagua (which means having eight sides). The Bagua is used to determine how the different areas of any space you occupy connect with specific aspects of your life.
These nine life areas are: Career, Knowledge, Family, Prosperity, Fame and Reputation, Partnership (Relationships and Love), Children and Creativity, Helpful People and Health
. Having this information connects you more intimately to the energy of your space and provides valuable insight
into how that energy might be blocking or supporting your progress in life.Valentine's Day focuses on love, as does the Partnership area of your space
, which is located in the upper right hand area of your home when looking in from your front door. That area might include a bedroom, a study, your kitchen, a hallway or part of your garage. Regardless, it represents partnering with a life partner, partnering with a higher source and partnering with yourself
Partnering with yourself? It means taking time to know and accept who you are, taking care of yourself and being comfortable being with just you.
So, I began to treat myself with care
on this special Love Day. I would plan a lovely evening that included champagne and fresh flowers. I would light candles, take a long, luxurious bath, and eat favorite foods, including chocolate, of course. In this way, I was reinforcing how I wanted to be treated in a relationship
. February 14th became an opportunity to partner with myself.
And then, after many years, I found myself in a love relationship.
Friends have asked me to write about how Feng Shui and the power of intention were used to manifest this profound change in my life.
The following is that story. Hinda
Creating Space for Love, Part 1
In May of 2006, Tom and I were married in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet, surrounded by loving friends and colleagues. Tom and I were traveling with Carole and Tom Hyder, who were leading a group including ourselves and 19 others on a 14-day Feng Shui-focused trip into China and Tibet. Little could I have imagined that events set in motion three years prior would culminate in this spontaneous and beautiful wedding ceremony.
My story begins in the summer of 2003. Suddenly, I was experiencing unusual physical symptoms, best described as bouts of fatigue in my extremities. When I was up and moving around, I was fine but once I lay down, it took tremendous effort to get back up. While my head and neck didn't feel heavy, my arms and legs felt like lead. I had to literally force myself up. Once up, I was able to move around easily and I otherwise felt fine! When these symptoms persisted beyond a week, I made an appointment to see my doctor.
In the meantime, I was out one evening having dinner with a dear Feng Shui friend who posed a question to me out of the blue: "Don't you think it's time you call in a partner?" The question took me aback! I had been happily single for 13 years. I had a satisfying career, a Feng Shui practice I loved, a wonderful family and terrific group of friends. I was proud of my accomplishments and content with my life.
Because this friend is very intuitive and since her question was so startling, I couldn't ignore it. I remember casually telling her I would give it some thought. A month later, while having dinner with other mutual Feng Shui friends, I shared the question I had been asked. Their immediate response was one of excitement. They thought it was a fabulous idea and were eager to assist when I was ready! I promised I would give it serious thought and let them know my answer.
"Calling in" is a term used in Feng Shui that refers to a two-step process of setting an intention. The first step is making a thoughtful and clear decision about what you want to change or have happen in a certain area of your life. Once you attain the clarity you then very intentionally ask for it as if in silent prayer. The second step involves using the energy of your environment to support that intention. That is done by engaging an object in your physical environment that is meaningful to you (a special shell, rock, vase, crystal, and so on), to "hold" the intention on your behalf. It serves as a powerful energetic reminder for what you have set in motion and allows the energy of your space to work on your behalf. It's another type of partnership - a partnership with your space.
It is easy to entertain the romantic notion of calling in a partner; however, serious consideration must be given to this potentially life-changing action. A basic question has to be considered: Do I want to create room for a partner? To get there, a series of questions must be answered.
Was I willing to make the time to devote to a relationship? How easily could I imagine a partner fitting into my community of friends and family? How comfortable would another person feel in my home?
Was I willing to make room for another person in my closet, drawers, bathroom and kitchen? Was my bed big enough for two? Was there space at my breakfast room table to share a meal? While these are practical questions, they are also emotional ones.
If you can see yourself making room physically for another person in your life, then you will be able to make room for them emotionally as well.
While I was busy asking myself those questions to gain clarity on the subject of partnership, I continued to go through tests for my ongoing physical symptoms. Thankfully, the results were coming in negative for a variety of possible ailments, but the symptoms persisted.
In the meantime, I had decided to see an acupuncturist but did not wish to return to the one I had seen several years prior. By now I also knew other acupuncturists, all very professional and well qualified. The strange thing was, however, I also knew I didn't wish to go to any of them either. I had no good reason, just an inner voice telling me, "No, not that one." I was learning to listen to that seemingly irrational voice. So I waited while continuing to participate in the variety of tests my primary physician offered.
By late summer I needed to register for a continuing education workshop in my field. When I learned I had to give up a precious Saturday to attend, I was resentful. However, as I read the workshop choices, I came across one entitled Acupuncture and Stroke. I was excited and intrigued, my resentment dissolved and I eagerly signed up!
When I walked into the workshop, I saw a lovely woman standing in the front of the room. She was the presenter. I went up and introduced myself. I immediately knew I had found the acupuncturist I had been waiting for.
To be continued. . .
| This month's DreamTrips were selected with luxury and romance in mind. From Cancun and Cozumel to Malta, Madrid and Monaco, each has something unique to offer the discerning traveler. |
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Cancun, Mexico March 12th - 19th
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Best Online Price: $1722
Average Savings Over $1034.00 per Couple
- Stay at the sun palace couples only resort
- Wonderfully designed superior deluxe ocean view rooms with 1 king bed, a double Jacuzzi, a balcony with chairs & a table, turn down service, a liquor dispenser that contains whiskey, tequila, rum & vodka, a mini-bar containing sodas, bottled water, juices & domestic beer as well as an LCD TV with satellite
- Eight different restaurants and bars to delight your palate
- There are endless amounts of entertainment available to you at this property
- Round trip airport transfers
- $750 in Vacation Dollars, see information below
- Must have a valid passport
- Must book your own airfare into Cancun
As the first couples' only resort in Cancun, Sun Palace is the perfect retreat from the every day stress. This oasis for couples lies along the coast overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Conveniently located at just 15 minutes from the airport, this property provides service and amenities of the highest level. Golf enthusiasts can play all year round at the nearby Moon Spa & Golf Club, which houses the only Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course in Cancun. Expert hands deliver spa services to those who seek a serene and rejuvenating experience.
Cozumel, Mexico April 1st - 5th
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Best Online Price: $892.00
Average Savings per Couple: $536.00
- 5 Day & 4 Night stay at the Cozumel Palace
- Junior Suite accommodations with choice of 1 king or 2 double beds
- All Inclusive
- All meals
- Domestic and imported drinks
- 24-hour room service
- On-site entertainment
- Non-motorized water sports at Playa Mia Grand Beach Park
- Wireless Internet access
- Taxes are included
- $750 Vacation Dollars per room, see details below
- Must book your own air into Cozumel
- Must have a valid passport
Cozumel Palace All Inclusive offers views of the Caribbean and the lights of Riviera Maya across the sea after dark. All accommodations are equipped with sitting areas, ceiling fans, and air conditioning.
Cancun, Mexico April 7th - 12th
DreamTrip Price: $1169.00
Best Online Price: $1670.00
Average Savings per Couple: $1002.
- 6 Day & 5 Night stay at the 5 Diamond All-Inclusive couples only Le Blanc Spa Resort
- Signature all inclusive haute cuisine, delectable snacks, and premium beverages
- Luxurious Royale Deluxe accommodations with a french balcony with lagoon or partial ocean view, a two-person spa tub, fully stocked mini bar and liquor dispenser.
- $1,500 in Vacation Dollars, see information below
- Round trip airport transfers are included
- Must book your own air into Cancun
- Must have a valid passport
Introducing the luxurious adults only Le Blanc Spa Resort - the transformation of all-inclusive into all incredible. Created for the discerning traveler by one of Mexico's most celebrated designers, Le Blanc Spa Resort elevates the vacation experience with an uncompromising determination to exceed your every expectation.
Las Vegas, Baby! April 14th - 17th
Dream Trip Price: $359.00
Best Online Price: $571.00
Average Savings per Couple: $422.02
This trip will be closed for booking on February 13th.
- 4 Day & 3 Night stay at the Palazzo Resort
- Palazzo Luxury Suite accommodations with 1 king bed
- For a list of shows & dinner choices, please visit http://www.vtheater.com
- Must book your own airfare into Las Vegas
The Palazzo is the epitome of luxury with all-suite accommodations, five-diamond service, and opulent amenities. From the moment you step into your spacious suite you'll know why The Palazzo is known as the most exquisite resort in Las Vegas. Enjoy the meal of your life at a signature restaurant created by the likes of Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, or Mario Batali. Shop in our 130 boutiques, including Las Vegas' only Barneys New York. Socialize at Laguna Champagne Bar and Salute Dueling Pianos Lounge and dance the night away at LAVO Nightclub.
The Grand Canyon April 17th - 20th
DreamTrip Price: $299.00
Best Online Price: $424.50
Average Savings per Couple: $251.00
This trip will be closed for booking on February 18th.
- 4 Day & 3 Night stay at the Grand Hotel
- Accommodations in a queen deluxe room
- Breakfast buffet is included
- Jeep Tour is included
- Must book your own airfare into Phoenix Sky Harbor international Airport (PHX) or McCarren International Airport (LAS)
The Grand Hotel is one of the premier Grand Canyon hotels, with the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park just one mile away, and the South Rim of the Canyon is just a short car ride away. All guests of the Grand Hotel are invited to use the indoor pool, hot tub and adjacent fitness center. Our warm and spacious lobby is reminiscent of a mountain lodge with exposed timbers and stone, a large flagstone fireplace, and cozy seating areas. Our boutique gift shop features Camelbak accessories, outdoor gear, Keen footwear, and unique gifts, specializing in Native American jewelry and art. The Canyon Star Restaurant and Saloon at the hotel serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with a wide selection of southwest inspired dishes and nightly entertainment. The Grand Hotel is a smoke free environment.
Madrid, Spain May 26th - 30th
DreamTrip Price: $181.00
Best Online Price: $309.20
Average Savings per Couple: $256.40
This trip will be closed for booking by March 26th.
- 5 Day & 4 Night stay at the Confortel Suites
- Buffet breakfast is included
- Must have a valid passport
- Must book your own airfare into Madrid (MAD)
This Madrid hotel is close to Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and Museo del Prado. Also nearby are Plaza Mayor and El Retiro. In an ideal central location, close to Alfonso XIII underground station, this modern hotel has the latest in technology to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. The amenities offered by the hotel are baby sitting service, banquet facilities, bar, business center, concierge, conference facilities, disabled facilities, Internet access- high speed, Internet access- wireless, pets allowed restaurant, safe deposit box, secretarial service and tour desk.
Members must contact your Consulate for Visa requirements
Members requiring additional nights, not booked prior to travel, will be charged the hotel's prevailing rate, not the DreamTrip price.
St. Julian's, Malta May 26th - 30th
DreamTrip Price: $539.00
Best Online Price: $653.00
Average Savings per Couple: $228.00
- 5 Day & 4 Night stay at the 5 Star Westin Dragonara Resort
- Deluxe Sea View accommodations with choice of 1 king or 2 queen beds
- Full American buffet breakfast
- Must book your own airfare into Malta
- Must have a valid passport
Suffused with the clear stillness of a refreshing seaside location, The Westin Dragonara Resort is a place between being and becoming in which nothing matters except your delight. The azure waters of the Mediterranean lap against private beaches, rimming the two beach lidos, casino and luxury hotel with their refreshing buoyancy. And with the blend of ancient and modern wonders of downtown only minutes away, there are endless possibilities for renewal.
Our concierge will be delighted to assist with whatever might enrich your stay here on the archipelago's largest island, helping to replenish your spirit. From the moment you set foot on the private peninsula and enter the refined spaces of this luxury hotel, you will feel the difference with all five senses. It is like a dream world, gently nourishing your very being - with all the vibrant energy of downtown's shopping, dining, temples and marinas only minutes away.
Maximum occupancy per room is 2
Additional nights can be added for $245 per person per night based on availability
Handicap accessible room available
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2011 MONACO GRAND PRIX May 27th - 30th
DreamTrip Price: $1800.00
Best Online Price: $2200.00
Average Savings per Couple: $800.00
- 4 Day & 3 Night stay at the Novotel Nice Centre (or similar property based on availability at time of booking)
- Standard guest room accommodations
- Race ticket for Sunday only K Grandstand
- Hotel has an outdoor swimming pool
- Must have a valid passport
- Must book your own airfare into Nice
This hotel is located close to the picturesque old town and the flower market, right opposite the Acropolis congress center. The city center and the train station as well as the beach lie around 1 km away. In addition, shop and entertainment opportunities as well as the bus station are approximately 500 m from the hotel. Further links to the public transport system are situated only 100 m away and Nice airport is about 10 km away.
The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the world's greatest motor-racing events. Staged around the narrow, winding streets of Monte Carlo, the main attraction of the Monaco Grand Prix is the close proximity of the cars to the spectators. The twisting 77-lap circuit offers incalculable opportunities for spectators to witness the thrill of screaming engines, smoking tires and the genius of the drivers. The Monaco Grand Prix is not only about the race through the streets. It is also about the harbor, the yachts, the surrounding hills and the breathtaking views of the port and all the glamour that goes with it.
Hotel is subject to change based on availability at time of booking.
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"A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimensions."- Oliver Wendell Holmes
The purpose of this newsletter is two-fold: to share ways to incorporate the art of Feng Shui in daily life and to share travel experiences. Each of these, in its own way, can support mindfulness and intentionality as we navigate our life's journey.
I hope that you might encounter a new idea, a new resource or a new viewpoint. Perhaps some small insight will answer an unspoken question, provide a helpful tip, motivate or inspire you or simply give you a moment to escape from the demands of your day.
Thoughts on Love
Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
When you say, "I love you," mean it.
When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.
Believe in love at first sight.
Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.
"Love is the greatest refreshment in life."
|Hinda Abrahamson is passionate about Feng Shui and travel. A certified Feng Shui Consultant, Hinda is a founding member and President of the Feng Shui Institute.
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