So excited to be back with Day 4 of 9 Days of Easy Feng Shui Gift ideas that I am sharing with you over the next two weeks. (If you missed the gift ideas for the first 3 days, check them out here). In Feng Shui, we use a compass called the Bagua (bah-gwah), divided into 9 areas of life that correspond to specific areas in your home or space. Typically, we use it to analyze how the areas of your space are impacting the corresponding areas of your life. I use the Bagua in my day-to-day life in many different ways, including selecting gifts.
To use the Bagua and apply it to your space, the entrance is always along the side of the Knowledge/Career/Travel areas, and you are facing the side with Wealth/Fame/Relationships areas.
Today, we are going to look at the area we call Helpful People & Travel, which is about people who help you in your life -- think mentors and teachers, and can include particular friends and family members. I have my pets in this area too! It is also about any travel you do or want to do and be safe on your trips. On the Bagua, Helpful People & Travel is in the front right, the colors are gray and black, and the element is metal. My favorite gifts for Helpful People & Travel are:
Books - I love giving inspirational books by people that have helped me or enlarged my view of the world over the years. I am a voracious reader, so there have been many, but here are a few of my favorites: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World, a gift for all occasions. Last year, A Promised Land by Barack Obama got my rave. And a couple of years before that Becoming by Michelle Obama. Anything by Thich Nhat Han, a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist. And this year, a book by my speaking coach and mentor, Tricia Brouk, The Influential Voice: Saying What You Mean for Lasting Legacy.
Travel - Books, again :) A great read for the airport, plane, train or bus, or lying on the beach! I also like to give things that easily fit in a carry-on bag. A travel wrap, scarf, or poncho that can be used on the airplane and in one's hotel. Or something that delights one's senses, like a travel candle, scented soap, or essential oils. The key for travel is to have things that make you feel at home when you are away from home. Here are Conde Nast Traveler's best travel gift ideas. I agree! Tech kit, robe, slippers, compression socks, wool cardi, travel notebook, reusable bags, to name a few.
Note: the photo above is from a Spiritual retreat in India with Jesse Johnson in January 2020. For kicks, check out the travel section on my Blog, especially Feng Shui on the Go and Our Summer "ZenVenture." The most important thing we recommend when selecting, packaging, and sending or giving your gift is to do it with Intention. In Feng Shui, we say, Intention is everything. It is the thing that makes it special and magical. Everyday Feng Shui. It's all right here! As always, I would love to hear from you. What's your favorite book or travel gift?