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How Feng Shui Supports TEDx in Rehearsals

Updated: May 7, 2021

In less than four weeks, I will be on the TEDxFarmingdale stage, presenting my talk on Women, Aging, and Visibility. This talk is near and dear to my heart, something I have been working on for over a year -- birthing an idea worth spreading into a talk, applying to various TEDx venues with the idea, and now getting ready to deliver it on stage. Which means practice, more practice, and rehearsals. You may well ask what does Feng Shui have to do with TEDx and supporting rehearsals? It's a fair question. Feng Shui is about space, whether it is indoors or outdoors, home or business, a room, or an area in a place like a desktop. There is a principle we use in Feng Shui called the Commanding Position to empower and protect people. Think of the days' people lived in caves. Envision they have a mountain behind them, a lower hill to each side of them, and a view in front of them (ideally including water in the distance) where they can see people coming, and determine if they are friends or foe. In this location, they are empowered and protected.

Translated into modern terms, the Commanding Position is the best position to sit, stand, or place yourself so that you feel safe and in command. Ideally, inside, have your back to a wall or something solid, and having the best view of the entrance or doorway so you can see people approaching, without being directly in line with the door. In the course of preparing, I have practiced my talk in my office, in my car, on walks, while doing laundry, and in front of my coach in both a rehearsal studio as well as outside. And wherever possible, I use the Commanding Position. And it is the position I will be using when I present my talk!

Whether you are presenting a talk, or using Zoom, or looking to find the best place to sit in a restaurant (inside or out), try using the Commanding Position and see how it supports you and how it feels. And feel free to share any insights or experiences you may have as a result. As a sneak preview, I will be coming out with a Webinar in the next several weeks where we talk about the Commanding Position for your bed, stove, and desk. More to come! Everyday Feng Shui. It's all right here. With love and blessings, Kate * If you would like to learn more or work with me, pop onto my calendar

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