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  Winter 2010

Clearing the Clutter
The Psychology of Place Inside and Out
Shirley Vanderbilt

                                                                                            We carry
What's cluttering your life? Is it the stuff      bring balance between the inner and
in the corner of the bedroom, or the              outer sanctums by clarifying our core,
stuff in the corner of your mind? What            or essential self, and allowing our
are you tolerating that keeps you from            environment to reflect and support our
expressing your true self? Authors Bruce
and Lou Stewart say that clutter--both
in our environment and our mind--is
                                                  core values.

                                                  Making the Connection
                                                                                            within us the
stagnating, blocking the free-flow of
energy, or chi, in our homes and lives.
Whether we're detouring around a box
                                                  When the Stewarts first blended their
                                                  feng shui and NLP skills together in
                                                  workshop presentations, they noticed it
                                                                                            wonders we
                                                                                            seek without us
in the living room or repeating a                 was easier for people to clear their
negative pattern in our head, it's time to        environment when they were connected
clear the path.                                   to their core.
In their new book, "Your Way                      "It really is a cycle," Lou says. "The
                                                                                            -Thomas Brown
Home--The Psychology of Place Inside              environment and our core are
and Out," the Stewarts present a unique           reflections of one another. When we
approach    to    clutter-clearing   by           know our core, it's much easier to
combining Lou's expertise in feng shui

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Clearing space--inside and out--can help us get in touch with our core selves.
                                                                                            In this Issue

with Bruce's mastery of neurolinguistic           understand our environment." But it's a   Clearing the Clutter
programming (NLP). While feng shui                chicken and egg thing, actually. Either   A Walking Workout
has to do with external placement and             one can work as a start.                  Hibernating is for the Bears
structure, NLP is a psychological
approach that addresses our internal              Also a bodyworker, Lou says, "What feng
structure of mind, body, emotion, and             shui and NLP do for the body's
spirit. With feng shui, we can free               environment is so similar to what a
energy flow by rearranging the room;              massage will do for the body, flushing
with NLP tools, we can do the same
thing with our mind. The goal is to               Continued on page 2
Continued from page 1                         consider how it fits with your core, your        "As we focus our intentions, then our
the system of blockages. When I go            essential self. Does it support who you          conscious and subconscious mind can
through a person's home or office, what       are at this moment, or is it a reflection        connect, and when they connect with
I'm doing is very similar to when I first     of something in the past you're ready to         our body and our emotions and our
put my hands on a client." In the             release? Is the item pleasing to your            spiritual core, then the intention is
process of combing through to find            senses? What fits with your individual           strengthened significantly." Think of it
blockages in the environment, she will        way of experiencing the world?                   as a vinyl record with no grooves.
ask the client about particular objects.                                                       "There's no music," she adds. "What
"Nine out of 10 times it is incongruent       "If you're particularly visual and like arts     our intentions do is they create that
with who they want to be right now.           and crafts, you feel more comfortable            pathway on the record. So then we have
They've gotten numb to it, and it sticks      with that around," Bruce says.                   the choice: Are we going to make it a
out just like a knot in a muscle. The         "Someone who is very kinesthetic may             smooth groove or a bumpy groove?
energy is different."                         not care how it looks but will want the          Intention is our tool."
                                              chair to be comfortable."
NLP recognizes that each of us has                                                             Bodywork is the perfect complement for
developed our own individual style of         Once the path is cleared, you can use the        this process, helping to center, ground,
communicating           and     processing    principles of feng shui to further               and clear the body and mind. Clearing
information which results in the              enhance harmony and positive flow in             the clutter helps you excavate your true
patterning in our brain and the ways in       your life. But the process involves more         self and the person you want to become.
which we express ourselves through            than hanging a mirror or installing a
language       and     body    movement.      water fountain. As with NLP, it has to           For more information on clearing the
Sometimes our set patterns do not             do with our core self and our intention.         clutter, contact Lou and Bruce Stewart
support who we are at our essential core,     "Where attention goes, the energy flows.         at or visit their
but we can change that. Through the           That's what it boils down to," Lou says.         website at
core work of NLP exercises, Bruce says,
you can discover what you truly identify
with and have a better understanding of
yourself. At that point, you may find
that your goals for your life have
changed. It's this clarity of sense of self
that is essential to creating an
environment        that    supports    and
nourishes who you are and what you
value in life.

You don't have to be trained in feng
shui or have a personal consultant to
implement the concepts of this ancient
art, nor is an NLP practitioner required
to help you find your core. Throughout
their book, the Stewarts offer practical
exercises for applying the principles of
NLP and feng shui to begin the clearing
process. "In feng shui, when the chi of
an environment is balanced, it allows the
movement of the occupant to be well
supported, just like when circulation is
pumping well and is unclogged," Lou
says. "With NLP, it's the same thing --
running through patterns in the mind,
flushing out old phobias and patterns
that are either negative or destructive."

Ready to Start?
If you're ready to start clearing out the
clutter, there are some simple ways to
begin. The Stewarts define clutter as
"anything you no longer use, love, or
need." So if you don't use it, but still
love it, keep it. Keep your target areas
small, and limit the time you spend at
the task to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
And as you examine your "stuff,"
                                              Using feng shui in your home can facilitate a tranquil environment and a calm mind.
A Walking Workout
Have Fun While Burning More Calories

Imagine the lone hiker, backpack laden       country skiing--is a great way to get a
with sleeping bag and bedroll, wielding a    whole body workout, increase oxygen
well-worn walking stick as she climbs the    consumption, and burn more calories
side of a snow-covered mountain. For         than regular walking or even speed
centuries, trekkers have used walking        walking. This total body workout burns
sticks, partly as a defense against          40 percent more calories and consumes
attacking wildlife, partly to aid in         25 percent more oxygen. Poles can be
balance, and partly as support on long,      purchased at most outdoor sporting
arduous climbs. But in recent years,         stores, along with rubber tips for use on
many hikers have replaced the single         paved paths.
wooden walking stick with hiking poles.
Held in both hands and used to               Adjust your poles to approximately 70
distribute weight more evenly through        percent of your height and loosely
the four limbs, wilderness hikers have       secure the straps around your wrists.
found poles invaluable for safety,           Hold the poles at an angle behind you so
efficiency, and comfort on long hikes.       they propel you forward with a slight        Add walking poles, and burn more calories.
What wilderness hikers have known for        bend at the elbow. Use an opposite
some time now is that walking poles are a    hand-and-heel      motion       as   you
great way to relieve pressure on knees,      walk--right heel strikes as left pole tip
ankles, and the back. They encourage         contacts the ground. And you're on
better posture and provide a total body      your way! Don't be shy with your poles.
workout by engaging the upper body.          Remember: You're burning 40 percent
                                             more calories.
Now, hiking poles are showing up in
urban areas as fitness walkers discover      For    more      information,        visit
the benefits they provide. Nordic  
walking--similar in technique to cross-      nordicwalking/index.htm.

Hibernating is for the Bears
Plan to Stay Fit This Winter

Winter's here, and you've moved your         lift weights for 30 minutes during           Eve celebration and take a class in
running shoes to the back of the closet      lunch? Statistics show that more people      ballroom dancing. While you're
until April. Yet that piece of pumpkin       suffer heart attacks in winter from          dancing, you're not hanging around the
pie has your name on it.                     shoveling snow, often because they're        buffet table or the bar, and your
                                             out of shape. With regular strength          waistline will thank you for it.
With the onset of colder weather,            training, you'll be able to shovel that
shorter days, and snow-covered streets,      snow and get a head start with outdoor       Rediscover Ice Skating
we eat more and exercise less, waiting for   sports when spring comes around.             Whether it's on a frozen pond or at a
the spring thaw to get back in shape.                                                     rink, ice skating provides seasonal
Instead of having to make New Year's         Walk Outside on Weekends                     exercise opportunities, especially good
resolutions to lose holiday weight and       Going for a jog or walk during mid-day       for the legs. And it's great fun, bringing
join a health club, why not set goals to     when the sun is high is a great time to      out the kid in all of us.
stay fit this winter?                        get outside and catch a few rays. Be sure
                                             to dress warmly, wear sunscreen, and         Consider Snowshoeing
Move Fitness Indoors                         drink plenty of water. Dehydration is        Snowshoeing is just a matter of
Winter is the perfect time to start a        most common in colder months when            strapping snowshoes onto your boots
weight-training program. When it's           you're less aware of fluid loss.             and walking. Snowshoes make hiking
sunny and warm in summer, you'd                                                           trails and snowy city parks accessible and
rather be outside cycling or rock            Take a Dance Class                           can be rented from sporting goods
climbing. When it's snowing, why not         Accept that invitation to the New Year's     stores at a relatively inexpensive price.
The only way to                The beginning of the year is wonderful for cleaning up,

pass any test is to
                               getting outside, and evaluating the year to come. As the
                               year 2010 commences, consider creating a vision board
                               instead of a goal list. A vision board has words, pictures and

take the test. It is           images of where you want to be at the end of this year.

                               The BTC logo is an adaptation of "Live, laugh, love for
inevitable                     tomorrow is another day. - Robert Gerus. These four words
                               are guiding principles in my life for which I have pictures,
--- Elder Regal Black          quotes, and values on a board in my room at home.

                               This visual reminder helps me guide my decisions and
                               activities. I encourage you to make something similar. I
                               also enjoy creating fun goals (‘bucket list’ activities) for each
                               year—travelling, learning a new skill. If you consider igniting
                               that ‘back burner’ flame, it may just fire up your energy level.

                               I am now certified in Trauma Touch Therapy and Sports
                               Massage Certification and look forward to sharing the
                               healing power of touch with you again soon. My best to
                               each of you and your loved ones for the year 2010!

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