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I spent the weekend at a retreat hosted by my friends Jason, a Tokyo-based actor and singer, and Diana, a dancer and yoga teacher. In addition to more than 5 hours of yoga and movement workshops, we all created "envision boards" based on a 9 square feng shui style grid. 


The grid isn't obvious in mine, but it sort of follows along with the system. 

Wealth and prosperity (purple) are in the upper left; I need a new wallet and I want to get my finances all consolidated. Fame and reputation (red) are top center; I would like to fix up my reputation from when I was feeling burned out and let my resentment and anger show. At the top right is love and relationships (pink); during some of the workshops at the retreat I realised I don't love myself very much, so me first, then I can love all the other people who are connected to me. 

The jumping girl is my sister; she is my inspiration and represents the family and physical health section (green). The 9 pointed star in the center indicates spirituality and well-being (yellow); these are the core of everything and reach out to each of the other areas. To the right of star is creativity (white) ; I've draw amorphous clouds, music, and notes of my ideas. 

The last row of the grid starts with knowledge and wisdom (blue) on the left; I am already studying a certification, so that's an obvious action for 2014. In the middle is career (black); I have been having circus fantasies so I drew myself as a ringmaster. To the right is a big area for me - travel and helpful people (grey); I need collaborators and I hope to travel with circus-y ideas to India later this year thoughtprobably not by balloon.

You may have noticed that there are colored discs surrounding the star. They connect with dotted lines to the drawings and to each other to create a map of how each area will support the others this year.

Jason told us about a study of two groups of people; one group spent five minutes a day imagining their goals; the other group imagined themselves working to accomplish their goals. The group that imagined the actions rather than the end result got closer to their desires than the ones who focussed on the goal. Interesting. I will make sure I envision the path rather than the goals in order to make my 2014 a productive and good year.

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