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Rx for Living
July 2001

Feng Shui Goes to the Office
How to Thrive from 9 to 5

by Nancilee Wydra

Merry Menopause


Over the past few months my partner and I, both graduates of the Feng Shui Institute of America's professional certification program, have done numerous consultations with women suffering perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms.  Balancing the environment for our clients has become a challenge because each case requires a different approach depending on the phase each woman is going through.  Have you come up with any rule of thumb that we can use as a guideline when working with these clients? 

All are extremely uncomfortable in their environment, even though this was not the case before their symptoms appeared. 


CS and SW


Dear CS and SW,

In order to understand what to do about a client's problem it is first necessary to understand the context.  Therefore in pyramid feng shui the first question to ask is what is menopause? 

The answer is that menopause is a natural biologic event, not an "estrogen deficiency disease." At menopause, the decline in ovarian hormones (particularly estrogen) may result in short-term, unpleasant effects.  Menopause happens to all women who live long enough, but it affects each woman uniquely. While ceasing to have to worry about birth control is freedom for some, it can be coupled with midlife emotional and social crises.  

One thing is true for all women: menopause is a signal to start -- or continue -- a good health program when entering this new phase of life.  Like any household appliance, car or furnishings, without care and maintenance our bodies may no longer serve us as well.  That means that it may appear harder to do things that in the past were easy.

Menopause is a life passage that often will not go smoothly without making positive adjustments and changes.  For instance, it is not unusual to experience negative feelings about something or a place that heretofore didn't affect you negatively.  Menopause is a time to reevaluate goals by redefining what makes you smile each day.  Letting go of former goals may be a start. Ask each woman to define "new" goals for herself for one, five and ten years in the future.  Once new goals are defined, a home can be shaped to support these dreams.

When I experienced surgical menopause I used the change to springboard myself into writing about feng shui.  Having thought and taught feng shui for almost 15 years, I knew it was now or never.  I had been a metal smith but the physical intensity of that work was no longer as easy as it had once been.  With the knowledge that I was in fact losing visual acuity, flexibility and some bone loss, I realized that the dangers of my former work outweighed the results.  For me the onset of less than optimum physical ability catapulted me into altering my home so that it would support the dream of writing about how the environment influences people's reactions and interactions.

What happened?  What became the end result? Well, I became a writer and this period has become the most productive, contented period in my life.


  1. Define you new goals
  2. Reshape the space to allow dreams and goals to actualize
  3. Then fly

Life is a process and the process is always in flux.


Nancilee Wydra
Author of Feng Shui Goes to the Office and 5 other feng shui books

Nancilee Wydra, Feng Shui Master and author of six books on feng shui travels the country lecturing and consulting for Fortune 500 companies and individuals. She is the founder of the Feng Shui Institute of America and has developed the first nationally certified professional training program on feng shui in the country.

To secure additional information about her lecturing, consulting and teaching contact her at: NancileeWy@aol.com or visit www.Windwater.com -- for FREE answers to feng shui questions: www.EfengshuiUSA.com

Nancilee Wydra’s Books:
Feng Shui The Book of Cures
Feng Shui in the Garden
Feng Shui and How to Look Before You Love
Feng Shui Goes to the Office
Feng Shui for Children’s Spaces


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September 28 - October 5, 2001 in Vancouver, BC, Canada; 

2002 courses in Phoenix, AZ, Delray Beach, FL, Chicago, IL, and Maryland.

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