Feng Shui Friday – Volunteering is good Feng Shui

There are three so called “lucks” in Feng Shui: Heaven Luck, Man Luck and Earth Luck. Earth Luck relates to your surrounding and this is where Feng Shui principles for homes and offices come in. Man Luck relates to you as a person, the good deeds you do, the way you approach the world and how and what you give back to your community. Do you leave people feeling better for having met you? Or are you a black hole that sucks the life out of everyone around you? Or something in between?

Well this morning I met a group of people who left me feeling better for having seen them – The staff and members at Pioneer Clubhouse in Balgowlah.

In their own words:

“A Clubhouse is a community intentionally organized to support individuals living with the effects of mental illness. Through participation in a Clubhouse people are given the opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, important work, employment, education, and to access the services and supports they may individually need. A Clubhouse is a restorative environment for people who have had their lives drastically disrupted, and need the support of others who believe that recovery from mental illness is possible for all.”

What I got to see this morning is that Pioneer Clubhouse is a place where people with mental illnesses can come together, make a difference, meet new friends and get help to get back into the swing of things. Often times a mental illness will leave the person lost, lonely and perhaps even scared of the world. Often while being in hospital or at an institution, people are told what to do, they have decisions made for them and they are reduced to something to be taken care of rather than someone with their own likes and dislikes, interests and passions.

Personality and choice seems to go out the window when an illness “takes over” and often people with a mental illness are treated as if they don’t know what they want. At Clubhouse, these people are someone again. They do what they want to do, they help out where they want to help out and they are allowed to have an opinion. They are encouraged to again make decisions for themselves. Something that those of us who have never been mentally ill see as such a natural thing. I for one don’t even stop to think and appreciate the fact that I get to choose what I’m having for breakfast every day…

I was blown away by the important work that Pioneer Clubhouse does and the wonderful people involved. So in Feng Shui terms, being involved with something like this certainly will add to these people’s Man Luck and the whole of their lives will be better for it. It feels better to help out, it feels better to be of service and it feels better to take a moment and care about other people. We all want to do it I believe, and some of us forget or get too busy and caught up in life.

Giving something back is a great way to align yourself with what is important to you. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, it doesn’t have to be a lot, or take up massive amounts of time. Just a little something. Just something that feeds that part of you that feels happy and proud and good when you know you have made a difference.

Charity work, or any volunteering where you get to support other people or animals is a great way to give something back. It’s not always about money, though many of these organisations do need funds. It can also be about time, a helping hand, a good deed, donations in the form of clothes, furniture, lending your skill set etc. When you do good for others, you do good for yourself too. And it feels better. Thank you to everyone at Pioneer Clubhouse for reminding me of this today.

What is/would be your charity/cause of choice? What to you do already? Or what would you like to start doing from now? Please feel free to share.

Happy Feng Shui Friday,
Sara

For more information on Pioneer Clubhouse and the work they do, please check out their website

 

 

 

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