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Meghan Wallace James of Modern Feng Shui On Mission Sexy Zen

August 27, 2018

Mission: Sexy Zen

Or: The Allure of a Bare Bedroom

By Meghan Wallace James

Why does a gorgeous, minimalistic hotel room induce lust?

How does a dusty, cluttered bedroom incite dread?

What impact do aesthetics have on the energetics of intimacy & romance?

Here’s Your Modern Feng Shui Assignment, shall you choose to accept it:

Make your bedroom Empty yet Sensual… as Empty & Sensual as humanly possible.

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At the end of each day, you should enter your bedroom and have one of two thoughts:

I Feel Like Sleeping

or

I Feel Like F*cking, and then Sleeping

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More Sleep + More Sex = Creative Kismet Fuel for Life

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This is where everyone likes to tell me, “Sounds great, but…” to which I like to say, “Green Eggs & Ham”;  i.e., TRY IT.

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Nine Steps – equal parts Edit & Infusion – to Transform your Bedroom into Temple Oasis

   Or: How to Craft a Container for Tantric Vibes

  1. Purge; Ruthlessly Purge
  2. ‘Stock’ as opposed to ‘Shop’ your home; return all that is neither Sexy nor Zen to the body of your dwelling; Clue: electronics, trappings of daily life, children’s possessions
  3. Rearrange your furniture; open new neural pathways via new configuration
  4. Layer in regal aspects of Symmetry { Beauty }, Duality & Polarity
  5. Clean; Ruthlessly Clean, from bed to floors { Grounded } to windows { Clarity of Vision}
  6. Replace lightbulbs { Bright Ideas }; your Lighting Goal is ambient sans wires, so consider a dimmer switch
  7. Salt Burn & Sage
  8. Add Life: true art, a plant or two { Duality }, a weekly floral arrangement ritual
  9. Sex Magic: imprint your room with it’s new Mission

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Ms. Emily Wagner, the Matriarch of Groomed LA, accepted Mission: Sexy Zen & I invite her to share her Modern Feng Shui Diary below:

I started my overall Modern Feng Shui transformation with Meghan Wallace James not knowing anything more than I was desperate for help.  All areas of my life were stuck – and that’s an understatement.  There was not one area of it that did not need drastic upheaval and renewal.

I believe it was April when Meghan pranced into my home with a basket full of her Modern Feng Shui tools.  No chimes or wooden roosters but things like: an like EMF reader, a floor plan of my home, ingredients for a salt burn, a tarot deck, et al.  I was in love from the moment she stepped through the door.

Square foot by square foot she took in my place.  From the wall of lazily hammered Ikea dog butt hooks that greeted visitors to the mountain of shoes underneath it.  “Hmmm.  Is this what you would want the man of your dreams to see the minute he steps into your home?”

“Hell no.”

From that moment I looked at everything in a new way.  Not through the eyes of a potential partner, as if to take away my own power, but symbolically.  More of: imagine walking into my home – is every single thing I see, a representation of who I imagine I want to be, in an ideal life?  Would I fall in love with me, if I didn’t know me, based on what I see.

“Hell no.”

The hooks were pulled out and tossed.  And from that moment on, I was on a rampant Mission, purging every single thing that didn’t meet the expectation.  Of course this meant I had to do deep self work on WHO I wanted to be.  This leads to WHERE I want to be in my life.  WHAT I want out of it.  Suddenly everything I no longer wanted in my home started leading me back to:

What I didn’t want in my life.

What I did.

Why I didn’t have it.

And how was I going to get it.

Stage One of Meghan’s process becomes a profound life evaluation, insight, and boot camp.  It was profound.

Weeks were spent on this Mission.  Corner by corner, drawer by drawer.  Meghan was there to advise me very step of the way.  Even though I dived in, in my mutual manically committed passion fashion, I needed immense hand holding.  She held it.  Layers were shed.  Actually a few physical pounds were lost too.  I wasn’t sure if it was all the labor of dumping – oh, my couch, dresser, side tables, etc. (to give you an idea).

As my surroundings upleveled, so did I.  I realized I loathed my job.  I was playing small.  I was those Ikea dog butts dangling out of a wall, too loose to even hold my son’s baseball hat.  Metaphors.  I started to see my home as a metaphor.  No handle on my kids closet door?  No handle on how to create home for them.  You see?

My life stated to reveal itself: “I hate this job.  I have to get out of here.”

Meghan:  “You’re not working there anymore.  It’s done.  Keep going.”

Soon we were onto the next layers.  How did I want my home to FEEL.  And from there we started painting.   I became obsessed with Portola Paints.  Room by room, I got rid of the Miracle Mile dominant strain of dirty Swiss Coffee and found rooms drenched in colors like Halfway Tree, Penny Lane, Simmer Down and Foxy.

My kids changed.  I changed.  There was space.  Lots of it.  I wanted to quickly fill it up.  New couch!  Side tables!  Furniture.  Late nights on Pinterest and every online shop.

No, she said. “Breathe.”  Live in the spaciousness for a while.  Your perfect furniture will find you.  Let it be empty for a while.  Alone with your thoughts.

Soon I was in love with the emptiness.  Soon I was called on a consulting job that led to my dream job.  Soon my kids were finding chill at home.  Soon I feeling different.

Soon I was happy.

My bedroom went from clutter (I’m too embarrassed to discuss) to empty.  It was painted a sunset peach with white trim.  It became a Caribbean sexy alcove with nothing it in but a large piece of my art that I could stare at all day.  It became a treatment of monochrome peaches and pinks and glows all day.  I changed the bulbs to amber.  It’s empty except for a bed, art, plant, and warm lighting.  It accomplished Mission: Sexy Zen.

I am five months into my work with Meghan.  My life has made a 180 degree turn.  I have never been more aligned than I am now, in every area.  My home is me.  I am me.  Finally.  I credit Meghan one million percent with this.  Her work is so profound, it feels like science and magic and Tony Robbins meets Ghandi meets Kate Moss.  I actually can’t even explain it but I hope that I somehow shared something that can give you a sense of the very grounded and practical wonder that is Meghan and her modality.

I would share photos, but I am not home.  I am writing from a world wide tour that my job is taking me on.  My Attraction gua – Helpful People & Travel – was overstuffed – a closet toppling with so much stuff you didn’t want to open the door.  Oh, and the hamster that ran away?  Turns out he was living in a corner, eating my artwork to survive.  Once it was cleaned, I was asked to go on a global tour making films.  Am I dreaming?  Is it magic?  Is it Meghan.  It is.

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Exhibit: Une “Sexy Zen” example par Axel Vervoordt

Buzz About Bellicon

August 21, 2018

As both a fan of fitness and a fan of fun, it didn’t take much convincing for me to agree with all the buzz about the Bellicon.  

 

Bellicon is a mini trampoline (known as a rebounder in the fitness world) that takes fitness to a whole new level. Bellicon has revolutionized rebounding by using small movements in a low-impact form of exercise to yield BIG results. Whether your goal is to get in shape, lose weight, improve your health, increase your stamina, or boost your immune system, bellicon has made the process more fun than ever. The nostalgic vibes of a trampoline workout allow for an enjoyable workout that you will look forward to all day, every day.

According to CEO Philip Von Kunhardt, Bellicon is the “highest quality and best performing fitness trampoline in the world” providing you with the opportunity to bounce your way the best version of yourself. With the mission of being the world’s most effective piece of fitness equipment, bellicon takes no shortcuts in bringing you quality materials and paying attention to the details so that it can have the best overall performance.  

 

Unlike traditional trampolines, bellicon has traded springs for unique patented bungee cord rings. This added technology and innovative design enables you to have a much smoother and safer experience for your body and the strain on your body generally associated with a trampoline workout is virtually eliminated.

 

But wait, I haven’t even mentioned the best part! Outside of the fact that bellicon is totally fun and incredibly effective, it also provides serious health benefits. It exercises every one of the 638 muscles in your body, boosts your metabolism and works to stabilize your body’s balance and bone health, all while challenging your cardio system. I don’t know about you but if I can do all that while movin’ & groovin’ on a trampoline, I’m sold.

 

So add a little bounce into your workout and enjoy the benefits of jumping your way to health.

Get Ready To Roll Back To School With Saje

August 20, 2018

It’s back-to-school peeps.  I’m stressed. My kid is stressed.

Think about it – your kid has six bosses in six different classes that they report to at 7:30 am only to go home after eight long hours- not including after school extracurriculars- to labor over loads of homework and study material for their AP classes and SATs. Wow. School really sucks.

Over-scheduled. Under-slept. Overly-stressed.

Rest assured, Saje Natural Wellness has over 500, all-natural, safe and effective products to help your kid stay healthy during the nine months of arduous schooling that’s to come in just a few short weeks.

The Ready to Roll Blend Bar ($50.95) equips any student, no matter their age, with plant-based remedies formulated to boost energy, stimulate the brain, and keep the mind clear and calm.

· Contains:
o Brainstorm – refreshing and invigorating creating a sense of balance and heightened awareness
o Energy – natural pick me up with stimulating rosemary essential oil
o Stress Release – calming and grounding to be used throughout the day or night creating a sense of relaxation
o Peppermint Halo – revitalizing peppermint helps immediately transport you to a state of alertness, focus and support

 

Tech Alert! AZIO Launches HEARA Hi-Res Certified Earphones 

August 11, 2018

Forget buds – let’s go retro ok? 

How about dynamic copper aluminum by – AZIO.

The AZIO HEARA, have a cool industrial style vibe and retro style but their sound and technology is state of the art: hi-res certified means they deliver dynamic sound that creates clear high-range harmonics with rich bass and accurate sound.

Hi-res certified audio and studio-grade sound reproduction delivers a wide frequency range support of 5Hz – 40kHz.

The masterfully tuned hybrid-drivers configured in mono-axis structure isolates high and low frequencies, delivering true-to-life acoustic enjoyment. The hybrid-driver setup includes a 12mm ceramic tweeter for delivering crystal clear sound and a 13mm Dynamic Woofer to deliver punchy bass and precise mid-range vocals.

The HEARA is made from impeccable craftsmanship, in both function and form, complete with copper/aluminum chambers that are precision-machined and crafted through rigorous steps to create the ideal enclosure for the hybrid drivers.

The front chamber ear-tip is designed with a 31-degree angle to provide a better wearing and listening experience while isolating exterior noise by 18 decibels. The noise-free pipeline is made of 99.99% pure 4N oxygen-free copper wiring with PVC anti-scratch coating to ensure the purest sound delivery.

Ease of use is mastered with the multi-function button mic allowing for easy access to accept/end calls, change music, and activate voice-assist functions and three ear-tip sizes are included to offer the most comfortable, personalized fit.

Made of copper aluminum, these earphones feature anti-scratch fabric with buckskin interior.

So here’s the deal. I’ve been playing around, testing out various bud style blue tooth headphones and they are awful. They hurt my ears and make me crazy. These are sweet and while I am just getting started with them, I am totally happy. I love them. I love the look and the bad-ass sound.

The HEARA Earphones are now available for $89.99, and includes accessories such as an extension cable, a storage box, and converters for PC’s and airplanes.

The earphones support both iOS and Android systems. For more information and to purchase, visit the AZIO website.

 

CBD Oil We Are Loving: Pacific Daze

July 30, 2018

As their website says – “tastes like sunshine” – it really does.


Pacific Daze uses a strain of premium US grown hemp to ensure the consistency of each and every batch, on top of that it’s quality ingredients (organic, no GMOs, no pesticides, and no preservatives), with hemp is grown using organic farming practices and is 3rd party tested for potency and pesticides.

Pacific Daze drops are made with just MCT oil (for maximum absorption), hemp oil, and a touch of natural orange for the tastes like sunshine magic.

I’ve been taking it nightly and I love it. The drops are totally THC free and are made with a full-spectrum CBD rich hemp oil that contains naturally occurring cannabinoids including CBN and CBG, over 40 different terpenes, flavonoids and antioxidants.

All of these compounds work together to enhance the effects of CBD, known as the “entourage effect”

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