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let go of heavy

My wish for all of you this week as I hot the cobblestone streets near Mt. Fuji : I hope you can let go of some stuff thats heavy.  I know you (& I!) might find it a familiar feeling to be dragging around a weight through life… but it is not necessary!  And it doesn’t define you.  And you can actually live without it!!! xoxo Dana

clouds in sky plane

Typically, I don’t know how out of sync I’ve become with life until it feels like days are running me rather than me actually creating them.

Do you know what I mean?

When I am creating my days, I feel ready, open and awake.  I look more shining and alive.  I have much more resourcefulness and little problems are simple to solve… Things flow.  They are in sych!

When I have fallen off the good vibe path of life because I’ve been working too much, thinking too much or even out too much having too much late night fun, I feel like suddenly… I am catcing up.  Perpetually behind.  Not thinking.  Wanting to do a million things at once because my mind is scattered…

You know these times, I’m sure.  They used to be my every single day, and occassionally they sill pop up to remind me that there’s deep power in the simplicity of staying in synch.

Daring to create days rather than be the effect of your days is a paradigm shift when you first do it, but once you try it you’ll be hooked!

If you happen to have fallen out of the “flow state” and feel yourself a bit of a victim of your schedule, your mind or circumstances that shape your life, these are my favorite expansive design ideas to get back in the flow.

5 Ideas To Sync With Life More Powerfully! 

1. Get fresh perspective. See things with fresh eyes.  If you do yoga, you know what inversions do for your perspective as you see life from upside down.  Looking out a plane window is my favorite chilling form of perspective to see life from above the clouds.  Simple things like taking a new route to walk the dogs, reading a foreign news report…. all fresh perspective.  Re-arrange some furniture in a room you are in frequently and you’ll have fresh perspective, too!

2. Try sleeping for even a week in tune with the cycles of the sun.   Try to go switch off your lights as the sun sets and leave only mininmal indoor light on… then, at least two hours before bed turn off your electronics.   Let yourself sleep with one window open just a bit to fill your room with natural light as the sun rises.  Wake without an alarm.  Here’s a great litmus test: if you aren’t able to wake up without an alarm, you probably aren’t sleping enough.

Even a week of doing this can be a massive game-changer for your body, mind and “in sync” energy.

fuji water

3. Drink way more water. Water is the element that helps you to ADAPT and FLOW.  Any time I feel myself spiraling down the road of stress that even makes my body feel bad, I start drinking way more water.  In fact, sometimes I put a pinch of sea salt in that water to make it more absorbable.  Drink, drink, drink.   Spending some time by running water (a fountain, a creek) or just taking more quick showers can help you sport of re-set yourself, too.

4. Spend more time curious and asking and less time thinking in your head.  I know when I’ve gotten myself into a bad place in life when I’m thining way too much. Thinking, wondering, playing out imaginary scenarious in my mind… then worry takes over… anticipation… and tons of time wasted!!!

Try being curious about everything around you for even a few hours when you find yourself thinking too much.  Literally, start being INTERESTED rather than getting into the depths of your very INTERESTING mind…

This video I made sleepless this Summer (but still very in synch with Nature, is more on the idea of thinking less and getting much more interested…

5. Do some Life Detox.  Truth is, our bodies can detox themselves (to some degree, provided your diet isn’t packed with preservatives and tons of junk food), but our lives can’t detox themselves if we don’t actively make that happen!

The best place to start where you’ve fallen out of sunch with life is simple: detox the area of your life that pulls you way off your flow-state path.  For example, if you keep staying up late worryimg and wondering about a tumultuous relationship, that’s your space to start detoxing.  If you are constantly feeling drained because of your coffee habit that has a negative return after a while, there’s your starting point.

And…if you haven’t done it yet, you can sign up for my free 5-part Life Detox Jump Start course HERE and do some detoxing in all the big areas of life… which is always a great idea!

xoxo Dana

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feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…   And, as always, please let me know what happens!

words shape your life

I woke up today super-early thinking for a second as I am about to leave town for a week with no Internet:

“I’m going to be crazy doing things that I can’t manage to finish….and then I should leave for the airport earlier… or what should I do…”

And then I sat down and realized I needed more sleep! How could I possibly get anything done with a thought like that guiding me?!

Language is super-powerful. After all, we shape our world and experience and express it all in language. Even though there are more subtle ways of communicating, like body language and the inflection of your voice, its words that we use to decipher and understand life to a great degree.  

Like anything else… words themselves can become clutter.

The good news is that happy words outshine the negative in our collective culture, at least in the English language.

Wired reported on the influence of positive words in media:

“A massive language study, spanning Google Books, Twitter, popular songs lyrics and The New York Times, has found that English tends to look on the bright side of things. Positive words outnumber the negative.”

Awesome, right?!

The thing is… there are still lots of words flying around filled with fear and self-denial and toxic stuff.  We may never get rid of all of them, but a few stand out as being well worth mentioning for their head-spinning, life-confusing properties!  Continue Reading…

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Love, love, love this!  It may sem like everything is so vast and we are so small, but it seems every history-rocking movement started with one person or a few people with an idea that they shared…and an ethos that grew far bigger than they were alone.  So, if we lean on history its clear that each of us can absolutely change the world…!  How will you do it? xoxo Dana

make your own rules diet

Today I raced through Hollywood to get to a very special yoga party.  Typically I don’t do yoga.  Nor do I do anything on Sunday morning except go to my Buddhist temple. But this was not an ordinary Sunday… it was a Tara Stiles Sunday Strala Class and book party!   Hovering over a sunny Hollywood, dancing around on a yoga mat, nothing could be better!

Feeling open, free, full of green juice, orange juice and loads of spaciousness and love, today I wanted to talk a bit about doing life your own way.

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Early mornings in the W Hollywood are colorful lights and lots of shining space.  A perfect place for a morning like this!

Tara is the proponent of making your own rules for everything.  While she’s known for yoga, her spirit of staying connected to everything she loves… her own Tao… filled the space.  The room was filled with the most gorgeous pants I’ve ever seen in a yoga class- cloud pants, rainbow stripes, all part of her line wth Reebok) , and jewel toned mats to match the crowd.  Super fun music was spinning beside me in a DJ booth.  The breakfast afterward at the pool was an array of favorite recipies from her book all about… yes… staying connected to the things that make you happy.   In the case of Make Your Own Rules Diet, it’s about staying connected to the food you eat and becoming intuitive, choosing foods that make you happy and finding your best way to eat.

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Fun stuff, right?!

Diets and Me are a tricky situation.  When my dad was in jail when I was only 11 he sent me a package of two books.  It was the Pritikin Program book and another book called Fit For Life.   He sent his super-skinny young daughter a letter and two diet books from his white collar prison.  For some reason I still admired him since he was my father and I was compelled to read them intently.

Within a year of that gift I had thoroughly indoctrinated myself in the rules of both books combined.  I am not going to say that this kick started my deacade of near-death anorexia, but I will say that these two books stand out as a shimmering guidepost on my journey into a young hell.  The rules of when and how to eat, the rules of what and how many calories could be configured like a game.  I was taking power-walks in the freezing cold in New Jersey and turning yellow from the lack of protien.  My family doctor thought my liver might be failing. My hair was pouring out.  I took naps in school in the nurses office until they threatned to expell me if I didn’t go to a hospital. I knew that death was on the horizon when I skid down into the 80lb range at 5’9″.

My own turning point was a time I still can’t articulate and definately don’t want to oversimplify, but it happened and it can happen for you if you are struggling.  It was borne of loving so much more of my life than my self-imposed death.  It was a giant act of rebellion against all the rules I learned in these books to learn to feed myself and to get well.

That’s why I don’t work with rules.  I work with people and spaces.  That why my friends don’t color in the lines… they create the lines.  I’ve gravitated toward a life that is the opposite of dogma. There’s still lots of structure and responsibility in life and tons that has to get done.  There are best practices, wise ways to approach situations, good advice… But no rules.

Tara Stiles lives the no-rules philosophy.  The Tao Of You is what Strala yoga is all about.  There’s no wrong thing to do in a Strala class.  There’s no bad.  There’s a lot of lauching, cheering and a ton of breakthroughs.  In the middle of the class my friend looked at me and said, “Wow! I’ve never been able to do a Crow pose before!” And that’s what happens.

Did you know that in some cultures women aren’t told that they can’t have kids after a certain age so they have babies into their 50’s? Did you know that rules you adopted that you don’t really even believe in, or perhaps fear, could be making your life really difficult for no good reason?

Here’s what I’ve learned from years of knowing and adoring Tara about making your own rules…

It works.

It works.

It works.

And you only have to be able to stand in the truth of who you are and allow yourself to have the happiness and lightness and space all around you.  We all have our bad habits, environments that make us feel less-than-awesome and the times when everything is heavy.

It’s OK.

You can find lightness anywhere. She’s showed me that, too.

It works.

And its so deceptively simple to move in ways that make you feel good, to wear clothes that make you feel good, to choose friends that make you feel good… to even design a whole life that makes you feel good.

But it works.

She lives it. It works.  People around the world are living it.  It works.  The ways she’s inspired me have been game-changing. Yep, it works,

Check out Make Your Own Rules Diet for the inspiration, the awesome food and the very straight talk about being who you are, where you are, as you are.  I’m so excited to read this on the plane to Japan tomorrow!!!  Let me know what you think! Do you make your own rules with food? With life? Would you dare to do it??? xoxo Dana

 

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feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…   And, as always, please let me know what happens!

flowers

Welcome to morning flowers at their best: deep color, fresh texture and perhaps even a bit of unusual moodiness.  The shining happy daisies that sit on the side of this stand aren’t quite as beautiful alone as this mix of wildness.

These greens and flowers have an edge to them, you know?   Some rich darkness is wed with almost-fireworks of furry fuzzy blooms.   They have an edge of greatness.

Many painters I know hold tight to their emotional darkness because they believe it fuels their work.  Becoming happy- or sober- would be the end of their art.  Actor friends of mine that are long lost from my life stay on the brink of something catastrophic (financial disaster, emotional melt down, relationship fury) and proudly flaunt their darkness to have their special bit of dramaric intrigue.  I know loads of professionals who party like they are in The Wolf Of Wall Street even though they’ve  long outgrown the all-night parties of teen years but yearn to stay socially controversial and… interesting.

Do you hold onto problems, angst and even bad habits because they are some sort of motivation or catalyst for you?

Are you afraid that if you change too much for the better that you will lose your own edge?  Continue Reading…

succulents

(love this shop on Etsy…) 

Expansive Design is now wat I call the feng shui’d design that I do.

Why?

Everyone who craves change wants to expand.

Do you want to expand?

People interested in living rich, wide, fulfilled lives usually have a sense that there’s more to experience, more to learn, to adventure, to roll around and play in…more than there is right now…. there’s always a next level… always something to do…

Is that you?

The trick to expansion, though, is to figure out how to fit more stuff into an already-stuffed life!

If your days are already full to the brim with “stuff” that leaves you “so busy” and yet you still feel like you are not really even scratching the surface of your creative potential or your life’s mission, there are ideas that I have worked with for nearly a decade that can help you to find your own recipe for life expansion!

Continue Reading…

crystals

These gorgeous, powerful crystals stuffed in tiny boxes are a great example of potential energy that becomes “stuck” in a problem.

If we were to free these guys from their boxes, suddenly they would be useful and far more beautiful.

They are presently confined.  Just like your own potential energy may be confined in problems.

Distractions, worries, ruminations, regrets, upsets, traumas… they all hold us in these boxes.  Sometimes everything looks attractive…. but the boxes are still there, creating limitation, stuck-feelings, big fears, panic and more problems.

Your biggest opportunities can be hidden in your mess of clutter.

HERE’s how.

There’s huge space-clearing, life-widening stuff coming for you in many free video series and giant immersion camps I will be hosting throughout the year to help you live a wider and richer and more awesomely fulfilling life.

Join me HERE & you can get started with your clear-space-creating with my FREE 5-Part Life Detox Course right away!  xoxo Dana

 

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feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…   And, as always, please let me know what happens!