Creativity

Find your inspiration and increase your creativity! Creativity is a huge part of life; some would argue creativity IS life. You do not have to be a professional fine artist or “fuzzy” type to develop your creative capacity. Creative thought and action in daily life brings color, joy and increase capability to any aspect of your life. I am hugely indebted to Julia Cameron and her book The Artists Way for setting me on the path to fulling living my creative life. From her work, my quest has gone far and wide to bring you articles, gadgets, books, films, videos, projects and exercises that can expand your creative arsenal. Here is an arsenal of my most favorite inspiration and creativity boosting goodies; I get excited just thinking about all this cool stuff to do!

creative space

There is yet another reason to constantly shift your space slightly and continue to add in lots of fun and fantasy.

It is another reason to get involved in your neighborhood, learn more passionately and become more curious about the unknown.

And, it is the perfect reason to travel more.

The very interesting science to support this dreamy, playtime, suspension of reality is compelling.

Creativity increases when you can get fresh perspective and imagine that the problems you are solving are at a distance from you.

Meaning: if you can suspend reality and imagine that a problem is far away, even in another realm, you can solve it with far greater ease.  You can imagine a multitude of conclusions to a story if you can It’s a big concept… but when you embrace it, the effects are glorious…and artful! Continue Reading…

boulder creek

When you are in a bad place you know it.  When you are stuck, you feel it.  And when things get really heated emotionally, you can feel like you are in a feedback loop of ideas and snapshots of unpleasant moments in life that repeat over and over, begging for a solution.

You know what I mean: frustration, upset, agitation, tears… while none of these things are bad in themselves they are bad when you can’t find a way to take a step out of them.

Feeling dull, bored, gloomy or otherwise unwell is seductively comfortable sometimes.

After all, if you can’t find your way out of a situation, many ways to numb out (drugs, drama, drinking, work-a-holism, TV, video games, you name it) are all waiting to temporarily carry you away.

But, soon… you find yourself back in the same place of stagnation.

The utterly frustrating part of ignoring problems is that they never seem to go away.

I am a huge fan of running water… and for good reason. In the language of feng shui, running water circulates chi (life force) and animates your life with ideas, emotions, rejuvenation and constant fresh starts.

Today’s feng shui’d idea, though, is not about adding fountains to your home.  It is about freeing yourself from stagnation, feelings of being ill-at-ease or otherwise not feeling great.

This is feel-great feng shui you can do right now!  Continue Reading…

pink flowers

As a kid I was highly unusual. Actually, by nature all kids are unusual. Everyone is born who they are.  Then it changes.

Do you ever feel like you are fighting to be who you are… or struggling to be yourself in a world full of rules and expectations?

I am a big advocate of returning to the place where you can be yourself. What a big concept.  And its only natural.

After all, why should it be hard to be who you actually are?

It gets highly complicated.

When I am working with clients who have given their lives over to who they believe they should be, their homes tend to look amazing. There is decor abundance. There is near-perfect choreography of every accesory.  Pillows as they should be. Its almost like walking into a magazine.  Except one piece is missing: it feels empty.

Emptiness happens when you lose connection to your life and your space.  Some of you might be shrugging your shoulders right now thinking, “I really don’t want to connect to my life right now. I am bored/miserable/tired/annoyed/unsatisfied/ etc. by my life right now.”

Some of you may have dreams and images in your mind of how life should look and the picture you walk through every day doesn’t match up.

In all of these disconnected situations I find myself asking the same set of questions to get to the “other stuff” out of the way and find a route into a greater sense of Tao (that deep connection!) to space and all of life. Continue Reading…

speak your truth

(inspirational collages— the best!) 

Every time you swallow your words when you know you have to say them, its like swallowing poison.

I’ve noticed we live in an over-sharing society- and I’m sure you have, too.  You can share photos of every moment of your life with a world of friends or total strangers.  You can share details of your past or your intellectualized plans for the future.

But… when it comes to sharing YOU with your real life, where do you stand?

What do I mean?

How much are you willing to speak up and risk saying the scary things you know you have to say in the service of building a life you are proud of, a life where you have joy and peace and fulfillment?

Lately, I have been called upon my life to speak up. In the past, I swallowed words.

I would say things like, ” I just don’t care.” Or, “he/she is a monster and won’t listen.” Or, ” I’m not ready…” And, as a consequence, I let parts of life slip through my fingers.

The less I would speak up when I knew I had to- in relationships, jobs, friendships, advocating for my health, you name it- the more bitter and closed and anxiety-ridden I became. My life was a fantasy in a sense, because, instead of speaking up, I could intuitively imagine all sorts of scenarios that could result if I opened my mouth to say how I felt or what I needed.  And in that fantasy, I thought other people should be able to see that I was silent and struggling, and they should- if they were good people- pull the words out of me.

That’s not a good strategy. Trust me, its a very precarious way to walk through life as a victim.

You might hear NO when you want a YES. You might be rejected, ridiculed or even vastly disrespected. You might make people angry.  But if you are speaking not just to be heard or to blame other people for your own life, if you have things to say because they are your truth and you can stand in that truth, you move from victim to creator. You shift from powerless to empowered and the confusion disappears.

If you have something you really need to tell someone, something you have to say, I am rooting for you to do it.  No matter what happens, you will be free. And truly, that’s the best outcome, anyway. xoxo Dana

hubble telescope

 

Are you thinking too much?

If you feel frustrated, exhausted, overwhelmed or otherwise confused the answer in my mind is :YES!

Today I am going to share one of many antidotes to the very rational problem of over thinking!  Continue Reading…

puppy Comfort is undeniably powerful.

Since this piece of pink velvet was unearthed in a box from my grandmother, a piece of the antique Christmas ornament relics, Bob has found a way to make it his own.

This velvet is enormous for an 18-pound dog. It weighs more than half of him. That hasn’t stopped him from pulling it carefully off of high shelves, inching it out of closets, dragging it for feet across floors and painstakingly fashioning it into tents, nests and other elaborate pillows and beds.

I was intent on using it for upholstery, but its Bob’s now, and he loves it.

He knows how to find comfort.

Reaching for comfort is am ultimate life-supporting habit, but its been branded as a luxury more than a necessity lately.  The popular ethos is that it is noble to make sacrifices for glamour and style, but even for survival.

But, comfort is actually a part of self-care and self-love. Having comfort and knowing how to provide comfort to yourself gives you the freedom to stretch into uncomfortable areas and thrive.

I’ve been watching Bob with his newly-minted blanket and on a very basic level its made me re-think the amount of real comfort I design into spaces, and the amount of that self-comforting energy that I have been brining to life and my work… even for myself.

Comfort in this way we are chatting about today is not being on permanent vacation or getting lost in self-indulgence. Comfort is feeling nurtured, supported and surrounded by things that feel good, even when things are less-than-great.  Comfort isn’t leaning all the weight of your problems on another person (*I don’t recommend this, its not recipe for good things) but, rather, knowing that you can share with others and know they are there for you and you for them,  even though you can ultimately find peace within yourself.

A lack of comfort is the catalyst for angst, anxiety, stress and stagnation.

So… comfort is really important!!!

I thought it would be fun to create a comfort cheat-sheet of sorts, some comfort ‘spiration that can help you to design a more of this snuggly, feel-great energy into your days and reach toward more of this energy in your life. Continue Reading…

dreamy home

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Dreamers. Don’t you love them?!

I bet you are at least a bit of a dreamer, since this whole cosmos of holistic artful beauty I’ve electronically stitched together seems to be all about dreaming at heart, and this energy seems to collect more like it around itself every day.

And if you are a dreamer like me, you’ve probably been accused more than a few times of being unrealistic, “not practical”, unable to “face the facts”, irresponsible, or, in my case, foolish and delusional (people loved to call me both things, and still do!)…!  I can laugh about all of these fantastically derogatory ways that people have tried to hate on my dreaming sensibility now, feeling compassion for lots of these people since time has proven them to be very sad, angry and ostensibly  trapped in “reasonable”  lives that make them miserable.

The trick is to take your awesome dreams out of your head and make them actual in your life.  Nothing is instant. Everything builds. But it has to be active. It has to be building. This trick of moving your dreams into reality is the feng shui of the day, all about moving from dreaming into doing.  Continue Reading…

jim carrey

Today, I took 10 minutes and watched this video sent to me cued up at the 10 minute mark.

College graduation speeches always have a special uplift to them, you know?

When you see Jim Carrey giving a speech like this- here at Maharishi University- you can’t help but think it is going to be wildly entertaining.

I wasn’t expecting it to make me question my life.

Asking me to dream bigger.

Providing a sort of instruction manual.

Making me want to help more.

Not only does he deeply understand a life of purpose and service, creativity and freedom, he seems to be living it vibrantly.

I watched it from 10 minutes in and rushed to share it with all of you.

Kind of amazing, no?! xoxo Dana