Feng Shui 101

Feng Shui in my way is about designing your dream life.
These feng shui basics and tips will help you to personalize your environment and make it feel fantastic while ithey bring your intentions to life!
Here we break down feng shui terms like the bagua, yin and yang, the five elements and other “technical” feng shui lingo so that you can understand and assimilate these big concepts in your life with grace and style.

go with the flow

Go with the flow and stick close to insipration…!  xoxo Dana

brass coffee table

(elle décor)

Today, a quick tip to pull a very layered, very textured or patterened room together, with a deep sense of abundance on hand: shining metallic focal points! Continue Reading…

2015 feng shui

(grab a print HERE)

There’s a lot starting this year.  The first Catalyst Camp (*my feng shui life de-clutter)  is starting on January 5th.  I’m staring (and finishing!) huge projects in NYC.  There are lots of writing prospects even benyond the blog (that is also getting a makeover this year!)… two more online Camps coming for Prosperity & Love… and that’s just work, and just what I can see from today. That’s the update on the Tao of Dana front ;)

My real determination this year is to have the healthiest year ever – for both me, my family and friends- and to buy a house somehow.  Putting health before everything else means putting my Buddhist practice first (keeps me healthy!) and putting exercise, nutrition and sleep into my calendar. Literally.  Scheduled in my calendar.

My house project is not a frivolous one.  Today I had an intuition that my landlord illegally lit my cracked furnace without repairing it.  After an emergency visit from the Gas Company I WAS RIGHT!  So, given the fact that CO2 poisoning was just lurking around the corner, and my intitive powers were dead on, I am ready to find a home that is in excellent health through and through.  And my first goal is to safely get out of this place and ensure no one will ever be in jeopard again living here.

So, you know, while nothing is perfect in this world, determination can help make things move forward much more quickly.

I mention my intentions for the year because they serve as a live demo.

What can you determine to do?

What needs to be determined to be done?

2015 is thought to be a year of balance, harvest and universal reward-reaping.

And much more.

To start the year… here’s a little 2015 feng shui, my way!

Wishing you a super-happy, healthy & amazing year! xoxoxo 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!

Happy, healthy, prosperous, light & amazing New Year wishes!!! xoxo Dana

roses

Its been a surreal year. So much growth, change and surprise… So many challenges, so much to accept, so much to celebrate.

Today I’ve pulled together that best of The Tao of Dana from 2014. Its always growing and changing thanks in good part to you and your feedback, interests and needs… so I thank you immensely!!!

EMPATHY is the most important thing in the world to me.  And while people without empathy still infuriate me at times, compassion is where its at.

GRATITUDE continues to be the best way to approach a day.  I think that will never change!

CREATIVITY will make your greatest dreams come true, solving problems, inventing a new paradigm for life.

LOVE and intimacy was a big theme, thanks in part to Sue johnson’s superstar turn at Mind Body Green’s  Revitalize conference.

DETOX baths were huge.  THIS ONE in particular is a mainstay in my home now!

DECOR with natural materials is a classic!

NATURE itself can heal your life.  The science has become abundant!

BEAUTY hits were plentiful as we are all turning away from heavy chemicals in favor of the more natural. Chantal Moore’s natural mascara round-up is a must…! 

CLUTTER clearing took center stage as the Catalyst Camp launched for its first run starting in a few days!!!

FENG SHUI has morphed into Expansive Design!!!  Even though I still gasp a bit when I see people are trying to jump on the bandwagon and crib my words and ideas directly,  its been over a decade of research and doing that has helped me to expand feng shui into something much more grounded and much more gorgeous and much more DIY  and much more science and fun and empowerment. I am pretty sure that this year Expansive Design is going to have a little ™ beside it as it grows… Thanks 100% to you.   And on that note… HERE are 10 ideas to expand your life!

Love, happiness and heath for the new year!!!!  xoxoxoxo 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!

puppy

Pure love. And pure surprise!  That’s the look on Bob’s face when I caught him gingerly eating his new pink rooster toy instead of playing with it.   It brings to mind so many guilty pleasures… the ice cream from the freezer that you eat while standing since it doesn’t count unless you sit, right? … the extra long nap, the trip to the spa you don’t tell people about…. the time you stole away for yourself but secretly so that no one would judge…

Guilty pleasures are just pleasures.

The guilt is almost insane to me.

But it’s not totally crazy.  It’s quite common to know that you deserve something… but still feel bad about it, regardless!

Feeling guilty for treating yourself to the delicious, the adventurous, the luxurious— its something to unload from life.  Lets take some of the guilty out of “guilty pleasures.”   Continue Reading…

gaiman

New Year Feng Shui is often a mix of ritual and superstition all grounded in the singular wish to create the best year ever.

Loading each new year with promise, expectation and hope is my way.

I bet it may be your way as well.

Who doesn’t love a New Year?

That said, I have found there are a few actions to clear some mental (and physical) space in life to make a New Year more extraordinary that haven’t failed me in years…. so I’ve rounded them all up for you! Continue Reading…

outdoor shower

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Showers are like giant, natural fountains.

They move energy. They create change.

Today, here’s a bit of feng shui about moving water- from your home shower to rain storms- that can get you thinking freshly about  water and your life! Continue Reading…

olatz schnabel bedroom

(I love everything about Olatz Schabel’s design.  Linen masterpieces. Check out her house HERE!)

Have you ever used feng shui in your life before? If it seems mystical or weird, this is the “starter guide” for you.

Feng shui is the art and science of creating environments that are balanced and optimal for flourishing.  Some people feng shui their spaces for more money, love, health or happiness.  Some feng shui is complicated and twisty and full of arcane rules.  My methods are thoroughly modern while respecting the past, and my emphasis is on making your life wider and brighter.

Great design elevates my life. In fact, great design is what is shaping our lives.  Even digital space needs great design for us to want to engage with it, you know?

In my mind, if your home looks blah or feels like a stranger lives there, no matter how “nice” the stuff in the space may be, no matter how “perfect” the feng shui, it will fall flat. Bringing it to  dazzling life can be as basic as bringing more of your personality and style to the space!

Here are three ways to start using modern, stylish, Expansive Design today to create a home & life you love! Continue Reading…