Prosperity

Prosperity is thought to be composed of money, success and achievement. A prosperous life is full of health, love, relationships and wisdom as well! A prosperous life is balanced, integrated and fulfilling. Feng Shui tips, modern wisdom and lots of great science can give you some helpful tools to welcome more good fortune into your life!

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I spent a whole lot of time in my own life being an enabler – helping people to stay in their doom and gloom by listening to their problems while knowing very well that they didn’t want solutions.  And when I wasn’t being an enabler, I would be an evangelist, trying to convince people with really negative viewpoints on life full of doom and gloom that positivity and optimism were the way to go.

The irony: I would perpetuate negativity everywhere in my life by listening to constant moaning, I would get exhausted by it, and finally, once I recovered, I would start being so preachy with no real life example of the awesomeness of being positive because, well, I was always wasting my time being dragged to hell. So, no one listened.

Sound familiar?

If you are a person who has a lot of empathy and loves to help, I am sure this is not unfamiliar to you.

I’ve learned the hard way that you can’t really thrive in any way in life and think  that super-negative friends, associates and even family can just run amok.  In fact, there were a series of hard-won personal lessons I’m happy to share that may help you in dealing with your own dramatic wet-blanket people, even ones you love dearly. Continue Reading…

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One of the more perplexing things I have ever heard is the idea that you can deal with terrible problems by basically filing them away in mental “drawers” in your mind. It’s as though the brain is envisioned as a massive bookshelf or bureau filled with drawers and you can just stuff things in different areas and let it be out of the way.

It’s often called “compartmentalizing.”

Have you tried it?

Have you ever tried stuffing all the mess in your house into drawers.  You know, there are people who buy pretty storage baskets and “hide” their clutter and unfinished projects in these baskets thinking that by putting them in at attractive package that somehow it will magically be dealt with… Until, of course, the day you run out of space in those baskets… Or you realize you stuffed away something important, or ignored something vital because it was too overwhelming with all the junk.

Do you do this?

I have done it in the past.  And the more you “file” things into these pretty bins and consider them “organized” the more anxiety builds up.  Soon the anxiety leads to feeling stuck and overwhelmed, unable to move forward because there’s already so much that hasn’t been dealt with…

And that’s why this pop-psychology idea of “compartmentalizing” problems just doesn’t work.

If you’ve been sort of pushing things aside that you don’t want to confront, this one’s for you… and it can help you to free yourself fom self-destructive self-cluttering!  Continue Reading…

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Would you feel guilty taking a vacation right now?

What about a break for a day at the beach?

How about a break during the day?

A massage?  Reading a book for fun?

It is perpetually astonishing to me that the top problem I see plaguing people these days in my work as well as my life is this—

Feeling guilty for taking time to feel good. 

Seriously. And not just guilt, but also anxiety, panic, a feeling of laziness or being “bad” for taking time to feel good!!!!

Even on the weekends!!!

As one person told me recently: I feel as though I’m working if I’m at least staring at my computer screen doing nothing.

But the more this person stares blankly into a glowing screen to assuage this sense of guilt, the more draining energy takes over, the more that “work” feel challenging and the more life feels like an enormous burden. Soon, work seems like torture. Soon, days feel like prison.

And yet, somehow that seems to be “virtuous” in a paradoxical way for so many people.

I’ve been there… pretending to be engaged. Dialing it in so that I didn’t feel like I was blowing off my work. But… soon my work sucked. Same for relationships… the more you force things, the more they suck. Same for anything that involves pouring yourself into something you don’t feel great about out of obligation and ignoring your own need for breaks, rest, play, sleep… and FUN!

So the question of the day:

Do you feel guilty for taking care of yourself?

And, here are a few very big – and some science-backed- reasons why you shouldn’t feel guilty for feeling good!

Continue Reading…

abstract flowers (these abstract flowers from Etsy are awesome!) 

Abstract art leaves so much room to fill in the blanks with emotion, imagination and stunning detail.

I used to aply thr same sort of slapdash improvisation to my life, hoping that in my free-for-all without any target even way out in the future to move toward that I would magically come across a meaningful and productive life.

It wasn’t as fun as I thought it would be.  Abstract futures are not the most exciting…!

Think about it… if I offered you a car at a great price but was vague about the type, vague about how old it was, even vague about where in the word it was located, would you be excited about it… or suspicious?

Personally, I would be suspicious of that vague deal.

I wonder…

Do you think about the future and what you want to do and find yourself grasping at straws… or sort of somewhat seeing things that seem to maybe feel like they might work out?

While I like to focus on living in the right-here-and-now, there are some pretty compelling reasons to whip up a clear vision of the future.   A sharp picture of a luscious future can guide you and your talent and your energy in a far more seamless way.   Continue Reading…

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I’m not talking about being a billionaire (though some of you might want that, and there’s that aspect of this too!) but I am talking about how much different your life would look and feel if in some ways you were free from ideas that there just isn’t enough of certain things to go around.

Do you believe you have a limited number of opportunities? Limited amount of money that will ever come to you? Limited relationship prospects? Limited ideas?

Its something I have seen everyone I know struggle with in some way- even billionaires!- and so, today, its time some expansive design ideas about  overcoming scarcity.

Imagine how much more energy and time and resources you could have to both enjoy your life and help others less fortunate if, indeed, there really was enough good stuff to go around?!

xoxo Dana
 

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trust yourself to make money

 

Yes, I love the idea of being a channel for money.  But, you aren’t always on the right channel, you know?

Money.  Big topic.  So, here’s a round-up of some of the best money feng shui and science to help you get in the flow of cash :)

THIS post is all about being organized so that you can trust your intuition more.

If you are not quite sure why you can’t seem to make money even though you have such “good energy” THIS one is for you, all about how the brain works with money.  Your human brain has no idea what money is, so no matter how awesome you feel its hard to “earn” money is you can’t concieve of what you are earning.

If you want some cool feng shui tips to make money that you might not have heard before, THIS video is filled with them.

And… if you are feeling like you might be cursed in a way where you chase money away, THIS is something great to try.

xoxo Dana

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Whether you work at home, in an office or even a cubicle, there are ways to bring much more life to your space in both stylish and energetically bright feng shui ways.

Take the space above— it soars because if the simply installed vertical wood paneling on the walls that makes it feel creative and look both warm and powerful at once!

Here’s some of my recent design inspiration to spark some shifts to your own workspace.  A big reveal of my own home office- The Tao of Dana HQ filled with feng shui fun- is coming soon… but for the moment, lets swim in great ideas!  Continue Reading…

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First of all, etymology- the study of the history and origins of our modern language- is fascinating.  After all, if you believe in evolution, bits of that evolution reveal themselves in language.

When my friend Joe called yesterday from Colorado, he shared a facinating story of many words with me that shifted my perspective on how I speak and the things I say.  Look up the etymology of words like CULTURE and COMPASSION and you will see this multilayered history of cults and suffering mixed with the rarefied joy of merging lives and celebration.

The big word he shared with me was FOCUS.  Here is the actual etymology of the word focus:

focus (n.)
1640s, from Latin focus “hearth, fireplace” (also, figuratively, “home, family”), of unknown origin, used in post-classical times for “fire” itself, taken by Kepler (1604) in a mathematical sense for “point of convergence,” perhaps on analogy of the burning point of a lens (the purely optical sense of the word may have existed before Kepler, but it is not recorded). Introduced into English 1650s by Hobbes. Sense transfer to “center of activity or energy” is first recorded 1796.

FOCUS means HOME!!!!!  And so, in honor of the history of the word, here are a few ways to use your HOME to help you to FOCUS! Continue Reading…