Sensory Goodness

Life is experienced through our physical senses. Sensory information affects our body’s energy centers- the chakras. Adding layers of sensory goodness to a space (aromatherapy, music, plushness, texture, warmth, color) promotes richer, deeper, more peaceful and blissful lives. One of the easiest ways to increase the “chi” or energy of a home or any space is to add sensory goodness to the space. Something as simple as music or as commonplace as a coat of paint in the right color can make a major shift in the energy in your life.

watch your thoughts. quiet your mind.

I believed that my life was relatively calm until I came to the countryside of Nicaragua and heard only birds chirping. I thought there was peace in my life until I experienced absolute environmental peace peace.

It’s funny because my life is so privledged in so many ways- I create my schedule, there are so many amazing things in my creative life, so many people, so much love- that I have no reason to pressure myself but my own habits I didn’t realize I still had… until I landed on Friday to hear the noise in my own head so vividly as it fought me to keep itself going.

Given that I talk so much about crafting dream lives and living with only what you love, it was this horrific realization that would make me quite the hypocrite, but I think without real calm I couldn’t see my own mental and physical clutter to release.  Staring down my own noise and letting it go, albeit reluctantly, I now see how I can be of greater service and how I can create with more gratitude.

It’s not something I think, it’s something I now feel and know to be true.

Big difference.

Do you have ways of living and habits that you think define you, even if they are a lot of pressure to maintain? Do you have things that keep repeating themselves- habits, problems, obstacles, even clutter- that you can’t seem to ever let go so you’ve taken them on as a part of “how things are”?

Today, here are some of the more blatant and more subtle ways I see I’ve created my own clutter and made my own life far more difficult than it needs to be.  In fact, it’s made some things nearly impossible.

All in the mind. All reflected in space.

Here are ten ways to know if your obstacles may be your own creation (they are!)…along with some ideas to let them go to experience incredible connection to life and the kind of inspiration, stability and confidence that moves mountains.   Continue Reading…

crystal pyramid from the opaque

(the opaque is one of my all-star favorite crystal instagrams!)

The energy of a space mirrors your own energy.

That energy is something we experience as vibrations or waves.  Even color itself is a bunch of waves bouncing off of objects toward you.

These waves translate into emotions.

These emotions influence your life.

An environment with really great vibes isn’t just enchanted to look at… it’s magnetic and thrilling, life-altering and expansive, abundant and radiant!   Continue Reading…

valetine candy

Everyone wants love, more love and more love.

And of course it starts with feeling love inside…giving love freely… and magnetizing love everywhere you go!  Here’s some amazing Valentine feng shui from Carol Olmstead for magnetizing year-round love!  Continue Reading…

trust your gut

What you feel is never wrong, and any time you feel it is… please remind yourself, it’s not.  It’s a feeling and it’s real.

It can be hard to interpret these feelings because there are so many sensations that can spin us off in different directions.  If the world is your mirror- and largely it is-  trust that what you see is a reflection of what you feel.

If you’re disorganized, cluttered or overwhelmed, it can be hard to get a read on your feelings.  It doesn’t mean they aren’t real, it can just be hard to interpret the signals.  There’s a big difference betwen hurt and angry, or between rejected and underappreciated, anxious and ill-at-ease.

If you’re really disconnected, making assumptions and collecting evidence to support those assumptions is the next wave of being far from your center.  It’s super destructive.

When things are off kilter, your intuition is working on overdrive and everything centers in your mind.  It’s like your head takes over and then everything becomes very powerfully confusing.

If you’ve been there you know what I mean.  I think we’ve all been there.

If you’re feeling wobbly about what’s right and what’s wrong but you have all kinds of feelings that are telling you to take action, there are three things that I’ve learned over a long time that might be able to help you trust yourself with clarity in a beautiful way. Continue Reading…

colorful polka dot plants

(find your plants wholesale at plantant!)

Grow rainbows.

Color adds massive energy to space.  Plants also add big energy to space.  Team them up and you are in a new stratosphere!

From polka dot plants (above, ohhh how cool they are!) to tropical bromeliad, wildly striated succulents to massive pothos, there are so many ways to not just add the growing green vibe of plants- but also a shocking lot of color- to your home with houseplants. Continue Reading…

show up in every single moment life you're meant to be there

In the last 24 hours I’ve had a massive amount of conversations with people I admire about handling disappointment and getting back to passion. This might not sound uplifting- the part about disappointment-  but I can tell you that what I’ve gathered in the last day of digging through studies, lectures and the hearts and souls of people I deeply respect are the key to so much uplift I feel like I’m flying.

If you’re disappointed, if you feel disconnected from your own passion, or otherwise feel like you’ve been through a proverbial boxing match in some way… there’s something awesome on the other side of it… Continue Reading…

be the master of your mind This is my constant reminder. It’s tempting to thoughts take over.  We all tout “thinking” as a virtuous, smart way to be.

Until the thoughts spin out!

Don’t get into the trap of overthinking.

HERE’s a great antidote if you’re there right now, thinking and thinking. 

To master your own mind… try a journal, meditation… being more present… and breathing a whole lot.

There are so many tools to help you get out of your head and into your body.

These are super-favorites:

Enjoy!

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!

why we need 15 minutes of cardio

While I imagine chasing the dogs around and running around town is extensive exercise, the little Health app on my iPhone disagrees.

At the height of writing, photographing and creating at home and on locations, I’ve been logging less that 3000 steps a day on my phone app.  For those on you uninitiated in the world of pedometers and phone apps that track your steps, 3000 steps a day is considered… sedentary.

It’s considered sedentary even if you’re super-skinny.  Even if you eat veggies all day.  Even if you take perfect vitamins.  It’s sedentary.  And if you look at the long list of scary health problems caused by being sedentary (as I did, in a full blown panic) you’ll see many reasons to start moving around…right now!

35 Minutes Of Big Motion a day is today’s #GlowMoreDaily! 

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