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.

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I’ve been told that it is unrealistic to think that the typical morning should be greeted with excitement.

Hm.

I totally disagree.

The people who caution me to be realistic tend to be very unhappy and unfulfilled.

I might add, these cynics who have told me that I am Utopian to think that days should be happy as a rule all tried to, at some point, syphon off my energy and happiness for themselves!

If you have nothing to look forward to, how could you possibly bring yourself in full to today?

So, my question is:

How excited are you for today?

If your answer was lukewarm to cold, here’s a little holistic juju and feng shui to get the day far more sizzling in excitement! Continue Reading…

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Bright, grounded, light, easy, free: these are all words that I think everyone should feel most of the time.  They shouldn’t be so rare.

A man once told me that it was exceptional and rare that I smile most of the time.  Since I was a kid wandering the streets of New York between museums I found myself smiling as people yelled at me, ” What the hell are you so happy about?”

Why do you need a reason to be happy?!

And why does it make people so angry?

I have found that there is only one drawback to happiness as a state of mind: other people who are unhappy want to sometimes feast on this happiness and give you nothing back in return.  I don’t think it’s always a conscious act, but it happens.  It doesn’t mean you should be miserable as a result. It means you have been made wiser!

If you have found yourself in a situation where your happiness got hijacked by an unhappy person or a bad situation, here’s a little feng shui to dust yourself off, clear your space and get even brighter.    Continue Reading…

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Welcome to my favorite feng shui tip ever:

When it feels wrong it is wrong.

Really…almost always.

When it feels wrong it is wrong. Don’t second guess yourself. Don’t live in fear. Don’t think you don’t know an imaginary set of rules.

When it feels wrong it just is wrong.

Don’t worry about it. Don’t torture yourself over it. Let yourself feel it.

If it is wrong… you can always make another choice.

Let me tell you, there were times when I have talked myself out of what feels right because of social convention. Thats when it feels really wrong- when you follow “the rules of propriety” even though you know they are wrong. THEN you are stuck with both a bad situation and also guilt.

Guilt sucks as well.  You don’t need that.

So:

Let go of what feels wrong.

The trick in this is to not let go of what is challenging or expanding your life just because it is challenging. Continue Reading…

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When Summer turns to Fall, there is a Back-To-School energy in the air that gets me excited. I literally sharpen pencils, buy new journals and re-do my files (even electronic ones) because I feel that somehow that a new year is beginning where learning, taking action and creating things are concerned, somewhat impressed into our collective conciousness from our childhoods.

If you have had a lazy Summer, or a wildly dynamic Summer filled with travel and adventure like I did this year, you may mourn its passing in a way… but you shouldn’t!  The great thing about Fall is that color crackles in amber rainbows, the intense fire of the sun cools off and you can take all the Summer lessons and turn them to gold to finish a year on the biggest high.

On that note, here are some amazing feng shui tips to transition into a fabulous Fall! Continue Reading…

believe in something beautiful

There is only one valuable thing you need to have in life to make it extraordinary.

Empathy.

The ability to sit in someone’s shoes and feel what they are feeling.  The ability to suspend your own way of seeing life and see it through the eyes of someone else.

Without empathy, you can’t be in love.

Without empathy, you can’t create art.

Without empathy, you won’t have success. 

Without empathy, you cease to be human, in an evolved sense. 

Being empathetic does not mean you have to take what everyone is offering you.  I used to confuse empathy with being a victim.

Empathy is actually all about being extraordinarily human and deeply integrated in life.

Empathy is heroic. Continue Reading…

bob relaxing

What I learn from Bob as I spend more time with him every day: relaxation is something to revel in!

In my downtime, I am never “down”… I am reading, writing, cooking, making art, cleaning, researching… and I say it is downtime because I’ve cleared space in my calendar where I don’t take clients.  But it’s not really downtime.

Bob does downtime. He actually does it so artfully and with such aplomb that I am not amazed he is my fur baby!

So today’s question, prompted from the edge of my bed:

Do you really know how to relax?

Here are a handful of great ways to create more relaxing space in an energetic sense, so that even if you are not sprawled out on a beach with nothing but sand around you for miles you can still truly relax right where you are right now.  Continue Reading…

panic attack cure

If you have ever had a panic attack or anxiety, you may want to practice this little tapping regimine and have it in your back pocket in case you need it.  To clarify a bit in case you need it, the Fourth & Fifth fingers are the ring finger and pinky finger.

For those of you just tuning in, I am obsesed with Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine book full of miracle energy treatments (many you can try on yourself) at the moment, and this technique is an invaluable one for any of you who have ever had a panic attack.

Panic attacks are way different from pure anxiety.  Panic attacks hijack your system to a degree, and they seem to come on from outer space.

I grew up as a witness to sheer panic, almost every day. My mom was plagued with panic.  She would sometimes not leave the house for days, and as a teenager suffered from a phobia so deep that she didn’t leave the house for a year.

Even if the panic isn’t your panic, it can seep into your life.

I know that having been raised in a culture of phobia has made me acutely interested in every way to overcome that lingering panic feeling floating in the air.

Try re-training your energy patterns. That’s what these emotional patterns are- patterns of energy.

In your home, doing some space clearing by burning sage, cleaning your corners or lighting some beeswax candles can also support your energy re-patterning.

Be calm & feel more free. These simple techniques and many more in Energy Medicine can help you to un-do everything that is keeping you from being fully YOU!  xoxo Dana

 

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I love a good rainbow.

While rainbows in the sky are fleeting, they are a brilliant representation of all of the color that everyday white light has stored within it, just waiting to explode out into the world.  We live in a world filled with light and yet we miss so much of the explosive colorsprays that happen when that light is captured and whirled-up by a crystal or even drops of water in a puddle to reveal all of its hidden colors.

Talent works in a similar way.  We all have this immense white light of potential. Talent has to be harnessed and unleashed to see the massive layers of color and genius manifested in our lives.

Everyone has talent, genius and a big purpose on the planet— yet only some people bring it all to light.  They saturate their lives in their purpose, they devote themselves to their mission and they immerse themselves in their passions to the point where the work of life ceases to be work and becomes something integral to wellbeing.

Today’s feng shui is all about that saturation in your own spectrums of awesomeness- your skills, your special gifts, your deepest desires- and creating the space for them to fan out like a giant colorwheel in your own life! Continue Reading…