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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If you are stressed… or just swamped… even with great things… it’s very easy to lose sight of self in the mess of stuff.

Very rarely do I stay up all night (*never) but last night I was up testing and tuning the life-decluttering Catalyst Camp (it’s open today & you can sign up here!) and as a result of just a few hours of sleep starting at 6am I am putting the spotlight squarely on self-love today.

Everyone’s got a whole lot going on these days.  Being sweapt away by the current of “busy” though can lead to lots of stress.

It’s not practical to stop in the middle of a storm of things to get a massage, a facial, visit a spa or even do a yoga class, right?

I’ve learned that when the dial gets turned up in terms of being busy, I need to expand rather than complain or resist the wave of energy. And,  the best way to expand  that I’ve found is absolutely brilliant self-care.

So, yes, it is practical to stop and do great things for yourself in the midst of a wild time.  In fact, I say that its totally necessary!

Here are 7 things I do to feel fantastic when the volume gets cranked to super-high!

In fact, I’m doing each and every one of them today.  Continue Reading…

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If you need extra supprt weathering difficult emotions, homeopathy is incredible.

Aromatherapy is the most luscious form of homeopathy because you can wear it, smell it, fill the air with it, blend it and sometimes even cook with it!  Its sensory greatness that envelopes your life and lifts you higher.

This is a fantastic starter chart.  The way I use charts like this is to jot down the oils I think would be most useful for me and the people around me and take that cheat sheet to the store to sniff some tester oils and see where I feel drawn to start.  This method never fails me. There are times I crave the scent of roses, or cedarwood, or oranges… and its usually what I need!

Have fun! xoxo Dana

sleep feng shui

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Napping is genius stuff. There are lots of conflicting studies. Lots of people correlating naps to good and to bad things.

I love naps. And they make me more productive.

I figured, given the fact that I love naps as much as I do, that I would pull together some great tips to nap brilliantly!  Continue Reading…

feng shui home

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As I become more and more of a frequent flier,  I am sensitive to the many feng shui ways you can feel more at home in hotels, on planes, in trains and by car.  These are hard-won tips, born of necessity after sleepless trips and disorganized packing that left me in many lurches…! I’ll be posting lots of these soon: the more I use these tips, the easier it is to feel at home anywhere.

Chances are, if you are headed out of town for the holidays, you may want to minimize lots of the stresses of travelling so that you can enjoy friends and family and festivities.  Today, I am delighted to share a great article by Carol Olmsead of Feng Shui For Real Life  all about travelling for the holiday time in feng shui energy style… and safeguarding your home at the same time!  Continue Reading…

adesso mimosa lamp

I am constantly making changes to my space.  After 6 months, I am still finding so many ways to realign the energy, organize and, yes, add feng shui magic.

For years I have been telling clients to get upward-facing lights for various feng shui design challenges… and in this space I realized I needed my own up-lighting. On a local hunt, I came up empty handed in Los Angeles of all places. What was I hoping my clients would find? I remember when these lights (even if unattractive) were everywhere!

Serendipitously, Lamps.com reached out and asked if I’d like to review a lamp. A quick search of their floor lamps revealed a treasure trove of upward facing light…and the idea for my home (and this post!) was born! Continue Reading…

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I’ve wondered and often ask people I meet how they find their balance, if they seem to have balance.

It’s something elusive to so many of us.

I’ve come to see that balance isn’t always sitting calmly and contemplating a lake.  Sometimes it’s dynamic.  Sometimes it’s solitary, and other times it’s in a crowd or in front of a crowd.

So, today I wonder: how do you find your balance?  Continue Reading…

green tea

While I deeply miss the green tea on trays served country-style in Japan, I am  most certain that caffiene is not a total solution for energy.  I am sure if by today you are dragging yourself through the week, you know caffiene is not the answer to real energy.  Today I pulled together my latest top 7 tips to get te energy going in a real way- not a fake, forced or otherwise band-aid type-solution way!

Fact: You need energy to make your dreams come true!   Continue Reading…

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I happen to love real nature sounds, especially crickets in the summer. I know its not always possible to hear nature in the city. But even a day of rain can put me in synch with myself creatively and the most powerfully relaxed.

As it rains now I’m being lulled to a meditative focus.

Sounds of nature… and all relaxing sounds do affect us in a biologically amazing way.  ASU’s Ask A Biologist column explains:

“The scientists tested how classical music and nature sounds affect levels of cortisol and alpha-amylase.The alpha-amylase levels of people who listened to classical music went back to normal more quickly compared to the people listening to nature sounds. This suggests that relaxing music helps the body to return to a non-stressed state more quickly.
The people listening to relaxing music showed a stress response that was shorter compared to the other groups. The shorter response helps to prevent the body from getting worn out. This means that listening to relaxing music might help to improve the stress response and health.
Additionally, women that listened to music had higher levels of cortisol after stress than people who weren’t listening to anything. It was the people who listened to the nature sounds that had the lowest levels of cortisol. This means that listening to music during stress may not actually decrease stress. However, listening to nature sounds might do the trick.”

If you don’t have nature sounds readily available, there are so many recorded!!!

Calmsound is a super-cool website to hear nature sounds.

… and YouTube is a treasure trove of nature music.

I also happen to love Nature Sound Map to explore nature sounds from all over the globe.

But the easy breezy way to keep your computer out of your bedroom (feng shui friendly) and connect to nature as you sleep is the trusty nature white noise machine.  You can go high end, like THESE from Brookstone. or simple, like this Sound Spa machine.

This is a simple way to de-stress, to focus and, yes, to sleep much more soundly.

And, if you want to know more about how an immersion in nature can affect your life for the better, THIS article is for you.  

I’m off to get lost in the rain music… Enjoy!

xoxo Dana