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What You Need to Know About Feng Shui and Manifesting Abundance

On my walk along Hanauma Bay Beach Park and Nature Reserve in Oahu, I found these beautifully arranged rocks and took this Photo. They reminded me of my Feng Shui practice. ❤️. In Hawaiian culture, life force energy is referred to as ‘’mana”. 🙏🏻

Feng Shui is more than simply creating a zen looking space. When we practice Feng Shui, we are giving ourself tools that can reduce stress, improve our well being, and invite joy into our lives.

Similar to meditation, the practice of Feng Shui, is deeply rooted in mindfulness, in slowing down and noticing the details in your life so that you can truly experience the present moment.

By understanding and appreciating that our surroundings greatly affect our energy, we can begin to further relate to and celebrate our outer and inner worlds by connecting with the spaces around us.

A fundamental component of Feng Shui, as in Chinese Medicine, Chi (also known as Ki, Qi, Prana or Life Force) is the term for the universal energy, the energy that permeates everything around us. It is expressed in many forms as both positive and negative energies.

Chi, or feng shui energy, is manifested in both yin and yang characteristics, and in a variety of forms according to the feng shui five elements theory. (More on this later.)

Attracting strong Chi, or feng shui energy into your home is very important. A strong, vibrant flow of Chi in your home will keep nourishing your energy, thus allowing you to focus on and achieve whatever goals you have for yourself.

Good quality Chi will also contribute to harmonious, good quality relationships, vibrant health and an overall sense of wellness. Conversely, bad Chi will do just the opposite—it will attract low, negative energy into your home, which can express itself in a variety of undesirable events and experiences.

Now…who’s ready to mindfully attract a harmonious life that’s full of abundance? Follow us @theanandamovement for Feng Shui tips and tricks or say hello@anandamovement.com and book your Feng Shui consult today. 🙏🏻

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8 Tips for Managing Your Sanity and Manifesting Happiness by Eliminating Clutter

If you’re going to grab 2020 by the proverbial balls and make it yours, you need to get organized.

CLUTTER IMPEDES PROGRESS.

“Clutter is an overabundance of possessions that collectively create chaotic and disorderly living spaces,” said Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago who studies the causes of clutter and its impact on emotional well-being. And a cluttered home, researchers are learning, can be a stressful home. [1]

It much easier to manifest the life you truly desire when you rid yourself and your environment of chaos.

Here is your assignment:

We are going to start with organizing our tangible existence and then move into the intangible and get rid of everything that no longer serves us. We’ll go room by room and start with the kitchen so this isn’t such a daunting task. Join me…it will be worth it!

✅ Empty the junk drawer…honestly, when was the last time you actually retrieved (and not stuffed) something in there?

✅ Toss the biology experiments and expired condiments congregating in the refrigerator and wash the sticky shelves.

✅ Store the random kitchen gadgets you don’t use daily away and free the counter of unnecessary clutter. Trust me, the peace of mind is worth the extra 30 seconds.

✅ Repurpose the plethora of random Tupperware containers and accept the fact that the lids have run off with your unmatched socks, never to return.

✅ Tackle the pantry and donate any non-perishable random acquisitions that no longer align with your…ahem…healthy lifestyle.

✅ Organize (and wipe down) your cupboards and place your dishes strategically for efficient retrieval. (Ok…maybe that’s a little too OCD for most but hey…that’s me.)

✅ Donate any dishes and kitchen gadgets that you haven’t used in a year and give them a life of purpose with someone in need. Clearly if you’ve been neglecting them for the last year…you really don’t need them.

And finally…

✅ Alphabetize your spices…you’ll thank me later. Ok…maybe you won’t thank me, but at least you’ll be organized.

Here’s my newly organized kitchen…now…show me yours. ❤️

Post a picture of your progress below or if you have anything that you would like to add to our list, please also drop that as a note in the comments below. Happy De-Cluttering. 💜

#liveaninspiredlife🙏🏻

If you’d like to join the 2020 Neat Freak Challenge, Head on over to @theanandamovement on Instagram for more tips and tricks. https://www.Instagram.com/theAnandaMovement


[1] https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/01/03/well/mind/clutter-stress-procrastination-psychology.amp.html

2020: Cheers to Living a Meaningful, Inspired Life

For me, 2020 is about gratitude, vulnerability and having an authentic, unfiltered existence. I left a pretty amazing life in Ottawa almost 5 years ago in search of PEACE.

Prior to moving to Calgary, I had worked myself into a state of organized chaos. Sure it looked fabulous from the outside. Home and Design Editor, TV Host, Corporate Career in healthcare… but something was still missing… HAPPINESS.

My insatiable quest for external validation through career progression and academic accomplishments was spinning out of control and I just couldn’t stop. I was flying full speed ahead into the world of burnout.

15 years ago, against all nay sayers advice, I launched my first interior decorating company – Eco-Fabulous Interiors. The only problem, ‘Green’ wasn’t really sexy at the time as eco-friendly design options were limited and nobody really wanted to read about ‘cradle to cradle’ certification.

Apparently the magazines weren’t quite ready to publish my articles on the ‘globally recognized measure of safer more sustainable products made for the circular economy.’

So I shifted my mindset, placed the hundreds of Eco-Friendly continuing education hours to the back of my mind and created Haute Decor Interiors. A company where we’d feature the latest design trends to help you go from ‘drab to fab’ in 5 easy steps.

Was it successful? Yes. Did it land me the title of Home and Design Editor with Ottawa Life Magazine? Yes. Did it lead to my own TV show? Another yes. But here’s the kicker…was I living an inspired life full of meaningful intention? In other words, was I serving the greater good? No.

Your home is your ultimate sanctuary. A place that should be a calm, inspiring environment that fosters good vibes.

Mainstream home and design principles are based on the latest trends that always encourage mass consumption. That fabric, sofa, lamp, colour etc etc etc is so last season. Buy this, change that. A world where everything has a limited shelf life, pulling you into a never ending cycle of wasteful redecorating.

I would lose a little piece of myself every time I would land a renovation job and mindlessly replace dated interiors with the latest and greatest editorial headline recommendations.

It became exhausting and no longer something I was passionate about. So I left the industry behind as my soul searching continued.

I’ve only very recently returned to the world of ‘interior decorating’ as I realized just how negatively an uninspired or cluttered space was impacting my wellbeing. Only this time, I’m dusting off the Feng Shui and green design principles I was so passionate about so long ago and combining them to create sustainable, mindful, organized interiors that truly inspire happiness. 💜

Now isn’t that full circle Universal intention at it’s finest??? My point…great things happen when you energetically align yourself accordingly.

Do you need help organizing your home? Does clutter give you anxiety? Join my free 2020 Neat Freak Challenge on Instagram and set yourself up for success.

No makeup. No edits. Vulnerable. Authentic. The video below talks about the Challenge. So join us @theanandamovement on Instagram. We’d love to have you.

Now Booking Soul Session Photoshoots

At the Ananda Movement, we firmly believe that the greatest experiences in life come when we step outside of our comfort zone.

As such, celebrating every milestone along the journey and capturing the precious moments is something we highly encourage.

We do tend to be a little eccentric at times, like when we throw caution to the subzero winds in order to photograph our free-spirited subjects.

It’s no wonder a little wild child was born shortly thereafter. 😜

If you would like more information on capturing your precious moments, don’t be shy, say hello @ anandamovement.com

I too am a Spirit Junkie

You see, the path to spiritual alignment for me started many, many years ago. However, as soon as I would get going, there always seemed to be some sort of self perceived societal expectation diverting me from seeing my true self.

These self perceived societal expectations included all of the external validation that I felt I needed to prove my worth. Such as material acquisitions, career accomplishments, never ending academic credentials, and let’s not forget…the “happily ever after” relationship.

What I’ve now realized in my quest for happiness, is that this incessant desire to constantly acquire the next best thing through external validation is perpetual and insatiable.

Happiness is an inside job. Nobody can do it for you. Sure a nice pair of shoes, an exciting new romantic relationship, a new car, an insert whatever ‘item of the day that blows your hair back’ here bring temporary satisfaction, but these moments of happiness are often fleeting.

The truth of the matter is that a consistent shift in your mindset is what is going to deliver the most happiness to your life.

How you ask?

Well, there’s no secret short cut or magic potion to get you there, you have to constantly show up in your life as the person you want to be. For instance:

1. Try replacing your negative self-talk with an appreciation for the qualities that you admire about yourself.

2. Focus on the positive attributes in your life and consistently practice coming from a place of gratitude; instead of obsessing over what you don’t have, be thankful for what you do.

3. Know that you always have complete control over your emotions and that how you choose to respond to a situation will ultimately dictate the outcome.

4. Realize that the only thing keeping you from living your heart’s desire is your self-imposed limitations.

5. Believe in yourself and your ability to align with your inner guidance.

The path to awakening is an inward journey of self discovery and alignment. Are you ready to discover your true self?

Do you ever feel stuck? Question your purpose? Wonder if there’s more to life than what currently is? Are you ready to tune into your inner guidance?

Join us @theanandamovement today. We’d love to have you.

Namaste.

Essentially Speaking…Let’s talk Aromatherapy

If you are like any other consciously mindful individual, you likely want what’s best for you and your family. Which may include decisions such as having a healthy, balanced diet, getting plenty of exercise, and perhaps even eliminating toxins from your life.

For the past several years, I have been focusing on learning about and eliminating as many unnecessary chemicals from my day to day routine as possible. In doing so, I have replaced several cleaning and beauty products with natural alternatives.

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve likely come across several companies that have jumped on this ‘all-natural / organic’ train as well. However, before you blindly climb aboard your next all-natural adventure, I would like to encourage you to educate yourself first.

Essential Oils have been studied and used in Ayurvedic Medicine for years with great success. That being said, if this is of interest to you, I highly recommend that you educate yourself on not only the benefits of each, but the contraindications as well.

Not all essential oils are appropriate for those with high blood pressure, depression, epilepsy or during pregnancy (just to name a few) – some are even phototoxic – do you know which ones? Do you think it’s safe to ingest essential oils? If so, which ones and in what quantity?

Did you know that essential oils are composed of several chemical components including esters, monoterpens, aldehydes, ketones, sesquiterpenes, alcohol, and oxides? Do you still want to ingest these without proper guidance?

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t move towards more natural options, I am, however, encouraging you to do so under the guidance of an appropriate individual.

An aromatherapist utilizes essential oils to enable the body’s natural healing process. As an aromatherapist, one is professionally trained in the properties of application and contraindications of essential oils. A fully certified Aromatherapist has completed a minimum of 450 hours of study, with an examination that covers anatomy, physiology, essential oils and aromatherapy. If you are looking for an Aromatherapist, I would recommend that you visit the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists website for more information.

Should you wish to learn more about the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, I would recommend that you enrol in a legitimate (IE not via a company that sell Essential Oils) training that at least covers the basics, you can find a list of accredited institutions here.

Finally, if you’re not interested in embarking upon an academic voyage of natural wellness and just want to take advantage of the benefits of essential oils, make sure you ask about any contraindications as noted in paragraph 5 above.

Are you looking for a DIY Natural cleaner? Check out our Instagram for our latest recipe.

EcoFriendly Interiors Love Bamboo and We Do Too

Did you know that bamboo is actually grass that can grow up to 3 feet in one day, and produces 35% more oxygen than its wood counterpart?

As a Certified Eco-Pro, there are several environmental considerations that we contemplate while planning our interior design projects.

Aside from the aesthetic beauty of its grain, Bamboo has eco-friendly characteristics that have given it the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s (LEED) stamp of approval.

Sustainability

Bamboo is a rapidly renewable material that only takes between 3-5 years to reach harvesting maturity, and so long as it’s harvested properly, can be done so repeatedly.

Recyclable

Bamboo products are recyclable.

Biodegradable

Bamboo products in their natural state (no varnish/paint etc.) are biodegradable.

When you are making eco-friendly decor decisions, it’s always best to consider the impact that product’s entire lifecycle has on the environment; including the manufacturing process and transportation required to bring the product to market.

If Eco-friendly Design is of interest to you, there are several websites available to help you navigate your way through the plethora of products currently marketed as ‘green’ options.

Notably, the Home Depot has an Eco-Options program that focuses on 6 Pillars of Excellence including:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Conservation
  • Sustainable Forestry
  • Healthy Home
  • Clean Air
  • Circular Economy

Alternately, if you wish to lean more about the criteria that gives buildings LEED certification, you can always start with the Canada Green Building Council or the US Green Building council.

We hope that you have found this helpful and should you have any questions regarding you next interior decorating project, feel free to connect.

You can also follow us on Instagram for more tips on incorporating a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

How to create an eco-friendly & inspiring home office.

If you suffer from visual OCD like I do, an inspiring workspace is a must. 

Since moving to Calgary 4+ years ago, I had yet to make my home my own.  Which is ironic considering before I moved here, I was the Home & Design Editor for Ottawa Life Magazine, booked to speak for several Home Shows, and featured several Home and Design Experts as the Co-Host for Daytime Ottawa, and Host of Ottawa Experts.

So what happened? Good question.  After completing my Interior Design Diploma, and literally hundreds of continuing education hours in Sustainable (Eco-Friendly) Design, I just wasn’t feeling it.

Instead, my current hobbies included “legitimate” (more on this later) Aromatherapy training, working with essential oils to create various natural beauty products, and completing my 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (200RYT) training. 

However, every time I would enter the powder room or walk past my home office, I would literally cringe.  The site of both neglected, disorganized rooms served as a constant reminder of just how much I needed to revamp each space.

Not to mention the direct correlation between clutter and anxiety, but that’s a whole other post on its own. For a quick synopsis (if you’re interested) simply google “stats on clutter and anxiety”, I guarantee you will find a plethora of academic articles that will take you down a rabbit hole 🕳 of recent research for days.

Back to my point…

As with anything, our taste and interests evolve over time, so I am actually happy that I have (inadvertantly) waited to redo each space. In doing so, I have incorporated several zen elements of design, including healing crystals, natural soy based candles infused with essential oils, and Himalayan salt lamps.

If you are considering a zen space with an eco-friendly twist for your decorating project, here are my top 5 recommendations:

  1. If you are painting, select a Zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint.  Keeping in mind that as you add pigments for colour, the VOC level can be altered. To ensure toxin levels are kept to a minimum, you may wish to use Benjamin Moore’s Natura zero VOC collection or the Aura Waterbourne interior paint.
  2. In an effort to reduce the products manufactured from fossil fuel derivatives, select rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo or hemp.
  3. Rather than purchasing brand new items, see what second hand items you can find at your neighbourhood thrift store or online. Kijiji and Facebook certainly have no shortage of people off-loading nearly new furnishings at a fraction of the cost.
  4. Incorporate natural fibers over synthetics, and use 100% beeswax or soy candles that specify that they use 100% naturally derived essential oils, or further explain the “fragrance” to be natural and nontoxic.
  5. Finally, along with balancing electromagnetic radiation, Himalayan salt lamps are said to have several health benefits including cleansing, deodorizing and purifying the air thus reducing allergens.


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Ananda means BLISS – Are you ready for a mindset transformation?

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” ~Unknown

What makes you happy?

Have you ever truly reflected upon the endless possibilities that accompany that question?

New car? New house? Next promotion? More money? New designer shoes? New designer purse? Blah…blah…blah…insert whatever material objects that blow your hair back here…but c’mon…really? Let’s go deeper.

I’m mean sure, you can keep chasing the proverbial dream, waiting for some sort of ‘material acquisition happiness epiphany’ to appear, but the reality is…HAPPINESS IS AN INSIDE JOB.

I’ve spent the better part of my single mom life climbing the corporate ladder to 6 figure success, which is somehow supposed to prove my worth and achieve happiness. Which often meant 70 hour work weeks at multiple jobs, so that on top of all other expenses, I could pay my tuition and complete my degree part time, and still, first and foremost, find time to be a full time mom and not miss any of the extracurricular sports that make my son his incredible self.

Honestly, there were moments when I had absolutely no idea how I was going to accomplish everything let alone make ends meet, but somehow they always did.

Was it easy? Hell no. Did I struggle? Of course. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat.

However, here’s what I would leave out, I would ditch the incessant desire to acquire the next item of…ahem…’perceived success’. IE. the brand new car, brand new house, designer labels etc.

Instead, I would have kept my modest, but amazing, first home, my second hand ‘paid in full’ car and I would have spent the money saved on experiencing life.

Nearly 2 decades ago, sporting my ‘new mom bod’, I wandered into my first Hot Yoga class because I heard it was a ‘great physical workout’ in a ‘super chill’ environment. At the time this sounded like a perfect option considering I had gained 50lbs in my pregnancy 😳, didn’t like the gym but still wanted a full body workout that would hopefully deal with some of my…ahem… ‘postpartum physique’ we’ll call it.

However, unbeknownst to me…I had just embarked upon a mind-body-spirit adventure of a lifetime, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Over the years, my yoga journey has taught me how to better connect with myself and the world around me with clarity and intention.

Do you ever feel “stuck” in life? Do you ever question if there’s more to life than what you’re experiencing currently but you’re unsure where to start? Would you like to learn how to develop healthy habits that nourish your mind, body and soul?

Join me for an 8 Weeks to Wellness Program designed to balance your mind, body and spirit on your quintessential quest for happiness.

Our transformative, foundational yoga classes are offered in small group settings that are specifically designed for new yogis looking to build confidence, enhance clarity of being and develop a deeper sense of self-awareness.

Join the Ananda Movement™️ today!