tao of Dana - Creating your own Universe
.... is a part of making Life into Art!
I love the art as life and life as art idea so much... but its far
better when it's not an idea but becomes your reality.
Today's thoughts on life as art are all about seeing the world in
your own way and creating the language in your life - in fun ways- that
is inimitably YOU. When life is your art, you'll always feel more
self-expressed and more grounded in your truth!
see a whole lot of 'branding' these days in culture. My acupuncturist is
the only health care provider I know who doesn't have a 'brand' that is
And, of course, everyone with a blog- and that's millions of you-
have an eye toward visual brand recognition.
The thing is... your brand... if it works... is really just YOU.
You don't need a brand in any way to have this concept hold true,
having a life that people recognize as your 'style'.
The more creative freedom you feel, the easier it is to curate your
days in this way.
Your personal style, the way you eat, the books you read, the
vacations you take, your hobbies and passions... and yes... your home
and office... should really just tap into you and your best.
The idea of trying to 'be branded' or artificially forcing your work
and style into a mould... it is very antiquated and feels- and is-
When I was first studying feng shui, the founder of the Pyramid
School Feng Shui School, Nancilee Wydra, said when you look at the
doorway to her house you just know it's her house.
That's the essence of imprinting your style everywhere. Maybe this
means your front door is a shade of burgundy or metallic gold, your
shoes are always one kind that you love, or your plates (my personal
thing) tend to look rainbow coloured?
art I have included in this article is from a sensational exhibition of
Yayoi Kusama, an 86-year-old Japanese genius artist. She wears coloured
wigs, she speaks of her own philosophy of life, she's voluntarily lived
in a psychiatric facility in Japan right near her art studio for years,
she deeply indulges in polka dots, ultra-brights, shiny alloys, sparking
and twinkling universes that you just know are hers.
She's the ultra-extreme example of turning her life into art, despite
having an extreme lot of cards stacked against her. This really inspires
me, particularly when she talks about going to the top of the Empire
State Building when she first got to New York and deciding she'd be
well- known one day because she was so full of talent and creative
Live much more with colour, art and music. Watch films, go on your
own spirit quest, play games and explore madly.
While I don't promote the idea of falling into your personal creative
abyss or managed madness as Yayoi Kusama has, repeatedly, in her
passionate life as a creative tornado, going a little wild (you should
see the laboratory of home goods in my house right now!) is worth it in
the name of bringing your best to every day!