Dana Claudat is a Feng Shui expert who helps people design their dream lives by de-cluttering their physical and mental space. Her mission is to help clients get more of what they want from life. In our conversation, she shared how clearing her space became an invaluable part of her post-breakup mending process.
If you think back to the first time you were heartbroken, what advice would you give to that younger version of yourself?
"It may seem like the feeling lasts forever but it doesn't. And the less you dwell and the more you focus on self love the more beneficial the experience is."
What has heartbreak taught you about yourself?
"I realized how much I feared loving people and things too much because they could end. Then once I experienced true heartbreak with a death in my family that was unexpected, I learned that I was holding myself back from human experiences by fearing the inevitable end of things. Endings don't have to be endings. In Buddhist philosophy, no life ever really ends and we are always connected, all of us."
What are your rituals during a breakup? What things/practices/people helped you mend?
"Flower essences have been invaluable in the past, from Alexis Smart Flower Remedies. Space clearing at home has also been invaluable - burning sage, cedar, salt... all big in letting go of entangled energies. I also would dive into my spiritual practice with double the intensity and that always has made the process one of real personal evolution. Clearing clutter is also a big thing!"
Thinking back to breakups you’ve had, did you have any breakup vices (checking your ex’s Insta, etc) and how do you conquer them?
"No. When I've given all I can and I'm sure things are over there's nothing curious about looking at these things for me, luckily."
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about love so far in your life?
"The real love is always and forever."
What keeps your heart open, despite the heartbreaks you’ve had in your life?
"The infinite possibilities of love."
What projects are you currently working on, and looking forward to most?
"Right now, my very popular and dear to my heart life de-cluttering Feng Shui Camp is getting started for Spring Cleaning and that is very exciting as it creates an energetic fresh start for everyone in the group, including many who are holding onto heartbreak. I'm most looking forward to the Love Camp (Feng Shui for Love everywhere!) that's coming this Summer and it's a new one opening this year! Love is really everything!!!"