Creating a Home Sanctuary
As we are all spending more time in our homes, we are reminded "Home is where the heart is." It is a wonderful time to get our space into shape by incorporating our sacred articles to accommodate our needs, and create a peaceful, lovely place for us to dwell, reconnect and flourish.
Creating quiet time for reflection, prayer and contemplation is of the utmost importance. You can create a special space within your home for this time of reflection. Maintain a level of consistency and plan on a meditation practice whenever you feel it's best, perhaps first thing in the morning and/or before you retire to bed.
Journaling is a wonderful way to create awareness. You become aware of times when you have moved out of alignment with your distorted thoughts and feelings, and you can make adjustments moving forward with clarity and confidence. Remember to do this from a place of unconditional non-judgmental love. When you sit in silence in your sacred space, you will make the connection and have "aha moments" on how best to negotiate and create your life.
Following are some helpful tips in creating a serene environment for you to live and experience your best life.
1.Before you arise out of bed, set your attention on your intention for the day. For example, if you want to experience yourself in well-being, take at least 17 seconds to feel into that space of well-being. Visit this space of well-being often throughout your day to bring yourself into a centered balanced state.
Make your bed every day, the moment you get out of the bed, as this sets the stage for the rest of the day. Create a comfortable place to pray and or meditate. Be prepared with your journal and pen to jot down your innermost thoughts and feelings.
2. Allow natural light in. Natural light, especially in the morning, sets your internal clock in motion. Open your curtains, use roll-up shades or half curtains.
3. Now is the perfect time to de-clutter! A lot of people who feel stressed out in their homes without quite understanding why begin to feel more at ease once their environment is pared down. When you organize things, you discover what’s meaningful and necessary, that happens on visual and psychological levels. You only see things of great value, and there is no visual noise. Your mind eases because you know that you have done some good work to keep all of your stuff and papers manageable. You are only allowing space in your sanctuary for what is important.
4. Bring some nature inside by taking your cue from the season and the surrounding landscape. Work with the four elements of air, water, fire and earth. Allow color into your life to lift and expand your spirits, by incorporating your favorite shades and hues.
- Get some inexpensive plants and create a calming ritual of watering them.
- Accessorize with some crystals, smooth stones, wood branches or seashells.
- Bring home fresh flowers.
- Display a photo or painting of a nature scene.
5. Utilize scent in your home. Oil diffuser sticks are wonderful, as they work and last for upwards of six months.
6. Use light with dimmer switches, or change some light bulbs to pink (pink is probably best in your bedroom) rather than turning on that full blast fluorescent overhead light. This gives you more control over your lighting mood, setting the best situation for you to relax. You can also use candles.
7. Music sets the tone for you to experience yourself. Sound and music is one of the gifts of living. Music can be therapeutic and calm you down or give you a mood boost if you need it. Everyone likes it, and everyone has some. Why not turn off the news programs that send negative information into your home now and then, and curate your own relaxed or happy mood with your own choice in music?
These are some of the ways to create a sanctuary in your home, which will help you to relax, reconnect and remember who you are! Repeat often, " I am lLove. I am Light."