When you transform your home into a permanent retreat, then you don’t have to wait for the day you can take a vacation to find relaxation and calmness. This escape only serves for so long before you feel the responsibilities of everyday life setting in again. Feelings of overwhelm and imbalance begin to take over once more. The struggle over how to find harmony continues to create a challenge.
Doesn’t it instead make more sense that what we surround ourselves with on a daily basis affects our overall health and well-being? If home is where we create our lives, then shouldn’t the place where we meet our most basic needs (sleeping, eating, bathing), have the most profound affect on us? We breathe in and take in the energy of this space every day, so intentionally creating an environment that helps us to feel confident and encourages us to grow seems like a natural way of living.
What inspires you day in and day out?
Create calming & uplifting spaces in different parts of your home.
Whether it is a corner of a room or a space on the wall, whenever you are around it or walk by, it should serve to raise your spirits. It could be aesthetically pleasing, something meaningful, an homage to your travels, anything that helps you to stay positive. This isn’t about what other people would like to see or expressing your individuality, although it could also incorporate aspects of both. Rather you should be guided by anything that helps to elevate your spirits and reconnect with yourself.
Post inspirational words & phrases around your home.
Words, phrases, excerpts from spiritual texts and inspirational books, help remind us of something bigger than ourselves. It becomes so easy to get stuck on our experiences and falsely view our individual lives as the center of all existence. When we readily make available words of higher thinking and philosophical expressions, it helps to uplift the mind. By writing out and posting these ideas on items we use daily (refrigerator, bathroom mirror) or in places we walk by everyday (hallway, garage), they help bring us back to a sense of balance.
Bring in elements from outside of your home.
There is a reason why we keep going back to the places we frequent. Next time you are at your favorite coffee shop, park, friend’s house, anyplace where you feel comfortable and at ease, notice what exactly about this place you appreciate. What about this particular spot keeps you coming back? Is there any inspiration you can take from this place to add to your own home so that you can create that same feeling?
The same principles that go into creating an altar can be applied to making our home a retreat space. The place where we lay our head down every night should be our sanctuary, a space in which to realize our highest potential. Once you design your haven, you are ready to create your own personal retreat at home! You can read exactly how to do it here, a previous post I wrote with a sample schedule for the flow of the day!