Mindful Monday no. 35: Welcome To Your (Mindful) Home

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“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” –Maya Angelou

When you start practicing mindfulness, it can start to feed in to all areas of your life–your work life, your commute, and even your home. While you can practice mindfulness where ever you are, this mindfulness exercise is to create a space in your house, specifically for your practice. Locate an area of your home that we can be converted easily into a small respite area. It does not have to be an entire room, it can be an under-used corner if there is enough room to place a chair.

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Here are 7 tips on creating a welcoming space in your home for your mindfulness practice:

  1. Whatever furniture and household object you place in your space, make sure that they are things your love. Be mindful about what you are placing in your special space.
  2. Make sure the space is comfortable. Determine appropriate seating for your practice so that you are not easily distracted or sore after an extended period of time.
  3. In your space, clear any belongings from the surfaces and vow to keep this area clutter-free.
  4. Essential oils, a soy candle, or a bell for sound meditation can help to create a peaceful atmosphere. Find a place for  items that will help you feel relaxed and restored.
  5. If you don’t have a view out a window, consider including a green house plant or a pot of bright flowers for a natural element.
  6. Make sure the light is soft, preferably from a lamp rather than overhead lighting. Also avoid including electronics that emit a blue light.
  7. Spend time in your space to get accustomed to the area. Make adjustments as needed to make this a haven for you.

Once we create a welcoming and more mindful space, the principles that guide our practice can trickle into the other rooms of our house.

What do you do to ensure a relaxing environment at home? Let us know in the comment sections.

Lindsay

 

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