Monday, December 17, 2018

Creating a Zen Space in your Home

When it comes to interior design, everyone talks about sleek textiles and diamonte chandeliers, but what if you are looking on how to decorate your super zen living room. You care more about good Karma than you do about the Kardashians, and mindfulness has been your jam for years. You celebrate Yule and are au fait with alternative therapies.

There is a lot to be said for creating a space with the simple idea that you should be able to relax and centre yourself, no matter what is going on in your life. But, how do you achieve that?

Think about the things that bring you peace. And, how do you want to use the room.

Photo by Peter Hershey on Unsplash

There is a reason you see certain colors in spaces like yoga studios, spas, and even some maternity wards. Very often you will find slightly muted tones of lilac, green, nudes and browns. The tones generally related to colours you can see in nature and in general seem calming.
Certain smells are deemed as relaxing, like lavender or jasmine. Beautiful soft fragrances that last a long time. You could use incense cones or sticks, or candles made with essential oils, and oil burner or a spritz. Try and find different smells to match the task you are trying to achieve. Something citrus and upbeat if you are working, something mellow and relaxing if you are meditating.
You might like to invest a natural sound machine, that can play soothing rainforests or raindrops, just to deepen the calming experience.
There are two types of clean for those into the spiritual world. Clutter-free and cleansed of bad feelings and vibes. For one, you’re going to need really cool looking storage, or be really strict and don’t allow anything excess in there. The other, smudge sticks will do the trick. You light the sage (or sage mix) and let the smoke waft around the room. This will purify your space keeping it filled with good intentions and good vibes.
Having plants in the room will do a couple of things. Firstly you will be bringing nature inside, and green therapy is a real thing. Being surrounded by plants relaxes our brains and gets us thinking about the great outdoors. Secondly, they also help with keeping the air clean. If you don’t have the space for large plants, or you aren’t great at caring for them, then you might like to get things like succulents. 
There should be things like a yoga mat, great for sitting and laying on, even if you don’t do yoga. Cushions or pillows, blankets, somewhere that you can sink into. Great sofas at the end of a long day can be the perfect place to lay back and take reflection of the day you’ve had.

The idea of creating a zen space is to give yourself a personal and spiritual space where you can find peace daily.

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life - Buddha.


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