With today’s fast paced technology focused world, more and more people are seeking a space where they can relax and feel at peace whether it’s at home or in their office environment. They want a space they can unwind in and be their true authentic self without any judgements, criticisms, or stress that come from the external world. The world can be a harsh, unkind, burdensome, and negative place and we all seek an environment where we can feel safe, protected, and free to be our true self. We not only seek a peaceful environment, but we also want to feel at peace internally. So, how do you create a space in your home or office that provides that soothing and peaceful sanctuary? Here are some ideas on doing just that! It’s not a step by step list, but more of my general thought process.
The first step is to get rid of anything that no longer serves you. It’s easier to start with a small corner space, a small closet or any small room that you know you can handle. Spend some time and go through each item that you have and let go of anything that doesn’t bring you joy and happiness. Sometimes we hold on to things because there is an emotional attachment and a past memory tied to an item that we are afraid to release and let go of because we are used to it and it’s become a part of us or it was passed down to us from family members. However, if there is any negative energy or any negative emotion connected to the item (because the object also has energy), it’s time to get rid of it no matter how hard it is for you to let it go. If you can’t bear the thought of throwing it away, donate it to Good Will or Habitat of Humanity. If an item gives you feelings of warmth, love, joy, and positivity keep it. You’re meant to have it. Holding onto things just because it cost a lot or because it was given to you from a significant other or passed on to you from a family member doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you. Holding on to things affects not only your personal energy but also the energy of your space. So, my advice as a first step to creating a peaceful space is to clear away any negative clutter. Get rid of the old to bring in the new.
The next step is to visualize. Visualize how you want your space (whether it’s your bedroom, your small office space, your kitchen, living room, etc…) to look and feel. What does it FEEL like to be in a peaceful space? What does it LOOK like to be in a relaxing and calm environment? What does it SMELL like to be in a soothing and pleasant room? In fact, I just did a visualization exercise of how I want my living room to be before writing this blog. First, I imagined myself in the forest because I love nature. I am surrounded by majestic redwood trees, beautiful exotic flowers, singing birds, colorful butterflies, and a small creek nearby. It smells like damp earth with hints of pine, jasmine, and lavender. The air is crisp, clean. I hear the soothing sound of the running creek and the pleasant music of birds singing with the occasional rustle of leaves from the soft wind. I am not only in a peaceful environment (as nature is the true essence of peace), I am also filled with a sense of calm and internal knowing that I am at peace. Take some time to visualize your peaceful space. A peaceful space means different things to different people so you get to determine what that means for you. If the color red gives you a feeling of peace, absolutely go for it!
3. Take Inspired Action
Once you finish your visualization exercise, take notes remembering as many details as you can. You’ll feel energized and inspired to take action one step at a time. In my example, during my visualization exercise in the forest, I am surrounded by trees, plants, flowers, and the fragrant scents of pine, jasmine, and lavender. I will start researching items I need to purchase or I think about any existing items I can repurpose (that gives me joy) because I am ready to translate what I visualized to my physical space. I’ll want different kinds of plants in various sizes scattered around my living room in balanced groupings. I’ll want to sink down deep into the plush and comfortable large cushions of a sofa enveloped in pillows of chenille, velvet, cotton, and shaggy wool. I am wrapped in safety and protection. I want soft blues and greens reflecting and bouncing off light and glass throughout the room. It smells like jasmine and lavender from my aromatherapy diffuser. I have butterfly artwork hanging on the walls because I love butterflies. There is a lot of natural daylight coming through the windows. The room is bright, airy, crisp, and soft. I also start figuring out my budget and being realistic about how much I can spend per month over a period of time. I don’t need to finish this all in one sitting and I don’t plan to finish it within a certain time period. There is no urgency at least on my part. Just doing the visualization exercise itself brought me peace in the present moment because it’s really the imagination of being in my completed and transformed living room, enveloped in all the beauty, serenity, and happiness that the physical space offers that gives me a feeling of peace and tranquility. It starts first with a focused intention of wanting peace, then taking the first steps to getting there.
With the crazy world we live in, it’s more important now than ever to transform not only your space into a safe and peaceful haven but also yourself. Start by decluttering and getting rid of anything that is negative in your life that no longer serves you. Always remember, it’s more important to fill your space and energy with things you love that give you joy and positivity rather than following the crowd or following trends. Then, visualize how you want your peaceful sanctuary to look like and feel like. Take inspired action to turn that into a reality. If you need a designer’s help and touch to transform your space, please schedule a complimentary consultation here. In the meantime, happy decorating!