Selasa, 04 September 2012

Home Is Where the Heart Is - Create a Warm Home

Create a home... not just a house

Home is where the heart is... your home should be a safe sanctuary for you to retreat to, it should nurture you and it should exuberate love. How many times have you walked into the perfect home, with designer couches, wallpaper and finishings and even though it looks perfect, it feels cold, sterile and not welcoming. And then there are the homes you walk into and they feel like you have just stepped into a space of warmth, comfort and love - it may have cracks in the furniture and the upholstery is not matching, but there is something about it that seems so raw and imperfectly perfect...

This is the difference between a home and a house. So how do you create a home?

1. Spend time in it - enjoy being home, it's your sanctuary. Spend time in your home and fill it with positive energy. Invite friends and family over; fill the rooms with love, laughter and life.

2. Burn oils and candles - aromas awaken the senses, and they awaken your home. They are one of life's simple luxuries, which can help heal the mind, body and spirit. The smells that you choose to use linger in your home, giving your home its own unique aroma, message and atmosphere. In winter I love to burn cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, coffee and lavender scented essential oils. In summer I love tangerine, peppermint, clarysage and rose.

3. Speak kindly - words, action and intent all create energy. Make sure you are creating positive energy.

4. Show gratitude - show your home some love by thanking it for the roof that protects you from the rain, the walls that keep you safe and the room it gives you for personal space. You are lucky to have a home; so many people are not so blessed.

5. Open your home and heart to strangers - Invite friends and family over for high tea or summertime lemonade, hold a monthly book club meeting or invite your girlfriends over for a pyjama party with wine, chocolate and sex and the city re-runs. Open your heart and home up to people, the energy will fill you and inspire you. If you're up to it - why not open your home up to the community such as adapt an abandoned animal, take on an exchange student or foster an abandoned child.

6. Play music - aahh how I love this one... music soothes the soul and it soothes your home. Ever noticed whenever you play music in your home - your house seems to sing along with the tunes. Your home doesn't discriminate between jazz, rock, opera or punk... it just wants to feel the rhythm... so get in sync and hit the play button today.

7. Let your things tell a story - this is why I love second hand stuff... it has a history and a story. But things don't have to be second hand to have a story - where I am going with this is buy something because you love it - not because you think that is what everyone else is buying. When you buy something for the fact that you love it, it immediately has a story - its energy and beauty resonates with you, other people may not see it, however you do, therefore there is a story. When you buy things brand new try and know where they came from - was it made with ethical practices, fair trade etc.

8. De-Clutter your space - don't hold on to things, there are is a time, place and purpose for things. Everything is energy, so don't just let things sit around creating stale energy; give them to someone who needs them. Create some space in your home to allow space for abundance and newness to flow.

9. Surround yourself in beauty - this doesn't have to be expensive things of grandeur, it is just about bringing things into your home that you love. For instance maybe some fresh flowers, a handmade cushion from the local market or that rugged and worn truck that you found at the treasure market which is etched in scratches and history. I love to bring in shells and drift wood - it seems to bring me a little closer to nature.

10. Nourish your home with home cooked meals - there is nothing better than walking in the front door and smelling a home-cooked meal, it creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. So before you dial the number of that old familiar Thai takeaway place, take a look in your fridge and see what you can cook up... your home and health with thank you for it.

My name is Claire and I am so happy that you stopped by and read my article. I am a Holistic Lifestyle Coach with a big passion for life, yoga, natural wellness and living with passion and gratitude in my heart.I write to stay connected to myself, to appreciate life's little things & to inspire others. You can visit me at my cyber home at http://www.serenewellnessblog.com Please feel free to republish my work so long as you attribute it to me.

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