making your home, your sanctuary.
After this global lockdown period, where we all had to spend an extended amount of time at home, having a safe and sacred space in which we feel comfortable seems to be more critical than ever. But no matter what external situation, our home should always be a holy temple, a refuge where we can escape external stress and find balance and harmony.
Read about 8 tips on how to create your home sanctuary and make your home a place you love to spend time in.
Declutter your home: Introduce the concept of letting go and make space for something new.
Have you ever noticed the impact of your environment on your emotional, mental, and physical state? The way we organize our home already gives us a glimpse of our inner state of mind. But it also has a significant impact on how we hold our thoughts and feelings. A cluttered, messy home sometimes doesn’t give us enough physical and mental space to be peaceful. It doesn’t allow us to think, feel, and be – and in conclusion, we are more likely to be irritated and overwhelmed.
Decluttering your home has a positive impact on your inner state of mind, but it also helps introduce the concept of “letting go.” Because by clearing your space from unnecessary goods, old memories, and piles of things you don’t use anymore, you create more space for new memories and experiences. You become aware of your needs, and you learn how to detach yourself from anything that does not serve you anymore.
And once you can let go in the outer world (your home), you’ll be able to let go easier in your inner world (emotionally), too. Because the inner and outer reality is interconnected. Our inner world is a projection of the external world and vice versa.
Cleanse the energies of your home regularly with Palo Santo wood, white sage, crystals, and sound.
As your space, home, and environment affect you, your mood, daily life, and routine, it’s essential to regularly cleanse the energies of your home. Your “home, sweet home” should ideally be a sacred place of comfort, love, acceptance, freedom, and coziness. But as you go through different experiences, emotions, and phases throughout your day and life, and invite other people to your home, some of those unwanted energies may get stuck and bring your home and yourself out of balance.
There are many ways to cleanse your home energetically – you can burn dried herbs or white sage to neutralize and purify the space. You can also use Palo Santo, which was used in ancient Shamanic ceremonies for clearing negative energies in your home and your body (make sure to use sustainably and equitably sourced Palo Santo wood).
Another way to cleanse the energies in your home space is sound. Drumming is a great way to displace unwanted energies. Besides, you can use some healing sound frequencies that affect you positively on a cellular level and charge the energetic vibe of your home with peace, healing, and love.
For a more long term and constant way of energy cleansing, you can also place crystals in your entire home. Crystals are known to be charged with certain qualities – you can choose the beautiful energy carriers depending on your individual needs (the most common ones for home cleansing are the rock crystal, amethyst, and rose quartz).
Bring in nature: Integrate all four elements in your home
A beautiful way to turn your home into a sanctuary is by bringing nature into your home. The easiest way to do so is to integrate indoor plants and flowers in your home, which generates a sense of connection with nature and also helps to purify the air. Purifying indoor plants reduce levels of CO2 and increase relative humidity. In other words, they help get rid of stale air and act as a natural humidifier. They can prevent or ease irritation to your eyes, nose, throat, and even lungs (some low maintenance plants are Ficus, Spider Plant, Boston Fern, Aloe Vera, and Garden Mum).
You can also include all four elements in your home. To start, the earth element can be present through indoor plants, dried herbs, and crystals. The fire element through candles, and incense sticks. The water element through water bowls or flower vases, and the air element through a diffusor. This will help you to get back in touch with Mother Earth and the calming wellness effects of nature.
Sacred space: Delicate one corner of your home for your spiritual practice
When you turn your home into a sanctuary, creating a sacred space or altar may not be a must (you’re the one deciding how your sanctuary should look like) however, it’s definitely highly recommended!
You don’t need a lot of space for your sacred space: it can be a small corner, a window ledge, a tabletop, part of your desk, or a bookshelf that is purely dedicated to your spiritual practice.
Feel free to include the four elements and decorate your altar with everything that helps you to bring you back to your center – that can consist of little Buddha statues, singing bowls, paintings, or mandalas. This is a sacred space for your spiritual practice, so keep your yoga mat and meditation cushion close by and use this space to honor your practice of mindfulness.
Find your mindful routine: Schedule short daily activities to practice mindfulness
Speaking of mindfulness practice: after making all the changes in the outer world, by decluttering your space, cleansing the energies of your home, bringing in nature, and creating a sacred space, it’s now time to bring some positive shifts into your routine and inner state of mind.
Because creating a home sanctuary is also a commitment of yourself to your self. It implements the dedication to daily mindfulness practices. And this mindful routine doesn’t have to be long or complicated – quite the opposite—the shorter and more accessible, the better. Try to be realistic about how much time you can spare daily. Choose either one activity you want to do as a daily ritual, make a list with all the things that balance you, bring you inner peace, and choose your daily practice depending on your mood and needs.
Finding time every day – even if it’s just five minutes – to enhance your mindfulness, is a beautiful gesture of self-love.
Moon rituals: Use your sacred space for little ceremonies and blessings
Besides your daily rituals and mindfulness practice, you can use sacred space for certain ceremonies and blessings like full (and new) moon rituals. This is a great way to bring some structure into your month and dedicate two evenings each month for a more extended ceremony, honoring the moon phases, connecting with astrology, and integrating practices like journaling, intuitive painting, vision boarding, and manifesting intentions.
You can also use those special ceremonies to charge your crystals in the moonlight and cleanse the energies of your sacred space to keep it always in a high vibrational frequency. Blessings like that will make your home sanctuary even more sacred.
Balance the electromagnetic field: Use electronic devices mindfully and add a Himalayan salt lamp in your home
One reason why our home’s energies can be affected negatively is the electromagnetic fields from all our electronic devices. We are regularly exposed to electromagnetic radiation, by spending long hours daily on the phone, listening to podcasts or the radio, working online, listening to music or watching TV or Netflix. Those artificial frequencies may affect the natural electromagnetic fields from the Earth and, in conclusion, bring your body out of its natural balance. Especially at night, right before sleeping, the electromagnetic radiation can harm your health and sleep. That’s why it’s recommended to stop using electronic devices at least two hours before sleeping.
To help you keep track of your screen time and sleep, you can set the alarm in the evening that indicates it’s time to switch off electronic devices. This will help you to become more mindful and will surely help you to increase the quality of sleep (try to keep your phone, laptop, and TV away from your bedroom).
Another way to protect your body from the daily electromagnetic fields (EMF) is by placing Orgonites in your home or adding a Himalayan salt lamp into your home. This lamp doesn’t only look beautiful, creating a soothing and warm light, but it’s also purifying the air and neutralizing the EMF radiation in the atmosphere.
Aromatherapy: Work with essential oils to support your health
Last but not least, make your home sanctuary holistically complete by using aromatherapy. We have around 20-30 million olfactory cells that transmit the information of smell directly into our nervous system. Therefore aromatherapy can have a substantial effect on our mental state. Despite personal associations with smells, certain scents have a specific positive effect (soothing, calming, activating, energizing, etc.) on your body and mind.
To work with aromatherapy, choose high-quality essential oils and tailor them to your needs. You can use them in a diffusor to scent your home. In addition, it will support your physical, mental, and emotional health.
With those 8 tips, you should be able to create your home sanctuary where you can find just as much calm and peace as in a retreat. Enjoy your new sacred space filled with mindfulness, harmony, and love.
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