Minimalist Mondays are dedicated to finding love, adventure, and joy in everyday living through the pursuit of a more simplistic lifestyle. By allowing only what is useful and meaningful into our lives and letting go of that which ties us down, we are better able to live a life of purpose, both for ourselves and for others.
Happy Minimalist Monday, everybody. I hope you all had a nice, relaxing weekend. The past several weeks I have been writing about our homes as a sanctuary. Through the blog we have explored ideas for turning the front room, bedroom, and kitchen areas into sanctuaries which serve to strengthen, nurture, and renew us from the stresses and cares of the world. I believe that when we get rid of the layers of stuff we have accumulated we are better able to find the heart of our homes and be more in touch with our true selves.
For the last post addressing the home as sanctuary, I would like to address the soul of your home. The soul of your home is YOU. It doesn’t matter how big or small, simple or luxurious your home is. That is all an outer shell that can change at any time. Wherever you are residing, what makes your house a home is the essence of your true self. In order for your home to be a sanctuary you need to spend sometime getting in touch with who you really are. This can be as pragmatic or as spiritual as you like; after all it is all about who you really are deep down inside. Therefore, make a space in your home to cultivate your true self. It may be a room, a corner of a room, or a closet, but find a place to be by yourself and quiet your mind. How you spend time in your space is a matter of personal taste, but here are some ideas to help inspire you so that you can clear the clutter of your mind and wherever you find yourself beginning and end your day, it is truly a sanctuary.
Your Personal Space:
- A prayer space to begin and/or end your day.
- A meditation space to quiet your mind
- A journal corner to express and sort out your thoughts through writing
- A reading corner to read books that inspire and uplift your spirit
- A music corner to either play your instrument or listen to recordings which help you center your mind
- A yoga corner
- A drawing or painting corner
- A garden corner or green house
- A corner with an aquarium
- An exercise area
- an area to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee
- any combination of the above 🙂
The possibilities are as endless as your creativity. Some people are good at sitting quietly and meditating, while others clear their mind and find their true nature while creating or moving. So, don’t think you have to sit in the lotus position for a 1/2 hour if that is not who you are! When I hear runners talk about being in “the zone” it sounds like meditation to me. 🙂 The important thing is to remove the layers of mental clutter, find your true essence and connect with it.
What about you? Do you have an area of your house dedicated to nurturing your soul? Please share your thoughts, comments, and ideas. I would love to hear from you!
Until next time,