Home is a place where we (should) feel safe & protected. These are our basic needs. We invest in our home comforts with carefully chosen furniture that reflects our personal style, we have comfortable sofas & favourite chairs that we love but what if your home doesn’t have a space for your soul to sit?
Your home, that you have furnished & decorated & that you love dearly may not (yet) offer you a place for the spiritual side you may wish to explore.
For me, I adore bathrooms & I am a huge “bath-lover” but I associate my bathroom with creams & potions, a place where I can ease my muscles in a deep bath but... I know that the bath will cool off & I need get out to dry-off etc & I am without a doubt relaxing but my mind is still active.
Creating a special place in a quiet room will transform your yoga/meditation practice & ultimately offer you a place for stillness, for you to come home to you.
Stillness is essential & silence…
“Silence is essential. We need silence, just as much as we need air, just as much as plants need light. If our minds are crowded with words & thoughts, there is no space for us”
THICH NHAT HANH
Unless you live off-grid & are really limiting screen-time, you, like me are bombarded with more information in ONE DAY that our parents & grandparents were in their entire lifetimes (I have no statistics to actually prove this but we know it’s true!!). We, more than ever, need a place within our homes to retreat to.
So.. where should you create your space?
There are a few helpful rules or guidelines..
For example, try a find a quiet room & if you can only spare a small amount of space within the quiet room, like a nook or a corner then that’s perfect. I have included a wonderful little door banner inside the www.kulakarmabox.com , that sits on the door handle with a “Ssssh it’s yoga time” – a great little solution to ensure some peace & quiet.
Organise the space – if you are staring at clutter it will only feel like another distraction & another job. Remove as much clutter as possible.
Think about your comfort – it really matters – if you don’t like sitting on the floor then find a chair – cover it in a throw if you want it to have a different look & keep cushions close by for back support. It is worth having a light blanket nearby that will keep you warm if needed so you don’t have to disturb yourself by going off looking for these things & even a clock so you don't have to check your phone & then be distracted by a notification.
You could create a special shelf/alter or a box covered in a beautiful piece of material.
You may wish to place crystals, beach shells, affirmation cards that resonate with you, fresh flowers or a house plant, pictures of places or people/gods/angels that are special or inspiring to you & beautiful candles.
The flickering flame whether we watch a fire, camp fire or a candle stirs something inside us. We light candles to celebrate life & birthdays, to remember loved ones, to create a relaxing or romantic vibe. Lighting a beautiful candle can signify the start of your meditation or yoga practice & become a beautiful symbol of light from darkness.
You can silently whisper an affirmation as you light your candle & this is said to strengthen the intention, it can be something as simple but as deeply worthwhile as a few words of gratitude.
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle & the life of the candle is not shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared”
Have you tried using a candle to decrease your stress-levels? Here is a lovely meditation, https://www.yogajournal.com/meditation/candle-ritual-for-stress
Returning to your meditation space daily or when you have set some time aside, will begin to create a positive energetic vibe which will grow into beautiful sacred energy.
Your mind will subconsciously “know” when you enter your space that it will find some relief. Your mind will instinctively associate your space with stillness, with calm & peace & those connections will help reconnect you back to your true self.
Having a place for you just “be” is a gift - the ultimate act of selfcare.