Imagine you plan a romantic date with your partner. You book a restaurant, pick out an outfit that makes you feel great, and psyche yourself up for an evening of whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears over wine and delicious food.
When you get to the restaurant however, you’re sat next to a raucous table. The lighting is harsh and the waiters seem rushed, rude and under pressure. Do you still feel in a romantic mood? Unlikely. In fact, you might complain or even leave the restaurant altogether.
When the frequencies of our environment and our inner selves are not in-sync it can have a profound effect on our state of mind. We feel irritable, distressed, uncomfortable. In the case of the restaurant example, or similar situations, most of us wouldn’t tolerate it. But when it comes to our home environment we often suppress these feelings of unease and continue to live in an unharmonious state. Why?
Perhaps we feel it is out of our control: we share our space with others, or we are short on time to address it — financial struggles may even play a part in it. Or perhaps we are unaware of the cause of these feelings of disharmony, knowing only that ‘home’ is not somewhere that automatically sparks positivity in us when we walk through the door.
The reality is that a harmonious home environment can be achieved regardless of time, money or who you live with. By applying just a few small changes you can ensure that home is a haven that will bring joy into your every day life.
Visual clutter saps energy from your home and over stimulates your mind, making it much harder to relax. Remove unnecessary items and clean up any mess. Enjoy the process of doing this; treat it as part of the ritual of creating your harmonious space.
Set the Mood
The mood that you wish to create will be different for each room of your house. For example, you might want the bedroom to feel calm and relaxing but the kitchen to feel vibrant and social. By defining these moods and setting the intention of a particular space, it will be easier to bring that energy to life.
Use All Your Senses
This is where you can really start to reflect your inner mood onto your environment, creating a cycle of energy feedback and achieving that all important harmony.
Smell is arguably the most powerful when it comes to evoking memories or feelings. Light a scented candle or some incense and choose a scent that reflects your mood, or that reminds you of a positive place / experience.
Play music or an ambient soundtrack. This doesn’t have to be meditation music! If your mood is energetic and bouncy, then play some tunes that reflect that. It can help to make a few different go-to mood playlists in advance.
Pay close attention to the visual appearance of the room, do the colours, textures and decor fit the vibe you want? Is there something small you could do to make a difference? Like putting a throw over the sofa, adding some plants or flowers, hanging a different picture on the wall? Lighting is also important, particularly in a calming space. Play around with different options — a table lamp might feel better than bright down-lighting.
As well as being beautiful to look at, crystals serve a visual reminder of our intentions, bringing energy to a space. A stick of cleansing selenite in your hallway, for example, will remind you to leave negative vibes at the door and enter your home with a fresh perspective. Whereas celestite (or celestine) can bring a soothing energy into the bedroom for restful sleep.
Own A Space
No matter how small or temporary. Even if you share every single room in your house with someone else – children, flatmates, a partner, parents… you can still own a space. Even if it just a shelf or a bedside table, make that tiny space a place where you can express your inner self.
Alternatively transform shared spaces temporarily — have a relaxing bath and transform the bathroom with candles, music and crystals.
Most importantly, understand that your home is an extension of your inner self and treat it as such. The benefits to your sense of well-being will be huge.