Mindfulness at home is more than a daily meditation practice – it’s a way of life. However, a series of small changes in the way you approach your home can have a surprisingly big impact in creating a space that welcomes intention and health. Read on for our tips to bring mindfulness into your home in 2019.
Give Everything a Place
Organization contributes to more than a tidy home – it’s good for your sense of well-being, too. Designating spaces for belongings to live will create an environment of mindfulness. The entryway is a prime example – it’s easy to toss bags, mail, and shoes on the nearest bare surface. However, taking time to hang your coat on a hall tree or place your mail in a wall organizer refocuses your mind to the present and creates order for moments to come.
Because routines are a part of everyday life, they often slip by unnoticed. Embrace your routines and use them to practice living in the moment. Acknowledge what you’re doing – drinking your morning coffee, walking the dog, or taking a relaxing shower – instead of letting your mind wander to stress, worry, and to-do lists.
Indulge the Senses
There’s no better way to bring yourself to the present moment than honing in on your physical senses. If you feel anxious or need to reset your train of thought, look around and identify the things you can see, hear, touch, smell, or taste. Create spaces in your home that please your senses with items such as candles, soothing colors, and soft linens.
Place Furniture with Intention
Before you furnish or rearrange your home, think about your daily activities and what pieces most accommodate your habits and needs. Placing furniture with intention gives it purpose and, as a result, you’ll find it serves you better. The ancient Chinese philosophy of feng shui is another interesting way to give the furniture in your home additional meaning.
Create a Meditation Space
Like many aspects of life, meditation (and mindfulness) takes time and practice. Find a quiet, technology-free room to reflect in for five minutes a day. You may even be inspired to create a meditation space in your home.
Be inspired! With time, practicing mindfulness can help you turn your home into a place of reflection, renewal, and contentment.