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Healing Spaces: Inside & Out January 5, 2011

Filed under: Not going to use — aprasek @ 8:28 pm

I’m a big believer that our external environment is a reflection of– or at the very least, influences– our internal environment.  That means that our body, mind and spirit are all connected to the clutter, knick-knacks, dust and disorganization. Or at least at my house:

Thankfully, this is not how my home usually looks. Hubs and I just moved into the upper level of a duplex and decided that painting the entire space would be easy. We were wrong. Ironically, amidst my effort of simplifying my life (and space), I’ve successfully created more chaos… but learned many lessons in the process: 

1. Don’t move during a Minnesota winter. Though the impromptu rain storm while hiking through knee-high snow with our living room couch was probably humurous for the neighbors…

2. Hire movers. I know, lift with your legs, not your back. But moving around obstacles doesn’t always allow for efficient and safe moevements. So, I’ll be leaving any future awkward heavy lifting to professionals (with all sorts of trucks, tools, dollys and back braces).

3. Hire painters. Painting is not as fun as it seems and it took me one full hour to get the paint out of my hair.  

Of course, this is just some short term household chaos. Patience and hard work will soon offer us a nurturing space that we can call home. And in reality, we’re really blessed to just have a roof over our heads and a space to call our own.

I’ll be updating here as we create our space. Hubs and I themed our colors from the five elements that are described in many of the ancient wisdoms (Earth, Water, Fire, Air/Wind, and Space/Heaven/Beyond). I’m also hoping to follow as many feng shui principles as possible and find a corner to create a meditation space– we’ll see how it all pans out 🙂

If you have pics/stories of a healing space that you’ve created in your house, please share!

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4 Responses to “Healing Spaces: Inside & Out”

  1. Jenny Says:

    Can’t wait to see how your project comes along! I agree that your space reflects your mind in many cases. I took time over the holidays to give away 9 garbage bags full of clothes, souvenirs and other “stuff” I just didn’t need. It really lightened up the energy in my house and I feel more focused. I’m tempted to go through the hous again and try to get rid of more- but my goal for 2011 is not buy things I don’t need/really want just because they’re on sale.

  2. Aimee Says:

    How wonderful that you felt a positive shift after your house detox! And what a great goal to have for ’11. I’m a sucker for sales too… but the purchases add up fast. Here’s to buying (and doing) less in 2011 🙂

  3. Tom Says:

    I just finished my meditation space! It’s not anything too special, but I purchased a bamboo room divider and use it to sort of seperate my meditation space (and I can move the divider). I just have a meditation cushion and some incense, a bible and a painting that I did. Sounds a little cheesy, but I love to hunker in my space and just be still. It’s like my own meditation fort!

  4. Mary Ferrara Says:

    Hi Aimee! I love this post and can totally relate. The clutter in my place makes me feel like my brain is a bit cluttered too 🙂 Thanks so much for entering my giveaway! Email me your address and I will send you something lovely! Hope you are doing well!


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