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Meditative Spaces: Creating a Sacred Space in a Cluttered Home

Your outer environment reflects your inner state of being – while we may not be able to change the buildings, restaurants and roads throughout our towns and cities, we do have some say over the way we make our homes feel on the inside.

Waves of anxiety have washed over me when my apartment was awry with clothes all over the bedroom floor, dishes in the sink and knick knacks lying around. There is a sense of urgency to clean and to tidy up but with little time to do so, I would just give up and attempt to find solace somewhere outside the house.

Our busy days, whether it be long hours at the office or running around with the kids gives us only a short window of time for ourselves. We sometimes forget the importance of taking a few minutes from our hectic schedules to clear our minds and gain a little R & R in the meantime.

Creating our own sanctuary in our home where we can meditate, read or relax serves as a helpful reminder that taking time for ourselves should be a vital priority on our to-do list.

Here are some inspirational rooms to get you starting on creating your own “me-time” area in your home:

I love this idea especially if privacy is hard to come by in your home.  Drapery hanging from the ceiling can create a teepee like structure to enclose you. Then simply place some pillows at the base of it for comfort and a few candles around the perimeter for a perfect spot to meditate, write, read or reflect.

This modern nook also serves as an excellent hideaway for a slice of peace and serenity in your day.

It is always a nice touch to add a window to the outside world to your sacred space. It allows for the natural world to enter your space while protecting you from the elements. This space also incorporates an altar into its design.

An altar doesn’t have to be associated with any sort of religion or spiritual belief system. It can be a simple place for personal expression of what you want to focus on and where you can rest meaningful objects.

If you have room in your backyard, you can also add an outdoor-indoor haven.

 

Great accents to add to your sanctuary can include:

Mood lighting – lights that come in unique shapes and colors, blue and greens lights are very tranquil, christmas lights strung throughout and around your space, star projectors

Scented Candles – candles also provide serene lighting for any sacred space and can also come in scents like lavender or sandalwood for a calming effect

Incense – whether you choose to use the sticks or the cones, incense comes in a variety of scents that can alter the atmosphere in an extremely pleasant way

Comfortable linens, pillows, cushions and furniture – making your space as comfy and cozy as possible is absolutely essential to partake in the peace

Natural elements – adding aspects of nature like flowers, plants, crystals and miniature indoor waterfalls

I hope some of these meditative spaces inspired you to create your own. Just remember, the most important aspect of your space is how it makes you feel when you go there. There is no wrong or right way to create it!

How do you unwind after the day is done? Are there any must-have essentials for your relaxation time that you can’t live without? Feel free to share any ways a busy bee can learn to balance life better by creating a meditative space in their home.


July 1st, 2013 by Alexandra

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Recipe Radar: Basil Chimichurri

I bought a huge thing of basil at the grocery store that I was supposed to plant, but being that it was raining cats and dogs outside, I decided that I was going to use it all up. Rather than making the standard batch of pesto with it, I wanted to try something new. Since I was making steak last night, chimichurri sauce was the first thing that came to mind. I had never heard of chimichurri being made with basil, but I thought let me Google it and sure enough, I found what I was looking for!

I used a little bit less garlic than this recipe from Sarah’s Cucina Bella, but other than that I stuck to it and it was the perfect accent to our steak. A great summer sauce that I definitely recommend putting on your recipe radar!

What other summer sauces do you plan on making this season?

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June 14th, 2013 by Katie

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Product Pick: Step

Toss out the old dingy step ladder that’s been passed down from your grandparent’s grandparents and replace it with the fabulously stylish Step, this week’s Product Pick. Of if you weren’t lucky enough to inherit one of those and use a flimsy IKEA stool to reach high places, the Step is far more sturdy and appealing.

Designed by Iacoli & McAllister, the Step is made from a matte black powder-coated frame with brass hinges. The steps are made from oak with a pink wash, giving it a sweet, almost feminine touch.

Unfortunately, Step is not currently in production, but hopefully it will be in the near future. At $1250 each, Step is not necessarily an item you would need for the home, unless you are an avid modern design aficionado, but I could justify seeing it in a modern workshop of some sort – or even a contemporary library with tall shelves.

Where do you see Step?

June 12th, 2013 by Katie

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Jet Lag

I’m feeling a bit jet lagged after traveling to the beautiful island of Bora Bora last week. Whenever I travel to the UK, which is five hours ahead, I never feel as sluggish and unmotivated as I have after my return from this trip – which was 6 hours behind. They say you need a day for each hour to recover, but I’m hoping it won’t take me the full six days!

Perhaps my tiredness and lack of ambition is coming from the fact that I left such an unbelievably gorgeous place. We stayed in one of the bungalows over the water and the scenery was more breathtaking as each day passed. If you’re a Kardashian follower, you may have seen the episodes where the family traveled to Bora Bora, which took place at the same resort that we stayed in.

Although the food could have been a bit more fabulous, it didn’t even matter because we were surrounded by the most gorgeous natural sites, including that crystal blue water. Have you ever been to any of the French Polynesian islands? The skies were perfect, the mountains and palm trees gorgeous and the people were extremely friendly.

The only problem is leaving! How do you recover from jet lag when you return from traveling? Is there any way to snap yourself out of the sluggishness?

June 11th, 2013 by Katie

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Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Thank goodness someone told me it was Father’s Day this upcoming Sunday, or else I would have thought it was the following week and been completely unprepared! Since it’s only Monday, you have a few days left to pick up a gift for Sunday, or just enough time to have something shipped.

Are the fathers in your life easy to shop for? Most of the time, we just get my dad plain old ties and dress shirts, so for this gift guide, we’re staying practical but adding some fun and color to the mix.

Here’s what we’re thinking for this Father’s Day:

1 – Hot Sauce of the Month Club

2 – Olympus Stylus TG-830 Camera

3 – Movado BOLD Watch

4 – 1901 ‘Saddle Up’ Oxford Shoes

5 – The Art of Shaving Gift Set

What are gifts are you giving for Father’s Day?

Weekly Space: 6.7.13

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Happy Frday!!!

Do you have any exciting plans this weekend? I’m traveling back home after an exotic island vacation. From the looks of it, it seems that ill be heading home to tropical storm Andrea – whoo hoo!

My island getaway has presented me with an amazingly comfortable bed with a romantic canopy, similar to the bed shown in the space above. So enticing and flowy, this looks like it would be quite easy to recreate. Assuming you have the right bed with the tall posts – just add some white curtains and the island vibe is yours all year, even if hut surroundings don’t match the crystal blue waters! I may need to redo my bedroom to recreate the memories of my trip forever!

What do you think about this space? Are there any other aspects of it that speak to you?

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June 7th, 2013 by Katie

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