‘Home sweet home’: is it your place to relax, have fun and be nourished?
You might have a work or study area where tension has been building up. And then there’s your kitchen with all the cooking smells. Plus your bedroom where you want it to be a relaxing place of rest, perhaps to have some time away from busy family life.
Maybe your space has been under a lot of pressure as a living room or kitchen table has had to double up as a school classroom. It’s possible that a garden has become a space of renewed value to you, or if you don’t have one, your home has felt overwhelmingly small.
Perhaps you’re feeling that your home sweet home could do with some uplifting?
Your Home and how it ‘feels’
We sometimes take things for granted or focus on stories of things that are wrong with our homes.
We might experience challenges if we have to share our home with others.
For children and adults alike, home can elicit a unique feeling – hopefully warm and good, but of course, not always so for everyone.
We all have our own unique relationship to our homes, our place of refuge. It’s good to have gratitude for your home, your comforts, – to see your home through eyes of wonder and thanks. To see your home with an open and thankful heart.
How does home feel for you?
Home is your refuge
We’ve all witnessed images on television of families who have fled their homes and countries for safety. These are refugees who are escaping war and persecution.
As they find themselves in limbo, they still attempt to create a home around them – however temporary and despite the cold, the damp and the mud.
Home can be your refuge from the world. It’s also terrible to be reminded that home is not always a safe place for everyone.
As you think of your own home, you might like to let the sensation of gratitude wash through you for your entire home. It has kept you safe in these recent times.
- Its structure
- How it was built
- Its location
- What you can see through your windows out onto the world
- The feeling of safety at night as you sleep in your bed
- Your neighbours
Be grateful for it all. For the sanctuary it provides for you.
‘The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.’
7 Ideas to lift the energy of your home sweet home
There are a million ways for your home to be styled.
Yet here are 7 ideas that focus on something different – how to keep the energy of your home clear and welcoming:
1. Purify space in your rooms
The use of smudge sticks has several origins, one of them being from the Native Americans. They used smudge sticks to purify the energy of a room.
This consists of burning sage or other herbs along with a ritual. It dispels stagnant energy – from arguments, sadness or anger. If you feel you’ve spent too much time in your home recently, clearing the energy in this way can feel really refreshing.
You might like to read this interesting article about the ancient art of smudging here.
2. Cleansing aromas
I also like to energetically clear the negative space of any room in my home with incense or aromatherapy oils. Oils like lavender, geranium and peppermint have antiseptic properties. They also smell refreshing and help to clear and clean the air. And they uplift mood too!
You can experiment with mixtures of oils perhaps to give a light fragrance that feels clean and welcoming. I like to use an Oil Diffuser for this.
Room sprays are also very practical. I use them a lot when I travel to other spaces for my work. It’s even nice to keep one in your car! But make sure they are ones that are made with aromatherapy oils, not artificial chemicals.
Incense, aromatherapy oils and room sprays all create a ‘home sweet home’!
3. Stagnant energy
Another way to dispel stagnant or negative energy is to ring Tibetan Bells or play Singing Bowls. Walk all around the room creating sound. Offer it high up towards the ceiling and low down in all the corners.
The vibrations from the sounds energise and heal. Similar to the way you might find music or the sounds of nature to be soothing.
You don’t have to own exotic equipment for this – even clapping your hands can work in the same way!
More details here about space clearing in this article.
4. Rock Salt Lamps
Himalayan Rock Salt lamps also keep the air in a room clean.
They work as regular lamps by simply switching on and leaving in a corner. But in addition to this, these crystal lamps produce healthy negative ions that combat the build-up of indoor pollutants.
Our homes produce an excess of positive ions from the many electrical appliances we have; computers, mobile phones, microwave ovens, televisions etc. Rock Salt lamps provide an antidote to this as well as creating a lovely ambience.
Another idea for your home sweet home is to include running water – perhaps as an indoor water feature.
The moving water breaks up stagnant, toxic particles in the air.
This happens naturally even when you shower. And is also why walking by the sea or a waterfall is very refreshing.
If you are interested to read more about the science of positive and negative ions see here.
Natural wooden flooring or cotton or hemp carpets and rugs are very healing to have in your home, and are especially beneficial when you walk barefoot.
Walking barefoot on these natural products helps to replenish your body with negative ions. It releases the build-up of toxic positive ions in your body.
It’s also very effective to walk barefoot, when you can, outside on grass or sand.
7. Indoor houseplants
Finally, houseplants around your home are great at improving indoor air quality!
Good examples you might like to try are:
- English ivy
- spider plants
- peace lilies
- snake plants
- reed palms
- Chinese evergreens
- weeping figs
- varieties of philodendron and dracaena
Read more about indoor plants that absorb pollution here.
I hope you enjoy all these ideas to keep your home surroundings clear and clean; a refuge and a healthy place to be.
What do you like to do to keep your own home sweet home?
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Guide
Updated since first publication in March 2016