Peace is an inside job, we know that. So this could easily be an article about breathing techniques and meditations that help you to attain a state of inner peace. It’s not. In this particular feature we’re going to highlight a few props and techniques that can be bought and/or employed in and around the home to assist you in turning your space into a sanctuary.
If you can retreat from a busy world to a place of peace you will be better equipped to create peace inside the body, mind and soul.
1. Himalayan Salt Lamps
These simple but powerful salt lamps help to detoxify and cleanse the air. There is a whole lot of chemistry to be learned if you really want to understand how and why – that is a whole other article – but for now know that they work by increasing the negative ions in the air.
A walk in the countryside or time spent on a beach is incredibly restorative and can promote feelings of peace. This is, in part, because of all the negative ions in the air. The day after a storm, when the air feels fresh, that’s because there are lots of negative ions in the air. By contrast, in homes full of people and electronic equipment the air can have a higher concentration of positive ions than is healthy. Himalayan salt lamps cycle the air. By doing so they help to cleanse the air of allergens, they produce negative ions and they counteract electromagnetic energy.
In short, Himalayan Salt Lamps can help to keep the air in your home fresh. It’s a great idea to have one in the bedroom because it could improve the quality of your sleep.
Clutter is anything in your home that you don’t love and use regularly. It doesn’t have to be out on show to be blocking the energy of your space. If you have a home that appears perfectly tidy and well ordered to visitors but houses cupboards full to bursting with things you haven’t used in years and clothes that don’t fit you, the chances are that this will, in some way, reflect your life. It appears ordered to others but what people can’t see is that it’s actually pretty chaotic. Does that strike a chord?
A truly peaceful home is filled with only essential items that you love. If you have a family, that may still be quite a lot of stuff but whatever your situation the chances are there will be things that are simply holding you back. It is a deeply cleansing practice to go through each room in your home, look at every item you find and ask yourself ‘Do I love and regularly use this?’ Whenever the question returns a ‘no’ you sling that thing. The more ruthless you can be the lighter you will feel once you have removed it all from your space.
3. Essential Oil Diffusers
Essential oils can cleanse and purify the air, as well as fill our homes with beautiful scents. Good quality oils also have therapeutic qualities and can help to lift mood, de-stress and relax. However, heating an oil limits those therapeutic qualities. Burning oil removes them altogether. Diffusers, on the other hand, do not heat oils but use only cold water to fill our rooms with essential oil.
Diffusing an oil like lavender could be an easy way to promote feelings of peace in the whole family – including pets. Because diffusers don’t heat the oil or water they use, they are also safe to have around the home. If they happen to get knocked over, they will simply spill cold water mixed with a few drops of oil. No burning = nothing to steal your feeling of peace.
Colour therapy is quite a far reaching practice so we will barely scratch the surface here. The basic principle to keep in mind though, in relation to your home, is that colour can stimulate mood and emotion.
It makes a lot of sense to use calming colours, like blue and green, in your bedroom for example. These will help to create a peaceful sanctuary. It is also worth considering the amounts and intensity of the colours you choose. Reds and oranges, for example, are stimulating and sociable so great for dining rooms but too much of them can be oppressive. You may wish to think about incorporating accents in these colours, rather than painting the whole room, if your primary aim is to keep a feeling of peace throughout your home.
All technology free time is beneficial to the body and mind. Reading stimulates a different part of the brain than watching TV or playing video games. It allows us to relax more deeply and to prepare for sleep. For a peaceful night’s sleep it is a great idea to switch off all electrical devices, including your modem, one hour before bed. If you have plenty of good books to hand, this is a far easier habit to get into.
Cultivating a practice of regularly reading enriching books could help to promote peace in your home in numerous other ways as well. Reading improves our vocabulary, thereby improving our ability to communicate; it can also broaden our knowledge and it encourages us to sit calmly in silence. All of which can have a therapeutic effect on our general sense of wellbeing.
by Gillian Torres
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gillian Torres is a writer and intuitive, who advocates acts of ‘radical everyday creativity’. She supports people to reconnect with their intuition, unbridle their imagination and liberate themselves creatively. She is also the creator of the Soul Scripting meditative writing process. Find more about Gillian’s work at www.gilliantorres.com.