This how to make your home a healing haven – our households tend to accumulate junk and this is a sad indicator of the health of our society. Instead of your home acting as a receptacle for ever-increasing material goods, you deserve to have your homes be your healing haven. A place you can feel restored, where visitors can feel at peace, and somewhere that people can just be. Here are some simple ways to make your home the healing haven it deserves to be:
Lets start with the concept of decluttering. If you’re like most people, you have too much stuff, and that clutter can take a toll on your vitality and peace of mind. You will feel good – you will feel a weight has been lifted when you purge your living and storage spaces of clutter. Throw out the clothes you never wear anymore, the ghosts of Christmas gifts past, the “helpful” gadgets you never actually use. I recommend a no-nonsense approach – get straight into hauling bags of your stuff to Charity bins or the Salvation Army.
One of the most important ways to make your home a healing haven is to detoxify your home. Make sure your home is not making you sick. If you have any type of furnace, get a carbon monoxide detector. If you live on a commercial street or are exposed to unpleasant fumes or dust, practice leaving your shoes at the door. Minimise your use of carpeting, and invest in a vacuum cleaner or air purifier with a HEPA filter (or open your windows and doors when using a standard vacuum cleaner).
Empty your kitchen sink cabinet of toxic cleaners and switch them with eco-friendly cleaners; or keep it simple but effective and use old-fashioned baking soda, vinegar, and basic liquid soap. Filter your tap water for drinking purposes, and of course you can filter your TV by only watching what you truly enjoy. Fill your fridge with locally grown, organic food that is free of pesticides.
Feng Shui For A Healing Haven
When that is done, improve your home’s energy flow through Feng Shui. Get familiar with the concept of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of energy flow and placement in and around the home. Basic study of Feng Shui can help you detect blocked or stagnated chi, or life energy, which can lead to illness, misfortune and disharmony. Feng Shui principles can help you design a home or office that invites prosperity, a living room that welcomes guests, a bedroom that is romantic and peaceful. Make your children’s rooms harmonious and loving. Find a Feng Shui consultant who can identify for you, your home’s trouble spots and what do about them – at the very least learn more.
Keep building positive energy by creating a sacred space in your home. Every home should have a sacred space reserved for healing, contemplation, sharing, meditation and / or prayer. It doesn’t have to be an entire room, nor do you have to go out and buy any more stuff (clutter) to create this space. It can be as simple as a place to light a candle for someone you care about; a spot where the houseplants grow particularly well; a wall of photos of loved ones past and present; or a comfortable chair in the quietest part of the house. Treat this space with extra care, keep it in good condition by honouring it – you’ll quickly see that it will return the favour.
To make your home a healing haven head outdoors and create a simple healing garden. Why take herbal supplement pills when you get the “real deal” at home? Many hardy healing herbs like garlic, rosemary, peppermint, thyme, sage, and St. John’s Wort can grow in most gardens. Think about getting the soil tested for lead if you’re planting in an inner urban area, otherwise add a layer of fresh soil on top of what’s there. If you don’t have a yard in which to garden, no problem—the herbs I’ve listed above will grow well when properly cared for in a sunny indoors spot or a flower box.
Overall Purpose To Make Your Home A Healing Haven
Take a step back and envision your home’s overall healing purpose. There are many ways we heal, and your home can go a long way towards satisfying those needs if you let it. Make your kitchen be about preparing healthy meals, not about microwave-zapping prepackaged meals. Your bedroom can be about lovemaking and a good night’s sleep, not about late-night reading or TV watching. Make your living room comfortable to live in, and last but not least make your bathroom suitable for bathing in all it’s glories. The act of bathing is a healing and cleansing act in itself. Your rooms want to be put to good use—let them sing!
Take another step back and envision your own healing purpose. Now that your home is singing, it’s time you learned some new songs too. Everyone has the ability to be a healer, including you depending on your interests. Your locality’s community or adult education programs will offer opportunities to learn basic massage, shiatsu, or herbal healing. Reiki energy healing is simple to learn and easy to receive. Be sure that your home has a practical yet comfortable spot where you can help those who could benefit from your care.
Finally: A true healing home does not stop at your doorstep. A true healing home cannot help but extend it’s transformative powers into the community and the wider world. Give it some help! Have a think about what you can do to help others. Get together with a few neighbours and hold a multi-home garage sale to help get rid of everyone’s clutter. Reach out to the people next door and make a friend. Let others know you’re willing to help them in the ways that you are prepared to. Help your environment and your own health by driving less, walking more, and taking other steps to reduce your energy consumption and household waste. As you may have guessed the more you intend your home to be a healing haven, the harder it is to ignore healing yourself and contributing to the healing of others. Let it happen.