Art Alchemy Studio

Mixed Media Art by Chaska Peacock

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Your Home as Your Canvas

Whether you notice it or not, your home has a huge impact on you. Some of us are more conscious of this than others, but that does not change how it affects you.

Have you thought about treating your home as a series of large canvases? You could start by splashing color on a wall, and then hang a few things you really love on it. Consider donating the things which no longer please you. What nurtures you? Light, greenery, color, space, books?

From the Daily OM:
Sometimes our lives are so busy that we treat our homes as if they were impersonal places that we merely pass through. But we can make certain that our homes truly feel like our sanctuaries by taking the time to tend to them like gardens, which need care in order to offer us the beauty of their blooms.

When we take the time to treat our homes like beloved treasures, we can shift their energy from being merely places to being wellsprings for the replenishment of our energy.

Consider that homes are the outer reflections of those who live within. If we feel that the current appearance clashes with how we’d like to see ourselves, it can keep us from fully allowing our light to shine. Updating our homes to reflect our inner landscape need not involve massive redecorating or a large outlay of money.

Small things can make a big difference, like simply moving items so that we constantly gaze upon the things we love the most, liberating the treasures we’ve hidden in our closets, using our best dishes and making small repairs.

Organizing and cleaning is a no-cost way to remove chaos from our homes and introduce more calm. Lovingly rejuvenating our personal space can become a creative project that increases the flow of good throughout all aspects of our lives and increases our feeling of connection. We can give old things new life by donating them to charity, opening space for newness to enter. Removing stress from our homes can be as simple as putting o
ur bills into pretty boxes and choosing a specific time to deal with them, or removing clutter so that we and our energy can move freely throughout our space.

Simplifying our space lets our imagination and energy roam free. We can choose to prioritize our homes, making them the true heart of our family’s activities. Then we are free to focus on what really matters—time to ourselves, to share with loved ones, and to replenish our energy so that we have more to share with each other and with the world.


Blogger mrg & grm said...

I've been thinking a lot about this as we continue to unpack and organize and put things where we're most likely to use them, etc. This is great. Miriam

3:06 PM  
Blogger Chaska Peacock said...

Even if you only make one small corner exactly as you want it, it will give you much pleasure. If you look at the task in terms of a series of "small canvases", and take on just one at a time, you will get it done easily and quickly. Or, shall I come to NY and help you?

6:52 PM  

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