Season 3, Episode 20: Can your soul breathe? Engage the senses
Clutter confines us – so much more than just the actual space, but the energy it brings. Can your soul really breathe? Does your home feel light or heavy? Feng Shui isn’t the only answer – how can you engage all the senses to allow for your safe haven in your home?
Welcome to Season Three on the Mama Says Namaste Podcast. In this series, we will focus on how to clear the clutter not just from your home, but also your head and your heart to create that space for clarity and connection.
Join me and dive in to “The Minimalist To-Do List!”
Implement and Act: Engaging the senses and building feng shui – how to create a house that is light and lifts you up.
Real Artists Don’t Starve – Jeff Goins book – what scene are you creating around you? And how much does your location feed in to your sense of home? Find and create a scene that fits you and who you are. http://amzn.to/2g3GjpV
Click here to get a great overall summary of Feng Shui: https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-feng-shui-1275060
Check out this week’s blog post and get your free printable for engaging the senses. Grab this free printable and put it up as the wallpaper on your computer, save to your phone, or print it off and put it up. www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/senses
Allow for a rainbow of color in your life. Bring it in through your food, natural elements, etc. Be creative and make things visually pleasing to the eyes. Ask your kids, “Is this a rainbow meal?”
Sound – pay attention to nature. Play music – different themes. But also remember the importance of silence.
Listen to the blank spaces between people’s words – how does that add into it? It makes you pay attention to what they’re doing and who they are in a different way.
Waterfalls, windchimes, adding bird feeders to bring the birds in to sing. (We love these Corinthian Bell wind chimes: http://amzn.to/2xU5Prj)
Nathan’s “spirit animal” must be the owl – it comes up time and time again! http://www.spiritanimal.info/owl-spirit-animal/
And, learn more about the cool Barred Owl here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barred_Owl/id
Smell – your sense of smell is a real memory bank for you. Experiment and play with that and see what memories you can recreate, or how it can create a vibe of togetherness.
Taste – how does a tea or cappuccino affect your mood? Healthy snacks to keep up your energy.
With your kids – have healthy options available. Make the healthy stuff easy access. Our kids eat healthy simply because that is what is available. We don’t want to say no to our kids all the time. Surround them with good and healthy food. Sometimes pure, natural flavor to their pure, natural palettes will surprise you – so allow them to really experience all kinds of food.
Touch – what feels good to you – the power of personal touch as well as the physical things in your home. Soft blankets, clothes, etc.
Intuition – is the energy in your home heavy, or light? Soothing, or cold? Sometimes this is overshadowed by what our society tells us is “clarity”, but that may have nothing that works for us. What does our intuition say? What makes you feel comfortable, creative, focused?
How can you make your life lighter? How can you allow it to flow? It’s okay to let things go.
Try completely clearing an area. Feel it empty. Be very intentional about what you put back in to it.
With every thing, simply ask yourself why are you keeping it?
• What is it’s significance?
• Can you hold the memory without the item?
• Is there someone else who would enjoy it?
• What would you be without this in your life? (hint – if the answer is, it doesn’t matter in the slightest, then chances are you should purge it).
It’s amazing how much clutter can affect your mood. I am all about sweet things that make a house feel like home – but sometimes less is so much more.
It allows your soul to breathe.
Weekly challenge: Allow yourself open spaces where your spirit can soar. Start in the bedroom and see how you are engaging the senses. Focus on a room at a time and see what you can awaken. Get the “Engage the Senses” printable at www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/senses and post your pictures of your space and ideas in the Mama Says Namaste Facebook group!
Where is your most peaceful place in your own home?
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*Podcast music by the awesome Renee & Jeremy who cover “Put a Little Love In Your Heart” by Jackie DeShannon. Props to both of them for this beautiful rendition that epitomizes what I want for families!