These 6 things add serenity to any room in your house

These 6 things add serenity to any room in your house

We could all use a little more Zen in the place where we rest, recharge, and refocus: our homes! Now that you’ve detoxified your house, Feng Shui’d it up, and put it through the spring cleaning wringer, you can take a deep breath and find a little more peace in your home life with these tips, thanks to Oprah Magazine. The best part is that you can do these things in any room that you think could use more positive vibes, whether it’s your bedroom, your living room, or your dining room!

A Noise-Canceling…Rug

You probably never even noticed a spa’s greatest trick for creating a calming environment: “Soft fabrics, like mohair, help keep sounds from echoing,” says Stacy Shoemaker, editor-in-chief of Hospitality Design, which recognizes the world’s top hotels with its annual design awards. White sheepskin throws, rugs and covered pillows are especially popular right now: They’ve got all the plushness of a high-end fabric, but—starting at about $30 a piece—they won’t kill your budget.

An Odd Couple That Works Together

In a room with a mishmash of furniture bought, given and handed down, one of the easiest ways to keep things from looking jumbled is to figure out which pieces of furniture could work together—like a mirror and a chest that form a makeshift vanity—and paint them the same color, designer and The Nesting Place author Myquillyn Smith says.

A Signature Scent

Le Méridien commissioned a custom scent for its rooms, which smells a lot like leather-bound books. It’s familiar enough to comfort guests, and distinctive enough that they’ll associate it only with the hotel. Similarly, having a nontraditional scent that reminds you of your home—and only your home—can help you leave work, traffic jams and that rude woman at the grocery store behind as soon as you walk through the door.

A Bright Spot

Oh, to have gigantic windows and skylights. That may not be the reality for most of us, but with a few extra lamps—including an overhead light set to a dimmer switch—and boosting the lights so they’re brightest at mid-day, when the sun is at its brightest, could help you feel better (and create a home that looks like this). An October 2013 study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that hospital patients who were exposed to low levels of light 24 hours a day were more fatigued and reported higher pain levels than those who stayed in rooms with lights that adjusted. With just 40 people surveyed, there’s no guarantee that brighter days and darker evenings will improve your health, but it may be worth testing out for yourself.

A Glimmer of Warmth

While soft blues continue to be the most popular “peaceful” color, Zillow Digs’s Board of Designers survey found that a new shade has tied white for the number two spot: Gray. Unlike other calming colors, which tend to be cool tones, most people prefer light grays that have hints of red in them. Cool grays feel sterile, like an industrial warehouse, explains Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. She recommends Mindful Gray or Anew Gray, and says she’s seeing them paired with pale aquas as an alternative to the classic blue and white.

Find Your Center

Start with the biggest piece of furniture in the room–that’s where your gaze will naturally rest. Flank it with two similar items, like a pair of side tables, wall art or lamps–but not pairs of all three, or you risk veering from symmetry to “sameness.” Because you’re going for serenity, not boredom.



How to Connect With the Divine Energy Your Higher Self Holds

How to Connect With the Divine Energy Your Higher Self Holds

Connecting with the Divine Energy within your Higher Self can be a transformative and enlightening experience. It can guide you toward a deeper understanding of your true nature and spiritual potential. To embark on this journey of self-discovery, you’ll need to do a couple of things that seem easy but might be harder than you think in practice. From finding a quiet and peaceful space to silencing your mind and communicating with the divine, it requires more than simple meditation. Divine Energy pervades all of existence. Embrace this connection with an open heart, and let it illuminate your path toward spiritual growth and self-awareness.

What is the Higher Self?

The Higher Self, also known as the Divine Self, is the Self that exists at an even higher level than the soul; it is in every human being ever born. It is the true self essence of the Universe that dwells in your being, the source of all light and life within you, and your true motivation for living. It is a belief held by Hindus and New Age thought alike.

The Divine Self is what powers you and makes you wonder. It is the spiritual journey of the soul light at your core that chose to be incarnate at this point in time. It’s ever-aware and has been thinking since you began existing in this lifetime, and since your birth in other lifetimes. The body and the physical realm, in which we dwell in our own life, are thought to be but a vehicle for the Higher Self.

Divine Energy and the Higher Self

Divine Energy is the sacred yet infinite force that connects everything in the universe and transcends the physical world. It is believed to provide life, consciousness, and creation with things like love and wisdom. The concept of the Higher Self is closely related and represents the purest essence within individuals that connects them to the Divine Energy. Aligning with the Higher Self allows one to access ancient wisdom and spiritual growth – leading to a deeper understanding of one’s purpose and a sense of oneness with all creation.

If you’ve ever experienced synchronicities, where coincidences that are too uncanny to be coincidental occur in your life, you may be in the process of connecting with your higher self.

In the same beliefs, the soul is closer to the personality and is an intermediary between the person and her Divine Self until such time as she is able to directly experience and realize the Divine Self as who she is.

How to Contact Your Higher Consciousness

If you’re interested in opening up to your Divine Self, the practice promises guidance, peace, harmony, and illuminating light through its higher knowledge. Believers also claim that you can more easily turn away from the distractions of the physical world, and restore yourself in the light, love, and power of this eternal Self, because it will reveal the illusions, desires, and attachments that keep you trapped in a lower vibration and on a lesser path, thus enabling you to find your higher path. You are also supposed to gain a greater ability to recognize limiting, disharmonious, and restricting energies and forms.

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