Who doesn’t love a trip to the spa? You walk in the door and immediately, you relax. The air is clean and oh-so breathable. The sounds are calm and relaxing. The lighting is low-key and the decor is reminiscent of nature. Often there is the sound of water. The furnishings are well-maintained. There is no clutter and the feel is clean and fresh.
Now, who can afford a daily trip to the spa? Not many of us, that’s for sure. The next best thing is to give your home that spa feel. In my book, I go into some detail as to the steps you might take. But here, I’ll give a bit of a crash course.
Start at the doorway to your home. The entry way should give a hint as to what is inside. This is generally going to be your porch or portico. It should be clean, uncluttered, with any furniture in clean condition and good repair. I have a medium-sized fountain going with lush greenery and a comfortable rattan bench to sit on when removing shoes. Like at any competent spa, you kick your shoes off outside the door. After all, you don’t want the toxins, poisons, dangerous fecal matter and sewer run off that is present on all streets and sidewalks stepping into your home! When you step through the door, stop and close your eyes for a minute. What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you see? What do you feel? HOW do you feel? The preferred answer? You feel like you’ve walked into a spa!
You should hear either total quiet or very relaxing music or even nature sounds. Since I have a fountain in the kitchen for the cats, and since I have fountains near most all windows, I hear the movement of water first. I often keep nature sounds going in my house daily. My pets love it. They also enjoy a soft, low-key instrumental music. Since I work at home, I’m much more able to do my work well in a relaxing, natural environment.
You should NOT smell last night’s baked fish or tonight’s veggie lasagna. You should smell a fresh, relaxing scent or something that is very neutral. Please, please, please! NO GLADE or other toxic air fresheners! They’ve been proven to be truly dangerous for humans and pets. If you want to add scent, I generally recommend something like organic lavender essential oil in a diffuser with purified water. There are many alternatives, based on what you’re trying to achieve. Aromatherapy has been proven to have a positive effect on your mental attitude.
Look around you now. What do you see? Do you see clutter? That needs to go! A cluttered home stifles the energy flow that is necessary for a serene, relaxing environment. Many things can hide in clutter – dirt, dust, allergens, vermin, and just plain old crap. Get rid of it! The air flow to your home is as important as your breathing is to your body. Think of it this way: If something is obstructing your airway, you won’t be able to breathe and give your body the much-needed oxygen that is required. If clutter is obstructing your home, your home is unable to breathe and give you the peace that you require to live a healthy life.
Now what do you feel when you walk through your door? Do you feel stressed? Oh so much to do!!!! Or do you feel relaxed and grateful for your peaceful space? In our case, when we walk through our door, we immediately relax and lose all the annoyances that we experienced in the ‘outside’ world. Between us, we work four jobs so stress could always take over if we allowed it. But we do not. My husband says the most important gift is to walk through the door and feel instantly at peace. Here our world is quiet. Here our world is restful. This is where we renew our energy.
It’s very rare that we do not have a good night’s sleep and not a lot of people can say that at age 65 and 61. We awake renewed and ready for a new day.
I highly recommend reading up a bit on the basics of Feng Sui. While we don’t have the luxury of repositioning our homes on the piece of land where they’re located, we can certainly have some control on the interior spaces.
Now some will say that nature is the perfect ‘spa’ and in many cases, that’s absolutely true. However in the area where we are, it is close to impossible to find an environment in nature that will allow this type of relaxation. As an example, we often would go to an area in our boat about 6 or 7 miles north of our island. We’d run the boat up on a sand bar, anchor and sit naked in salt water up to our chests, with a cool beverage and just ‘be’ with nature. The shore birds were marvelous and calling to one another. Spotted Eagle Rays would swoosh past my arm, mangrove snapper would be feeding nearby. You could hear and see nature in it’s glory – for about 3 minutes. Then someone who didn’t appreciate nature would come roaring through a no-wake zone at high speed, in an over-loaded boat with stereo blaring. :::sigh::: There goes nature. Then the next overloaded boat 2 minutes later would decide that they wanted to have a party about 40 feet from where we were when there happened to be a hundred of miles of similar spots in reach. So, sadly, in our area, it is not possible to truly have a ‘spa’ moment in nature. Too many people don’t respect the space, property and peace of others.
Often my posts are inspired by the events of a day or the day before. In this case, this post was inspired by a particularly spiteful, bullying post or two on a thread from someone half-a world away who felt that their choices were the only choices. The website I enjoy so much is generally chock-full of healthy tips and ideas and is dedicated to health, wellness, peace and a non-toxic life so it’s surprising to find those on there who seem opposed to the basic healthy tenants of the site. This just served to remind me that everyone makes their own choices, and that our personal choices are particularly precious to us. One’s own value system defines one’s life. If your life is dedicated to peace, wellness and a healing non-toxic atmosphere for you, your family and your pets, then this is all that matters.