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November 18, 2020

Curate a Peaceful Space

By Lark Keeler

Do you have a space where you live that is cozy and comfy?  As the winter season approaches, snuggling into soft slippers, holding a warm cup of tea in my favorite mug, wrapped in a fluffy blanket seems to nourish my being and certainly give me feelings of gratitude.

Crafting and curating a space that promotes an atmosphere of peace, calmness, relaxation, and comfort helps our bodies to unwind and switch into modes of healing and wellness.  Even if just in a warm bath and a novel for some stolen moments, create a space that nourishes you and brings you peace. 

Atmospheric energy from the space you spend time in can elevate or drain you.  Notice your space and the feelings it gives you.  How could you switch things up to spark new energy if it is feeling dull?  How might shifting lighting change the way it feels?  Could a sweet, delicate, floral, or spicy scent change the way the space feels?

Set aside a little bit of time to snuggle up with a sketchbook and a cup of cocoa.  Make a date to treat yourself to some well deserved self-care.  Focus on and recalibrate your breath.  Try some square breathing.  See if you can channel some of those hygge vibes from Denmark and spend some cozy time enjoying the good things in life with the good people in your life.  Find some gratitude for the blessing of having a warm and cozy space to find some peace.

-LK

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