How to Turn Your Home Into a Sanctuary, Today

by | Aug 19, 2022 | Home, Activities

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Let’s turn our homes into places where we can restore and resource ourselves. For that, I’d love to show you how you too can start to turn your home into a sanctuary, today!

I think we can all agree that things have to change, if we want to sustain our planet and ourselves.

I created A MAGICAL YEAR to gently allow for the changes we need, while filling all areas of our lives with love and clarity, so we can create a basis from where we can handle stress and demands more confidently and calmly and can start to overcome feelings of overwhelm and anxiety.

The first part of A MAGICAL YEAR is HOW TO TURN YOUR HOME INTO A SANCTUARY because when we start overcoming the mixed feelings we might have about our home, we can immediately feel a relief.

The changes we create in our homes will also be visible and can serve as a reminder throughout the year that change is possible.

In this article, I will introduce some of the core principles, that we need to look at when we want our homes to support our lives, growth and well-being. 

And I also have some practical tips for you, that you can implement right away!

Our home plays an essential part for our physical and mental well-being.

Like our clothes, it keeps us warm and protects us from certain environmental influences. Like our clothes, it is also an element in our lives that expresses our souls.

If our home and living situation are not in order, that can be a reflection of our state of mind.

This goes both ways, though. In the same way, the state of our homes might reflect our own states, it also influences our well-being.

It’s one of these vicious cycles which we will encounter again and again during our magical year together, and which we will break one by one.

→ I’ve also written about why the most important thing is to start some weeks ago.

In this case, we will break this circle by taking a good look at our homes, what they are now, how we got to here, and by finding out what we want for them and how we can get that.

If you worry about the time it might take to allow for that introspection and work, I hear you.

But it also takes a lot of time and energy to worry or wonder about our living situation, to live in a house that is not organized well, or to obsessively organize everything to distract ourselves from other things.

It’s a choice we make either way.

We can continue as it is and try to wing it, or we can consciously set aside one or two hours per week for one month, which is the length of HOW TO TURN YOUR HOME INTO A SANCTUARY and actually get clarity on all aspects of your home, so you won’t have to worry about it again for a very long time.

Why Our Homes Matter

Everything is connected. The uncertainty and insecurity we feel when it comes to the changes in the outside world, we see reflected in ourselves and in our homes.

But we always have to come back to see what we can change and what we cannot change and while we can’t change the outside circumstances we can change the way we live and think about them.

I feel very lucky in many ways, that I have lived in a small village in Ukraine for a year, where we did not have running water, central heating or even an inside toilet.

Electricity was limited to a couple of hours per day and yet, life was as normal as anything.

If it’s cold, you heat with wood and coal, if it’s dark, you light some candles. If you need to use the bathroom, you go outside. And when it’s a full moon, it’s even beautiful and magical to do that at night.

I learned to live with little, but I also learned to live with gratitude and with an abundance of love and beauty and home-grown food and time while I was there.

It also gives me an immense sense of calm, when it comes to the changes we see in the world today because I know how few material things we really need and that community, finding joy and being open and loving and caring are so much more meaningful and important.

And this is something I would like to share with you.

What do you need to turn your home into a sanctuary?

So, the first thing to look at, when it comes to turning our home into a sanctuary is our inner state, our fears, hopes and expectations.

But there is more.

While earlier generations did not have the freedom and need to question everything, we do.

And while that means that we don’t have to follow any rules when it comes to how we want to live and that we can invent our own lives, the number of possibilities we have because of that can also easily lead to overwhelm.

Some of us live in cities, others in villages, the desert, on a boat or in the woods.

Some of us live alone, with or without animals, in shared housing communities, as families, biological or chosen.

And families come in so many wonderful formations these days, that that alone can mean a myriad of different combinations in itself:

Two parents with children or three parents with children. Parents living in different places and children staying with each parent at different times. One parent with child or children. One parent, with other single parents and children. One parent and child, and other people without children.

Each of these variations comes with its own set of problems as well as joys.

However we live, now or in the future, it’s essential to know our needs and why we decide to live a certain way and then to make peace with that, which can present us with unprecedented challenges.

While our world may be constantly changing, our ideas about a happy or successful life have often been formed when we were growing up and can subconsciously remain stuck with what we learned from our parents or grandparents or TV commercials, teachers, friends, or whoever we had access to when we were growing up.

While we (think we) are making our choices independently now, these subconscious believes can still influence how we act and how happy we are with our lives now.

What we consciously want and believe in and what our subconscious tells us to do, does not have to be the same and can lead to an internal conflict without us knowing.

All we may notice is that we don’t feel happy or at peace or that something is bothering us, or not as we feel it should be.

We might notice a constant searching for something else or a dissatisfaction with our situation, without ever really knowing why.

The good thing is that together we can uncover these subconscious believes, so each of us can decide for themselves what they want to keep and maybe even celebrate in terms of traditions and values and what does not serve us any more, so we can let go of it.

In other areas, we might know exactly why we don’t feel completely happy or very unhappy about our home, yet we don’t know what to do about it.

We will create doable plans how to implement these changes (over time) as well.

And last, but not least, we will do some of the practical work of cleaning up and then sorting out our homes to share or exchange the things we don’t need any more with others.

Once the emotional and physical baggage is gone, we tune in to our deepest wishes and desires to bring our soul and our love into our homes, into the places we inhabit so that they can become a true sanctuary.

Are you excited? I am.

But before we start the course, I would like to give you two practical tips, that you can start implementing right away:

1. The 2-minute rule

Do everything that takes less than two minutes right away.

Whether that is putting the dishes away, cleaning up your desk, making your bed or folding and putting away your clothes.

It’s a great energy saver because once it’s gone it won’t be able to bother you every time you walk by or overwhelm you because it’s got too much.

2. Start every day fresh

Which means cleaning everything up, before we go to bed.

Somebody once shared a story with me, that their grandmother used to tell them. In this story, all the monsters came out at night to cause even more chaos in the house, where they would find a little bit of chaos.

Those monsters were attracted by chaos, by dirty dishes, by unfinished business. And wherever they could find any, they would feel invited and bring even more.

These monsters can be invisible magical beings, but they can also be our kids, partners or we ourselves.

But if we sort things out, or clean them up, before we go to bed, we sleep better and we can give every day a fresh start, without having to deal with yesterday’s monsters.

Would you like to experience more?

We all need a place to restore and resource ourselves.

And there is no better place than our homes for that.

HOW TO TURN YOUR HOME INTO A SANCTUARY is a 4-week course with text and video classes, practical and journaling exercises and includes a community space and live Q&A to get your questions answered and share your experiences.

During the course, we will look at hidden assumptions and unacknowledged hopes as well, as making sure that we find out how we can fulfil our dreams and achieve our plans for how we want to live in this lifetime.

This also includes looking at practical and more sustainable ways to restructure our lives to save time and other resources, while not having to give up on what makes our lives joyful, but instead inviting in even more of that in.

If you want to future-proof your life, and make it more mindful, joyful and meaningful – this is for you.

TOPICS

1. Where Do I live?
2. How Did I Get Here?
3. How Do I Want to Live?
4. Letting Go of What I’ve Outgrown.
5. Bringing Clarity Into My Home
6. Bringing in New Life
7. Creating a Sanctuary
8. Reflections

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