As January is whizzing by, 2014 is turning out to be like any other year: exhausting. We are constantly running from one thing to the next, and life becomes increasingly chaotic, stressful, and overwhelming. Try as we might to control it, it throws us bumps in the road and it’s all we can do to keep our heads above water. As a coping mechanism, we have learned to live absent-mindedly, not paying attention to what is going on inside or outside of us, and we become machines, seeing the world through habit, sacrificing the beauty and freshness of life. To combat this mechanical existence, we must reclaim our awareness of the present moment amidst all the chaos.
Mindfulness is a state of awareness we find in the present moment to keep us grounded within our daily routines to continue to find freshness and motivation in the mundane. Mindfulness is about easing in to the now, reflecting, slowing down, and simply being. As studies show that mindfulness offers “reduced rumination,” “stress reduction,” “boosts to memory,” “increased focus,” “less emotional reactivity,” “more cognitive flexibility,” and “relationship satisfaction,” mindful activities such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation are becoming increasingly popular. The Huffington Post even declared 2014 the Year of Mindful Living. This type of focused awareness of the present moment opens up space into your life to be aware of your surroundings, and ultimately, more at peace with your life.
Mindfulness begins at home. Our homes- the physical extensions of ourselves- say a lot about what is going on inside of us. It is important to reflect upon our surroundings and what they reveal about our inner workings: when you walk in the door after a long day, does your space remember who you are even when the world does not? Does it give you a feeling of calm? Does your space re-center and recharge you? Inspire you? Does it offer you the opportunity to stay present, exactly where you are in your life?
You deserve to reside in a place where you can fully inhabit, and be fully present, so that this outer calm will seep into your innermost self. Begin to find this sense of peace by intentionally organizing your space: what is it that you can organize in your external space to spur changes in your inner self? Purge what you don’t need and rearrange what you do. Create your space to express the inner calm- and the greater version of you- to which you aspire. The new presence and peace you find in your home will seep into other areas of your life.
Life is going to continue to be messy, so find your tools to combat it. As you begin to cleanse yourself, starting at home, Houseworks is here to help you. Find a cleaner, lighter, and more inspired space with some of our unique pieces. Come talk to one of our in store professionals about how you can customize our pieces to fit your needs.
-Copy by Amanda Steinken