There are all sorts of ways to have more peace at home, the kind that welcomes you in from the day instead of adding to your burdens. For me, there are three material items in particular that help me come home to a relaxing space where I can write, sleep, and live with greater peace in my own heart (my real home).
“People say walking on water is a miracle, but to me walking peacefully on earth is the real miracle.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
I’ve always enjoyed making my space as soothing and cheerful as possible. I find that I can bring joy to something as simple as hanging up curtains (my boyfriend thinks I just enjoy putting holes in the wall, which is probably true). The real truth is that decorating is a flow activity for me, bringing me into a heightened state of present-moment awareness that we might refer to as “being in the zone.” I truly enjoy the process, which happens to be really important because everything seems to be a process.
The joy I experience in making a home is one of the reasons I keep going back to the first “job” I’ve ever had: working at my aunt’s gift shop.
Peace at home is pretty important to me, not surprisingly. I tend to believe that coming home after being out in the world should bring a sigh of relief. Then again, I’m trying to soften my “shoulds” and not cling too desperately to too many beliefs these days. In any case, if there isn’t peace at home, then where? If there isn’t peace here, then when?When there is peace in the heart, there is peace at home. Click To Tweet
I’ve already shared a few thoughts on making your home a space you love to be in. Especially if you have a small space to work with, you might enjoy these three easy ways to make any room a happy room. There are also endless ways to make your space relaxing (here are 20). This post focuses on three specific products that I use (every single day, without exception) to make peace at home more probable.
3 Products That I Love and Use Every Day for Peace at Home
1. Himalayan Salt Lamps
Negative ions purify the air, which is one reason many people love being near the ocean, or why it feels so good to step outside after a thunderstorm. Himalayan salt lamps are touted for their ability to purify the air by releasing negative ions and attracting moisture (which is also helpful for air quality concerns like mold growth).
Known for their calming properties, Himalayan salt lamps are a popular element in mindful home decor, and I’ve been on board for a while now.
You can even use the lamp as a focal point for meditation, visualizing all your thoughts being absorbed by the healing glow of the lamp.
Pandora Radio Stations
Music can be a powerful healing agent for everything from recovering from surgery to maintaining high levels of productivity at work. Whether I’m writing, practicing yoga, or doing dishes, I always have music playing in the background. I find that something to listen to, especially if it’s calming, helps me stay peaceful and focused inside.
I know that people love creating Spotify playlists, and that might be better for you, but I enjoy letting Pandora pick out my next song for me while I continue to do my thing (write, lay on the yoga mat, meditate, redecorate).
My favorite Pandora stations for soothing background music are Deuter, Liquid Mind, and Enya. Depending on what I’m doing, I’ll throw on a Trevor Hall or Tom Petty station. If I need an extra dose of nature in my day, I might search for new stations based on keywords like “ocean waves” or “forest sounds.”“Home is the nicest word there is.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder Click To Tweet
An Object of Meaning
In almost every room in my home, I have some sort of sentimental souvenir, ornament, or talisman that triggers positivity, whether it a be a positive memory, a specific phrase, or hope for what’s to come.
For me, my objects of meaning include the prayer beads my brother gave to me from his trip to Jordan, specific photos, crystals, and the locket a friend gifted to me with a picture of my brother and father inside. Your objects of meaning could be anything, really; it’s totally up to you to decide what material items offer hope or support a peaceful state of mind.
Every time I sit down to write, I see the prayer beads from my brother and a picture of my father. I’m reminded that I’m never alone and I have access to a deeper pool of wisdom when I’m at peace in my heart—my true home.
- Do you have Himalayan salt lamps, play background music, or keep sentimental objects in specified areas to trigger positivity?
- Can you think of any other products that you love using daily for peace at home?
Please share your thoughts on keeping the peace at home—any products you use often or practices you maintain—with me in the comments.
If you know someone who’d love a little more peace and calm when they walk in the door, share this post with them.
Leave everything you love at home, inside your heart, and keep nothing else.