Take a moment, wherever you are reading this, and look around you. What do you notice? What catches your eye first, second, third? What sounds come to your ears? Are there scents? And how about textures– what are you sitting on, touching, tasting? These are the things that make your “outer space” at this very moment. Is it pleasant? Rejuvenating? Relaxing? Anxiety-provoking? Scary? Peaceful? And how much of it do you control?
In your own home, you have absolute control over the environment. You can paint the walls a new color, rearrange the furniture, choose meaningful artwork, decide what sort of fabric patterns and textures you want, purchase coordinating accessories, etc. You can make your outer living space uplifting and energetic or calm and peaceful. You can create the living space you desire that supports and nurtures every aspect of your life, from minimalist to sentimental knick-knacks and everything in between.
So what does that mean?
This blog post isn’t so much about home decorating as it is about creating the outer space you need to flourish in life. Our external world has an impact on our internal world. What we surround ourselves with is an extension of our inner self– a cluttered home could indicate a cluttered inner life that may need a little tidying up, or maybe that’s how you operate best.
Whatever the state of your outer space, look at it closely and decide if it’s the best outer space for you. Surround yourself with things that are beautiful and functional. Things that, when you experience them, you say, “ah, now that’s just what I needed!” Pay attention to the effect your environment has on your well-being. Change whatever may need changing. Perhaps you simply need to move a chair to a different corner of the room, or maybe you need a whole new paint color on the walls, or maybe all the sentimental knick-knacks just aren’t *you* anymore.
So think about your outer space today. Make a small change to it. And see if that predicates a small change in you.
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