What Stir’s Your Heart?
When we look at an object, it has the power to trigger the memory of a simpler time, a beautiful place, a cherished event. Everything has a feel, an energy. These experiences can settle us down, relax our shoulders and allow us to breathe a little more slowly and deeply. Objects can connect us and calm us in tender ways; a glance at a photo of our child, our favorite shawl that warms us on a cold day, that pillow we lay our head on when we lay on the couch and rest. When we surround ourselves with this energy, we create ’home’.
Many homes are designed with only resale or current trends in mind. They tend to be perfect, non-offensive and heartless. Home should be an expression of our heart first. This is where we live and breathe and this is the energy we are immersing ourselves in. ‘Home’ matters a great deal.
When we design our rooms, we coordinate colors, right-size furniture and agonize over lay-out. But what makes ‘home’ is the energy, the feel, the heart-response. Look at an object and feel what it evokes within us. Does it calm us? Does it just look pretty but evoke no response? Does it express who we are?
The world can be chaotic and stressful. We have the power to create a refuge filled with loving, soulful energy; a place that evokes joy and peace. While objects can serve a purpose, they should do more. They should revive our spirit, expand our heart and make us smile. Beauty should surround us. In the outside world, we have little power to decide what it should look and feel like. But in our houses we are the curators of our environment. We hold the power. It is the power of well-being, thriving, enjoying and creating ‘home’.