“What you surround yourself with, you become.”
We spend a third of our lives in our bedrooms, so shouldn’t our bedrooms be given high priority when it comes to design and feel?
I spent a few weeks experimenting on how my environment affects my inner world – my mental and emotional state. It was not a controlled test but there was one major turning point that convinced me that our immediate environment directly affects the inner world that we live in.
For a week, I kept my room clean by sweeping, mopping, wiping but I allowed clutter to pile up. I left endless things on the table, clothes on the shelf, bags outside the cabinet, and books at random places. At the end of the week, I had a strong urge to clear everything. After spending something close to two hours de-cluttering, I felt immensely light emotionally and mentally.
The moment I cleared my surroundings of clutter, my mental state immediately went from disorganized and frenzied to light and in control.
On top of using simple exercises like this 3-step meditation to clear your mind, here are five easy ways to turn your bedroom into your Zen haven.
1. Use earth colours
Shades of brown, light green, white, and blue.
2. Declutter, declutter, DECLUTTER
Throw away things you don’t need. Give things away. Have as little things in your room/house as possible
3. Have minimal items on surfaces
Clear your tables of files, books, electronics etc. and keep them away in organized drawers.
4. Use soft lighting, play with dimmers
You know how yoga teachers dim the lights as we cool down towards the final resting pose, Savasana? That’s the calm and relaxed ambience that we want to have in our bedrooms.
5. Keep things simple and neutral
Avoid loud, colourful displays and decorations. You might also want to avoid having pictures that could evoke emotions in your room.
Zenifying (this word doesn’t actually exist, I just made it up) your bedroom is a nice start to a more zen life. You could even add in some short and simple meditation techniques to start/end your day in your bedroom to enhance your mental and emotional wellbeing.
If you have other titbits on how to zenify your bedroom and life, please feel free to share 🙂
I’ll leave you with this beautiful, beautiful song: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, by Will Blunderfield
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”