Somewhere along the road of life I realized the deep, deep connection our homes we live in have to our being HOMES. LIPH began as a way for me to write and speak to others about this connection of Home to our HOMES. As a decorator I know first hand the beauty that we can create in our homes and furthermore, I clearly get the importance of making our space reflect our individual uniqueness.
Recently my company launched a new look for our website. By the way, a great big shout out to my fab team of designers that made it happen, Sean Kalooky and John Baxter of Big Sushi. You guys truly created a look on the site that reflects our personal “branding” of our company. (Check us out at www.bainteriors.com.)
Anyway, my point to this is that now that our new website has launched I feel I’m further on the road to fulfilling my dream of using stories of people, places and things that I’ve connected with to communicate to others the beauty of life- both in our spatial homes and our being HOMES. I blog on the B&A website about our spatial homes specific to design and decor work. LIPH incorporates HOME in all its interpretations – our spatial home, our being HOME and our Earth home. I feel blessed to be able to share with others ways to live in peace and harmony through what I write, what I speak and what I design and decorate. Honestly, I’ve had some really unusual experiences and chance encounters (some would make great story line for Lifetime TV) that have taught me valuable lessons of life. In fact, if my son-in-law has told me once, he’s told me a gazillion times that I am a magnet for encounters out of the norm! I believe that in sharing these encounters as stories in a way that blends Home and HOME, you can learn from these experiences as well. I hope so anyway!
Part of my message in both my writing and my design work is what I refer to as “Conscious Living”. I absolutely positively believe that in both spaces (Home and HOME) it is vital to your essence that you live consciously. Living consciously allows you to live in perfect harmony – with yourself, with others, with mankind and yep, with our Earth home.
What do I mean to live consciously? I love vocabulary so let me start with a definition.
Conscious: Fully aware of or sensitive to something
Clearly, it’s important to have consciousness – of whatever the experience or situation. Being conscious means you are feeling, understanding and honoring the situation- yep, you’re fully alive! And, I believe that in order to live in perfect harmony we must live consciously in both homes. But, it’s a clear choice to do so. How to do it?
Conscious Living in your Home
Living consciously within your spatial home is fairly simple. It just takes desire, determination and dedication. Examples of ways to achieve this range from caring about the Earth and how you incorporate this into how you live in your home, how you act in your home and how you decorate your home. Here’s my top ten ways to achieve conscious living in your home:
- Make your home a “No Shoe Zone” to shoes worn outside.
- “Go Green” every way that you can.
- Bring Fresh Air into your home regularly.
- Reduce Noise Pollution.
- Reduce Waste.
- Buy locally grown and locally raised foods.
- Plant a garden each year and better yet, make it organic.
- Reduce Conspicuous Consumption.
- Reduce Clutter.
- Decorate your home as a unique expression of yourself.
Conscious Living in your HOME
Living consciously within yourself, your being HOME is vital to your essence in ways that greatly affect everything in your life.
The best way to consciously live in your being HOME is to honor who you are and live your life accordingly. One way to do this is to choose a career that expresses who you are. My son Jimmy, a lover of the outdoors and in particular, fly-fishing has done just that. His work mirrors his passion for the outdoors! Another way to live consciously is to respect who and what you are and freely express it. Be yourself! As I’ve mentioned in many of my posts, I learned this for myself after a chance encounter on a plane in 2006. Believe me, that encounter was a defining moment in my life. It brought me the clarity I needed to live consciously- yep, absolutely positively fully alive embracing who I am on every level. I will forever be grateful for the experience!
Living consciously in one home affects the other homes in your life. It’s kind of like that domino thing you know. Your spatial home, your being HOME, your earth home – they are all intricately connected to each other and so the transition from one to the next must be smooth for proper balance to be obtained in your life and quite frankly, the lives of all you come in contact with.
Take the opportunity today to evaluate your life and ask yourself how consciously you are living. Whatever you determine, I do know that there is more bliss for yourself and those around you if you are living it fully alive! So, just do it ~ in your home and your HOME!
To conscious living…