By admin | In News | on March 24, 2014
by Jill Healy-Quintard

We work, we live, we love, we play, we sleep, we eat and enjoy our special space. Our home.
People with many different energies come into our homes and the vast majority of homes are never cleared of negative energy that can enter from day to day, year to year and even from people who have lived in our homes previously. This means that we are not only living amongst the energy we attract and release but also the energies of everyone else who has lived there before we did.
We love living in a clean and happy environment, but living in a harmonious environment is very important for our health, wellness and happiness. Luckily there are a number of simple things we can do in order to create balance and harmony.
Wherever I have lived I have created sacred spaces in my home for my family, friends and myself and very often when people enter my home they comment on how relaxed and harmonious it feels and especially how good it smells.
I will list a few spaces and ways to clear and harmonise and create a balanced, loving environment.

(1) The dining table is a place to share our food, nourish our bodies and communicate with our family and friends. In order to create this as a sacred space there needs to be warm lighting with candles or subtle lights, perhaps flowers or oil burner with essential oils such as Ylang Ylang, Orange, Patchouli for conversation and harmony, nourishing balanced food such as proteins, vegetables and salads. This will provide people with a sense of joy and physical satisfaction as well as spiritual balance.

(2) I mentioned oil burners above. These are an excellent way of creating a certain atmosphere. A few drops of your favourite essential oil in water, light the candle beneath the oil and within minutes an atmosphere is created.
Lavender for relaxation, Ylang Ylang for a loving, relaxed environment, Orange and Patchouli for conversation, Citrus Oils such as lemon and lime will lift the spirits, Ginger is warming when the weather is cooler and will also help stimulate the appetite and can relieve headaches.

(3) Smudging is also another way of clearing negative energy from your home. The American Indians burn Sage to cleanse a new or negative environment and this practise has become a
modern-day practice in personal smudging based on a combination of the spiritual, medicinal, herbal and cultural teachings of the past.
This is done by burning sage to cleanse negative energy and to replenish positive, healing energy. Sage sticks can be purchased in Health Food shops, organic markets, herb shops or ordered online. Once lit the ritual is to move the burning sage around a room letting the smoke trail wherever you feel the energy needs to be cleared. Once completed the sage stick can be doused in sand and kept for further clearing.

(4) Candles and Incense also create a warm and glowing atmosphere in any home or any environment that you are staying in for a night, weekend or holiday..
I take my own supply whenever I travel and can create an instant change of atmosphere in just a few seconds. Again people coming into my environment often comment on the warmth and calmness I have created, even when I have been camping.

(5) Love and Laughter. Laughter is really the best medicine. Along with creating a beautiful environment laughing often and with family and loved ones will balance health and wellness and continue to provide a loving home atmosphere.

(6) Music to soothe the soul…… is an expression that says it all. Music is as therapeutic as laughter, love, great food and communication. Listening to music, creating music or singing has an immediate calming effect on everyone.  Music can be the salvation after a challenging day or situation. People sing and listen to music in their car, the shower, working out, anywhere really as it does exactly that soothes an emotional upset and uplifts the sprit and the heart.

(7) Reducing Use of Electronic Equipment. This is difficult as we live in an electronic age, but we can minimise the use of Television, Electrical Appliances, Computers, Tablets, Mobile Phones and the strong Electromagnetic Field by simply turning the power off at the wall at night (this also saves electricity). Reducing your time in front of a screen (computer, tablet, phone, TV etc) can have positive results and may help produce better sleep and a healthier lifestyle or simply communicating with family and friends more.

“Our exposure to chemicals in our environment is unfortunately rapidly increasing every day. There are studies about the relationship between EMF and cancer.  There may be a direct relationship because EMF’s put stress on the body and reduce the immune system’s ability to deal normally with abnormal cell growth.”

by: Joe Hall

(8) Write a One Line a Day Gratitude Journal. After the meal, the laughter, the atmosphere, the oil burners, candles etc and just before bed, simply write down one happy memory from that day. You can do this with your children and just ask :What did you love the most today? ” Reflecting on what you have done, your joys and achievements is an important part of wellness and happiness. When you stop to think about it and then write it down it begins to create gratitude for what you have and what you have achieved, and pausing to reflect on a positive event from each day cultivates gratitude. This will also help you to sleep better and wake feeling more refreshed as the last conscious thought is a positive one. It is also a wonderful and positive way of looking back at what you have done once it is written

(9) On Waking. Before you get up each morning, think about and set your intention for the day. The Dali Lama says “”Every day, think as you wake up: today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.” The Art of Happiness.
If that thought seems difficult think of anything that relates to your and your life, such as thank you for another day of teaching or great coffee and fabulous food or healthy children, happy marriage…..whatever relates to you and within that intention the day will have a more positive start.

(10) Then Make Your Bed. As simple as it is, this is something that I have always told my children, as I know when I begin by making the bed the day has begun with a sense of order. The house is already taking on a positive atmosphere.
“Apparently, making your bed (and other feel-good tasks like exercising and cooking your own food) is something called a keystone habit. Keystone habits are those routines that, if you can identify them, spill over to other habits. According to Duhigg, changing or cultivating keystone habits “helps other habits to flourish by creating new structures, and they establish cultures where change becomes contagious.”

Now you are ready for a Positive, Loving and Balanced Life.
Please send me a comment. I would love to know if some or any of these suggestions have had an impact on your daily life.
Jill Healy-Quintard
Body and Balance Pilates/Yoga/Fitness (FACEBOOK)