Friday, August 31, 2007

Create a Tranquil Area in Your Home

Every home needs a space that is a sanctuary…this can be your bedroom, a room for meditation or yoga, or just a space to be.

To create your restful room, you will want to create a room with and abundance of yin. Yin and yang are opposite but complimentary forces and are contained in all things. The following are some examples of yin and yang:

Yin vs.Yang

Feminine vs. Masculine

Winter vs. Summer

Dark vs. Light

Interior vs. Exterior

Curved/rounded vs. Straight

Water vs. Fire

Wet vs. Dry

Earth vs. Sky/Air

Moon vs. Sun

Wood vs. Metal

Pottery vs. Glass

Horizontal vs. Narrow

Stillness vs. Movement

Odd numbers vs. Even Numbers

Cold vs. Heat

Soft vs. Hard

Sleep vs. Wakefulness

Low vs. High

Passive vs. Active

Black vs. White

Blue vs. Red

Indigo vs. Orange

Violet vs. Yellow

Yin is cool and soothing and using yin objects will help create your restful place.

Perhaps the easiest way to achieve a predominately yin room is with color. Each color has its own vibration; color can be used to bring harmony and balance into your life. The invisible vibrations of color can be used to either relax or stimulate.

The color spectrum is made up of seven colors, with thousands of tones, shades and tints in between. The longest wavelengths, or yang colors—red, orange and yellow—are considered the warm, expansive and outgoing colors, the shorter wavelengths, or yin colors—blue, indigo and violet—are cool, soothing and introverted. Green is considered neutral.

So, you will use predominately the cool, yin colors to decorate your room. This can be as easy as painting the walls a soft lavender, for example. Feel free to use some warm colors, however, as the room need not be entirely made up of yin colors.

Other Tips

  • Rounded, curved furniture and other objects are preferred over straight angles.
  • Water features such as fountains are perfect and the sound of the water is very relaxing.
  • Earth features can include plants and flower arrangements in ceramic vessels. Ceramic objects, rocks and crystals are perfect, too.
  • Soft furnishings, pillows and blankets will make the room cozy.
  • Candles and incense will add a soothing atmosphere.
  • Fabric wall hangings, like a quilt, are cozier than artwork in glass frames.

Bringing in some or all of these elements will make your room a sanctuary. Enjoy!

For more on creating your special home, go to: Harmonious Environment

1 comment:

Irena said...

Thank you for posting this! I really appreciate it.

Irena
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