Bringing Bliss to Every Room
by Maya Whitman
Sacred space is most often associated with places of worship, but it can be any place that connects us to meaning or joy. In the blur of daily living, nooks of inspiration and beauty provide spiritual sustenance, remind us of our dreams or celebrate lovely memories. Having “bliss corners” in the home or workplace is a wonderful way to stay connected to the positive.
Most parents or grandparents can confess to having a bliss corner on the refrigerator door where drawings and accomplishments of young family members are proudly displayed. Having a place of inspiration in any room doesn’t have to take up much space and can easily add to the décor. It can be as simple as a wedding veil hanging on a bedroom wall or a bowl of shells, sea glass or sand from a beach vacation in the bathroom. It can be sentimental with dried flowers from a momentous occasion or a small table dedicated to loved ones with framed photos or letters and a piece of cloth that holds special memories.
Corners of bliss fulfill their purpose best in places where they can remind us to follow our heart’s “true north” or help us to foster inner peace during busy days. Such places are office desks and bedroom nightstands near an alarm clock. The kitchen is an ideal room in the house for sacred space; designating a corner to light a candle during meal prep; filling an old teapot with fresh flowers every week; and displaying the photo of someone who once nourished us are all beautiful ways to bring more meaning into our relationship with food.
Cultivating bliss can be a form of active meditation, simple rituals that can include prayer or other forms of mindfulness. On more practical levels, it can be an opportunity to bond with loved ones. Creating a bliss corner can be a creative and fun activity for teens to express a passion, whether it be a hobby, sport or favorite singer. Many of us have boxes of mementos or nostalgic things from childhood taking up space in a closet. Making a bliss corner is the perfect way to remind us why we kept them in the first place.
Maya Whitman writes about natural health and living a more beautiful life. Connect at Ekstasis28@gmail.com.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
This article appears in the April 2019 issue of Natural Awakenings.
More from Natural Awakenings
For those interested in composting but don’t know where to begin, the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works, along with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful and the Milwaukee Public Library, will host a free “Introduction to Basic Backyard Composting” class this summer on multiple dates.
The third annual Women’s Mushroom Conference, Mycelium Mysteries, will be presented by Midwest Women’s Herbal from September 27 through 29 at Camp Helen Brachman, in Almond, Wisconsin.
Milwaukeeans can don their Hawaiian shirts and head to the Urban Island Beach Party, from 5 to 11 p.m. on August 2, at Lakeshore State Park.
Veteran Brookfield-based healer Peig Myota has released her new book which is a comprehensive guide for “modern mystics” to achieve advanced stages of healing and expanded consciousness.
Thrive Holistic Medicine has a new member on their team, allowing them to expand colon hydrotherapy hours.
Kelly Kolodzinski, owner of Renew Holistic Wellness, and Emily Yenor of 1212 Bodyworks, will host an engaging evening as they dive into their favorite ways to dissolve stress through movement, nutrition and mindfulness.
Rosie Rain, of Sacred Sound Yoga, has long recognized the healing effects of music, and today she deftly weaves music into her yoga teachings, energy work and holistic memory-care services.
Our August issue is packed with valuable information for all aspects of healthful, sustainable living.
But Wisconsin For Safe Technology, an environmental group that has been monitoring the impacts of 5G towers on human health and the environment, cites myriad peer-reviewed studies that linked exposure to wireless radiation with a long list of acute and chronic health problems including cancer, neurological and cognitive harm, among many others.
Today’s barrage of junk food ads can easily influence kids for the worse, but 10 strategies, including visiting farmers’ markets, teaching cooking skills and implementing device-free family meals, can help them choose to eat better.
Farmers are increasingly exploring inexpensive organic methods to return microbial diversity to the soil, which could help mitigate a warming planet by allowing soil to absorb more carbon.
Through her personal story as a survivor of childhood abuse and the stories of others, the neurologist demonstrates the scientific bond between animals and humans—and how they can heal each other.