Our surroundings have a significant influence on us. They can either contribute to or alleviate the stress in our lives. Just as a person’s character reflects those of their companions, and a person’s health reflects his or her diet, so does the well-being of a person’s mind reflect that of their environment. If your environment is messy or unhealthy, the rest of your life will probably be as well. But if your surroundings are organized, uplifting, well maintained, etc. then your life will reflect that.
The effects of the inputs in our lives, the circumstances, experiences and stresses that influence us, are unavoidable. Most of these inputs are beyond our control. But the few things we have control over—our diet, our activity level, our friends, and our environments—are crucial leverage points in managing our overall well-being.
It is for that reason that I have always been very deliberate in making my home a place of refuge, an escape, a mini vacation, an oasis of serenity away from the stress and worries of the world: a sanctuary. For me, this means paying close attention to how various things affect me. It means inhabiting my home with plant life, with meaningful art, memorabilia, and decor, with soothing light, calming music, therapeutic aromas, and with aspects of environmental consciousness and a minimalist lifestyle. The environment I create in my home enables me to retreat from the world to a place where I can rest and restore my mind and body. Few of us are fortunate enough to be able to escape to exotic resorts and spas for R&R. But if you’re deliberate about your surroundings, you can create a healing environment where you are.
In 2018 I encourage you to be purposeful in your surroundings, at your home, office, or anywhere you spend extended periods of time. Surround yourself with peace, love, and serenity. Make your place a sanctuary.