Take a look around you. What does your environment tell you about who you are?
Okay, let me explain.
We obviously build and shape our environments—where we live, work, play, drive, shop, etc., but did you know that your environment is constantly informing our conscious and subconscious mind?
Our environment is a reflection of our (or someone’s) style, taste, preferences, likes, and dislikes. The colors we choose, the images and art we display, how we arrange spaces, and what we keep, discard, hide, or display all reflect our beliefs, assumptions, attitudes, and agendas. And, because all of that information is built into the space around us, the space around us is a constant reflection and reminder of all of those things.
The environments we spend time in have the power to deplete and drain us or add support and harmony to our lives. When we make intentional changes to our environment, we are creating new inputs into our subconscious mind about who we are and how we want to live.
For example, some people seem to thrive in a messy workspace. Perhaps this is a kind of creative womb for them to work within. Personally, I keep my workspace very tidy and simple. Clutter makes me feel anxious, whereas a very clean space is like a blank canvas from which clarity and creativity flows.
Do the spaces in your life reflect and bring out the best in you or do they overwhelm and distract you?
If your relaxation space has reminders of work lying around (ex. work papers, bills, a work laptop), then you may find you’re not achieving the levels of rest and recuperation you desire.
On the other hand, if you have a stressful commute in the car, perhaps it would be good to make that space feel more balanced and tranquil with scents, sounds, textures, colors, or objects that bring you a sense of peace.
As a first step in improving the quality of the spaces you inhabit, I encourage you to come to each space with a fresh perspective.
I find it helpful to ask myself a series of simple questions, including:
- What is the job of this space? What should this space do for me? Is it supporting my goals?
- How do I feel in this space? How do I want to feel in this space? Will that feeling add support and harmony to my life?
- What can I add, take away, or rearrange in this space to make it more balanced, enjoyable, productive, and harmonious?