2 very simple ways to make your living space feel more zen

A living room with black table, green plants and a painting

Turn your home into a more peaceful space by following these two simple steps. They may even change the way you think about cleaning up.

Invite nature into your home

You might not have a beautiful garden, but bringing nature inside adds such aliveness to each space. Taking care of indoor plants requires work, but they improve the air quality and add a sense of serenity. Go through each room in your home and see what you could add to bring nature inside. If you don’t feel confident with plants, you can always use branches or twigs – anything to bring nature into each space.

A chair and a table next to a window

Clean home, clean heart

Most people tend to feel calmer in a tidy space. Zen temples and minimalist interiors usually feel soothing and relaxing, with symmetry creating a sense of order not just in the room, but in our minds.

Shoukei Matsumoto, a Buddhist monk, describes the home as being a reflection of the heart: clean home, clean heart. Remember this and you may find you clean your home not out of a sense of duty but as a practice to keep your heart clean as well. Somehow it makes the whole process far more enjoyable!

High Grade Living: A guide to creativity, clarity and mindfulness by Jacqui Lewis and Arran Russell
Extracted from High Grade Living: A guide to creativity, clarity and mindfulness by Jacqui Lewis and Arran Russell (Thames & Hudson, $55).

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