There’s No Place Like Om
Ommm. It’s often the first and last sound in your ears in a yoga class. But what does it mean?
Turns out, a lot — and yet, like many spiritual things, it’s not so easy to define. “It’s big. Om is nebulous, and it’s vague. It can mean almost anything,” says Michael Carroll, dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga.
The answers are in the ancient yoga text known as the Mandukya Upanishad. Written in 800-500 BC, this text explains both the concepts behind the sound and the symbol. The first paragraph of the Mandukya states, “The syllable OM, which is the imperishable Brahman, is the universe. Whatsoever has existed, whatsoever exists, and whatsoever shall exist hereafter, is OM. And whatsoever transcends past, present, and future, that also is OM.”
Chanting Om brings into your awareness the physical reality of this world and your body, the subtle impressions of the mind and emotions and the thoughts and beliefs of your life and this world. We at Little GuruSkool believe that it’s important to not only chant Om, but to consciously integrate its meaning into your own home. Your house is your sanctuary and just as breathing deeply can energize your body and mind through Om, we hope that you can energize your home and make your place more inspiring through our easy tips for your living room, bedroom and bathroom.
Living Room: Keep It Casual
- Your living room is the most public room in the house, and traditionally, the central room in the home. Use your living room to create a spot for relaxing. Instead of a couch, invest in a chaise that can double-up as extra seating for guests and give you that place where you can meditate and think.
- Choose mood lighting and lampshades that cast a warm glow. More flattering and soothing than white light, this lighting should be bright enough for reading, but soft enough to be relaxing.
- Place fresh flowers, pictures, vacation mementos and kids’ report cards in a special place, such as on your mantel. Don’t be afraid to display those eclectic pieces you’ve acquired over the years. This makes your living room a personal museum or visual biography. Go ahead and put that pottery you picked up on vacation in Jaipur on top of your granny’s coffee table.
Bedroom: Create Order
- Make your bed each day. It helps when you come home to a space that looks like it is prepared to receive you. You’ll feel more relaxed before you even hit the sheets.
- Keep messes out of your bedroom, since the disorder in your room can seep into your subconscious.
Bathroom: Spa Scene
- The bathroom is the most functional room in the home and by far the most visually oriented, with mirrors, lighting and water defining the environment. Clean out the clutter and put everything you don’t need out of sight. Then you can create a sensuous environment on a foundation of cleanliness and order.
- Potted plants and fresh flowers tend to flourish in a humid bath environment, adding color and life. Add a low-fuss potted ivy plant to the room for some natural beauty.
- Invest in quality: Purchase soft, plush hand and bath towels, cozy rugs and natural-scented bath products.