We have all had those days when we walk through the front doors at work and our mind is still back at home slowly rising out of bed, maybe stuck in an argument you had the night prior or looking forward to your delicious lunch plans. Regardless of what might be calling your attention away from your work, when you walk into your working environment you are presented with a unique opportunity to not only get to work but to arrive.
The process of arriving to work is a matter of setting ourselves up for success. Creating tools and techniques for ourselves to future-proof our work environment as a productive and creative space.
Consider your workspace your sanctuary. The first step to creating our sanctuary is a clear physical space. We’ve all heard of feng shui, I’m here to tell you its about more than just positioning the couch and TV in your living room just right. The art of feng shui is a practice over 3000 years old and was inspired to promote the balance of Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) energies. When yin and yang energies are flowing it allows for a flow of positive energy as well as a powerful creative space and intentional working environment. You can start your feng shui journey by clearing your space of clutter - that means anything that is not necessary will find a new home elsewhere. This also means ensuring that your space is clean and tidy, no one wants to sit at a dirty desk. The magic of a few well-placed plants and crystals / stones is another great way to help you feel comfortable in your space.
Exploring your intentions
When it comes down to it, sometimes we need a few words of affirmation to keep us going. Self-affirmations have been shown to improve problem solving and are a perfect way to kick start our motivated mind.
Why do you do the work you do?
What are your core values?
What individuals inspire you?
What qualities do you admire about yourself?
What are you proud of yourself for?
The answers to these questions can be neatly written down and placed in strategic locations around your work area to catch your eye when you need them most.
You can also incorporate photos of your family, friends, loved ones and/ or teachers. Each morning invite yourself a moment to reflect on these loving faces looking back at you. Feel the joy and happiness that they bring to your heart. This can become daily your practice of gratitude. Before you reply to any emails or write one word - reflect on how much love and joy you already have in your life. Gently feel where in your body you experience gratitude and soak it in like the warmth of the shining sun.
Setting the mood & Clearing your space
The use of essential oils is an ancient practice that you can use to promote positivity as well as physical health. Hacking our sense of smell is an amazing tool you can use on a daily basis. Choosing a lavender scent can help promote a sense of balance and relaxation, a chamomile for anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects. Scents such as peppermint are great for digestion and mental sharpness.
I invite you to take a moment to reflect on a time where you have been reunited with an old friend or loved one after a long hiatus. Perhaps you notice memorable emotions or maybe the smells and sights of the moment. Perhaps the vibrant colours of the landscape surrounding you or experience of joy and excitement. Do you notice any sensations in your stomach or chest in reaction to these memories? Maybe you begin to notice more memories come back to you from this recollection. This is the very real power of energy. Energy lives within us and can be curated with practice and intention. We can create an intentional sanctuary of positive energy by utilizing tools such as sage and cedar. Burning these herbs help us to clear our space of negative energies and are a perfect ritual to symbolize your transition from the outside world to your sanctuary.
When all is said and done you will find yourself in a space that excites you to arrive to each day. A space that calms your nerves and stirs your creativity. A place where you can connect to yourself and others. A place where you can do good work, Your sanctuary.